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Turner, Anderson Lead Women's Lax To NCAA Second Round

Release: 05/12/2017
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Courtesy: Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA – Led by four goals each from Holly Turner and Hannah Burnett, the UMass women's lacrosse team upended 10th-ranked Colorado 13-7 on Friday night at Penn Park's Dunning-Cohen Field in the NCAA Tournament First Round. The win advances the Minutewomen (17-3) to Sunday's NCAA Second Round match-up against Navy (1 p.m.).
This marks the second straight year and the fourth time in the last five years that UMass has reached the NCAA second round. The Minutewomen also tied their program record with 16 consecutive wins.
Turner led all players with six points on her four goals and two assists, while Burnett tallied four goals on an efficient five shots. Hannah Murphy notched a pair goals, a pair of assists and 12 draw controls moving her into 3rd all-time in NCAA career draws (520). Kiley Anderson added two goals, while Callie Santos posted a goal and two assists.
Defensively, goalie Lauren Hiller was a rock in cage making a season-high 16 saves – just two shy of a UMass single-game record.
The Buffs (16-4) were led by three goals and two assists from Darby Kiernan and three goals from Katie Macleay. Paige Soenksen made seven saves in goal.
The Minutewomen won 15-of-22 draws though Colorado held a 34-to-27 shot advantage and a 25-to-14 edge in groundballs.
Colorado jumped out early in the first half to a 3-1 lead maintaining a two-goal lead through the opening 17 minutes of play. Burnett, Turner and Anderson then scored consecutive goals in a three-minutes span over the final five minutes giving UMass a 6-5 lead at halftime.
The Buffs tied the game to start the second half, but a five-goal UMass run opened the game for the Minutewomen. Burnett and Turner each scored twice in that stretch, while Murphy scored as well. A feed from Santos to Turner capped the run giving UMass an 11-6 lead with 13:58 left on the clock.
After Colorado scored two minutes later, the Minutewomen held the Buffalos scoreless for the balance of the game while Anderson and Burnett scored the final two goals for UMass.
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