UMass outlasts Richmond in OT
Guarino notches game-winner, No. 15 Minutewomen top Spiders
RICHMOND, Va. -- A pair of overtime draw controls led to a pair of UMass goals including Tanner Guarino's game-winner in the second half of the extra period giving the No. 15 Minutewomen a 15-14 victory at Richmond on Friday in the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams. In the first half of OT, Guarino won the draw control allowing UMass to set up a goal by Jesse O'Donnell. The Minutewomen again won the draw control to start the second half of OT where Guarino's tally served as the decisive goal.
UMass improves to 10-1 overall and 1-0 in the Atlantic 10, while Richmond falls to 4-6 overall and 0-1 in league play.
The Minutewomen led by two goals late in the second half before the Spiders were able to tie the game thanks to a pair of Sam Stevenson tallies. With 6:04 to go, Stevenson brought the Spiders within a goal, while her fifth goal of the day tied the game with 38 seconds left in regulation.
After Richmond won the ensuing draw control, UMass took possession off a turnover with 15 seconds to go calling timeout. The Minutewomen were unable to get off a shot forcing the overtime period.
Guarino's draw control to start the first half of overtime allowed UMass to control possession for the bulk of the three-minute period. O'Donnell notched her fifth goal of the day with 28 seconds to go putting UMass up 14-13. The Spiders tied the game at 14-14 thanks to a Hayley Ross goal with one second to go.
In the second half of overtime, Danielle Pelletier controlled the draw allowing UMass to take a timeout and again hold possession. Guarino rung up the game-winner with 21 seconds remaining. Richmond again won the ensuing draw control, but Houlis picked up a groundball of a Spider turnover with two seconds to go allowing UMass to hold on for the win.
The game featured six ties and UMass unable to take more than a three-goal lead during the game.
A Katie Ferris goal with 22:25 to go in the second half put UMass up 10-7, but the Spiders answered back 17 seconds later and then made it a one-goal game just over a minute after that.
From there, each team traded goals until the late two-score flurry for the Spiders to force overtime.
Richmond outshot UMass 35-to-28 for the game and held an 18-to-14 edge in draw controls. Thanks to Houlis's five groundballs, the Minutewomen held an 18-to-11 advantage in that category over the Spiders.
Ferris added two assists for a game-high seven points. O'Donnell's five goals marked a season high, while Guarino, Nina Sarcona, Lauren Terracciano, Pelletier and Sam Rush each scored for the Minutewomen.
Stevenson's five goals led Richmond followed by three goals from Caitlin Fifield and two from Mary Flowers. Victoria Roebuck made seven saves in the loss.
The win marked the 12th consecutive league win for UMass over the last three seasons.