Second Half Surge Leads No. 14 Women's Lax Past USC 18-9
Feb. 10, 2013
LOS ANGELES - After a back-and-forth first half, the No. 14 UMass women's lacrosse team opened up its offensive production in the second half en route to an 18-9 win over Southern California on Sunday afternoon at McAlister Field. Katie Ferris had a game-high nine points thanks to six goals and three assists, while Rachel Vallarelli picked up the win in goal with eight saves including six in the second half.
UMass improves to 1-1 on the season, while USC falls to 0-2. The Minutewomen will host Long Island next Saturday (1 PM) at McGuirk Stadium. The game will be televised on CBS3 Now.
Along with Ferris' nine points, the Minutewomen were led offensively by Cori Murray's goal and four assists and Sam Rush's three goals. Overall, 10 players posted at least one goal in the game. Defensively, Kelsey McGovern anchored UMass with nine draw controls, five caused turnovers and five groundballs.
The Women of Troy were led by Caroline Cordrey, Paige Bonomi, and Caroline de Lyra who each scored two goals. Liz Shaeffer was outstanding in goal during the first half where she made 11 of her 12 saves in the game. Her play was a big factor in UMass scoring just six first half goals despite attempting 20 shots.
Murray gave UMass the early 1-0 lead nearly three minutes into play with an unassisted drive. After a USC goal tied the game, Rory Sadoff and Rush scored back-to-back goals giving the Minutewomen a 3-1 lead with 15:26 left in the opening half.
The two teams traded goals again before USC went on a four-goal run to take a 6-4 lead with just under three minutes to go before halftime.
The Minutewomen fought back in the final 90 seconds with a goal from Tanner Guarino and the first from Ferris to go into the break tied 6-6.
In the second half, Ferris added two more and Rush found the back of the net for the second time as UMass took a 9-6 lead with 27:27 left in the game.
The balance of the second half saw UMass score in bunches to extend their lead. Katie Boden capped a three goal run at the 19:27 mark giving the Minutewomen a 12-7 lead.
Amy Tiernan's goal with 6:04 to go capped a four-goal run putting the Minutewomen up 16-8. Katie Ferris scored her sixth goal of the game with just under four minutes left and Nicole Troost tallied her first collegiate goal with 55 seconds to goal to close out the scoring on the day.
UMass finished the day with a 34-to-22 advantage in shots and a 19-to-10 edge in draw controls (11-to-5 in the second half).