Eipp and Rush Combine for 7 Goals as No. 11 UMass Defeats BU

AMHERST, Mass. - Erika Eipp scored four goals and Sam Rush added three more as the No. 11 UMass lacrosse team defeated Boston University, 11-8, on Wednesday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium. A four-goal run in the first half helped the Minutewomen (4-0) overcome an early deficit to the Terriers, who jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first two minutes of play.

Along with Eipp and Rush, Katie Ott, Katie Ferris, Tanner Guarino, and Kelsey Sheridan each added tallies. Sheridan added four draw controls, two caused turnovers and two groundballs. Ferris also had two assists, four groundballs and three caused turnovers.

Boston University (0-3) was led by three goals from Sofia Robins and two from Kelsey Marafioti. Lindsay Weiner had a goal and two assists, while Jenna Boarman had a goal and an assist.

Rachel Vallarelli made three saves on the day to earn the win for UMass. Caroline Meegan made nine saves in the loss for the Terriers.

Robins scored twice in the opening two minutes of play giving the Terriers a quick 2-0 lead. A turnover on a clearing chance led to Rush's first goal of the game three minutes later, but the Terris scored again to go up 3-1 at the 22:47 mark.

From that point, UMass put together a four-goal run sparked by Rush's second goal and three straight from Eipp to go up 5-3 with 7:34 to go.

Boarman scored with 1:06 left before intermission as the Terriers closed the gap to 5-4.

The second half saw Boston University score quickly to tie the game just 75 seconds into the restart of play.

The Minutewomen put together another four-goal run with a pair of free position goals from Guarino and Sheridan and tallies from Rush and Ferris putting UMass up 9-5 with 16:41 to go.

The Terriers chipped away with back-to-back goals to pull within two, but goals from Ott and Eipp extended the UMass lead back to four at the six minute mark.

Robins scored on a free position with 2:37 remaining but UMass was able to run out the bulk of the clock. Boston University earned a free position attempt with one second to go, but Vallarelli made the save to preserve the three goal lead.

The Minutewomen outshot Boston University 26-to-14 and held a 14-to-7 edge in draw controls. The UMass defense held BU to just 8 for 16 on clearing opportunities and 2 for 5 on free position attempts. The Minutewomen were 5 for 5 on clears and 5 for 10 on free position shots.

2014-02-26



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