#16 UMass Leaps by La Salle to Claim A-10 Reg. Season Title

AMHERST, Mass. - A 14-goal run in the first half led to a 20-7 win over La Salle, as No. 9 UMass clinched the No. 1 seed in next weekend's Atlantic 10 tournament with its third league regular-season title in the last four years.

Lauren Terracciano posted a career-high eight points on four goals and four assists to pace the Minutewomen at McGuirk Stadium on Friday afternoon. UMass will head to Temple on Sunday to close out the regular-season.

The win improves the Minutewomen to 15-1 overall and 6-0 in league play, while La Salle falls to 9-6 overall and 2-4 in league play. UMass has now won eight consecutive games this season and 17 straight against A-10 foes.

Along with Terracciano's career day, six other Minutewomen posted multi-point games. Jesse O'Donnell, Sam Rush and Nina Sarcona each scored four goals on the day. Cori Murray tallied two goals and three assists, whileDanielle Pelletier had two goals and an assist. Dayan Defliese posted a pair of assists to round out the top offensive performers.

Katie Florence picked up her 51st career win making two saves in 20 minutes, 15 seconds of work. Rachel Vallarelli closed out the game making three saves in 39 minutes, 45 seconds.

Nora McGurkin led La Salle with two goals and two assists, while Clair Andrews scored a pair of goals. Megan Corliss took the loss making five saves in 34 minutes, 19 seconds. Maura Malone split time in goal with Corliss making three saves.

The Minutewomen outshot the Explorers 34-to-16 for the game including a 20-to-7 advantage in the first half. UMass also won 20 of 26 draw controls on the day.

Caitlyn Brostrand opened the scoring putting La Salle up 1-0 just 42 seconds into the game. O'Donnell's first goal of the day sparked a 14-0 run for the Minutewomen that was closed by Sam Rush's fourth goal of the day with 58 seconds left before intermission. Terracciano had two of her four goals and all four of her helps in that stretch.

Sarcona and Murray scored the first two goals of the second half putting UMass up 16-1 with 23:25 left in the 2nd half. Terracciano's fourth goal of the day with 13:33 remaining gave the Minutewomen a 19-3 advantage before the Explorers scored four of the next five goals to close the game.

AMHERST, MASS. The La Salle lacrosse team fell 20-7 to No. 16 Massachusetts on Friday afternoon on the road at McGuirk Alumni Stadium. With the win, the Minutewomen (15-1, 6-0) clinch the Atlantic 10 regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming A-10 championship.

Senior Nora McGurkin led La Salle (9-6, 2-4) with two goals and two assists. Freshman Claire Andrews each added two goals for La Salle. Senior Sara Ciaverelli picked up four ground balls.

The Minutewomen took 34 shots in the game, compared to the Explorers' 16. UMass also held a 20-6 edge in draws. Four Minutewomen each added four goals.

Freshman Caitlyn Brostrand scored the first goal of the game, at the 29:18 mark off a free position shot. However, UMass had worked to a 14-1 lead by halftime.

The Minutewomen scored twice after the break, but then back-to-back goals by Alanna Diffendal and Andrews made the score 16-3 by the 17:11 mark of the second half.

Junior Melanie Sarcinello also scored for La Salle in the second half.

The Explorers will return to McCarthy Stadium for their final regular season contest against Saint Joseph's on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Beginning at 12:45 p.m. there will be a ceremony honoring the eight graduating lacrosse seniors.

2012-04-20



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