March 25, 2010
Minutewomen Open A-10 Season At George Washington/Richmond
The UMass women's lacrosse team will open Atlantic 10 play this Friday (4 PM) at George Washington before heading to Virginia to face Richmond on Sunday (12 PM). The Minutewomen were picked first in the conference preseason coaches poll after winning the A-10 regular season title and championship title in 2009. George Washington is 2-7 on the season, while Richmond is 3-6 on the year.
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UMass is 6-3 all-time against George Washington including last year's 12-9 Atlantic 10 Semifinal win in Philadelphia. UMass is 4-7 all-time against Richmond, but has won the last two meetings which snapped a six game losing streak against the Spiders. UMass is seeking its first ever win at Richmond (0-5).
Last Time Out: UMass 7, Albany 14
Next Up: Temple
Albany broke away early, going up 6-1 in the first twenty minutes of the game. Albany got a major offensive boost from Taylor Frink and Melanie Sosnowski who combined for half of the teams 14 goals on the afternoon.
Albany dominated the shot count 31-18, but was just 1-for-6 on free position opportunities, while the Minutewomen went 3-for-7 on their free position chances.
The win was Albany's first against Massachusetts in program history.
There were six yellow cards handed out in the game, all coming in the first half with four of the cards going towards the Minutewomen.
Danielle Pelletier and Jackie Lyons got UMass within four with just over seventeen minutes remaining in the game, but Albany put the game out of reach with five goals in the final thirteen minutes.
UMass had trouble in the past with a 6-26-1 record all time against Temple. However, the Minutewomen took a 16-4 win in their only meeting last year. Temple is struggling early, going 2-4 so far this season.
UMass (3-6) is led offensively by Jesse O'Donnell (20g), Jackie Lyons (14g, 5a), and Lauren Terracciano (8g, 5a), through the first nine games. O'Donnell has posted a point in every game this season, while Lyons and Merritt Cosgrove have a point in every game but one.
Katie Florence has started the season with a 10.59 goals against average while posting a .396 save percentage.
Through nine games, UMass is averaging 9.44 goals per game on 42.7% shooting.
O'Donnell, Terracciano Early Scoring Threats
Jesse O'Donnell and Lauren Terracciano have become two of UMass' early scoring threats this season to compliment the offense of Jackie Lyons, Merritt Cosgrove and Haley Smith - three of UMass' top returners. O'Donnell posted eight combined goals in the wins over Holy Cross and UConn and has scored in each game of the year. In the win over Yale, she added four more goals for her third hat trick of the year.
Terracciano was just a goal behind O'Donnell scoring two against Holy Cross and five at UConn.
Pelletier, Sarcona Net 1st Career Hat Tricks
Danielle Pelletier scored her first career hat trick in the 18-8 win at UConn. Pelletier scored a career high four goals and added an assist in the win.
Nina Sarcona posted her first career hat trick on March 10 in the 9-5 win over Yale doing so on just three shots.
Houlis Gets Second Career Multi-Goal Game
In the loss at Stony Brook, defender Ali Houlis netted her second career multi-goal game scoring two of UMass six goals. Houlis had a pair of goals in 2009 in the 17-2 win at La Salle as a freshman.
Lyons Leads UMass
After a break-out sophomore season, junior Jackie Lyons is one of the top returning players for the Minutewomen. In 2009, she nearly set the school's single-season record for points with 71 on 44 goals and 27 assists. She also had seven game-winning goals.
For her career, she has played in 46 career games with 103 points (67 goals, 36 assists).
This past summer, Lyons earned a spot on the U.S. Developmental Team roster and has been training with some of the nation's top lacrosse players through the offseason and preseason schedule.
Lyons Closing In On Top-10 Program Marks
Jackie Lyons is closing in on reaching the UMass top-10 in career points, assists, and goals. She needs just two assists, 19 points, and 29 goals to reach 10th in each category.
COSGROVE, WALKER GO INTERNATIONAL
Senior Merritt Cosgrove and associate head coach Acacia Walker each spent time abroad over the summer in the FIL World Cup held in Prague. Cosgrove played for Team Ireland along with former teammate Jackie Rosenzweig, while Walker played for Gold medalist Team USA. Cosgrove and Rosenzweig helped the Irish to a fifth-place finish in their first FIL World Cup competition.
SMITH ADDS SCORING PUNCH
One of the big surprises last season was the emergence of Haley Smith on attack. Smith finished the year with 33 goals and 5 assists as the third leading scorer for UMass. As a freshman in 2008, she tallied two goals and four assists in 18 games.
FLORENCE LOOKING TO BECOME A SUPER-SOPH
As a freshman in 2009, Katie Florence established herself as one of the up-and-coming goalies in the country and one of the best in the Atlantic 10. She finished the year with an 11.43 goals against average and a .462 save percentage along with an 11-8-0 record. She started all 20 games playing nearly 1,200 minutes in cage.
For her career, Florence is now 14-14 overall with an 11.16 GAA and a .443 save percentage. She has allowed 10-or-fewer goals 13 times in her two years.
Trio Earns A-10 Awards
Following the wins against Holy Cross and Connecticut, Jesse O'Donnell, Lauren Terracciano and Katie Florence each earned weekly honors from the Atlantic 10. O'Donnell was named the Performer of the Week, Terracciano was tabbed the Rookie of the Week, and Florence was selected as the Defensive Player of the Week.
UMass Receives Votes
After starting the 2010 season with a 2-1 record, UMass was the top team receiving votes in the Feb. 22 IWLCA Top 20 poll. Cornell was ranked just ahead of UMass at No. 20, while New Hampshire was the second team listed as receiving votes. Four other teams on UMass' schedule are listed in the current Top 20 Poll: No. 1 Northwestern, No. 2 Maryland, and No. 9 Boston University, and No. 15 New Hampshire.
BIG SHOES TO FILL
Although only losing three starters, all seniors, from last season's squad, Alexis Venechanos will need to find some players to fill the voids left by the key trio of Holly Drown, Meghan Reddy and Jackie Rosenzweig.
Reddy and Drown were the second and fourth leading scorers on the team, respectively. Reddy notched 35 goals and 11 assists to go with a school-record 78 draw controls. Twice she had 12 draw controls in a game which is among the best in NCAA history. Drown had 30 goals and 5 assists along with 44 draw controls and 22 groundballs - second most on the team in both.
Rosenzweig started every game of her career and was one of the best defensive players ever at UMass. She finished her career with 84 caused turnovers and 100 groundballs and was a first-team All-Atlantic 10 selection in 2009.
VENECHANOS ERA KEEPS IMPROVING
Head coach Alexis Venechanos' enters her fourth season at the helm of the UMass lacrosse program. Under her guidance, the Minutewomen have seen improvement each season. The Minutewomen were 8-9 in her inaugural campaign finishing 3-4 in the A-10 (5th Place). In 2008, UMass was 7-11 overall, but earned the fourth-seed into the A-10 Tournament with a 4-3 record reaching the Championship Game. Last year, a team that looked to be rebuilding with a large freshman class and needing to replace the bulk of its offense and defense, Venechanos guided the team through a tough non-conference slate to the A-10 Regular-Season title, the A-10 Tournament title, and the first NCAA Tournament berth in 25 years with an 11-8 overall record.
WHAT A SEASON 2009 WAS
It was a magical finish to 2009 as the Minutewomen won eight of their final nine games to make the first NCAA Tournament since 1984. UMass tied a school record for wins in A-10 play (6-1) and posted the most overall wins (11) since 2003. With 204 goals scored, UMass set a new single-season team scoring record as well as a new team record for draw controls (258). The 269 points were also the second best mark in school history.
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