UMass Minute Women overpower St. Joe’s women, 18-7. In the Atlantic 10 Women’s D1 Championship, the St. Joe’s Lady Hawks faced the stern challenge of the Massachusetts Minute Women.
UMass broke open a 4-4 game to cruise to an 18-7 victory to claim the A10 crown. Kelly Marra (3g) put UMass in front with just :55 played. Off a free position shot, Bridget Cerciello (1g) evened the score four minutes later. Haley Connaughton (2g,2a) at 24:28 followed just fifty seconds later with Kaitlyn Cerasi (4g 3a) hitting her first of the day to put UMass up, 3-1.
The Hawks then went on a three-goal run furnished by Riley Delaney (1g 1a), Delaney helping Stephanie Kelly (2g) and Sophia Kolkka (1g) put St.Joe’s in front, 4-3. UMass turned up the heat with a game-breaking seven-goal outburst with Olivia Muscella (3g) cashing in a feed from Cerasi, Cerasi netting her 40th, Stephanie Croke (3g,1a), Connaughton with her 40th, Muscella, Cerasi, and Croke made it a 10-4 game.
The flurry took place in just 8:10 and was ended by Stephanie Kelly her potted her 90th Career goal and 45th of the season to close the half with UMass in control, 10-5. The Minute Women went right back to work when Muscella collected her 33rd, Marra (46), Cerasi, Alex Finn (1g), Mandy Moloney (1g,1a) and Cerasi setting up Croke made it an 11 goal lead at 16-5. Julia Pash (1g) at 11:47 got it back to a ten-goal lead and it was just run the clock time.
By the Numbers
Brinley Anderson (1g) followed by Marra got it to 18-6 before Alyssa Manley (1g) finished the scoring and an 18-7 UMass victory.
UMass goes to play Temple in the Opening Round of the NCAA Championships. Cerasi was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament with her 7 goals and 10 points. Cerciello, Kelly, and Kolkka along with goaltender, Melissa Semkiw from St. Joe’s were named to the All-Championship Team. Shots heavily favored UMass, 38-16 as well as shots on goal, 27-13. Turnovers were even at 13-13 with the Hawks having collected more ground balls, 20-17. UMass Minute Women overpower St. Joe’s women.