Ferris, McGovern Earn A-10 Weekly Lacrosse Awards
Feb. 21, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - After helping the No. 14 UMass women's lacrosse team to a 2-1 start in the first two weeks of the season, junior attack Katie Ferris and junior defender Kelsey McGovern were honored with weekly awards by the Atlantic 10. Ferris was named the league's Offensive Player of the Week, while McGovern was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Week. The Minutewomen return to action on Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire.
UMass started the 2013 campaign with a tough 16-4 loss against No. 1 Northwestern two weeks ago in Los Angeles. The Minutewomen followed that with an 18-9 win against Southern California and a 21-8 home win over Long Island.
Ferris led UMass with a total of 15 points (9 goals, 6 assists) in the three games. The native of Carthage, N.Y., posted her fourth career game with 9-or-more points and was one shy of her career-high in the win over USC. She had an assist against the Wildcats along with a groundball and a draw control. Along with her nine points (6g, 3a) against the Trojans, she added a groundball and a caused turnover. Against Long Island, she posted her three goals and two assists in just the first half and did not play in the second.
The 6 assists for the opening two weeks moved her into 4th all-time at UMass (61), while the 15 points put her 4th-place all-time (185) as well. Her nine goals moves her into sixth all-time (124).
As one of the Minutewomen's top defensive players, McGovern also took over the role as the primary draw control specialist with the graduation of Nina Sarcona who set the UMass career record with 193 including a single-season record of 109 last year.
McGovern finished first two weeks with 10 groundballs, 5 caused turnovers and 21 draw controls. After being limited to just one draw control and three groundballs against the Wildcats, she bounced back with a career-best game against the Trojans with career marks in draw controls (9), groundballs (5) and caused turnovers (5). In the home win over Long Island, she re-set her career-best total in draw controls with 11 which was just one shy of the UMass program record.
The Player of the Week honor marked the sixth in Ferris' illustrious career at UMass. For McGovern, this marked her first career league weekly accolade.