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No. 13 Women's Lax Faces George Washington In A-10 Semifinals

April 24, 2013

No. 13/10, #1 seed Massachusetts (15-2) vs #4 seed George Washington (9-7)
 Date  Friday, April 26 - 1:00 PM (EST) 
 Location  McGuirk Stadium Amherst, Mass.
 Tickets  SINGLE DAY PASS: $6-Adult, $4-Children/Seniors, $3 Groups, A-10 Students Free
 TWO DAY PASS: $10-Adult 
 TV/Radio  None
 Watch Online  Atlantic 10 All-Access (Free)
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 Atlantic 10 Championship Game
 Date  Sunday, April 28 - 1:00 PM (EST) 
 Location  McGuirk Stadium Amherst, Mass.
 Tickets  SINGLE DAY PASS: $6-Adult, $4-Children/Seniors, $3 Groups, A-10 Students Free
 TWO DAY PASS: $10-Adult 
 TV/Radio  CBS Sports Network (Find In Your Area)
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The quest for a fifth Atlantic 10 Championship Title begins Friday afternoon (1 PM) as the No. 13 UMass women's lacrosse team plays host to fourth-seeded George Washington at McGuirk Stadium. The game is a re-match of an earlier meeting this April in McGuirk where the Minutewomen had to hold off a resilient Colonial squad for a 10-9 win.

The second semifinal game on Friday (3:30 PM) will feature second-seeded Duquesne taking on third-seeded Temple. The Championship game is set for Sunday at 1 PM and will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network.

UMass enters the weekend with several streaks and milestones on the line. Currently the Minutewomen are riding a 12-game win streak after last weekend's wins over St. Bonaventure (19-2) and Duquesne (16-6). Having now won 27 consecutive games against Atlantic 10 opponents, last Friday's win at St. Bonaventure broke the previous league record of 25 set by Temple from 2001-03. When the Minutewomen face George Washington on Friday, they will place a 24 game home win streak on the line.

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 74-26 record all-time as a member of the A-10, while UMass is 71-29 all-time in the league.

The Minutewomen are led by Tewaaraton candidate Katie Ferris who continues to make her mark on the program's record book as she broke the all-time career points mark in the win over Temple on April 12. 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 in the next game at Saint Joseph's to earn A-10 Player of the Week honors. She enters the Atlantic 10 Championship weekend with 238 career points.

Sam Rush has 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 seven-goal weekend against St. Bonaventure and Duquesne gave her 112 career points on 96 goals and 16 assists. She joins Ferris, Lauren Terracciano (149) and Cori Murray (116).

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 100 draw controls this year which is nine shy of the school's single season record and 28 caused turnovers which is 10 shy of the single-season standard.

George Washington is led by Jamie Bumgardner who had 55 points on 18 goals and 37 assists. Nicole Lacey is the Colonials leading scorer with 39 goals and 4 assists, while Rachel Mia has 29 goals and 2 assists. Jess Hicks leads the way in goal with a 9.18 goals-against-average and a .444 save percentage.

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UMass In The Atlantic 10 Tournament
• In 12 appearances in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, UMass sports a 12-7 overall record. UMass made it to the Championship Game in 2000, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 - winning the Tournament title in 2000, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
• The 2012 meeting between UMass and Richmond marked the 7th time the two teams had met in the A-10 Tournament. UMass has played Richmond seven times; Temple four times; Virginia Tech, George Washington, Duquesne twice; and La Salle and Saint Joseph's once. UMass is 5-2 all-time against Richmond in the A-10 Tournament including the dramatic 10-9 overtime win in 2008 where UMass tied the game with one second left in regulation and the Championship Game in each of the last three seasons.
• UMass has played four overtime games in its A-10 Tournament history posting a 4-0 record. Two of those OT wins were for the league championship titles.
• 2013 marks the fourth time UMass enters the A-10 Tournament as the No. 1 Seed. In 2009 and 2012, UMass was also the No. 1 seed en route to the A-10 Championship title. In 2000, UMass finished the season in a three-way tie for 1st, but were the No. 2 seed in the tournament.
• UMass enters the Tournament for the third straight season coming off an undefeated run through the Atlantic 10 schedule - 7-0 in league play in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
• UMass is tied with Temple for the most A-10 Championship titles (5) and for consecutive titles won (4). A run to the 2013 Championship would give the Minutemen the league record for both.

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 238 after passing Jackie Lyonswho last broke the record in 2011 with 226 career points. Ferris is also 3rd in career goals (161) and 3rd in career assists (77).


• A member of the 2013 Tewaaraton Watch List, Ferris needs just 9 goals to tie Pam Moryl (1982-85) as the program's all-time goal scorer. She also needs 6 assists to move into 2nd all-time in career assists and 29 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 75 goals and 41 assists. This season, she has 30 goals and 24 assists, good for third on the team in total points with 54.
• 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 112 career points on 96 goals and 16 assists and is UMass' second leading scorer this year. She needs 4 goals to reach 100 for her career. 

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 72 career games, she has 89 goals and 60 assists for 149 points. Her 60 assists stand as the 5th most in career history at UMass.

The Last Meeting
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April 7, 2013
Amherst, Mass. (McGuirk Stadium)
No. 13 Women's Lax Holds Off George Washington 10-9
The No. 13 UMass women's lacrosse team held off a second half come back attempt by George Washington on Sunday afternoon for a 10-9 win at McGuirk Stadium to remain undefeated in league play this season. The Minutewomen blocked a free position shot with seven seconds left to hold on for the one-goal win. UMass' Katie Ferris had three goals and three assists in the game to tie the program's all-time career points record of 226 alongside Jackie Lyons.

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 95 points on 62 goals and 33 assists in 58 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 100 to her credit. She now has 135 draw controls for her career, good for 2nd on the all-time leading draw controls list. The 100 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) and makes her just the second player in program history to hit the century mark.

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, 21 different players have accounted for at least one goal with nine having 10 or more goals through 17 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 131 assists (260 goals) compared to 68 (139 goals) for its opponents.

Stingy Defense

• As prolific as the offense has been this year, it's been the defense that is once again the unsung hero. UMass has allowed opponents to score 10+ goals on just four occassions and is giving up just 8.18 per game. That makes the Minutewomen the No. 1 defense in the Atlantic 10 and one of the top-10 in the nation. Rachel Vallarelli has a 10-2 record in goal allowing an 8.57 goals-against-average with a .372 save percentage, but Jamie Schiloski has had the hot hand over the last three games with a 5-0 record on the year, a 6.19 GAA and a .440 save percentage. 

McMahon An Up-And-Coming Coach

• In just three years as the head coach at UMass, Angela McMahon is already the second-winningest coach in program history in terms of wins (51) and is No. 1 in win percentage (.879). With a 36-5 record entering the 2013 season, she had the best record of any women's lacrosse coach in NCAA history in the first two years at a school. Her 51 wins is second to just Hall of Famer Pam Hixon's 91 from 1979-87 which included 3 NCAA Tournament appearances and the 1982 NCAA National Championship. 

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 52 goals on 76 shots (.684). For her career, she has 96 goals on 144 shots (.667).


• Ellie Bullitt is also making the most of her shot attempts this year with 11 goals on 16 shots (.688). She has been a solid option for UMass off the bench all season, providing a good all-around season with 19 points on 11 goals and 8 assists. 

UMass In The NCAA Rankings (April 21)

• Entering this weekend, UMass ranked No. 2 in total points with 391 - Maryland holds the top spot with 396 points. The Minutewomen also rank 5th in scoring offense with 15.29 goals per game, 10th in scoring defense (8.18 goals/game), 4th in caused turnovers (10.76), 6th in groundballs (19.18) and 7th in draw controls (14.65).


• Individually, Katie Ferris is 16th nationally in points (68), 24th in goals (46), and 41st in assists (22). Sam Rush ranks 8th overall in goals (52) and Cori Murray ranks 30th in assists (24). Kelsey McGovern ranks 5th in draw controls (6.25), 37th in groundballs (2.38) and 17th in caused turnovers (1.75), while Rachel Vallarelli is 15th in goals-against-average (8.50).

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 36-6 in the Atlantic 10 over the last five seasons which includes four A-10 Tournament Titles (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), four regular-season title (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013) and one tournament runner-up finish (2008). 

• Since the loss against La Salle to end the 2010 regular season, UMass has won 27 consecutive games against A-10 teams breaking the record of 25 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 71-29 (.710) in the Atlantic 10 and 12-7 (.533) in the A-10 Tournament. UMass has the 2nd most regular-season wins behind Temple (74).

McGuirk Magic

• UMass is in its seventh year playing at McGuirk Alumni Stadium and is 39-16 all-time at the facility. Over the last three seasons, UMass is 25-2 at home including 11-0 last year and 8-0 this year.
UMass has won 24 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.

Streaming Video

• Can't make a home game? Have friends and family back home who want to keep up with the Minutewomen? Sign up for the UMass All-Access Package and you can watch every home game live on the Internet. Along with live games, fans can check out interviews with the coaches and players, news highlights, and feature stories on the team.

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