April 11, 2013
| No. 13/10 Massachusetts (11-2, 3-0 A-10) vs. Temple (8-4, 3-0 A-10)
|| Friday, April 12 - 4:00 PM (EST)
|| McGuirk Stadium | Amherst, Mass.
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| No. 13/10 Massachusetts (11-2, 3-0 A-10) at Saint Joseph's (7-5, 1-2 A-10)
|| Sunday, April 14 - 12:00 PM (EST)
|| Finnesey Field | Philadelphia, Pa.
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The No. 13/10 UMass women's lacrosse team continues conference play on Friday April 12 before hitting the road for a short two-game trip. The Minutewomen will welcome the Temple Owls to McGuirk Alumni Stadium for a 4 p.m. matchup. UMass is riding an eight-game win streak after last weekends sweep of Richmond and George Washington. Against the Owls the Minutewomen are 7-27-1, including wins in their last three-matchups. On the year UMass is 11-2, including 6-0 in Amherst and 3-0 against Atlantic 10 opponents.
The Minutewomen enter the game against the Owls with the fourth-best scoring offense in the country, netting the ball 15.31 times per game. The defense is just as spectacular causing 11.54 turnovers per game, good for third nationally.
UMass enters the game after escaping Richmond 12-11 in double overtime and defeating George Washington, 10-9, last week. Katie Ferris tied the UMass career points record in the game against GW after tallying three goals and three assists. On her career the junior has 226 points, tying Jackie Lyons. Ferris is currently tenth in the nation in points per game at 4.67, bringing her season total to 56.
Sam Rush is knocking on the door of the 100-point club following her four-point performance last weekend. Rush now sits at 94 career points just two weeks after Cori Murray joined the 100-point club. The junior leads the team in scoring with 38 goals, sitting in 17th nationally.
Kelsey McGovern continues to be a standout defender, leading the Minutewomen with 35 groundballs and 26 caused turnovers to go with 83 draw controls. McGovern is fifth nationally in draw controls per game with 6.38. Rachel Vallarelli has covered the net all season, posting an 8.44 goals-against-average and a .385 save percentage.
Temple is lead by a pair of 25-goal scorers in Charlotte Swavola (27) and Stephany Parcell (26). The Owls are currently 8-4 on the season and 3-0 in conference play. They're coming off three-straight wins to Saint Joseph's, St.Bonaventure and Duquesne.
Following Fridays game the Minutewomen will be on the road for two against Saint Joseph's (4/14) and St. Bonaventure (4/19). UMass will then close out the regular-season at home on April 21 against Duquesne before hosting the A-10 Championship the following weekend.
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 1st all-time in career points (226), 3rd in career goals (152) and 4th in career assists (74).
A member of the 2013 Tewaaraton Watch List, Ferris needs just one point to claim sole possession of 1st place all time for career points. She is two assists away from Jeanne Hackett who is third with 75.
Ferris needs one more point to eclipse Jackie Lyons (226) as the all-time career points leader at UMass. She also needs 19 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 69 goals and 34 assists. This season, she has 24 goals and 17 assists, good for third on the team in total points with 41.
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 68 career games, she has 81 goals and 54 assists for 135 points. Her 54 assists stand as the 7th most in career history at UMass.
The Last Meeting
April 22, 2012
The Last Meeting
April 6, 2012
Amherst, Mass. (McGuirk Stadium)
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 86 points and Sam Rush has 95 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 83 to her credit. She now has 118 draw controls for her career, good for 4th on the all-time leading draw controls list, The 83 this season already ranks as the 2nd 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 five having 10 or more goals through 13 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 99 assists (199 goals) compared to 54 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 and career-high 38 goals on 55 shots (.691). For her career, she has 82 goals on 123 shots (.667).
Ellie Bullitt is also making the most of her shot attempts this year with nine goals on 12 shots (.750). She has been a solid option for UMass off the bench all season, providing a good all-around season with 16 points on nine goals and seven assists.
UMass In The NCAA Rankings (April 7)
Entering this weekend, UMass ranked No. 3 in total points with 298 - Maryland holds the top spot with 326 points. The Minutewomen also rank 4th in scoring offense with 15.31 goals per game, 3rd in caused turnovers (11.54), 13th in groundballs (18.85) and 7th in draw controls (14.54).
Individually, Katie Ferris is 13th nationally in points (56), 23rd in goals (37), and 31st in assists (19). Sam Rush ranks 17th overall in goals (38) and Cori Murray ranks 42nd in assists (17). Kelsey McGovern ranks 5th in draw controls (6.38), 26th in groundballs (2.69) and 10th in caused turnovers (2.00), while Rachel Vallarelli is 15th in goals-against-average (8.44).
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 32-6 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 23 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 67-29 (.633) in the Atlantic 10 and 12-7 (.533) in the A-10 Tournament. UMass has the 2nd most regular-season wins behind Temple (72).
UMass is in its seventh year playing at McGuirk Alumni Stadium and is 37-16 all-time at the facility. Over the last three seasons, UMass is 23-2 at home including 11-0 last year and 6-0 this 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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