Three Net Hat Tricks as No. 11 UMass Outpaces Bonnies

AMHERST, Mass. - Fourteen players scored as No. 11 UMass defeated St. Bonaventure 21-8 on Friday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium. The Minutewomen improved to 15-1 overall and 6-0 in league play earning themselves at least a share of the Atlantic 10 regular-season title.

UMass next heads to Duquesne on Sunday (Noon) where the Minutewomen will look to lock-up the top seed for the upcoming Atlantic 10 Championship tournament with a win.

Friday's win improved the Minutewomen's win streak against Atlantic 10 teams to 35 straight games. UMass also holds a 37 game win streak in regular-season play against conference teams which is the fifth longest such streak in NCAA history.

Sam Rush, Katie Ferris and Ellie Bullitt each tallied three goals for UMass on Friday. Rush added two assists giving her a team-high five points, while Ferris and Bullitt each had a helper each. Melissa Carelli had two goals and Tanner Guarino finished with a goal and two assists. Kelsey Sheridan posted a goal, an assist, five groundballs and three caused turnovers, while Hannah Murphy recorded a season-high nine draw controls.

Erika Eipp, Courtney McGrath, Katie Ott, Nicole Troost, Callie Santos, Mary Pat Theofield and Eileen McDonald all tallied goals on the day. Megan Keefe rounded out the UMass scoring with her first career goal for the Maroon & White.

Rachel Vallarelli made two saves while allowing three goals in the first half of play. Leigh Henjes closed the game playing the second half and making two saves while allowing five goals.

The Bonnies were led by LeighAnn Stauffer who had a game-high five goals. Taylor Fallon, Mary Maestri, and Gabrielle Bradley each recorded a goal for St. Bonaventure (0-13, 0-6 A-10). Sara Schlagenhauf took the loss in cage making 11 saves.

UMass controlled shots (38-13), draw controls (22-9) and groundballs (27-15) for the game. The Minutewomen forced the Bonnies into 23 turnovers including 12 in transition as St. Bona was 9 of 21 on clearing attempts.

The Bonnies took a 1-0 lead just over two minutes into play, but UMass quickly strung together 12 straight goals building a 12-1 lead with 13:13 remaining in the first half.

UMass closed the half on a four goal run capped by Bullitt's second of the game with 38 seconds left before intermission.

McDonald and Santos each scored in the first eight minutes of the second half, but Stauffer posted two of her four second half goals cutting the lead to 17-5 at the 19:18 mark.

Sheridan scored on an unassisted drive to goal before the Bonnies again scored back-to-back goals making it an 18-7 game with 10:52 to go.

Bullitt completed her hat trick with 8:13 to go after forcing a turnover in transition and then Theofield tallied her goal nearly 90 seconds later making it a 20-7 game.

Stauffer notched her fifth three minutes after that and Keefe closed out the scoring with an unassisted goal with 2.6 seconds remaining.

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AMHERST, Mass. St. Bonaventure lost 21-8 at Atlantic 10-leading UMass on Friday afternoon.

Mary Maestri gave the Bonnies an early lead when she scored the first goal of the game, but UMass scored the next 13 goals to take control. The Minutewomen, who are ranked No. 11 in this week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association poll, led 15-3 at halftime.

St. Bonaventure remains winless on the season despite sophomore midfielder LeighAnn Stauffer scoring five goals on Friday. She now has a team-leading 31 goals this season. Taylor Fallon and Gabrielle Bradley scored the other St. Bonaventure goals.

Katie Ferris, Sam Rush and Ellie Bullitt each scored three goals for the Minutewomen. UMass out-shot the Bonnies 32-12 and had a 22-9 advantage in draw controls.

Bonnies goalie Sara Schlagenhauf recorded 11 saves.

The Bonnies will close their season on Sunday when they host Richmond at noon at McGraw-Jennings Field. Seniors Schlagenhauf and Lily Timlin will be honored prior to the game.


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