October 22, 2010
HAT TRICK HERO
Colarossi leads UMass to 5-0 win
AMHERST, Mass. - Junior Deanna Colarossi scored three times in the first half to lead the UMass women past Temple, 5-0 on Friday afternoon at Rudd Field.
The victory, which featured the largest scoring output for the Minutewomen since 2002, moves UMass to 6-9-0 on the season, 3-3-0 in the Atlantic 10, while the Owls fall to 5-10-1 on the year and 0-5-1 in A-10 play.
Following several early scoring chances, Colarossi put the Minutewomen on the board in the 16th minute. After freshman Jen Houtmann's shot was blocked by a defender, Colarossi collected the rebound and drove it home into the right side of the goal.
The score then quickly moved to 2-0. In the 19th minute, a long-range shot from freshman Brittany Moore came off the hands of goalkeeper Gillian Kacsuta, directly to Therese Smith , who was unmarked on the right side of the box. Smith sent the ball into a wide open net for her sixth of the season.
Colarossi struck for her second of the afternoon in the 28th minute to push the score to 3-0. Senior Alyssa Visconti's service from the right sideline was brought down by Colarossi in the center of the box and shot in along the ground.
Then in the 36th minute, Colarossi knocked down a failed clearing attempt by Kacsuta, who came out to play the ball in traffic, and lofted a left-footed strike into the goal to complete the natural hat trick. Colarossi is the first UMass player to score three goals in a game since Oct. 25, 2002, when Erin Lilly had four to tie the program single game record in a 6-1 win over Temple.
Freshman Blair Ferry ) capped off the scoring in the 45th minute. After freshman Lauren Skesavage rocketed a shot off the post, Ferry sent the rebound into the high right corner of the net. Her tally completed the first five-goal half for the Minutewomen since the 2001 squad routed Duquesne, 7-0.
UMass finished the contest with a 24-14 edge in shots. Sophomore Emily Cota logged five saves in her third shutout of the season, while Kacsuta had seven stops for Temple and Tara Murphy turned aside four shots after relieving Kacsuta at halftime.
UMass will close out its 2010 home schedule this Sunday, Oct. 24, when they host Saint Joseph's at 1 p.m.