No. 13 Massachusetts Eases by GWU in Atlantic 10 Semifinals

AMHERST, Mass. - Top-seeded and 13th-ranked UMass advanced to Sunday's Atlantic 10 championship game with its 13-5 win over the No. 4 seed George Washington, Friday afternoon from McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

The Minutewomen (16-2) were led by both Sam Rush and Melissa Carelli who picked up three goals a piece. UMass (16-2) will look to win its league-record fifth consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship title and an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament on Sunday against second-seeded Duquesne.

Cori Murray led all scorers with two goals and three assists. Tanner Guarino added two goals and an assist, whileLauren Terracciano had a goal and two assists. Katie Ferris and Amy Tiernan each added goals. Jamie Schiloskimade five saves in goal to improve to 6-0 on the season.

George Washington (9-8) was led by Rachel Mia with two goals and Jamie Bumgardner who had two assists. Jess Hicks made seven saves in goal.

The two teams traded goals in the opening minutes of the game, knotting the game at two apiece before Massachusetts extended their lead, 4-2 on goals from Lauren Terracciano and Melissa Carelli.

George Washington took advantage of early penalties, scoring twice on man-up opportunities, but trailed the reigning champions, 5-4 at the intermission.

The second half belonged to UMass as they dominated the offensive end of the field, outscoring GW 8-1 after the break. Massachusetts held the Colonials scoreless for the first 17 minutes of the second period, taking an 11-4 lead.

Nicole Lacy scored the final goal for George Washington, her 40th of the seson, to make it 11-5, but UMass tacked on goals from Melissa Carelli and Tanner Guarinoto clinch the victory.

Massachusetts will face Duquesne in the Championship Finale, broadcasted live on CBS Sports Network at 1:00 pm on Sunday. The Minutewomen will chase history as they try for their fifth consecutive A-10 title.

Post-game notes: The win extends several streaks for UMass. The Minutewomen have won 13 consecutive games this season, have won 25 consecutive games at McGuirk Stadium, and have won 28 consecutive games against Atlantic 10 opponents. Tanner Guarino's three points gives her 98 for her career (64 goals, 34 assists). Katie Ferris extended her school-record for career points to 239 (162 goals, 77 assists). Ferris now ranks 2nd in all-time goals (162) and 3rd in assists (77). Ferris needs 8 goals to tie the all-time career record of 170 by Pam Moryl (1982-85). Sam Rush needs one goal to reach 100 for her career - she now has 99 goals and 16 assists for 115 points. Jamie Schiloski started her fourth straight game in goal and improved to 6-0 for the win. In those four games, Schiloski has posted a 4.89 goals against average with a .543 save percentage while giving up just 16 goals.

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AMHERST, Mass. Fourth-seeded George Washington fell to top-seeded and No. 13 Massachusetts, 13-5, in the semifinals of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Lacrosse Championship on Friday afternoon at the Minutewomen's Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

The Colonials trailed the four-time reigning champions, 5-4, at halftime, but the host Minutewomen out-scored GW, 8-1, in the second frame to advance to Sunday's title game. Sophomore Rachel Mia scored a team-high two goals for the Colonials, and classmate Jamie Bumgardner added two helpers, tying Sarah Phillips' ('12) single-season assists record with 39.

GW wraps the season with an overall record of 9-8 after securing a conference championship bid in consecutive seasons for the first time in program history. The Colonials will lose seniors Jess Hicks, Nicole Lacey, Caitlyn O'Brienand Soo Mee Yoon to graduation and are slated to return 20 players to next year's roster.

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