Seniors Shine As No. 10 Women's Lax Streaks Past St. Bonaventure 21-7
April 15, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - Nina Sarcona tallied four goals and 10 draw controls, while Katie Ferris led all players with four goals and six assists as the No. 10 UMass women's lacrosse team streaked past St. Bonaventure 21-7 on Sunday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium on Senior Day. The Minutewomen will face La Salle next Friday at McGuirk Stadium with a chance to claim their third Atlantic 10 Regular-Season Title in the last four years.
The win marked the seventh consecutive for the Minutewomen who improve to 14-1 overall and 5-0 in the Atlantic 10. It was also the 16th straight Atlantic 10 win and the 14th consecutive home win.
Sarcona's effort in the draw circle gave her the single-season record with 83 in her senior campaign. She set the career record earlier this season and now has 167. Meghan Reddy previously held both records with 124 for her career (2006-09) highlighted by 77 in 2009.
Along with Sarcona, seniors Ali Houlis (1 goal, 2 assists), Riley Perry (1 goal, 4 caused turnovers), and Danielle Pelletier (2 assists) each posted points in the game. Senior goalie Katie Florence played the first 10 minutes of the game with one caused turnover. The group along with Brittany Schoen, Jesse O'Donnell, and Dayna Defliese (5 groundballs) were honored with a Senior Ceremony following the game.
UMass was also led in the scoring column by Cori Murray who had a game-high five goals, while Sam Rush added two goals and two assists. Freshman Rachel Vallarelli earned her first career win playing 50 minutes while making eight saves.
For Ferris, her four goal day gives her 52 for the season - just four shy of her single-season school record of 56 which she set last season. The eight point effort for the Nation's leading scorer also puts her 13 shy of 100 points for the season which would make her the first player in program history to hit that mark.
St. Bonaventure (3-7, 0-5 A-10) was led by Mackenzie Jordan who scored three goals. Erin Thomas had a pair of goals, while Danielle Drabin had a goal and an assist. Karly Kocis took the loss in goal making 17 saves while allowing 20 goals.
The Minutewomen held a commanding 47-to-20 advantage in shots bolstered by a 28-to-9 edge in the first half. UMass also won 21-of-29 draw controlls paced by Sarcona's 10 wins. Defensively, the Minutewomen forced the Bonnies into 24 turnovers and held St. Bona to just 11-of-24 on clearing attempts.
Drabin opened the scoring on the day with a goal just 2:27 into play putting St. Bonaventure up 1-0. UMass responded with a five goal run over the next four minutes with Sarcona netting a pair of her four tallies in the game.
After Erin Thomas scored to pull the Bonnies back within three, UMass scored seven of the next eight goals in the half. Murray scored with 17 seconds and 3 seconds left in the half putting the Minutewomen up 12-3 at the intermission.
Jordan scored all three of her goals in the second half including back-to-back goals in 25 seconds to make the score 15-7 with 19:07 to go in the game.
UMass closed the final 18 minutes of play scoring six unanswered goals with Paige Morelli's tally with 2:08 remaining giving the final score of 21-7.