The No. 13/10 UMass women's lacrosse team will continue conference play in a three-game home stand starting this weekend. The Minutewomen will face the Richmond Spiders on Friday, April 5 followed by George Washington Colonials on Sunday, April 7. UMass has been reeling off the wins lately, coming away with victories in six straight matches. Historically, UMass has faired extremely well against George Washington, holding a 10-3 all-time record against the opposing squad, including a 23-10 victory last season. Richmond has been a tougher opponent for UMass, as the Minutewomen hold a 10-8 record the Spiders during the program's history. The Minutewomen won both games they played against the Spiders in 2012, including the Atlantic 10 Championship by a score of 14-9.
UMass enters the game with a record of 9-2 overall after defeating La Salle 20-11 last Friday to begin conference play. Katie Ferris continued her impressive play in that game, tallying three goals to make her total 31 on the season. Ferris also has 14 assists thus far, giving her 45 points on the season, the most on the team. With her three points against La Salle, Ferris moved into a tie for third place in total career points at UMass with former star player Pam Moryl. The three goals also gave Ferris sole possession of third place on the all-time goals leaders at UMass, as she now has 146 career goals, three more than former teammate Jackie Lyons.
The game against La Salle also yielded a major milestone for Cori Murray. She became the third member of her team to reach 100 points for her career with her contribution of three goals and three assists during the game. Sam Rush may be the next Minutewoman to join the 100-point club, as she is currently sitting at 90 career points. Rush leads the team in scoring this season with 33 goals.
Kelsey McGovern continues to be a model defender, leading the UMass defense with 30 groundballs and 20 caused turnovers to go with 72 draw controls. On her career, she has 107 draw controls, good for bringing her into a tie for 6th all time in draw controls at UMass with former teammate Ali Houlis. Rachel Vallarelli has covered the net all season, posting an 8.24 goals-against-average and a .403 save percentage.
Richmond is lead by a pair of 40-point scorers in Sam Stevenson (45) and Caitlin Fifield (42). The Spiders are currently 3-8 on the season and 0-1 in conference play. They're coming off back-to-back one-goal losses against William & Mary and George Washington University.
The leading point scorer for George Washington is Jamie Bumgardner, who was 35 points on the season, broken down to 11 goals and 24 assists. The Colonials own a 6-4 record this season, with a 1-0 record in conference play.
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 tied for 3rd all-time in career points (215), 3rd in career goals (146) and 4th in career assists (69). A member of the 2013 Tewaaraton Watch List, Ferris needs just one point to claim sole possession of third place all time for career points. She is six assists away from Jeanne Hackett who is third with 75. Ferris needs 12 points to eclipse Jackie Lyons (226) as the all-time career points leader at UMass. She also needs 24 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.
Murray Joins the 100 Point Club Cori Murray became the third member of the current Minutewomen to accumulate at least 100 career points with her performance at La Salle (3g, 3a). On her career, she has 66 goals and 34 assists. This season, she has 21 goals and 17 assists, good for second on the team in total points with 38.
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 66 career games, she has 79 goals and 52 assists for 131 points. Her 52 assists stand as the 6th most in career history at UMass.
Duo Closing In On The Century Mark In addition to Ferris, Terracciano, and Murray, UMass features other players who are closing in on the 100-career point milestone. Entering this weekend, Tanner Guarino has 83 points and Sam Rush has 90 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 72 to her credit. She now has 107 draw controls for her career, good for a tie for 6th on the all-time leading draw controls list with former teammate Ali Houlis, She passed Rachel Ingraffea with her performance in the game at La Salle where she had 11 draw controls. The 72 this season already ranks as the 3rd 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 11 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 89 assists compared to 44 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 33 goals on 46 shots (.717). 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 seven goals on 10 shots (.700). She has been a solid option for UMass off the bench all season, providing a good all-around season with 14 points on seven goals and seven assists.
UMass In The NCAA Rankings (Mar. 31) Entering this game, UMass ranked No. 3 in total points with 266 - Maryland holds the top spot with 309 points. The Minutewomen also rank 1st in scoring offense with 16.09 goals per game, 2nd in caused turnovers (11.45), 14th in groundballs (18.64) and 5th in draw controls (15.00). Individually, Katie Ferris is 20th nationally in points (45), 24th in goals (31), and 47th in assists (14). Sam Rush ranks 16th overall in goals (33) and Cori Murray ranks 31st in assists (17). Kelsey McGovern ranks 3rd in draw controls (6.55), 24th in groundballs (2.73) and 19th in caused turnovers (1.82), while Rachel Vallarelli is 16th in goals-against-average (8.24).
Cori Murray scored a game-best five goals and added an assist to lead the UMass women's lacrosse team to its fourth straight Atlantic 10 Championship title with a 14-9 win over Richmond on Sunday at Robins Stadium. Murray earned Most Outstanding Player honors for her career day. The Minutewomen will face MAAC Champion Canisius on Sunday, May 6 in the NCAA Play-In Game.
The top-seeded UMass women's lacrosse team pitched a second-half shutout to highlight a 17-3 win over fourth-seeded George Washington on Friday afternoon at Robins Stadium. The win places the Minutewomen in the Atlantic 10 Championship game on Sunday (1 PM) against No. 3 seed Richmond. The game will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network.
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 30-6 in the Atlantic 10 over the last five 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 21 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 65-29 (.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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