March 13, 2012
UMass Hosts American Eagles On Tuesday
• Looking to remain undefeated on the season, UMass hosts American University on Tuesday in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
• Following Saturday’s win at Albany, the Minutewomen are now ranked in both national polls: No. 18 in the media and No. 19 in the coaches.
Back-To-Back 6-0 Starts
• For the second straight season, the UMass women’s lacrosse team has started the season with a 6-0 record. That marks the Minutewomen’s best start since 1985 and 1986 - the last time UMass started consecutive seasons with 6-0 records. The best start ever in program history was 15-0 in 1979 before losing to Penn State in the USWLA National Title Game.
Next Up: At #1 Northwestern
• UMass and Northwestern will meet for the sixth consecutive season. The Minutewomen are 1-10 all-time against the Wildcats since the series began in 1983.
• This will be the fourth time in the last six years that UMass has played at Northwestern (located just outside of Jesse O’Donnell’s hometown of Chicago). The last trip to Evanston was in the NCAA Tournament 1st Round in 2009.
• The game will pit UMass head coach Angela McMahon and associate head coach Sarah Albrecht against their former collegiate coach Kelly Amonte Hiller. McMahon was a member of the first Wildcat team in 2002 after the program had been dormant for 11 years. Albrecht was also a member of the first reinstated team guiding the Wildcats to the NCAA National Title in 2005.
Last Time Out: Win At Vermont
• A three-goal first half lead quickly became a back-and-forth game in the second half as UMass was able to outlast Vermont 9-8 in Burlington last Saturday. Katie Ferris factored into the final three goals, including the game-winner in the final two minutes.
Ferris, Houlis Earn A-10 Honors After UNH, SHU Wins
• Katie Ferris Earned her second Atlantic 10 Player of the Week honor of the season, while Ali Houlis was named the Defensive Player of the Week following the Minutewomen’s wins over New Hampshire and Sacred Heart. Ferris had a 17-point week with 9 goals and 8 assists shooting 75 percent. Houlis led the defense which allowed a combined 12 goals, while collecting 10 groundballs, causing three turnovers, earning 4 draw controls and recording one assist.
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.
Men & Women Both Undefeated
• UMass is the only school in the country to have both its men’s and women’s lacrosse programs remain undefeated this season. The men’s team also sports a perfect 6-0 record. Both teams are also ranked nationally with the Minutewomen coming in at No. 18 in the media poll and No. 19 in the coaches poll. The Minutemen are No. 3 in the media poll and No. 4 in the coaches poll.
• 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.
• 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 43-21, a goals-against-average of 10.00 and a .441 save percentage. She ranks 2nd all-time at UMass with 500 saves (Jen Nardi ranks 1st all-time with 600). 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 2nd in assists. Nationally, she ranks 6th in goals and 11th in assists just six 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
• With just 1/3 of the season in the books, UMass is on pace for another record breaking year on offense. The Minutewomen have already put up 98 goals and 149 points which is on pace to shatter last season’s record performances.
• 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.
Defense In Top Form
• While the offense gets much of the publicity, UMass defense is also among the best in the country. UMass has the 11th ranked scoring defense allowing just 7.67 goals per game. No team has reached double-figures against the Minutewomen this season. UMass also ranks 11th in caused turnovers (9.67/game) and 3rd in draw controls (16.5/game).
Sarcona Key In Draw Circle
• One of the key’s to UMass’ offensive and defensive success comes in Nina Sarcona being one of the country’s best draw control specialists. Sarcona ranks 3rd nationally with 6.0 wins individually, but her ability to place the ball where he teammates can win possession has been key. The Northport, N.Y. native has 120 draw controls for her career which is just four shy of the UMass record held by Meghan Reddy (2006-09).
Terracciano Having A Breakout Season On Offense
• Lauren Terracciano is in the midst of her best season offensively as she is the Minutewomen’s second leading scorer in 2011. Her 13 goals and 9 assists are both season bests for her career. She also has one of the most accurate shots on the team scoring her 13 goals on just 17 shots - a .765 shooting percentage.
First Half Success
• Once again, big first halves are leading UMass to success as the Minutewomen are undefeated when leading at halftime. For the year, UMass has outscored its opponents 54-to-19 in the first half.
• 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.
• UMass enters its sixth year playing at McGuirk Alumni Stadium and is 25-16 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.
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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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