No. 16 Massachusetts Advances by GW to A-10 Title Game

RICHMOND, Va. - Top-seeded UMass pitched a second-half shutout to highlight a 17-3 win over fourth-seeded George Washington on Friday afternoon at Robins Stadium. The win places the Minutewomen in the Atlantic 10 championship game on Sunday at 1:00 pm against No. 3 seed Richmond.

The Minutewomen improve to 17-1 overall and will face Richmond for the third straight season in the A-10 Championship Game. UMass is seeking its fourth consecutive league title which would tie the conference record set by Temple from 2001-04.

Richmond reaches the A-10 Championship game after defeating second-seeded Duquesne in the first semifinal of the day.

Katie Ferris led all players with six points on four goals and two assists. She tied her single-season UMass record posted her 56th goal of the year. She is also now one-point shy of tying the Atlantic 10 single-season record for points which is 94 set by La Salle's Jami Wilus in 2001.

Lauren Terracciano scored a pair of goals and added two assists, while Nina Sarcona, Sam Rush, Jesse O'Donnell and Dayna Defliese each posted two-goal games. Brittany Schoen capped the scoring for the Minutewomen recording the first goal of her career.

George Washington was led by Megan Seidman who scored a pair of goals and Casey Disharoon who had a goal and an assist.

The Minutewomen outshot the Colonials 33-to-14 for the day and forced George Washington into 20 turnovers while committing just 12 miscues. The UMass defense was strong on the ride allowing George Washington to clear the ball just 4 of 14 times.

UMass jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of play. At halftime, the Minutewomen held a 10-3 lead after scoring three straight to close the first stanza.

The second half was all UMass as the Minutewomen shutout the Colonials. Freshman goalie Rachel Vallarelli made three saves in the second half after replacing Katie Florence (4 saves) who played the first half.

Schoen closed out the scoring for the day when Rush found her cutting through the fan on a free position attempt for her first career goal.

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RICHMOND, Va. - Top-seeded Massachusetts (16-1) extended its win streak to 10 games, as the Minutewomen tied the A-10 tournament record, which was set in the day's first semifinal game, for goals scored in a single-game with a 17-8 victory over fourth-seeded George Washington (10-6) in the second semifinal of the 2012 Atlantic 10 championship at V. Earl Dickinson Field. UMass ran out to a 7-1 lead and never looked back advancing to the A-10 finals for the fifth consecutive year and seventh time in school history.

Massachusetts will square-off against Richmond in Sunday's championship final at 1:00 p.m., a rematch of last year's finals which saw the Minutewomen defeat the Spiders 16-12. This will be the seventh time the two meet in the finals and the third consecutively. UMass is in search of its fifth league title while Richmond is after its fourth. The A-10 Championship game will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network.

Nine UMass players scored a goal in Friday's semifinal victory as A-10 Offensive Player of the Year Katie Ferris was the answer early for Massachusetts contributing on four of the seven goals during the Minutewomen's 7-1 run to open the match. The sophomore attacker recorded four goals and two assists, while Nina Sarcona added two goals to help build the big first half lead. Sarcona and four other Minutewomen ended the game with four goals apiece.

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