The No. 16/11 UMass women's lacrosse team looks to wrap up a three-game road stint against La Salle (8-1) this Saturday, March 30. The Minutewomen head to Philadelphia, Pa. for an 11:00 AM Atlantic 10 conference match against the Explorers, the first conference game of the season. UMass is currently riding a five-game winning streak heading into conference play and a 21-game win streak against Atlantic 10 foes. In previous years, UMass has performed exceptionally well against La Salle, holding a 14-1 all-time record against the team, including last year's 20-7 UMass victory over the squad.
UMass enters the game with a record of 8-2 overall after defeating Holy Cross 20-5 on Wednesday to conclude non-conference play. Katie Ferris leads the Minutewomen with 42 overall points, broken down to 28 goals and 14 assists. With each game, she edges closer toward the third ranking on the all-time points leaders list at UMass. Currently, she sits at 212 points, three behind former UMass star Pam Moryl. With her performance against Holy Cross (6g, 1a), she has now accumulated 143 career goals scored, moving her into a tie for third place on the all-time goals list with former teammate Jackie Lyons.
Sam Rush leads the scoring for the Minutewomen with 29 goals on the year. She also has three assists on the year, giving her 32 overall points. This ties her for second on the team in points with Cori Murray, who has 18 goals and 14 assists.
Star defender Kelsey McGovern leads the UMass defense with 27 groundballs and 17 caused turnovers to go with 61 draw controls. With her seven draw controls at Holy Cross, she claimed the 7th slot on the UMass all-time draw controls list. Rachel Vallarelli has covered the goal all season, posting a 8.36 goals-against-average and a .407 save percentage.
La Salle is led by Caitlyn Brostrand who has scored 28 goals for the Explorers this season. Five different players on the team have double figures in goals scored. Maura Malone has defended the La Salle goal in each game to the tune of an 8.41 goals-against-average .431 save percentage.
The Explorers have won seven straight coming into this matchup, their last coming in a game at Lafayette in which they won by a score of 11-8.
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 game 4th all-time in career points (212), tied for 3rd in career goals (143) and 4th in career assists (69). A member of the 2013 Tewaaraton Watch List, Ferris needs four points to claim sole possession of third place for career points and just one for career goals. She is six assists away from Jeanne Hackett who is third with 75. Ferris needs 15 points to eclipse Jackie Lyons (226) as the all-time career points leader at UMass. She also needs 27 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 65 career games, she has 74 goals and 52 assists for 126 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. Entering this game, Tanner Guarino has 79 points, Sam Rush has 85 points, and Cori Murray has 94 points.
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 61 to her credit. She now has 96 draw controls for her career, which has moved her into 7th on the all-time leading draw controls list, moving ahead of Jesse O'Donnell (95), Kristin St. Hilaire (94), and Jackie Lyons (92) during the game against Holy Cross. The 61 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 10 having five or more goals through 10 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 82 assists compared to 40 for its opponents.
Rush & Bullitt 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 29 goals on 41 shots (.707). For her career, she has 73 goals on 109 shots (.670). Ellie Bullitt is also making the most of her shot attempts this year with six goals on nine shots (.667). She has been a solid option for UMass off the bench all season, providing a good all-around season with 13 points on six goals and seven assists.
A 14-goal run in the first half led to a 20-7 win over La Salle as the No. 9 UMass women's lacrosse team clinched the No. 1 seed in next weekend's Atlantic 10 Tournament with its third league Regular-Season title in the last four years. Lauren Terracciano posted a career-high eight points on four goals and four assists to pace the Minutewomen. UMass will head to Temple on Sunday to close out the regular-season.
UMass In The NCAA Rankings (Mar. 28) Entering this game, UMass ranked No. 3 in total points with 239 - Maryland holds the top spot with 273 points. The Minutewomen also rank 4th in scoring offense with 15.70 goals per game, 6th in caused turnovers (11.20), 16th in groundballs (19.00) and 5th in draw controls (14.60). Individually, Katie Ferris is 15th nationally in points (42), 19th in goals (28), and 31st in assists (14). Sam Rush ranks 15th overall in goals (29) and Cori Murray ranks 31st in assists (14). Kelsey McGovern ranks 5th in draw controls (6.1), 26th in groundballs (2.7) and 28th in caused turnovers (1.7), while Rachel Vallarelli is 17th in goals-against-average (8.36).
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).
McGuirk Magic 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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