April 27, 2007
Amherst, MA - The Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse team drops to 6-9 (1-5 A10) after losing to Massachusetts, 9-5, Friday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium. The loss eliminates the Hawks from contention for a berth in the Atlantic 10 tournament.
UMass dominated the game from the start, winning the opening draw and taking it in for a quick shot just 20 seconds into play. Goalkeeper Suzy Herlihy came up with a save on the shot, but the play set the tone for the first half. The Minutewomen netted seven goals, while the Hawks only scored once. Christina Colangelo put SJU on the board off a free position shot at 8:20 in the first half.
The Hawks came out invigorated in the second half, stepping up the offensive pressure and creating multiple attacking opportunities in the first five minutes. The Minutewomen added a goal to their lead at 23:22 to which the Hawks quickly answered back as Helene Tursi scored her first of the season at 22:21. UMass scored their ninth and final goal at 16:01. Saint Joseph's went on to dominate the rest of the half, holding the Minutewomen scoreless and allowing only three shots. Freshman Jenna Martino went on a three-goal scoring streak, cutting the UMass lead to four but the rally was not enough to put the Hawks over the top.
SJU scooped up 18 groundballs, won three draw controls and caused 11 turnovers on the day. Herlihy played all 60:00 between the pipes for the Hawks, recording seven saves.
The Hawks return to action Sunday, April 29th as they take on cross-town conference rivals Temple. Opening draw is set for noon. Be sure to arrive early, as the SJU seniors will be honored before the game.