Women's Track And Lacrosse Earn UMass Honors
May 14, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - On Monday afternoon the UMass Sports Luncheon Committee chose UMass Track and Field's Rachelle Bourque and Kelsey Crawford ad well as Women's Lacrosse's Tanner Guarino as this week's UMass Athlete of the Week. The three athletes will be honored Wednesday at noon in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center. This week's scheduled speakers are head coach of the UMass baseball team Mike Stone, Mullins Center General Manager Shane Cadwell and Athletic Director John McCutcheon.
There will be a behind the scenes tour of the Mullins Center immediately following the end of the luncheon and free parking is available at the rear of the building. This is the final UMass Sports Luncheon of the year.
The women's track and field team reined in four gold medals this past weekend at the New England Championship, paving for its best team finish since 1998-99 when they placed second in the championship meet.
On day one Bourque won the javelin while shattering her own school record in the javelin with a throw of 150-feet, 5-inches. The throw is won the senior her second gold medal of her senior season, second New England Championship and her fourth championship of her career. The Rowley, Mass. native will join Becky Stoyle in NCAA East Regionals taking place in Greensboro, N.C. on May 23-25.
Another gold medalist this weekend was freshman Kelsey Crawford who moved up to second all-time at UMass in the heptathlon and claimed her second championship of the season. Crawford threw a personal best 45-feet, 1.75-inches in the shot put later in the meet to grab fifth in the event. She is the first freshman in the last decade to win the outdoor A-10 and New England Championship.
After winning their fifth straight A-10 title, the Tanner Guarino and the women's lacrosse team earned their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance this weekend. This was also the team's fourth bid in the last five seasons.
Guarino led UMass to a win over No. 18 UConn in NCAA Tournament First Round before the Minutewomen fell against No. 7 Penn State on Sunday in the Second Round. Guarino talled four goals and two assists in the two games and added 8 groundballs, 4 caused turnovers and one draw control. The midfielder was integral on both offense and defense in helping UMass win its first NCAA Tournament game since 1984. Against UConn, she had two goals, one assist, 4 groundballs, a draw control and three caused turnovers. Against Penn State, she again had two goals, an assist, four groundballs and added a caused turnover.
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