Women's Lacrosse Stays Undefeated With 17-5 Win Over New Hampshire
Feb. 29, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass women's lacrosse team bridged a 10-goal run between halves en route to a 17-5 win over New Hampshire on a snowy Wednesday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium. Katie Ferris posted her second 10-point game of the season with five goals and five assists, while Ali Houlis led the defense with 3 caused turnovers and a career-high nine groundballs.
With the win, UMass improves to 4-0 on the season, while New Hampshire falls to 0-2. The 17 goals by the Minutewomen marked the most scored against the Wildcats in the series which dates back to 1976. The 12-goal win was also the largest win differential for UMass in the series.
Along with Ferris' five goals and five assists, UMass was led by Nina Sarcona who tallied three goals, one assist and four draw controls. Lauren Terracciano (2 goals, 1 assist), and Cori Murray (2 goals) posted multi-goal games, while Jesse O'Donnell posted a goal and two assists.
New Hampshire was led by Jenny Simpson who scored a pair of goals. Kate Keagins added a goal along with three caused turnovers, four groundballs and four draw controls. Laura Puccia and Chelsea Cyester each tallied goals in the loss. Taylor Hurwitz took the loss starting the game and making two saves while allowing seven goals in 16 minutes. Kathleen O'Keefe played the final 44 minutes without any saves while allowing 10 goals.
UMass started the game with a pair of goals from Ferris and Terracciano within the first minute of play. The game stayed a two-goal game until the midway point of the first half when Ferris third goal of the game at the 14:12 mark sparked the 10-goal run.
Over a four minute span following Ferris' goal, the Minutewomen scored four more goals to take a 10-3 lead at the 10:02 mark - a lead which stood at halftime.
Ferris scored her fourth goal of the game nearly four minutes into the second half sparking five more goals from UMass as the Minutewomen built up a 15-3 lead. Kelsy McGovern capped the run with a free position shot with 18:52 left in the game.
Keagins and Cyester scored back-to-back goals for the Wildcats to pull within 10, but goals from Murray and Amy Tiernan gave UMass its 17-5 win.
For the game UMass held a commanding 24-to-11 shot advantage including a 16-to-8 edge in the first half while allowing just three UNH shots in the second. The Wildcats struggled with the snowy conditions on the clear going 6-of-16, while UMass was 8-for-11.
UMass will return to action on Sunday against Sacred Heart at McGuirk Stadium to close out its five-game homestand to start the season. The opening draw in the first-ever meeting between the two programs is set for 1 PM. Admission is free to all.