March 6, 2013
In its lone game of the week, the No. 17 UMass women's lacrosse team will host Albany on Friday afternoon (4 PM) at McGuirk Stadium. The Minutewomen are coming off a 22-6 win over Iona last Saturday, while the Great Danes enter the game coming off back-to-back wins over Niagara and Bryant. Despite UMass holding a 7-2 all-time record in the series, Albany has won two of the last three meetings with the Minutewomen winning last year's contest 12-11 in overtime.
UMass enters the weekend with a 4-2 overall record after last Saturday's win. Tewaaraton nominee Katie Ferris leads the Minutewomen with 24 points on 14 goals and 10 assists. After scoring seven goals in two games last week, Sam Rush is UMass' overall goal leader with 18, while Cori Murray is third with 10.
Do-it-all defender Kelsey McGovern leads the Minutewomen defense with 18 groundballs and 10 caused turnovers to go with 37 draw controls. Rachel Vallarelli has been the goalie of record this year and is posting a 10.00 goals-against-average and a .405 save percentage.
Albany is led by Rachael Burek and Jess Antelmi who each have nine points on the year. Rachel Bowles and Allie Phelan lead the team in goals scored with seven each.
Anna Berman is the goalie of record with all three starts and is posting an 8.82 goals-against-average with a .359 save percentage.
Ferris Continues To Climb On Career Charts
Junior attack Katie Ferris continues to climb in the women's lacrosse all-time career record book. After missing the Iona game, the native of Carthage, N.Y., remains 4th all-time in career points (194), 4th in career goals (129) and 4th in career assists (65).
A member of the 2013 Tewaaraton Watch List, Ferris needs 22 points to claim third place for career points and 15 for career goals. She is 10 assists away from Jeanne Hackett who is third with 75.
Last season Ferris set the UMass single-season record for points (98), goals (59) and assists (39). Her 98 points was also a new Atlantic 10 record breaking Jami Wilus' record of 94 set in 2001 - Wilus is the sister of former UMass men's lacrosse player Mike.
Terracciano Hits The Century Mark
Lauren Terracciano is the second leading career point scorer for the Minutewomen this season and hit the 100-point career mark with her goal against Northwestern. In 61 career games, she has 66 goals and 48 assists for 114 points.
Balanced Offensive Attack
One of the hallmarks of the UMass offense this year has been goal production from a multitude of players this season. In fact, 19 different players have accounted for at least one goal with six having five or more goals through six games. As impressive as that number is, the Minutewomen are also having more players involved in the passing game as 16 have at least one assist. As a team, UMass has 52 assists compared to 25 for its opponents.
Rush & Carelli Are Two Of UMass' Sharp Shooters
Over the course of her career, Sam Rush has been one of the Minutewomen's most efficient and accurate goal scorers. In 2012, she had 32 goals on 46 shots(.696). This year, Rush has been inserted into the starting line-up and already has a team-best 18 goals on 24 shots (.750). For her career, she has 62 goals on 92 shots (.674).
Melissa Carelli is also making the most of her shot attempts this year with eight goals on 11 shots (.727). The goal total has tied her single-season-high of eight set last year.
UMass In The NCAA Rankings (Mar. 3)
Entering this week, UMass is ranked No. 1 in total points with 143 - Duke ranks second with 134. The Minutewomen also rank No. 12 in scoring offense with 15.17 goals per game and 17th in draw controls (14.67).
Individually, Katie Ferris is 8th nationally in points (24.0), 18th in goals (14), and 15th in assists (10). Sam Rush ranks sixth overall in goals (18) and 14th in points (20). Kelsey McGovern ranks seventh in draw controls (6.17), while Rachel Vallarelli is 22nd in saves (34).
2012 Was A Record Setting Year For Offense
The 2012 campaign was record-setting for UMass's vaunted offensive attack. The Minutewomen broke all three of its major offensive records in points goals and assists.
The Minutewomen shattered the previous points record of 388 set in 2011 with a whopping 491 in 2012. UMass also broke the longest standing record in program history of 129 assists set in 1978 with 159 last year.
With 332 goals, UMass also broke the single-season goals record which it previously had set in 2011 (293). The 293 goals had bested the previous record by 83 goals - 210 scored during the 2009 season.
Prior to the 2011 season's record total of 388 points, the previous record was 308 set back in 1978 - one of the oldest team records to be broken.
UMass' 17 goals scored in the A-10 Semifinal last year against George Washington is tied as a new league record (Richmond also scored 17 in its semifinal win over Duquesne). UMass holds the league record for goals in a championship weekend with 32 combined goals in the 2011 championship run.
UMass Top Offensive Scoring Team In NCAA In 2012
UMass was the top point producing team in the country and fifth-ranked goal scoring team last season. The Minutewomen also ranked 5th in the country in goals scored (332) and while ranking first in assists (156).
UMass' 491 points tied the 2011 Maryland squad for the sixth-most in NCAA history.
UMass' 332 goals in 2012 is the 14th-best single-season mark in NCAA history.
UMass' 159 assists ranks as the 7th most in a single season in NCAA history.
Outside of scoring, UMass also had a historic year in the draw control circle. The Minutewomen's 357 draw controls in 2012 ranked 3rd-most in NCAA history. The record is held by Northwestern (389, 2009).
UMass Posts 2nd Most Wins In NCAA
UMass' 19 wins last year was the second most in the NCAA just behind national champion Northwestern which posted 21. The Minutewomen were tied with Florida, Syracuse and Maryland.
Top 10 RPI For UMass
UMass finished 2012 with a No. 6 RPI according to the final NCAA report making it the highest ranked A-10 team.
UMass Building Upon A-10 Success
UMass is 29-6 in the Atlantic 10 over the last fours seasons which includes four A-10 Tournament Titles (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), three regular-season title (2009, 2011, 2012) and one tournament runner-up finish (2008).
Since the loss against La Salle to end the 2010 regular season, UMass has won 20 consecutive games against A-10 teams.
In addition to the past four straight A-10 Titles, UMass also won the A-10 title in 2000.
All-time, UMass is 64-29 (.633) in the Atlantic 10 and 12-7 (.533) in the A-10 Tournament. UMass has the 2nd most regular-season wins behind Temple (70).
UMass is in its seventh year playing at McGuirk Alumni Stadium and is 33-16 all-time at the facility. Over the last two seasons, UMass is 20-2 at home including 11-0 last year.
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.
Fans will see one of the most dramatic upgrades to the stadium facility happen this spring as a new UMass Football Training Facility and Press Box will begin construction. Both projects are slated to be completed in prior to Fall 2014.
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 50-game package of all UMass sports which are shown on the CBS digital channel.
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