March 4, 2012

UMass Offense Comes Alive on Sacred Heart

from press release

AMHERST, Mass. - Led by seven points from Katie Ferris and three goals froms Melissa Carelli, the UMass women's lacrosse team picked up its fifth straight win 21-7 on Saturday against Sacred Heart at McGuirk Stadium. The Minutewomen took a 13-2 lead into halftime before scoring six consecutive goals to start the second half in the win.

The win keeps UMass undefeated at 5-0 this season, while the Pioneers fall to 1-2 overall. The Minutewomen will return to action next Saturday with its first road game of the year at Vermont.

Ferris continued her torrid start to the season with four goals and three assists in the season giving her 32 points for the season - nearly the halfway point of her point total last season as a freshman (72 points).

Along with her career-high three goals, Carelli also added an assist. Dayna Defliese and Lauren Terracciano each added a pair of goals and a pair of assists, while Kelsey McGovern and Sam Rush both scored two goals. In all, 12 different players scored goals for the Minutewomen.

Kate Kmiotek and Taylor Babin led the Pioneers with two goals each. Katilin Rochler, Katie Gerhard and Emily Pepe (two asssits) also scored goals in the loss.

The Minutewomen held a commanding shot advantage 36-to-17 including a 23-to-6 edge in the first half. UMass also held a 20-to-9 advantage in draw controls thanks in part to seven from Nina Sarcona.

UMass took a 3-0 lead in the first 7:18 of the contest before Kmiotek put the Pioneers on the board just over three minutes later. From there, the Minutewomen scored seven straight over an 11 minute span. Defliese's goal from a Terracciano feed put UMass up 10-1 with 7:31 left in the first half.After taking a 13-2 lead into halftime, the Minutewomen started the second half scoring seven consecutive goals as Carelli tallied her third of the day at the 19:52 mark to put UMass up 20-2.

Sacred Heart scored five of the next six goals in the game. Babin and Kmiotek netted their second goals of the day in the final 63 seconds of play to give the final 21-7 score.

Katie Ferris picked up her fifth win of the season playing the first 19 minutes, 26 seconds of the game making one save. Rachel Vallarelli played just under 21 minutes spanning the first and second halves with one save, while Jamie Schiloskifinished the final 20 minutes making three saves.

Kelly Keenan took the loss for Sacred Heart making eight saves while allowing 14 goals. Megan Pepe made one save while allowing seven goals in just over 10 minutes of action.

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