April 1, 2012

UMass Cruises Past George Washington

from press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Paced by four goals each from Katie Ferris and Nina Sarcona, the No. 15 UMass women's lacrosse team scored the second-most goals for a game in school history racing past George Washington 23-10 on Sunday at the Mount Vernon Sports Complex. 11 different Minutewomen posted goals on the day as UMass improved to 11-1 overall and 2-0 in the Atlantic 10.

UMass returns to action on Friday, April 6 against Saint Joseph's in McGuirk Stadium with the opening draw set for 3:30 p.m.

Ferris finished the day with six points adding two assists to her four goals. Sarcona led UMass with a game-high six draw controls. Dayna Defliese posted three goals, while Lauren Terracciano and Cori Murray both had four-point games with two goals and two assists each.

Katie Florence picked up with win playing just the first 8 minutes, 45 seconds of the game. Rachel Vallarelli played the remaining time in cage making six saves while allowing seven goals.

Addi Bolin had three goals to lead George Washington (7-4, 1-1 A-10), while Megan Seidman, Allie Rash and Sarah Phillips all scored two goals each. Jess Hicks took the loss making three saves while allowing 18 goals in nearly 46 minutes. Mackenzie Jones played the balance of the game making three saves while allowing five goals.

UMass used a 33-to-19 shot advantage in posting its most goals in a game this season. A 21-to-14 edge in draw controls also helped the Minutewomen maintain possession for much of the game.

The Minutewomen jumped out to a 2-0 game in first 53 seconds of play on goals from Sarcona and Jesse O'Donnell (2 goals, 1 assist). Rash scored her first of the day at the 27:53 mark, but Ferris answered 25 seconds later to spark a four-goal run for UMass.After a pair of George Washington goals cut UMass' lead to four late in the first half, Terracciano scored her first goal of the game with nine second before intermission to give the Minutewomen an 11-6 lead at the break.

A six-goal run to start the second half effectively put the game out of reach as Terracciano's goal with 20:45 left in the game gave UMass a 17-6 lead.

In the last three minutes of play, Melissa Carelli,Sam Rush, and Paige Morelli all scored giving UMass a 23-9 advantage before Phillips notched her second of the game for the Colonials with eight seconds to go.

The 23 goals were tied as the second-most for a game in school history. The Minutewomen also scored 23 at Marist on March 22, 2011 in a 23-7 win. UMass scored 24 goals at Williams on April 17, 1980 which remains the program record.

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