April 12, 2013

Ferris Sets Points Mark As UMass Clips Temple

from press release

AMHERST, Mass. - Junior attack Katie Ferris scored six second half goals, including four consecutive, to lead the No. 13 UMass women's lacrosse team past Temple 12-10 on Friday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium. Ferris posted an assist in the first 10 minutes of play to break the previous career points record at UMass and finished the game with seven points giving her 233 for her career.

The Minutewomen return to action on Sunday, April 12 at Saint Joseph's in Philadelphia. With the win on Friday, UMass (12-2, 4-0 A-10) moves into sole possession of first place in the league standings after being tied with Temple entering the game. The win also extends the Minutewomen's current win streak to nine games as well as its 24-game win streak against Atlantic 10 opponents.

Ferris entered the game tied for the program's career points record with 226 which was previously set by Jackie Lyons from 2008-11 (143 goals, 83 assists). The six goals in the game gives the Carthage, N.Y., native 158 for her career which is just two shy of second all-time at UMass and 12 away from first. Her assist in the game moved her into a tie for third all-time in career assists with Jeanne Hackett (1978-80).

Temple (8-5, 3-1 A-10) was led by Jaymie Tabor who had five goals and Kelly Syphard who added two goals and an assist. Stephany Parcell had one goals and three assists, while Kellee Pace chipped in two goals to round out the Owl offense. Meghan Clothier made 10 saves in the loss.

For the Minutewomen, Sam Rush scored two goals and added an assist, while Cori Murray, Courtney McGrath, Tanner Guarino and Lauren Terracciano had a goal and an assist each.

UMass jumped out to a 5-0 lead to start the game, but the Owls fought back to tie the game with 43 seconds to go before halftime. Both Tabor and Syphard had two goals, while Parcell picked up all three of her assists in the run. The Minutewomen closed the half with a goal at the 10 second mark when Murray found Rush giving UMass a 6-5 lead at halftime.

Temple started the second half with three straight goals to take an 8-6 lead at the 18:36 mark. Ferris answered with her first goal of the game, but Tabor notched her fourth of the day to push the lead back to two, 9-7, with 15:17 to go.

From there it was all Ferris as she scored four straight to swing momentum in UMass' favor. In a span of 37 seconds she scored three goals thanks to three straight draw control wins for the Minutewomen. Her fourth goal in the run gave UMass an 11-9 lead at the 10:04 mark.

With 7:59 to go, Tabor scored on a free position shot pulling the Owls back within one and Temple was able to force a turnover after going a man-down on a Kara Stroup yellow card. After clearing into their offensive zone, the Owls earned a free position shot, but a high shot followed by a turnover gave the ball back to the Minutewomen.

UMass ran down nearly two minutes of clock before Ferris scored an insurance goal with 1:30 left in the game. The Minutewomen won the ensuing draw control and were able to run down the balance of the clock to seal the win.

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