May 9, 2010

Courtesy of Massachusetts

PALO ALTO, Calif. - The UMass women's lacrosse team fell 15-12 to No. 15 Stanford on Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Play-In Game held at Cagan Stadium. Merritt Cosgrove and Jackie Lyons each scored three goals for UMass, while Sarah Flynn led all scorers with five goals.

The Minutewomen finish the season with a 10-10 overall record, while #15 Stanford improves to 15-5 overall and will advance to the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

Along with Lyons and Cosgrove, Ali Houlis scored twice for UMass while Nina Sarcona, Jesse O'Donnell, Haley Smith, and Stephanie Hopkins all scored once. Lyons added an assist to finish with four points. Her first goal of the game gave her 100 for her career. Cosgrove finished her career as the all-time games started leader making her 74th career start.

Cosgrove, a native of Carlsbad, Calif., put the Minutewomen on the scoreboard first just 1:17 into the game. Stanford answered with a pair of goals over the next five minutes before Hopkins and Houlis put UMass up 4-2 with 19:03 remaining in the first half.

The teams traded goals over the next nine minutes with O'Donnell's goal making the score 6-6 with 10:33 remaining. The goal kept O'Donnell's scoring streak alive at 21 consecutive games.

Clair Hubbard, Sarah Flynn and Lauren Schmidt combined for goals giving the Cardinal a 9-7 lead with 5:37 remaining in the first. The teams again traded goals to close out the first half as Stanford took an 11-8 lead into halftime.

Stanford increased its lead to 14-10 scoring three of the first four goals to start the second half. Haley Smith and Jackie Lyons scored back-to-back goals to bring UMass back within three, 14-11, with 16:07 to go. Lyons scored again with 7:27 to go to make it 15-12. UMass was unable to score again despite several chances and Stanford controlled possession for much of the final moments to run out the clock.

Katie Florence gave a strong effort in cage for UMass making 11 saves including 8 in the first half. Annie read earned the win for Stanford making six saves.

Stanford held a 35-to-23 shot advantage for the game including 25-to-12 in the first half. The Cardinal forced UMass into 20 turnovers while making just 11. The game was a physical affair with 57 combined fouls including 35 on Stanford.

Lacrosse Box Score (Final)
UMass Lacrosse
Massachusetts vs #15 Stanford (May 08, 2010 at Stanford, Calif.)

Massachusetts (10-10 (5-2 MPSF)) vs. SCORE BY PERIOD 1 2 Tot
Stanford (15-5 (5-1 MPSF)) -------------------------------
Date: May 08, 2010 Attendance: 255 Massachusetts....... 8 4 - 12
Weather: Clear, 60 degrees Stanford............ 11 4 - 15

Massachusetts SCORING: GOALS: Lyons, Jackie 3; Cosgrove, Merritt 3; Houlis, Ali
2; Sarcona, Nina 1; O'Donnell, Jesse 1; Smith, Haley 1; Hopkins, Stephanie 1.
ASSISTS: Lyons, Jackie 1; Pelletier, Danielle 1.

Stanford SCORING: GOALS: Flynn, Sarah 5; Schmidt, Lauren 3; Hubbard, Claire 2;
Schwab, Amanda 2; Swanson, Catherine 1; Nesbitt, Karen 1; Hanley, Rebecca 1.
ASSISTS: Foard, Leslie 2; Flynn, Sarah 1; Hubbard, Claire 1; Schmidt, Lauren 1.