AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - Jackie Lyons scored her 200th career point at UMass as the No. 15 women's lacrosse team defeated George Washington 21-6 on Friday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium. The win clinches UMass a spot in the four-team Atlantic 10 Tournament in two weeks. The Minutewomen will host Richmond on Sunday (Noon) in a game that will most likely determine the regular-season league champion and No. 1 seed.
Lyons becomes just the third player in program history to record 200+ points in a career. She now has 128 career goals (3rd all-time), 73 assists (3rd), and 201 points (3rd). She needs 2 more assists, 14 points and 32 goals to move into second in each category.
Paced by hat tricks from Haley Smith and Nina Sarcona in the first 15 minutes of play, the Minutewomen (12-2, 5-0 A-10) jumped out to a 12-1 lead at the 14:42 mark of the first half.
George Washington's Megan Seidman (3g) tallied back-to-back markers to make it 12-3 with 9:48 to go, but UMass went back on the attack scoring three straight to close the half including Lyons' 201st career point on a free position goal that came with 1 second remaining.
The second half started just as the first ended with the Minutewomen scoring three straight goals in the first 3:15 of action to make it 18-3 UMass.
After Mia Breheney ended the Minutewomen's run at the 14:21 mark of the second half, Katie Ferris and Cori Murray scored back to back goals to give UMass a 20-4 advantage.
Seidman and Audrey Joy scored goals 90-seconds apart making it 20-6 with 6 minutes left, but Lauren Terracciano scored her eighth goal of the season with 3:11 left to give the final score.
All told, six different Minutewomen posted hat tricks in the game led by Ferris' four. Lyons scored three goals and handed out two assists for a game-high five points, while Murray and Terracciano each scored three goals alongside Sarcona and Smith.
Katie Florence earned the win in goal for the Minutewomen making one save while allowing three goals in 30 minutes of work. Chelsea Corell started the second half to finish the game.
The Colonials (5-10, 2-3 A-10) were led by Seidman's three goals and a goal and two assists from Mia Breheny. The UMass defense held Sarah Phillips, the league's third leading point scorer, to a pair of assists.
Liz Hoffman took the loss allowing 12 goals while making no saves in 18 minutes of work. She was lifted by Jess Hicks who allowed nine goals while making five saves in the final 42 minutes of play.
UMass won 14 of the 18 draw controls in the first half which lead to a 22-to-4 shot advantage before halftime. For the game, UMass outshot George Washington 39-to-10. The Minutewomen also won the draw control battle 17-to-11 and earned 21 groundballs compared to nine for the Colonials.