UMass Enjoys Best Start Since 1987
from press release
LOUDENVILLE, N.Y. -- Freshmen Katie Ferris and
Sam Rush combined for eight goals as the UMass women's lacrosse
team defeated Siena 16-7 on Saturday improving to a perfect 4-0 to
start the season. Ferris tallied five goals, while Rush added
three. In all, 10 different Minutewomen contributed goals in the
Ferris' performance comes just three days after she scored her first collegiate goal with 4.1 seconds remaining to seal a 13-12 win at No. 18 Boston University on Wednesday.
With three assists on the day, senior Jackie Lyons moved into 4th all-time at UMass with 58 career assists.
UMass will face long-standing New England rival New Hampshire (4 PM) on Wednesday to wrap-up its three-game road stand.
The 4-0 start for the Minutewomen is the best since a 6-0 start in 1986 under legendary head coach Pam Hixon.
Deirdre McQuillian and Katie Maguire each scored a pair of goals to lead Siena (0-2). Kristin Concordia took the loss in goal making 20 saves.
Katie Florence picked up her 4th win of the season making 8 saves in just under 57 minutes of work. Nina Sarcona played the final three minutes of the game in goal - the first time in her career at UMass to play that position. Sarcona started the game as an attack scoring one goal.
UMass held a whopping 53-to-19 advantage in shots on the day and a 24-to-14 edge in groundballs. At halftime, UMass led 9-2 thanks in part to a 32-to-6 shot advantage.
Siena scored the game's opening goal just under two minutes into play, but UMass answered with a nine-goal run capped by three straight from Rush.
In the second half, back-to-back goals from Maguire and McQuillian pulled Siena within six, 12-6, with 10 minutes to go, but the Saints were not able to close the gap any further.
Ferris closed the scoring with two goals in the final 49 seconds to seal the win.