Ferris And MacLean Honored As UMass Co-Athlete Of The Week
Feb. 10, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - On Monday afternoon the UMass Sports Luncheon Committee announced that field hockey's Katie Ferris and track and field's Heather MacLean will both be honored at this week's UMass Sports Luncheon as co-athletes of the week. Due to last week's cancellation the pair will be honored along with previous award winner's Becky Stoyle of track and field and Michaela Butler of swimming and diving.
On Sunday in Nashville, Tenn. Ferris broke the UMass women's lacrosse all-time career goals scored record with four in the season-opening win at Vanderbilt. She also added four assists for a game-high eight points in the 13-6 win.
Ferris had a goal and an assist in the first half with the Minutewomen leading 5-4 at halftime. She came alive in the second half by scoring two goals and assisting on two others in a crucial four-goal run right after the intermission. That spark gave UMass enough cushion to pull away from the Commodores. She passed all-time UMass great Pam Moryl who had previously held the goals record with 170 from 1982-85.
On Friday at the highly competitive Hemery Valentine Invitational Heather MacLean led the track and field team's strong core of four 800 meter runners by running the fastest time recorded by a Minutewoman in program history. Coach LaFreniere's standout newcomer hailing from Peabody, Mass. completed the race in just 2-minutes, 10.48-seconds placing 13th in a field of 160 competitors ranking her third in the Atlantic 10.
The battle in Boston University's track complex featured some of the finest competition in the Northeast including Boston University, Rutgers, Cornell, Rhode Island, Dartmouth, Northeastern, Holy Cross, Maine, New Hampshire, UMass Lowell and many more.
Speaking at Wednesday's luncheon will be UMass football coach Mark Whipple as he gives an update on the recruiting class of 2014. Coach Whipple hopes to meet Minutemen Club Members, season ticket holders, alumni and fans that share in his enthusiasm for the upcoming season.
The buffet luncheon is held from noon to 1:15 p.m. with a cost of $13 per person. The program beginning at 12:15 p.m. will be held in the Massachusetts Room (third floor) of the Mullins Center with free parking available at the rear of the building.
If the University of Massachusetts announces a delayed opening or closes for the day the UMass Sports Luncheon will be cancelled. You may check the UMass.edu website's notification or call the UMass Emergency Closing Hotline at 413-545-3630 for a voice recording indicating the status of the campus.