March 13, 2012

UMass' 7-0 Start Its Best Since 1982 NCAA Championship Season 


from press release

AMHERST, Mass. - Three Minutewomen recorded hat tricks as the 18th-ranked UMass women's lacrosse team picked up its seventh straight victory with a 19-11 win over American University in a non-conference contest on Tuesday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium.

The Minutewomen are now 7-0, marking their best start since 1982 when they finished the season with a 10-0 record and won the NCAA national championship.

Katie Ferris, Nina Sarcona, and Sam Rush each scored three goals while Lauren Terracciano tallied two goals and three assists for a team-high five points. Ferris, who entered the contest ranked second in the nation with 32 points, added an assist as well and did not play in the second half. In total, nine different Minutewomen found the net as UMass outshot American, 34-17, in the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

UMass controlled 22 of 32 draws, led by Sarcona's nine draw controls. Tanner Guarino and Ali Houlis chipped in five draw controls apiece with Guarino notching two goals and two assists and Houlis collecting her first goal of the year.

Leading 3-2 at the 22:42 mark in the first half, the Minutewomen ran off 13 consecutive goals and held the Eagles scoreless over a 22:21 stretch to build up a 16-2 advantage.

The Eagles snapped their scoring drought with 21 seconds remaining in the first half on a strike by Lauren Schoenberger to make it a 16-3 contest at intermission.

American came out firing in the second half, tallying four goals over the first 10 minutes of the period to trim their deficit to 16-7. The Eagles also scored four of the game's final five goals as they outscored UMass, 10-9, in the second half, but the Minutewomen were able to hang on for the victory. 

Bernadette Maher and Kimberly Collins combined to score nine of American's 11 goals as the Eagles dropped to 3-4 on the year. Maher tallied five goals and one assist while Collins netted a hat trick and added four helpers.

Katie Florence started in goal for UMass and made three saves in the first half. A pair of freshmen, Jamie Schiloski and Rachel Valarelli, split the second half between the pipes. For American, Kaska Komisinski stopped five shots.

The Minutewomen return to action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Evanston, Ill. to take on top-ranked Northwestern at 1 p.m.

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