Saint Joseph's Defeated by No. 13 Massachusetts

PHILADELPHIA A 3-0 run late into the second half brought the Hawks to within six goals, but Saint Joseph's fell to #13 Massachusetts, 14-7, in Atlantic 10 action on Sunday afternoon at Finnesey Field. With the loss, SJU stands at 8-6 overall and 2-3 in conference play.

Massachusetts (13-2, 5-0 A-10) jumped out to a 5-0 run that spanned the first 16 minutes before a UMass penalty set up Saint Joseph's junior midfielder Michele Granger (Allendale, N.J./Northern Highlands Regional) for a free position shot. Granger hit the back of the net to put the Hawks on the board, 5-1, with 11:49 remaining in the first half.

The Minutewomen scored back-to-back goals (8:38, 3:14) to expand their lead, 7-1.

A pair of Hawk freshmen would convert on SJU's next offensive tally as freshman attack Emily Bowers (Newtown, Pa./Notre Dame (N.J.)) found freshman attack Bianca Angstadt (Wyomissing, Pa./Berks Catholic) for Saint Joseph's second goal of the game.

UMass scored four consecutive times from the end of the first half through the first 11 minutes of the second to extend its advantage, 11-2.

Graduate student Meghan McDevitt (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) took advantage of a Massachusetts penalty at the 18:56 mark as she found sophomore midfielder Julia Falcone (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East), who registered her 27th goal of the season (17:13).

Just over three minutes later, McDevitt dished out what would become her second assist of the game to junior attack Abby Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) to pull the Hawks to within seven goals, 11-4, with 13:46 remaining in regulation.

The Minutewomen added another pair just two minutes from one another before the Hawks went on a 3-0 run, sparked by free position shots from Ananian and sophomore attack Hallie Pickard (Short Hills, N.J./Millburn) and McDevitt's rocket low into the goal.

However, with a 13-7 deficit with just over two minutes remaining, the Hawks would see UMass score once more with 22 seconds left to take the 14-7 victory.

McDevitt (1g, 2a) and Ananian (2g) led the Hawks on the offensive end while freshman goalkeeper Genevieve Giblin (Rockville, Md./Georgetown Visitation Prep (D.C.)) (7-6, 2-3 A-10) made 13 saves in a full 60:00 while picking up a team-high three ground balls.

Massachusetts' Sam Rush (5g, 1a) and Lauren Tarracciano (3g, 1a) led the Minutewomen attack while Jamie Schiloski, Rachel Vallarelli, and Meaghan Kollmeier combined for six saves.

For the game, UMass held advantages in shots (32-17), ground balls (18-15) and draw controls (13-9). Saint Joseph's committed 21 turnovers compared to Massachusetts' 11, with six coming off of failed clears.

Saint Joseph's returns to action this Friday, April 19 at Richmond. Game time is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. at Robins Stadium.

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PHILADELPHIA - Sam Rush scored five goals and Lauren Terracciano tallied three to lead No. 13 UMass past Saint Joseph's 14-7 on Sunday afternoon at Finnesey Field. Rush also added an assist for a game-high six points eclipsing the 100-point mark for her career. The win qualifies UMass for the Atlantic 10 Championship Tournament which the Minutewomen will host on April 26-28 at McGuirk Stadium.

The win improves UMass to 13-2 overall and 5-0 in the Atlantic 10, while the Hawks fall to 8-6 overall and 2-3 in league play. The Minutewomen posted their 10th consecutive victory this season and 25th straight against A-10 opponents.

The six-point game gives Rush 104 points for her career on 89 goals and 15 assists. She is now the fourth active member of the program to have 100+ career points joining Katie Ferris (235), Terracciano (141) and Cori Murray(107).

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