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Sam Rush gives UMass women’s lacrosse thrilling 9-8 overtime win over Albany

Sophomore attack Sam Rush scored the game-winning goal just before time expired in overtime as the University of Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team beat Albany 9-8 Friday at McGuirk Stadium Friday.

Rush finished with three goals, while Katie Ferris added three tallies and the assist on the game winner for UMass (5-2).

Cori Murray had three assists, while Lauren Terracciano and Katie Boden each finished with a goal and an assist.

Rachel Vallarelli made three saves in goal for the Minutewomen.

Softball

South Carolina 13, UMass 4 (5); South Florida 12, UMass 1 (6) — The Minutewomen (2-8) dropped both games on the opening day of the USF Under Armour Showcase in Tampa, Fla.

Lindsey Webster’s three-run homer in the second gave the Minutewomen a 3-2 lead in the first game, but the Gamecocks added two in the third and pulled away.

Cyndil Matthew had two hits and an RBI in the loss.

Matthew (run), Quianna Diaz-Patterson (RBI) and Tiffany Meeks each had a hit but the Minutemen fell to the hosts.

Baseball

Vanderbilt 4, Oregon 1 — Lefty Kevin Ziomek of Amherst improved to 4-0 for the No. 2-ranked Commodores, pitching his second straight complete-game.

Ziomek struck out 13, walked one and allowed one earned run on two hits. He faced 31 batters and hit one.

Ziomek allowed a double in the first and a solo homer in the fourth. He worked 1-2-3 innings in the second, third, fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth.

Lamar 4, UMass 2 — Ryan Cusick, Anthony Serino and Rob McLam each had two hits but the Minutemen (1-2) fell on the road in Texas.

DJ Jauss struck out four, walked two and allowed six hits over 51∕3 innings in the loss.

Women’s tennis

Xavier 4, UMass 3 — The first doubles team of Yuliana Motyl and Chantal Swiszcz, and third doubles pair of Jessica Podlofsky and Arieele Griffin gave the Minutewomen (9-3, 3-1 Atlantic 10) a 2-1 lead after doubles, but UMass couldn’t hold on in Ohio.

Chanel Glasper won at No. 6 singles for UMass.

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