March 12, 2013
The No. 17 UMass women's lacrosse team will host Vermont Wednesday afternoon (4 PM) at McGuirk Stadium in the first of two games this week. The Minutewomen are coming off a dramatic 9-8 overtime win over Albany on Sam Rush's last-second goal, while the Catamounts enter the contest at 3-3 on the season and are coming off a 11-12 loss to Quinnipiac this past Saturday. UMass holds a 12-2 all-time record in the series against Vermont with the last meeting resulting in a 9-8 victory for the Minutewomen.
UMass enters the week at 5-2 overall after last Thursday's win. Tewaaraton nominee Katie Ferris leads the Minutewomen with 28 points on 17 goals and 11 assists. After scoring 10 goals in the last three games, Sam Rush is UMass' overall goal leader with 21, while Cori Murray is the team's third-leading scorer with 10 and a team-high 12 assists.
Do-it-all defender Kelsey McGovern leads the Minutewomen defense with 20 groundballs and 12 caused turnovers to go with 40 draw controls. Rachel Vallarelli has been the goalie of record this year and is posting a 9.51 goals-against-average and a .389 save percentage.
Vermont is led by Jessica Roach and Sydney Mas who each have twenty-plus points on the year. Mas has a team high 17 goals on the season with Roach just behind her with 15 on the year and a team high 12 assists.
Charlotte Lyons is the goalie of record with all six starts and is posting an 11.46 goals-against-average with a .433 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. The native of Carthage, N.Y., remains 4th all-time in career points (198), 4th in career goals (132) and 4th in career assists (66).
A member of the 2013 Tewaaraton Watch List, Ferris needs 17 points to claim third place for career points and 11 for career goals. She is nine 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.
The Last Meeting
March 10, 2012
No. 19 Women's Lax Outlasts Vermont 9-8
After Vermont tied the game with 10 minutes left in the second half, Nina Sarcona and Katie Ferris each tallied goals to give the No. 19 UMass women's lacrosse team a 9-8 win over the Catamounts on Saturday in Burlington. Following a Vermont goal with one minute left in the game that made it 9-8, the UMass defense forced a pair of turnovers to seal the win.
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 62 career games, she has 67 goals and 49 assists for 116 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 seven having five or more goals through seven 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 59 assists compared to 28 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 21 goals on 29 shots (.724). For her career, she has 65 goals on 97 shots (.670).
Melissa Carelli is also making the most of her shot attempts this year with eight goals on 12 shots (.666). The goal total has tied her single-season-high of eight set last year.
UMass In The NCAA Rankings (Mar. 11)
Entering this week, UMass is ranked No. 4 in total points with 159 - Maryland holds the top spot with 191 points. The Minutewomen also rank No. 16 in scoring offense with 14.29 goals per game, 9th in caused turnovers (11.0), 21st in groundballs (18.86) and 26th in draw controls (13.57).
Individually, Katie Ferris is 16th nationally in points (28.0), 28th in goals (17), and 25th in assists (11). Sam Rush ranks 11th overall in goals (21) and Cori Murray ranks 20th in assists (12). Kelsey McGovern ranks seventh in draw controls (5.71), while Rachel Vallarelli is 31st in goals-against-average (9.51).
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 34-16 all-time at the facility. Over the last two seasons, UMass is 21-2 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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