Feb. 15, 2012
2012 Campaign Gets Underway as UMass Looks To BUild Off NCAA Berth
• The 2011 season saw UMass make a historic run through the regular season culminating in a third-straight Atlantic 10 Championship Title, a NCAA Play-In Game win and a berth to the NCAA Tournament with the program’s second-best win total ever (17). With just three starters and five letterwinners gone from 2011, head coach Angela McMahon will have to build upon that success in 2012 as the Minutewomen go for an unprecedeted fourth consecutive league championship.
Last Time Vs. Holy Cross
• It was a dramatic start to the 2011 season as UMass needed overtime to get past Holy Cross in Worcester for Angela McMahon’s first win as head coach of the Minutewomen. All-American Jackie Lyons scored the game-winning goal in the first overtime period, while Haley Smith and Danielle Pelletier each scored hat tricks in the 12-10 OT win.
Next Up: Boston Univ.
• UMass will host Boston University next Wednesday at 3 PM at McGuirk Stadium as part of the season-opening five-game home stand. UMass won a thriller at Nickerson Field last season as Katie Ferris scored the game-winner in the final seconds of play giving the Minutewomen a 13-12 win.
• UMass returns the bulk of its offensive attack and midfield as five of the top seven scorers from 2011 return. Katie Ferris will look to take over the mantle of Jackie Lyons after producing a single-season record last year with 56 goals as a freshman. Jesse O’Donnell became one of the top attacks in the Atlantic 10 with a 48 point year and was the MVP of the Atlantic 10 Tournament with a breakout performance.
• The group loses All-American Jackie Lyons who finished her career as the top point producer in program history with 226 points. Along with Lyons, the Minutewomen also lose Haley Smith from last season. Smith’s play in the midfield and attack was pivotal as her 36 goals were the fourth most on the team.
• Senior Dayna Defliese and sophomore Tanner Guarino each return as starters to the midfield unit. Defliese was an All-Atlantic 10 Second Team selection last season, while Guarino and fellow middie Courtney McGrath were each named to the All-Rookie Team.
• The defense returns nearly its entire corps from last season with the exception of Nazy Kerr. Senior Katie Florence will start for the fourth straight year after earning Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year and IWLCA All-Region Second Team honors last year.
• In front of Florence is a group of defenders anchored by seniors Ali Houlis and Riley Perry. Houlis was an All-Atlantic 10 First Team pick and an IWLCA All-Region First Team honoree in 2011. Perry was an All-Atlantic 10 Second Team pick. Both will be starting for the fourth straight year.
• Kelsey Palmer started 19 games last season, while Brianna Concialdi started seven to round out the top returners for the group.
One of Best Turnarounds In NCAA History
• UMass’s 17-3 record last year under first year head coach Angela McMahon served as the 4th-best season-to-season improvement in NCAA history. UMass’ 7.5 win/loss ratio improvement came on the heels of a 10-10 season in 2010.
• In 2006 Notre Dame and in 2010 James Madison, each had a 10 win/loss ratio improvement which is the best in NCAA history. Fairfield’s 8.5 ratio is third-best.
Best Start Since 1983
• The 7-2 start for UMass last year was its best since going 8-1 in the first nine games of the 1983 season - that year the Minutewomen finished 12-3-1 en route to an NCAA Tournament Semifinal appearance. UMass was a perfect 10-0 during the NCAA National Championship season of 1982. UMass’ best start ever was in 1979 when the squad was 15-0 before losing to Penn State in the USWLA National Title game (one of two precursors to the NCAA sponsoring women’s lacrosse). UMass was also 17-0-1 in 1978 before losing to Penn State in the USWLA Tournament.
2011 Saw Highest Ranking Since 1988
• UMass spent a school-record 11 straight weeks ranked in the InsideLacrosse.com/deBeer Media Poll last season finishing at No. 13 in the May 9th poll.
• In the April 4 InsideLacrosse.com/deBeer Media Poll, UMass was tied for 11th with Princeton which was the highest ranking of the season.
• UMass’ highest ranking was in 1988 when the Minutewomen earned a No. 9 ranking in the fifth week of the season.
• UMass earned a No. 19 ranking in the InsideLacrosse.com/deBeer Media Poll on Feb. 28 after starting the 2011 season 4-0 for its first ranking of the year.
Go With The `Flo’
• Katie Florence enters her fourth season as UMass’ starting goalie with a career record of 37-21, a goals-against-average of 10.21 and a .451 save percentage. She ranks 2nd all-time at UMass with 476 saves and needs 24 more to reach 500 for her career. Last year, Florence had the best campaign of her career with a 8.80 goals-against-average, a .460 save percentage, and 137 saves. Florence ranked 19th nationally in save percentage, 10th in GAA, 56th in saves per game and 36th in total saves last year.
Ferris One Of Top Rookies In Nation
• Katie Ferris proved herself to be one of the top rookies not only in the Atlantic 10, but in the entire country last season. As a freshman, Ferris was 2nd on the team in points (72) and first in goals (56). She ranked 12th nationally in goals per game (3.24) and 10th in overall goals. She led all freshmen nationally in goals per game, while leading the A-10 in goals per game and points per game.
• She holds the UMass single-season record for goals with 56.
Record Setting Year For Offense
• UMass set a school-record for goals in a single season with 293 last season besting the previous record by 83 goals. The previous record is 210 set in 2009.
• UMass was just 20 goals shy of tying the 15th-best single-season mark in NCAA history (Duke, 2009, 313 goals).
• UMass also set a school-record for points in a season (388). The previous record was 308 set back in 1978 - one of the oldest team records to be broken.
• That leaves the team assist record of 129 - also set in 1978 - as the oldest official record yet to be broken at UMass.
• UMass’ 16 goals scored in each game of the A-10 Tournament was also a new league record along with the 32 combined goals for the championship weekend.
Offense Scores 2nd Most Goals In A Game
• The 23 goals scored at Marist on March 22 was the most since scoring 22 against Northeastern in 1985. It was also the 2nd most all-time for a single game. The school record is 24 set at Williams in 1980.
• UMass’ 20 goals scored against Stony Brook comes in as the 5th most for a single game in program history.
• The 21 goals against George Washington marked the 3rd 20+ point game of the year. That comes in as the 4th highest total for a single game and the most ever against an A-10 opponent.
No GPS Needed For Road Wins
• UMass posted a perfect 10-0 record on the road in 2011 - the best since going 6-0 on the road during the 1982 National Championship Season.
First Half Success
• Part of the reason for UMass’ success last year was good starts to games. UMass outscored opponents 161-to-74 in the first half. The second half has been a bit closer with UMass leading 130-to-100.
No Let Downs With The Lead In Hand
• UMass was 14-0 last season when leading at halftime and a perfect 12-0 when leading with 5 minutes left in the game.
• Twice last season, UMass was able to comeback when trailing or tied with 5 minutes to go. At #18 Boston University, UMass trailed 12-10, but were able to rally and win on a last second game-winner by Katie Ferris - her first career goal. At Holy Cross in the season opener, the game was tied 9-9 with 5 minutes to go before UMass won 12-10 in overtime.
UMass Turns Up Defense In A-10
• Defense has been a hallmark of the UMass women’s lacrosse program, but last season, the Minutewomen turned up the intensity. For the year, UMass posted an 8.66 goals-against-average. In A-10 games, that number dropped to 6.14 goals-against. All told, UMass allowed teams to reach double digits eight times out of 20 games and just once in 7 A-10 regular-season contests.
• UMass enters its sixth year playing at McGuirk Alumni Stadium and is 20-16 all-time at the facility. Last year, UMass was 7-2 at home.
• UMass is not scheduled to play any games this spring at Garber Field which is the home of the men’s lacrosse team and the field hockey team. The women’s lacrosse team previously played there until 2007.
UMass Building Upon A-10 Success
• UMass is 22-6 in the Atlantic 10 over the last fours seasons (including 2011) which includes three A-10 Tournament Titles (2009, 2010, 2011), two regular-season title (2009, 2011) and one tournament runner-up finish (2008).
• In addition to the past two A-10 Titles, UMass also won the A-10 title in 2000.
• All-time, UMass is 57-29 (.633) in the Atlantic 10 and 10-7 (.533) in the A-10 Tournament. UMass has the 2nd most regular-season wins behind Temple (67).
CBS3 Now To Televise Select Home Women’s Lax games
• UMass athletics is pleased to announce that select women’s lacrosse games will be televised live in Western Massachusetts on CBS3 Now which can be viewed on Comcast 293 and Charter 230. The games are part of a 100-game package of all UMass sports which are shown on the CBS digital channel.
• Can’t make a home game? Have friends and family back home who want to keep up with the Minutewomen? Sign up for the UMass All-Access Package and you can watch every home game live on the Internet. Along with live games, fans can check out interviews with the coaches and players, news highlights, and feature stories on the team.
Order UMass Action Photos
• UMass is pleased to offer fans the chance to purchase action photos from all women’s lacrosse photo galleries that are posted on UMassAthletics.com. When viewing the photo gallery, simply click the “Buy Now” tab to order the photo from Replay Photos. You can choose custom sizes, frames and other options. These make great birthday, holiday or graduation gifts!
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