No. 13 UMass Shuts Down Dukes in Atlantic 10 Semifinals

RICHMOND, Va. - The No. 13 and top-seeded UMass lacrosse team pitched a second half shutout as the Minutewomen cruised past fourth-seed Duquesne 16-3 on Friday afternoon in the Atlantic 10 semifinal at Robins Stadium. Tanner Guarino led all players with four goals helping the Minutewomen reach the Atlantic 10 Championship game for the seventh straight year.

UMass improves to 17-1 overall, while Duquesne falls to 14-4 on the season. The Minutewomen will now face Richmond on Sunday (1:00 pm) for the Atlantic 10 Championship title. UMass has won a league record six consecutive championships and has a 39-game win streak in place against A-10 opponents.

Guarino's four goal tally gives her 98 for her career. The Minutewomen were also led by three goals from Sam Rush who had three goals and Katie Ferris who had two goals and an assist. The three goals from Rush moved her into second place all-time at UMass for career goals (172). Erika Eipp had a goal and four assists, while Melissa Carelli had two goals. Ellie Bullitt and Katie Ott also had a goal in the win.

Rachel Vallarelli made three saves in the win.

Haley Marafioti, Clare Hurley, and Caitlin Prince all scored goals for Duquesne. Goalie Kristen Gregory took the loss in cage making eight saves.

UMass came out firing as Rush scored just 33 seconds into the contest. The Minutewomen quickly built a 3-0 lead as Guarino and Ferris each found the back of the net within the first eight minutes of play.

Hannah Murphy put UMass up 5-1 at the 17:52 mark of the first half, but the Dukes fought back with back-to-back goals by Hurley and Marafioti cutting the deficit to just two.

The Minutewomen took back momentum as Eipp's goal with 8:14 to go before halftime sparked a five-goal run to close the half giving UMass a 10-3 lead at intermission.

UMass pitched a shutout defensively in the second half allowing just a total of two shots by the Dukes.

For the game, UMass outshot Duquesne 33-to-10 and held a 19-to-9 advantage in groundballs.

2014-05-02



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