March 19, 2013
The No. 17 UMass women's lacrosse team closes out the non-conference schedule this Wednesday afternoon as the Minutewomen head to Holy Cross for a 4 PM opening draw. UMass is seeking its fifth straight win heading into the start of Atlantic 10 play. All-time UMass is 13-3 against the Crusaders which includes three straight wins. Last year, the Minutewomen defeated Holy Cross 18-8 in the season-opener at McGuirk Stadium.
UMass enters the week at 7-2 overall following wins against Vermont (16-5) and at Sacred Heart (21-8). Tewaaraton nominee Katie Ferris leads the Minutewomen with 35 points on 22 goals and 13 assists. During the Vermont game, she became just the fourth player in program history to break the 200-point barrier for a career.
Sam Rush is the overall goal leader for the Minutewomen with 26 on the year, while Cori Murray is the second leading point producer with 30 (16g, 14a). Lauren Terracciano is also closing in on the 30 point mark for the season with 24 on 13 goals and 11 assists.
Do-it-all defender Kelsey McGovern leads the UMass defense with 26 groundballs and 16 caused turnovers to go with 54 draw controls. Rachel Vallarelli has started every game in goal this year and is posting a 8.48 goals-against-average and a .411 save percentage.
Holy Cross is led by Sara Hennessey who has 24 points on a team-best 22 goals. Overall four different players have reached double-figures in the goals-scored column. Sarah Weber is the starting goalie with a 4-4 record thanks to a 12.38 goals-against-average and a .414 save percentage.
The Crusaders have lost two straight entering the game after falling at Brown (13-4) and American (16-8) last week.
UMass alum Stephanie (Pavlick) Ridolfi is in her 11th season as the head coach at Holy Cross. Ridolfi graduated from UMass in 2000 after posting 92 points as a Minutewoman (71 goals, 21 assists). She is 88-96 in her tenur with the Crusaders and 96-114 in 13 years overall as a head coach.
Ferris Continues To Climb On Career Charts
Junior attack Katie Ferris continues to climb in the women's lacrosse all-time career record book. This season, the native of Carthage, N.Y., became just the fourth person all-time to score 200 career points in the history of the UMass women's lacrosse program. She enters the week 4th all-time in career points (205), 4th in career goals (137) and 4th in career assists (68).
A member of the 2013 Tewaaraton Watch List, Ferris needs 11 points to claim third place for career points and eight for career goals. She is eight assists away from Jeanne Hackett who is third with 75.
Ferris needs 22 points to eclipse Jackie Lyons (226) as the all-time career points leader at UMass. She also needs 33 goals to tie Pam Moryl's record of 170 which has stood since 1985.
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 64 career games, she has 71 goals and 52 assists for 123 points. Her 52 assists stand as the 6th most in career history at UMass.
Trio Closing In On The Century Mark
In addition to Ferris and Terracciano, UMass features several other players who are closing in on the 100-career point milestone. Tanner Guarino has 76 points entering the week, Sam Rush has 82 points, and Cori Murray has 92 points.
The Last Meeting
February 15, 2012
Amherst, Mass. (McGuirk Stadium)
McGovern Is Quick On The Draw
Aside from being one of the Minutewomen's top defensive players, Kelsey McGovern is also UMass' primary draw specialist. After recording 35 draw controls as a freshman and sophomore back-up Nina Sarcona, McGovern is having a career year in 2013 with 54 to her credit. She now has 89 draw controls for her career which is just shy of the all-time top 10 list at UMass. The 54 this season already ranks as the 4th best single-season total in program history (Sarcona set the record last year with 109 and holds the career record at 193).
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, 20 different players have accounted for at least one goal with nine having five or more goals through nine games. As impressive as that number is, the Minutewomen are also having more players involved in the passing game as 18 have at least one assist. As a team, UMass has 75 assists compared to 38 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 26 goals on 36 shots (.722). For her career, she has 70 goals on 104 shots (.673).
Melissa Carelli is also making the most of her shot attempts this year with eight goals on 14 shots (.571). The goal total has tied her single-season-high of eight set last year.
UMass In The NCAA Rankings (Mar. 18)
Entering this week, UMass is ranked No. 3 in total points with 212 - Maryland holds the top spot with 219 points. The Minutewomen also rank 6th in scoring offense with 15.22 goals per game, 8th in caused turnovers (11.22), 19th in groundballs (18.78) and 14th in draw controls (14.11).
Individually, Katie Ferris is 18th nationally in points (35.0), 32nd in goals (22), and 28th in assists (13). Sam Rush ranks 14th overall in goals (26) and Cori Murray ranks 24th in assists (14). Kelsey McGovern ranks 6th in draw controls (6.0), 20th in groundballs and 26th in caused turnovers, while Rachel Vallarelli is 21st in goals-against-average (8.48).
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 35-16 all-time at the facility. Over the last two seasons, UMass is 22-2 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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