April 18, 2013
|No. 12/11 Massachusetts (13-2, 5-0 A-10) at St. Bonaventure (5-9, 0-5 A-10)
|| Friday, April 19 - 1:00 PM (EST)
|| McGraw-Jennings Field | Olean, N.Y.
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| No. 12/11 Massachusetts (13-2, 5-0 A-10) vs. Duquesne (9-5, 4-1 A-10)
|| Sunday, April 21 - 12:00 PM (EST)
|| McGuirk Stadium | Amherst, Mass.
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The No. 12/11 UMass women's lacrosse team looks to secure the top seed for the upcoming Atlantic 10 Championship Tournament and its fifth regular-season league title in program history as the Minutewomen head to St. Bonaventure on Friday afternoon before returning home to host Duquesne on Sunday. The Minutewomen and Bonnies are set for a 1 PM opening draw, while Sunday's game against the Dukes in McGuirk Stadium is set to begin at Noon. UMass (13-2) is currently first in the A-10 standings with a 5-0 mark in league play, while the Dukes (9-5) are second at 4-1 and St. Bonaventure (5-9) is eighth with an 0-5 league record.
Sunday's game will also be Senior Day for the Minutewomen as UMass will honor the 2013 senior class of Sarah Mullen, Cori Murray, Kelsey Palmer and Lauren Terracciano prior to the opening draw. With three Atlantic 10 Tournament Championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances, the quartet will leave UMass as one of the most succesful senior classes in program history.
UMass enters the weekend with several streaks and milestones on the line. Currently the Minutewomen are riding a 10-game win streak after last weekend's wins over Temple (12-10) and Saint Joseph's (14-7). Having won 25 consecutive games against Atlantic 10 opponents, a win on Friday would set a new all-time league record breaking the same mark originally set by Temple from 2001-03. When the Minutewomen return home on Sunday, they will place a 23 game home win streak on the line against Duquesne.
The Minutewomen are also on the brink of becoming the most winningest program in Atlantic 10 history. Temple currently holds the top spot with a 73-25 record all-time as a member of the A-10, while UMass is 69-29 all-time in the league.
In last weekend's action, UMass saw Tewaaraton nominee Katie Ferris continue to make her mark on the program's record book as she broke the all-time career points mark in the win over Temple. Ferris entered the game tied for first with Jackie Lyons (2008-11) with 226 points. An assist in the first half made Ferris the new program leader, but it was her six second-half goals that stood out as UMass had to come-from-behind late in the game for the win. The native of Carthage, N.Y., tacked on another goal and assist on Sunday to earn A-10 Player of the Week honors and enters this weekend with 235 career points.
Sam Rush continued her outstanding play this season as well becoming the fourth active member of the team to break the 100-point mark for her career. Rush's five goals at Saint Joseph's gave her 104 career points on 89 goals and 15 assists. She joins Ferris, Lauren Terracciano (141) and Cori Murray (107).
Tabbed by InsideLacrosse as one of the country's top 'Game Changers,' Kelsey McGovern continues to be a standout defender leading the Minutewomen in groundballs, caused turnovers and draw controls. The junior has 94 draw controls this year which is 15 shy of the school's single season record and 28 caused turnovers which is 10 shy of the single-season standard.
St. Bonaventure is led by Jenna Schlagenhauf who has 49 points on 36 goals and 13 assists and Erin Thomas's 25 points on 18 goals and seven assists. Five Bonnies have 10-or-more goals on the year. Karly Kocis and Sara Schalgenhauf have split time in goal. Kocis is 4-6 on the year with a 14.92 goals-against-average and a .405 save percentage, while Schlagenhauf is 2-3 with a 10.94 GAA and a .402 save percentage.
The Bonnies snapped a seven-game losing skid on Wednesday with a 15-9 win over Detroit Mercy at McGraw-Jennings Field thanks to five goals from Thomas.
Duquesne is led by Amanda Kidder's 55 points (42 goals, 13 assists) and Haley Marfioti's 47 points (26 goals, 21 assists). Caitlin Prince is the second leading goal scorer for the Dukes with 31 goals. Kidder also leads Duquesne with 25 caused turnovers and 33 groundballs, while Marfioti is the club's leader in draw controls with 40 - four more than Kidder. Kristen Gregory, this week's A-10 Defensive Player of the Week, leads the Dukes in goal with an 8-5 record, an 8.95 goals-against-average and a .471 save percentage.
The lone A-10 loss for the Dukes came against Temple two weeks ago. Last weekend, Duquesne won a pair of road games with an 11-8 win at Richmond and a defensive-minded 6-5 win at George Washington.
Following the weekend's conclusion of the regular-season, UMass will host the Atlantic 10 Tournament on Friday, April 26 and Sunday, April 28 at McGuirk Stadium. The Minutewomen have guaranteed themselves a spot and will play in the first Semifinal game on Friday at 1 PM. The second Semifinal game is scheduled for 3:30 PM on April 26. The Championship game on Sunday is set to begin at 1 PM and will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network.
The Last Meeting
April 15, 2012
Amherst, Mass. (McGuirk Stadium)
The Last Meeting
April 13, 2012
Ferris Continues To Climb On Career Charts
Junior attack Katie Ferris continues to re-write 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 weekend as the program's new career leader in points with 235 after passing Jackie Lyons who last broke the record in 2011 with 226 career points. Ferris is also 3rd in career goals (159) and 3rd in career assists (76).
A member of the 2013 Tewaaraton Watch List, Ferris needs just 11 goals to tie Pam Moryl (1982-85) as the program's all-time goal scorer. She also needs seven assists to move into 2nd all-time in career assists and 30 to break the record set by Cari Nickerson Lovejoy (1977-80).
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, Rush Join 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 71 goals and 36 assists. This season, she has 26 goals and 19 assists, good for third on the team in total points with 45.
Sam Ruch broke the 100-point club against Saint Joseph's (5g, 1a) to become the fourth member of the team to reach the milestone. She now has 104 career points on 89 goals and 15 assists and is UMass' second leading scorer this year.
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 70 career games, she has 85 goals and 56 assists for 141 points. Her 56 assists stand as the 7th most in career history at UMass.
Guarino Closing In On The Century Mark
In addition to Ferris, Rush, Terracciano, and Murray, UMass also has one more player closing in on the 100-career point milestone. Entering this weekend, Tanner Guarino has 90 points on 59 goals and 31 assists in 56 games.
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 94 to her credit. She now has 129 draw controls for her career, good for 2nd on the all-time leading draw controls list. The 94 this season 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 15 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 114 assists (225 goals) compared to 62 (131 goals) 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 has a team-best and career-high 45 goals on 63 shots (.714). For her career, she has 89 goals on 131 shots (.679).
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 14)
Entering this weekend, UMass ranked No. 2 in total points with 339 - Maryland holds the top spot with 375 points. The Minutewomen also rank 4th in scoring offense with 15.0 goals per game, 5th in caused turnovers (10.87), 15th in groundballs (18.27) and 6th in draw controls (14.67).
Individually, Katie Ferris is 8th nationally in points (65), 17th in goals (44), and 32nd in assists (21). Sam Rush ranks 15th overall in goals (45) and Cori Murray ranks 43rd in assists (19). Kelsey McGovern ranks 6th in draw controls (6.27), 45th in groundballs (2.33) and 10th in caused turnovers (1.87), while Rachel Vallarelli is 18th in goals-against-average (8.72).
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 34-6 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 25 consecutive games against A-10 teams and needs one more win to break the same record set by Temple in 2001-03.
In addition to the past four straight A-10 Titles, UMass also won the A-10 title in 2000.
All-time, UMass is 69-29 (.633) in the Atlantic 10 and 12-7 (.533) in the A-10 Tournament. UMass has the 2nd most regular-season wins behind Temple (73).
UMass is in its seventh year playing at McGuirk Alumni Stadium and is 38-16 all-time at the facility. Over the last three seasons, UMass is 24-2 at home including 11-0 last year and 7-0 this year.
UMass has won 23 consecutive games at McGuirk.
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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