Atlantic 10 Tabs Katie Ferris Lacrosse Player of the Week
April 16, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - After helping the UMass women's lacrosse team to wins over Temple and at Saint Joseph's along with breaking the Minutewomen's all-time career points record, junior attacker Katie Ferris was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week as announced on Tuesday. This marks the third time this season Ferris has earned the weekly accolade.
The native of Carthage, N.Y., recorded nine points on the weekend to give UMass sole possession of first place and remain undefeated in the Atlantic 10. She totaled seven goals, including a game-winner, and 2 assists.
In Friday's match-up against Temple, which entered the game tied for first-place with UMass at 3-0, Ferris scored all six of the Minutewomen's second half goals after the Owls had taken a two-goal lead. She scored four straight goals including three in a 37 second span to put UMass back in the lead with 10 minutes left in the game. Her final goal with 1:30 to go put UMass up by two after Temple tried to rally back.
Ferris played limited minutes at Saint Joseph's after UMass took an early lead, but did score a goal and added an assist.
She broke the all-time career points record at UMass with her performance on Friday and now has 235 points in 51 games. She also moved up to 3rd all-time in career assists with 76.
UMass moved up to No. 12 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll and is ranked No. 11 in the deBeer Media Poll. The Minutewomen will head to St. Bonaventure on Friday afternoon before closing out the regular-season at McGuirk Stadium against Duquesne.
UMass is riding a 10-game win streak entering the weekend along with a 25-game win streak against Atlantic 10 teams. That is tied with Temple (2001-03) as the longest win streak against league foes in A-10 history.
The Minutewomen earned a spot in the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship Tournament with the win last Sunday at Saint Joseph's. UMass will host the Atlantic 10 Tournament on April 26-28 at McGuirk Stadium and are looking for its league-record fifth consecutive conference title and an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.