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UMass wins fifth straight A-10 women’s lacrosse title

  • Sam Rush of the University of Massachusetts, left, scores on Duquesne goalie Kristen Gregory Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Sam Rush of the University of Massachusetts, left, scores on Duquesne goalie Kristen Gregory Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • Amy Tiernan of the University of Massachusetts, right, celebrates her goal against Duquesne with Courtney McGrath, left, and Sam Rush Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Amy Tiernan of the University of Massachusetts, right, celebrates her goal against Duquesne with Courtney McGrath, left, and Sam Rush Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • Members of the University of Massachusetts lacrosse team hold up their Atlantic 10 championship trophy after defeating Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Members of the University of Massachusetts lacrosse team hold up their Atlantic 10 championship trophy after defeating Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • Members of the University of Massachusetts lacrosse team hold up their Atlantic 10 championship trophy after defeating Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

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  • Cori Murray of the University of Massachusetts, right, scores on Duquesne goalie Kristen Gregory Sunday at McGuirk Stadium. Tanner Guarino looks on, left.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Cori Murray of the University of Massachusetts, right, scores on Duquesne goalie Kristen Gregory Sunday at McGuirk Stadium. Tanner Guarino looks on, left.
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  • Lauren Terracciano of the University of Massachusetts, center, scores on Duquesne goalie Kristen Gregory Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Lauren Terracciano of the University of Massachusetts, center, scores on Duquesne goalie Kristen Gregory Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • Morgan Walker of the University of Massachusetts, right, moves the ball ahead of Morgan Matz of Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Morgan Walker of the University of Massachusetts, right, moves the ball ahead of Morgan Matz of Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • Lauren Terracciano of the University of Massachusetts, center left, shoots against Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Lauren Terracciano of the University of Massachusetts, center left, shoots against Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • Melissa Carelli of the University of Massachusetts, left, scores on Duquesne goalie Kristen Gregory Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Melissa Carelli of the University of Massachusetts, left, scores on Duquesne goalie Kristen Gregory Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • University of Massachusetts players Melissa Carelli, left, and Cori Murray celebrate Carelli's goal against Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium. <br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    University of Massachusetts players Melissa Carelli, left, and Cori Murray celebrate Carelli's goal against Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • Cori Murray of the University of Massachusetts, left, moves the ball against Casey Briglia of Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Cori Murray of the University of Massachusetts, left, moves the ball against Casey Briglia of Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • Amy Tiernan of the University of Massachusetts, center, scores, despite the efforts of Duquesne defenders Amanda Kidder and Casey Denk, right, Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Amy Tiernan of the University of Massachusetts, center, scores, despite the efforts of Duquesne defenders Amanda Kidder and Casey Denk, right, Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • Tanner Guarino of the University of Massachusetts, center, evades Duquesne defenders Aubrey Green, left, and Amanda Kidder Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Tanner Guarino of the University of Massachusetts, center, evades Duquesne defenders Aubrey Green, left, and Amanda Kidder Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • Tanner Guarino of the University of Massachusetts, center, celebrates a goal by Sam Rush during their team's win against Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Tanner Guarino of the University of Massachusetts, center, celebrates a goal by Sam Rush during their team's win against Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • Sam Rush of the University of Massachusetts, left, lines up a shot against Duquesne goalie Kristen Gregory Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Sam Rush of the University of Massachusetts, left, lines up a shot against Duquesne goalie Kristen Gregory Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • Kelsey Sheridan of the University of Massachusetts, left, moves the ball against Casey Briglia of Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Kelsey Sheridan of the University of Massachusetts, left, moves the ball against Casey Briglia of Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • Members of the University of Massachusetts lacrosse team hold up their Atlantic 10 championship trophy after defeating Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Members of the University of Massachusetts lacrosse team hold up their Atlantic 10 championship trophy after defeating Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • Sam Rush of the University of Massachusetts, second from left, scores on Duquesne goalie Kristen Gregory, right, while defended by Casey Briglia, left, and Casey Denk Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Sam Rush of the University of Massachusetts, second from left, scores on Duquesne goalie Kristen Gregory, right, while defended by Casey Briglia, left, and Casey Denk Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • Members of the University of Massachusetts lacrosse team hold up their Atlantic 10 championship trophy after defeating Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Members of the University of Massachusetts lacrosse team hold up their Atlantic 10 championship trophy after defeating Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • University of Massachusetts players Melissa Carelli, left, and Cori Murray celebrate after receiving their All-Championship Team trophies Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    University of Massachusetts players Melissa Carelli, left, and Cori Murray celebrate after receiving their All-Championship Team trophies Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • University of Massachusetts players Melissa Carelli, from left, Cori Murray and Sam Rush celebrate after receiving their All-Championship Team trophies Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    University of Massachusetts players Melissa Carelli, from left, Cori Murray and Sam Rush celebrate after receiving their All-Championship Team trophies Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • University of Massachusetts players Melissa Carelli, from left, Cori Murray,  Sam Rush and Jamie Schiloski celebrate after receiving their All-Championship Team trophies Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    University of Massachusetts players Melissa Carelli, from left, Cori Murray, Sam Rush and Jamie Schiloski celebrate after receiving their All-Championship Team trophies Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • Members of the University of Massachusetts lacrosse team hold up their Atlantic 10 championship trophy after defeating Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Members of the University of Massachusetts lacrosse team hold up their Atlantic 10 championship trophy after defeating Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • Members of the University of Massachusetts lacrosse team hold up their Atlantic 10 championship trophy after defeating Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Members of the University of Massachusetts lacrosse team hold up their Atlantic 10 championship trophy after defeating Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • Sam Rush of the University of Massachusetts, left, scores on Duquesne goalie Kristen Gregory Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Amy Tiernan of the University of Massachusetts, right, celebrates her goal against Duquesne with Courtney McGrath, left, and Sam Rush Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Members of the University of Massachusetts lacrosse team hold up their Atlantic 10 championship trophy after defeating Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Members of the University of Massachusetts lacrosse team hold up their Atlantic 10 championship trophy after defeating Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Cori Murray of the University of Massachusetts, right, scores on Duquesne goalie Kristen Gregory Sunday at McGuirk Stadium. Tanner Guarino looks on, left.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Lauren Terracciano of the University of Massachusetts, center, scores on Duquesne goalie Kristen Gregory Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Morgan Walker of the University of Massachusetts, right, moves the ball ahead of Morgan Matz of Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Lauren Terracciano of the University of Massachusetts, center left, shoots against Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Melissa Carelli of the University of Massachusetts, left, scores on Duquesne goalie Kristen Gregory Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • University of Massachusetts players Melissa Carelli, left, and Cori Murray celebrate Carelli's goal against Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium. <br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Cori Murray of the University of Massachusetts, left, moves the ball against Casey Briglia of Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Amy Tiernan of the University of Massachusetts, center, scores, despite the efforts of Duquesne defenders Amanda Kidder and Casey Denk, right, Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Tanner Guarino of the University of Massachusetts, center, evades Duquesne defenders Aubrey Green, left, and Amanda Kidder Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Tanner Guarino of the University of Massachusetts, center, celebrates a goal by Sam Rush during their team's win against Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Sam Rush of the University of Massachusetts, left, lines up a shot against Duquesne goalie Kristen Gregory Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Kelsey Sheridan of the University of Massachusetts, left, moves the ball against Casey Briglia of Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Members of the University of Massachusetts lacrosse team hold up their Atlantic 10 championship trophy after defeating Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Sam Rush of the University of Massachusetts, second from left, scores on Duquesne goalie Kristen Gregory, right, while defended by Casey Briglia, left, and Casey Denk Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Members of the University of Massachusetts lacrosse team hold up their Atlantic 10 championship trophy after defeating Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • University of Massachusetts players Melissa Carelli, left, and Cori Murray celebrate after receiving their All-Championship Team trophies Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • University of Massachusetts players Melissa Carelli, from left, Cori Murray and Sam Rush celebrate after receiving their All-Championship Team trophies Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • University of Massachusetts players Melissa Carelli, from left, Cori Murray,  Sam Rush and Jamie Schiloski celebrate after receiving their All-Championship Team trophies Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Members of the University of Massachusetts lacrosse team hold up their Atlantic 10 championship trophy after defeating Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Members of the University of Massachusetts lacrosse team hold up their Atlantic 10 championship trophy after defeating Duquesne Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

After squeezing out a one-goal halftime lead over Duquesne, the Minutewomen found another gear in the second half and pulled away for a 14-7 win over the Dukes.

The win earns UMass (17-2) its fifth straight conference crown and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The 26-team field will be unveiled at 9 p.m. May 5. The top six teams get byes in the first round and the remaining 20 play games at home sites.

“We won the championship and that’s great, but now we’re on to NCAAs,” junior attack Sam Rush said. “We’re 0-0 again.”

Rush amassed a collection of milestones and honors in the game. She earned the tournament most outstanding player award after career highs in goals (six) and points (seven) on Sunday. Rush had nine goals and one assist in the tournament.

“I just wanted to win the game,” Rush said. “If that involved me scoring goals so be it.”

Her first goal gave her 100 in her career. Her fifth gave her 60 in 2013, breaking the Minutewomen’s single-season record set last year by Katie Ferris. Rush’s sixth goal tied the Atlantic 10 tournament single-game record.

“She was so clutch today,” UMass coach Angela McMahon said. “She was fantastic. She completely ignited that run in the second half.”

Rush’s numbers came despite increased defensive attention put on her because of the limited minutes played by Ferris , the Atlantic 10 offensive player of the year, who was slowed all weekend by an illness. Ferris finished with a single assist, ending a streak of 15 games with a goal.

“We needed some different people to step up because Katie was limited,” McMahon said. “We had multiple people do that.”

Duquesne (11-7) took a 4-2 lead with 16 minutes, 8 seconds left in the first half, led by Clare Hurley’s two early goals. The Dukes used a 6-4 advantage in draw controls and six saves by goalie Kristen Gregory in the first half to slow the Minutewomen early.

Sophomore goalie Jamie Schiloski made nine saves for UMass, including five in the first half to keep the Minutewomen in the game. They led 5-4 at halftime.

McMahon, who began losing her voice after Friday’s 13-5 semifinal win over George Washington, was hoarse throughout Sunday’s championship. Using her assistant coaches as a human megaphone, McMahon helped spur the turnaround.

“She motivated us and pumped us up and gave us the energy we needed going into the second half,” senior Cori Murray said. “We knew we could beat this team. If we came together and played the UMass lacrosse that we play every day in practice we knew we could come out successful.”

Rush’s first goal off a centering pass by Lauren Terracciano (two goals, two assists) started a run that reached 3-0 at halftime and ballooned into 9-0 surge that put the game out of reach as the Minutewomen led 11-4 with 11:42 remaining.

UMass controlled nine of 13 draws in the second half to help control possession.

“The way we rebounded and got together again in the second half, you could see us going harder for balls,” McMahon said. “Coming up with the ball and having ball possession in the second half really made a difference.”

Murray, last year’s tournament most outstanding player, added four goals and two assists in her last game at McGuirk Stadium.

“To end it here on McGuirk on our home turf is the greatest feeling ever,” Murray said. “These girls are my family. To come out on top in my senior year is amazing.”

NOTES – Murray, Schiloski, Melissa Carelli and Kelsey Sheridan joined Rush on the all-tournament team.

The Minutewomen’s five straight titles, six overall and 29 straight wins against Atlantic 10 opponents are all league records.

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. Get UMass coverage delivered in your Facebook news feed at www.facebook.com/GazetteUMassCoverage.

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