Women's Lacrosse

Women's Lacrosse Hosts Sacred Heart On Sunday

Nina Sarcona leads UMass with 6.0 draw controls per game.

Nina Sarcona leads UMass with 6.0 draw controls per game.

March 4, 2012

Sacred Heart (1-1) at Massachusetts (4-0)
 Date  Sunday, March 4 - 1:00 PM
 Location  McGuirk Alumni Stadium | Amherst, Mass.
 Tickets  Free Admission
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UMass, Sacred Heart Meet For First Time 
• The UMass women’s lacrosse team will close out its five-game homestand today as Sacred Heart visits McGuirk Stadium. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two programs. The Pioneers will certainly be familiar with the Minutemen as head coach Laura (Korutz) Cook is one of UMass’ all-time great players.
• The Minutewomen look to keep their unblemished start to the season (4-0) alive as this will be the fifth consecutive home game to start the season. The Pioneers lost their season-opener last week to Iona in triple overtime, but defeated Niagara on Friday. 

Welcome Home Coach Cook
• As a player, Laura (Korutz) Cook remains one of the all-time greats to wear the Maroon & White. From 1996-99, Cook put up scoring numbers that remain among the program’s top-10. She currently ranks 7th all-time in career points (140), 9th in career goals (98), and 7th in career assists (42). Her 151 groundballs ranks 5th for a career as well. She was selected to the 1999 A-10 All-Tournament Team, the 1998 IWLCA All-Region 2nd Team and the 1999 IWLCA Academic All-America Team.

Next Up: At Vermont
• UMass will return to action next Saturday when the Minutewomen head to Burlington, Vt., to face Vermont. This will be the first time since 2007 that the Minutewomen have faced the Catamounts on the road. UMass leads the all-time series 11-2 having won 10 straight.

Last Time: Win Vs. UNH
• 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. UMass was also led by Nina Sarcona who tallied three goals, one assist and four draw controls. Katie Florence earned the win in goal making five saves, while Jamie Schiloski played the final 21 minutes making one save. 

Guarino Earns A-10 honors After BU, Marist Wins
Tanner Guarino was named the Atlantic 10 Performer of the Week following her seven goal, two assist effort in the wins over Boston University and Marist. She shot 70% for the week and had the game-winning goals in both games. Against the Terriers, she had four goals and an assist, while she followed that up with three goals and an assist against the Red Foxes. 

Ferris Earns Weekly Honors Following Holy Cross Win
• After her 10 point game last weekend against Holy Cross, Katie Ferris was named the Atlantic 10 Performer of the Week and the UMass Athlete of the Week. Her seven goals and three assists marked the most points scored by any player in the country to date. 

Offensive Outlook
• 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.

Defensive Outlook
• 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.

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.  

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 41-21, a goals-against-average of 10.00 and a .443 save percentage. She ranks 2nd all-time at UMass with 493 saves and needs 7 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.

No sophomore Slump For Ferris
Katie Ferris picked up the 2012 season where she left the 2011 campaign - in the goals’ scored column. In the season-opener against Holy Cross, the sophomore scored seven goals and added three assists for a career-high 10 points. She followed that up three games later with another 10-point game with 5 goals and 5 assists in the win over New Hampshire.
• Ferris leads the Atlantic 10 in overall goals and points while ranking 6th in assists. Nationally, she ranks 16th in goals and 20th in assists just three games into 2012.
• 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.

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.

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.

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.

McGuirk Magic
• UMass enters its sixth year playing at McGuirk Alumni Stadium and is 24-16 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.

Streaming Video
• 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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