Women of Troy Fall to No. 9 Minutewomen

    USC sophomore Paige Bonomi had two goals in the Trojans' 14-6 loss to Massachusetts.

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    March 22, 2014

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    AMHERST, Mass. - The USC women's lacrosse team (3-4) was dealt a 14-6 loss at the hands of undefeated ninth-ranked Massachusetts (9-0) at McGuirk Stadium on Saturday, March 22. The Women of Troy lost their second straight game despite getting goals from five different scorers.

    Sophomore attacker Paige Bonomi came off the bench to lead the Trojans with two goals and added a draw control. Sophomore midfielder Amanda Johansen had a goal and led all players with five draw controls. Sophomore attacker Caroline de Lyra picked up a goal, an assist, and a ground ball.

    Freshman midfielder Michaela Michael had a goal and an assist and earned a pair of draw controls while freshman midfielder Annie Ruland earned a goal to go with two ground balls. On defense, sophomore Courtney Tarleton caused two turnovers and picked up a pair of ground balls. Senior midfielder Elizabeth Eddy also had a pair of ground balls while sophomore goalie Liz Shaeffer had three. Freshman Gabby McMahon had two caused turnovers and two ground balls to go with an assist.

    For the Minutewomen, Sam Rush led the way with four goals and put the ball on goal seven times. Three other UMass players scored two goals apiece including Melissa Carelli who added three draw controls, Courtney McGrath who had two ground balls, and Katie Ferris who also had two ground balls. Defender Kelsey Sheridan had three ground balls to go with a pair of caused turnovers while goalie Rachel Vallarelli earned a ground ball to go with her eight saves.

    Ferris went to goal unassisted to score the first goal of the game just 90 seconds into the first half. The Trojans responded when Johansen took an assist from de Lyra to score and even the count at one-all with 27:11 to go. Tanner Guarino put the Minutewomen up, 2-1, but Michael fired back for an unassisted goal to keep the teams tied at two-all.

    Rush and Ferris scored back-to-back goals to push UMass in front, 4-2. Both teams went scoreless for 12 minutes before Bonomi had the answer to pull the Trojans within a goal at 4-3 with just under eight minutes to halftime. The Minutewomen needed two minutes to score again as Rush put one past Shaeffer on a free-position shot. With just three seconds on the clock, Amy Tiernan put UMass up, 6-3, heading into the break with an unassisted goal.

    Carelli grabbed the draw control for the Minutewomen to open up the second half and raced down the field. Her pass found Rush on the way to goal who scored just 10 seconds into the period to give UMass a 7-3 lead. Carelli's yellow card foul put the Trojans up a man on the attack and Ruland made good on the opportunity when she took a pass from freshman Cynthia Del Core for the goal to draw the Women of Troy within three at 7-4.

    USC's three-point deficit was as close as it would get as the Minutewomen went up, 8-4, on a goal by Erika Eipp at 25:21. The teams went 10 minutes before Courtney McGrath took a pass from Eipp for the goal and a 9-4 lead. Five minutes later, Rush scored her fourth goal of the game to complete the UMass run and put the Minutewomen up, 10-4.

    Bonomi scored on a pass from McMahon and de Lyra scored her goal off Michael's assist to get USC back within four goals at 10-6, but the Minutewomen bled the clock and scored four more times under 3:30 to go to seal a 14-6 victory and remain undefeated on the season.

    USC returns home to host MPSF leader San Diego State in a Wednesday afternoon match (4 p.m. PT) on March 26, at McAlister Field. Please visit USCTrojans.com for more information.