No. 20 UMass Defense Shuts Down La Salle

La Salle fell 17-4 to the three-time defending Atlantic 10 champion Minutewomen in a Sunday morning game at McCarthy Stadium.

La Salle fell behind 0-2 in the opening minutes of the contest, but was able to rally back. Melanie Sarcinello, Nora McGurkin, Samantha Tulskie and Allison Herman all added scores for the Explorers to give them a 4-3 lead with 15:15 remaining in the first half.

However, from there it was all UMass, as the Minutewomen shut down the La Salle attack for the remainder of the contest. The Blue and Gold fell behind 7-4 at halftime.

The Minutewomen took 35 shots in the contest, compared to La Salle's 13. For UMass, Katie Ferris added a game-high four goals to go along with two assists.

La Salle will remain at home to face Richmond on Friday at 4:00 p.m.

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PHILADELPHIA - A balanced scoring effort along with a defensive effort that held the Explorers scoreless for the final 45 minutes of play provided No. 13 UMass a 17-4 win on Sunday afternoon at McCarthy Stadium.

Katie Ferris led all players with six points (4g, 2a). After trading goals early, UMass clamped down holding La Salle scoreless for the final 15:14 of the first half while pitching a second half shutout.

UMass improves to 9-2 overall and 2-0 in the Atlantic 10, while La Salle falls to 4-7 overall and 0-2 in league play. The Minutewomen will host Duquesne next Friday at McGuirk Stadium (1:00 pm) before heading to St. Bonaventure on Sunday (Noon).

Along with Ferris, eight other Minutewomen recorded goals in the game. Jesse O'Donnell notched three goals (1 assist), while Jackie Lyons had two goals and an assist. Nina Sarcona and Haley Smith each scored twice, while Cori Murray, Tanner Guarino, Dayna Defliese and Sam Rush all chipped in goals.

La Salle was led by Nora McGurkin who had a goal and an assist, while Mela Sarcinello, Samantha Tulskie and Allison Herman all recorded goals as well.

The Minutewomen took a 2-0 lead six minutes into the game on goals by Sarcona and Ferris. Smith's first goal of the game gave UMass a 3-1 lead at the 18:12 mark of the first half.

The Explorers scored three straight to take a 4-3 lead with 15:15 left in the first half with the run capped by Herman's goal. That proved the final time in the game La Salle scored. Lyons tied the game at 4-4 a minute after Herman's go-ahead goal and the Minutewomen never looked back taking a 7-4 lead into halftime.

Ten minutes into the second half saw UMass extend the lead to 14-4. UMass outshot La Salle 35-to-12 for the game bolstered by a 15-to-2 second half performance. The Minutewomen also received help from 21 Explorer turnovers while committing just eight. UMass also won the groundball battle 17-to-10.

Katie Florence earned her 9th win of the season making three saves in 57 minutes of work. Chelsea Corell made one save in the final three minutes of play.

Megan Corliss made nine saves while allowing all 17 goals in cage for La Salle before being lifted by Maura Malone for the final 2:27 of the game.


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