March 10, 2012

UMass Nips Vermont in Battle of Unbeatens

from press release

BURLINGTON, Vt. - After Vermont tied the game with 10 minutes left in the second half, Nina Sarcona and Katie Ferris each tallied goals to give the No. 19 UMass women's lacrosse team a 9-8 win over the Catamounts on Saturday in Burlington. Following a Vermont goal with one minute left in the game that made it 9-8, the UMass defense forced a pair of turnovers to seal the win.

With the win, UMass improves to 6-0 on the season, while Vermont suffered its first loss dropping to 4-1 overall.

Jesse O'Donnell led the Minutewomen with three goals and an assist, while Katie Ferris also finished with four points (2 goals, 2 assists). Lauren Terracciano rounded out UMass' multi-point performers with two goals and an assist.

Karli Mackendrick led all players with four goals, while Adison Rounds had two goals and an assist. Sydney Mas and Adison Rounds also scored a pair of goals to lead the Catamounts.

The Minutewomen jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first five minutes of play thanks to goals from Ferris and Terracciano. Mackendrick put Vermont on the scoreboard at the 11:25 mark, but the Minutewomen responded with three straight goals over the next 7 minutes, 30 seconds to go up 5-1. Mackendrick scored her second goal of the first half with 2:20 before halftime cutting the Minutewomen's lead to three, 5-2, at the intermission.

Vermont came out firing in the second half as Rounds starting the scoring just 14 seconds into the stanza. Mackendrick and Mas each tallied goals over the next four minutes to tie the game 5-5.

O'Donnell scored with just under 23 minutes to go putting the Minutewomen up 6-5 before Mackendrick tied the game once again.

Ferris found O'Donnell for her third goal of the game at the 14:50 mark as UMass went up 7-6, but Vermont tied the game once against as Mas found the net with just under 10 minutes to go.

At the 7:59 mark, Ferris found Sarcona to put UMass up 8-7 before Ferris scored one of her own giving the Minutewomen a two-goal lead with just over two minutes to go.

Rounds scored again to pull Vermont within one, 9-8, with one minute to go, but UMass forced a pair of Catamount turnovers following the ensuing draw control to seal the win.

UMass' Katie Florence made six saves in the win, while Laura Barber made eight in the loss for Vermont.

The Catamounts outshot UMass 24-to-20 for the game including an 11-to-7 edge in the second half. Vermont also held a 10-to-9 advantage in draw controls.

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