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UMass women’s lacrosse puts eight-game win streak on the line against Temple

AMHERST — The last regular season women’s lacrosse game between the University of Massachusetts and Temple, which is headed to the American Athletic Conference next season, will have plenty on the line today.

With both teams 3-0 in the Atlantic 10, the 4 p.m. game at McGuirk Stadium could go a long way toward determining seeding in the conference tournament. The Minutewomen (11-2), who are ranked No. 10 (media poll) and No. 13 (coaches), are on an eight-game winning streak after opening the season 3-2. UMass leads the conference and is ranked fourth nationally in goals per game at 15.31.

Junior Katie Ferris needs one point to become UMass’ all-time leading scoring. Her 226 points (152 goals, 74 assists) are tied with former teammate Jackie Lyons. Ferris, who is third in career goals, needs 18 to catch all-time leader Pam Moryl, who had 170 from 1982-85.

Ferris leads the A-10 in points per game (4.67) and shares the lead in goals per game (3.08). Ferris, who was last week’s Atlantic 10 Player of the Week, will face the league’s defender of the week in Temple goalie Meghan Clothier, who stood out in wins over St. Bonaventure and Duquesne.

The Owls (8-4) have won three straight.

MEN’S LACROSSE — The Minutemen (5-6, 0-3) will need to find success in their final three games to have a chance to defend their Colonial Athletic Association tournament crown.

That stretch begins Saturday at 1 p.m. at Garber Field when UMass hosts No. 17 Drexel (8-3, 3-1 CAA).

The Minutemen are at Hofstra (7-4, 2-2) on April 20 and host Delaware (4-8, 0-3) on April 26.

Only four of the seven CAA teams reach the conference tournament. Penn State (8-3) and Towson (7-5) are tied for first at 3-0. Drexel is third and Hofstra is fourth.

UMass has to win at least two of its final three games, including the one against the Pride to have a chance.

SOFTBALL, BASEBALL RESCHEDULED — The Minutewomen’s Thursday softball game against Boston University was postponed for what UMass called “unforeseen scheduling conflicts.”

The Minutewomen (10-17, 6-2) return to conference play Sunday with their final Atlantic 10 series with Charlotte before the 49ers leave for Conference USA next year. The doubleheader starts at noon.

Charlotte (14-20, 2-6) boasts the league’s No. 2 hitting team with a .304 average and is third in runs scored with 177.

The Minutewomen are at home against rival Connecticut, Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Due to Friday’s rain forecast, the opener of UMass’ three-game baseball series with St. Bonaventure has been moved to Saturday at 1 p.m. It’s the first game of a doubleheader. The third game of the series will be Sunday at noon.

The Minutemen (5-17, 1-5 Atlantic 10) have won two of their last three games. The Baseball Beanpot championship between UMass and Northeastern has been set for 5 p.m. at Fenway Park on April 29.

MISCELLANEOUS — The men’s and women’s track and field teams host the Minuteman Invitational, Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

The women’s tennis team plays at noon at Bryant University Saturday, before closing its regular season at home Sunday against Sacred Heart at 1 p.m. The Atlantic 10 tournament starts Thursday in Charlottesville, Va.

The women’s crew team is at the Knecht Cup in Cherry Hill, N.J., Saturday and Sunday.

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

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