Richmond, Va. – Top-seeded Massachusetts captured its sixth consecutive Atlantic 10 Women’s Lacrosse Championship with a 10-6 victory over second-seeded Richmond on Sunday afternoon at Robins Stadium on the campus of UR.
With the win, UMass improves to 18-1 and earns the A-10’s automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Selections will be announced on Sunday evening at 9:00 p.m. on NCAA.com. Richmond finishes its season 11-7 overall.
Richmond got on the board just 53 seconds into the game when Emily Doyle scored an unassisted goal. Brooke Wilson doubled the Spider lead at the 26:27 mark with an unassisted strike that made it 2-0 UR.
Erika Eipp got UMass on the board at 24:32 to make it 2-1, before Richmond’s Charlett Stevenson converted a free-position attempt to make it 3-1 Spiders with 22 minutes to play in the half.
With Richmond leading 4-2, Tanner Guarino scored to cut the UMass deficit to 4-3 and spark what proved to be a three goal run by the Minutewomen to close the opening half. The run was capped by Melissa Carelli scoring on a feed from Sam Rush to make it 5-4.
UMass scored the first two goals of the second half, getting tallies from Rush and Ferris that made it 7-4 with 16:18 go in the game.
Doyle struck with just under 13 minutes to go to make the score 7-5, but that would be as close as the Spiders would get as Rush and Carelli scored back to back goals to push UMass in front 9-5 and seal the game.
Ferris, who was named the Championship’s Most Outstanding Player, finished Sunday’s game with two goals and four assists. Carelli joined Ferris on the All-Championship team after scoring three goals Sunday, while fellow All-Championship team member Rush finished the game with two goals and an assist.
Rachel Vallarelli made three saves for the Minutewomen, earning All-Championship Team honors as well.
Doyle and Wilson each scored a pair of goals for the Spiders, while Emily Boyce made nine saves in the cage for UR. The trio were all named to the All-Championship Team along with their teammate Bailey Zeer .
Katie Ferris, UMass (MOP)
Sam Rush, UMass
Melissa Carelli, UMass
Kelsey Sheridan, UMass
Tanner Guarino, UMass
Rachel Valarelli, UMass
Emily Doyle, Richmond
Bailey Zerr, Richmond
Brooke Wilson, Richmond
Emily Boyce, Richmond
Maggie O’Ferrall, La Salle
Amanda Kidder, Duquesne