UMass women’s lacrosse chasing 11th straight Atlantic 10 title

  • UMass Alex Flobeck (12) drives the ball towards the net past Davidson’s Christine Molinari on March 31. The teams will play in the Atlantic 10 semifinals, Friday at 1 p.m. J. Anthony Roberts

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Published: 5/3/2018 10:41:23 PM

While the UMass women’s lacrosse team had one streak snapped this season, its truly important one is still alive.

The Minutewomen’s 61-game conference winning streak was halted on April 22, but they still have 10 consecutive Atlantic 10 Tournaments titles. They’ll start the quest for No. 11 Friday at 1 p.m. when they face Davidson, at Richmond’s Robbins Stadium.

“I think we’re in a good place mentally,” UMass coach Angela McMahon said. “We know what we’re good at and what we’re not good at. We know what our game plans are going to be.”

The Minutewomen are using the conference loss as motivation.

“We’re really excited. Coming off a tough loss, we’re a stronger, better team. We’re excited to show that in A-10s,” said senior Holly Turner, whose 83 points (37 goals, 46 assists) lead UMass. “It was a good learning experience. We were pissed about it, but we’re moving on. I think we’re going to be better than ever after that.

“Losing sucks,” Turner added. “Being able to redeeem ourselves and hopefully win a 10th Atlantic 10 championship is really good motivation for all of us.”

McMahon liked how her team reacted.

“They did what they needed to do to get through it and figure out why it happened and move on,” she said. “We’re in a good place mentally.”

Depending on the point of view, the Minutewomen either don’t have to worry about the team that ended their conference winning streak or don’t get a chance at avenging it.

No. 4 VCU, which upset UMass 17-16 on April 22, lost to No. 5 Davidson, Thursday in the quarterfinals.

UMass thumped Davidson, 14-4, on March 31.

No. 2 Richmond will face No. 3 Saint Joseph’s in the second semifinal at 4 p.m.

McMahon was confident her seniors would have the team ready to go.

“They’re instrumental on the field, but they’re one of the best leadership classes we’ve ever had,” she said. “They’re all on board. It’s all about the team and they’ve done a great job of keeping this team moving in the right direction.”

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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