Rush and Eipp Propel No. 11 Massachusetts to Victory at Iona

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Paced by four goals from Sam Rush and three from Erika Eipp, the No. 10 UMass lacrosse team defeated Iona 19-6 on Saturday afternoon. Twelve different Minutewomen scored in the game as UMass improved to 5-0 on the year.

Rush finished the day with two assists giving her a game-high six points. Her four goals moved her into seventh all-time at UMass with 123 career goals. Eipp added an assist for a four-point game. The three goals on the afternoon give her seven for the week after scoring four in the win over Boston University.

Katie Ferris and Tanner Guarino each had two goals in the game, while Nicole Troost,Courtney McGrath, Katie Ott, Rory Sadoff, Callie Santos, Maddie Ward, Amy Tiernanand Eileen McDonald each tallied a goal.

The tandem of Kelsey McGovern and Hannah Murphy combined to win 13 draw controls (7 for Murphy). UMass won 21 of 27 draws which led to having a majority of possession for the game.

Iona (0-3) was led by a pair of goals from both Casey Palmer and Bernadette Gennaro.

The Minutewomen outshot Iona 39-to-11 for the game and held the Gaels to just 7 of 19 on clearing chances.

Gennaro put Iona on the scoreboard first just 2:29 into the game. UMass scored three straight goals, but Gennaro tallied her second to make it 3-2 with 23:28 to go in the first half.

After UMass scored a pair of goals, Iona netted another to stay within two, 5-3, at the 17:53 mark.

From there, the Minutewomen pulled away with a six goal run over an eight minute span to go up 11-3 with 4:10 before intermission.

After leading 12-4 at halftime, UMass added two more in the first three minutes of the second half to go up 14-4.

Following an Iona goal, UMass potted five consecutive goals as Ward's tally at the 7:20 mark gave the Minutewomen a 19-5 lead.

UMass will have the week off before facing long-time rival New Hampshire next Saturday at McGuirk Stadium. The opening draw is set for 3:00 pm.

2014-03-01



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