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UMass escapes with victory against Davidson

Minutewomen continue five-game winning streak
Devin Lippman
Daily Collegian (2024)

The Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team pulled out a win on Saturday afternoon, beating Davidson College 13-11. The Minutewomen (6-4, 5-0 Atlantic 10) are sizzling right now on a five-game win streak after Saturday’s contest.

Kassidy Morris led the way with a career-high six goals against Davidson (6-6, 3-2 A-10), opening the scoring for UMass with an incredible hat trick, all within two minutes of each other, topped off by a world-class behind-the-back shot. The A-10’s leading goal scorer now adds to her season tally of 34 goals, averaging 3.44 goals per game. UMass now leads the A-10 in goals per game, at 15.33, a little over half a goal over second place Richmond.

Head coach Jana Drummond had high praise for Morris after the game. “[Morris] was such a strong player out there, she kept us composed, she kept us in the game,” Drummond said. “We need to make sure our whole team can take care of it more next time.”

The Minutewomen outscored Davidson in every quarter of the game until the last. UMass led by five points going into the fourth quarter, however the Wildcats gave them a scare late in the game, scoring four unanswered goals within a seven-minute span. Davidson tallied double the amount of points UMass had in the fourth quarter, with a 6-3-point differential.

“We had patience, if we can get the ball into our offensive end and do a great job by staying calm and not forcing a shot,” Drummond said. “We had a goal down on our offensive side which helped, but we need to get back and work on our defensive side.”

Charlotte Wilmoth and Fiona McGowan had strong games as well. Wilmoth finished the game with four goals and one assist, while McGowan, the Atlantic 10 leader in assists with 3.56 per game, ended with a game-high seven.

The A-10 draw control leader Jordan Dean won 15 out of 16 draws for UMass throughout the game, tallying more than the entire Davidson roster combined, which recorded only 11.

Jenna Skibbe and Brooke Ross led the Wildcats in scoring against UMass, with three goals each. Skibbe scored all three goals in the fourth quarter. Skibbe ranks third in the A-10 in goals per game with 3.00.

Goalkeeper Catrina Tobin held down the fort, recording seven saves which kept the Minutewomen ahead of the Wildcats the entire 60 minutes of play. Tobin now has 55 total saves on the season which ranks her seventh in the Atlantic 10 in total saves.

UMass looks to extend its win streak to six against Duquesne on Saturday 12 April 6th in Pittsburgh at 12 p.m. The game can be watched on ESPN+.

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