Top-Seeded UMass Headed Back to #A10WLAX Final

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RICHMOND, Va. - The top-seeded UMass Minutewomen (14-4; 8-1 A-10) will look to clinch their tenth consecutive Atlantic 10 Women's Lacrosse Championship title on Sunday after defeating fifth-seeded Davidson, 19-11, in Friday's first semifinal at Richmond's Robins Stadium. UMass will face the winner of No. 2 Richmond/No. 3 Saint Joseph's on Sunday at Noon.

UMass made a statement early out of the gate with a goal from Hannah Burnett just 30 seconds into play. Kaitlyn Cerasi, Kiley Anderson, and a second Burnett score made up a 4-0 run through the opening five minutes of the game. Davidson (11-8; 5-4 A-10) answered with a run of their own, started by an unassisted Olivia Carey goal, her 17th of the season. Shannon Blee converted a free position opportunity and Sam Rippley added a score to bring the 'Cats within in, 4-3.

The Minutewomen took control of the half, going on a 5-1 run with goals from Abby Walker, Holly Turner, Anderson and Ally Murphy. Anderson completed a first-half hat trick in the run, while Burnett picked up her third assist of the day in that time. Davidson's Christine Molinari, who netted five goals in yesterday's quarterfinal contest, found the back of the net twice for the final two goals of the half, cutting the UMass lead to three, 9-6.

UMass opened the second half with another three-goal run in a span of two minutes with a free position goal from Turner, followed by Anderson's fourth of the game and a Bella O'Connor's score. The Wildcats answered with a pair of goal from Sophia Sgroi and Molinari, but the UMass offense continued to attack.

Another 6-1 run for the Minutewomen extended their lead to 18-9, putting the game out of reach. Sgroi finished her day with two more goals for a hat trick for Davidson, but it was not enough against UM. 

Burnett scored four goals and added three assists for UM, while Anderson also finished with four scores and one assist. Turner netted three goals and two assists for five points on the day. Molinari led the 'Cats with three goals and two assists in the loss.

Defensively, Lauren Hiller made four saves and allowed nine goals in 52:09, while Rose Woolson of Davidson made 13 saves and allowed 18 goals in 58:33 minutes of play.

In the box score, UMass dominated in shots, nearly doubling the 'Cats opportunities, 41-22 and converted on five of seven free position shots. Davidson held an advantage on draw controls 20 to 12, with Shayne Antolini and Sophia Sgroi each totaling eight.

With the win, the Minutewomen will compete in their 11th straight A-10 title game on Sunday at Noon, and are looking for their 10th consecutive title, dating back to 2008. 

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