UMass Minute Women Overpower St. Joe’s Women

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.


In-Game Action

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.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.