Ferris Nets 7 Goals As Women's Lax Downs Holy Cross 18-8
Feb. 15, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - Katie Ferris tallied career-highs in goals (7) and points (10) to push the UMass women's lacrosse team over Holy Cross, 18-8, in the season-opener on Wednesday. The Minutewomen (1-0) collected scores from eight different players, while outshooting the Crusaders 40-22 at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.
Along with Ferris, Nina Sarcona tallied three goals in the win followed by two from Jesse O'Donnell and Sam Rush each. Lauren Terracciano had a goal and three assists, while Sarcona added seven draw controls in the game.
Maggie Reichenbach and Taylor Zebrowski each posted three goals to lead the Crusaders (0-1) offensively.
Sarcona opened the game's scoring off a feed from Ferris just 1:31 into the contest. Reichenbach and Zebrowski scored back-to-back goals to put the Crusaders up 2-1 at the 26:31 mark of the first half.
UMass then rattled off eight straight goals over a 12 minute span to take a commanding 9-2 lead with 9:07 left in the half. UMass scored the first three goals in a two minute span thanks to Ferris' first of the game, Sarcona's second, and Terracciano.
After another pair of Reichenbach and Zebrowski goals cut the lead back to five, Mia Rapolla scored on a free position shot as time expired to give the Minutewomen a 10-4 lead at halftime.
The second half was a dominant performance for UMass in the draw control circle as the Minutewomen won 12-of-13 attempts. Two of those wins led to goals from Ferris and Sarcona separted by just 21 seconds to give UMass a 12-5 lead with 23:21 to go in the game.
Ferris notched her seventh goal of the game with 8:01 left on the clock and Rush closed out the scoring with both her goals in the final 3:31 of play.
Katie Florence picked up the win making five saves in the game, while Holy Cross' Sarah Weber made eight saves in the loss.
UMass outshot the Crusaders 40-to-22 for the game and held a 21-to-6 advantage in draw controls.
The Minutewomen will return to action next Wednesday, Feb. 22 at McGuirk Stadium as they host Commonwealth rival Boston University. The opening draw is set for 3 PM.
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