Ferris & Vallarelli Earn Atlantic 10 Lacrosse Weekly Honors
Feb. 17, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - After jumping out to a 2-0 start to 2014 with wins at Vanderbilt and at Connecticut, No. 11 UMass women's lacrosse attack Katie Ferris and goalie Rachel Vallarelli each earned Atlantic 10 weekly honors. Ferris was named the league's Performer of the Week, while Vallarelli was named the Defensive Player of the Week.
For Ferris, this was her 12th weekly honor since 2011 - nine of them as the Performer of the week and three in 2011 as the Rookie of the Week. Vallarelli earns the defensive honor for the second time in her career.
Ferris led UMass with 12 points on six goals and six assists in the two wins. In the win over Vanderbilt, Ferris had four goals and four assists along with three groundballs and a caused turnover. Her fourth goal of the game set a new UMass career goals record (171). That performance also garnered her WomensLax.com National Player Of The Week honors. In the win at UConn, Ferris had two goals and two assists to go with a groundball. The two assists moved her into 2nd all-time at UMass for career assists (84). Her offensive totals also led the A-10 in goals, assists and points to start the season and kept her as the No. 2 active career leader in the NCAA in both points and goals.
Vallarelli picked up a pair of wins in goal for UMass at Vanderbilt and at Connecticut. The goalie posted a 5.50 goals-against-average making a total of 12 saves while facing 30 shots. Against Vanderbilt, she made five saves while allowing just six goals (five of which were free position or man-up). At UConn she allowed just five goals, while making seven saves.
The pair of wins improves Vallarelli to 13-2 all-time in goal while lowering her career goals-against-average to 8.06 in 31 games.
UMass will return to action on Wednesday, February 19 at 3 PM when Holy Cross visits McGuirk Stadium. The game was originally schedule for Tuesday, February 18, but was moved due to forecasted inclement weather.
The Minutewomen enter the match with a 26-game home win streak on the line - a mark that is the 3rd longest in NCAA history.