April 6, 2014

Ferris Hits Milestone in Massachusetts Rout

from Press Release

AMHERST, Mass. - Spurred by four goals and three assists, UMass senior attack Katie Ferris (Carthage, N.Y.) scored her 300th career point on Sunday afternoon as the No. 11 Minutewomen defeated Saint Joseph's 18-2 at McGuirk Stadium. Ferris' third assist of the day also broke the UMass career assist record, the oldest remaining in the program's history, giving her claim to all three major offensive records for the Minutewomen.

Ferris entered the season with the career points record before setting the goals record earlier this year. She now has 300 career points, 193 goals and 107 assists. The career assist record had been held by UMass Hall Of Fame member Cari Nickerson Lovejoy who had 106 from 1977-80. Ferris is now one of two active players in the NCAA to have 300 career points as she joined Syracuse's Alyssa Murray who had 301 entering this week.

The win improved UMass to 11-1 overall this season and 2-0 in the Atlantic 10, while Saint Joseph's fell to 3-8 overall and 0-2 in league play. The league win was the 23rd consecutive regular-season league win for UMass and the 31st consecutive win against an Atlantic 10 foe. The regular-season conference win streak is the fifth longest in NCAA history.

A total of 10 Minutewomen scored goals in the game. Erika Eipp and Sam Rush each had three goals and an assist, while Melissa Carelli had a pair of goals and three assists. Tanner Guarino, Nicole Troost, Rory Sadoff, Hannah Murphy, Ellie Bullitt, and Callie Santos each had goals as well.

Rachel Vallarelli earned the win in goal having to make just two saves in 40 minutes of work. Leigh Henjes relieved her for the final 20 minutes of play making one save.

The Hawks received goals from Kelly Phelan and Nora McCallion. Genevieve Giblin took the loss in cage but made 10 saves while facing 31 total shots.

The Minutewomen opened the game with a Carelli goal just 55 seconds into play and held a 7-0 lead with 6:09 remaining in the first half.

Phelan put the Hawks on the board with 5:35 to go on a free position shot, but the Minutewomen closed the half with a three goal spurt taking a 10-1 lead into intermission.

UMass held possession for the bulk of the second half ripping off another seven goal run to build its lead to 17-1. The Hawks were not able to even attempt a shot until seven minutes remained in the game and Henjes was able to save the free position try.

Saint Joseph's was able to crack the defense three minutes later as McCallion put a quick shot past Henjes on a nice feed from Emily Bowers making it 17-2 with 3:56 to go.

Murphy closed out the game with a goal at the 28 second mark to give the final score.

The Minutewomen held a commanding 31-to-8 advantage in shots and a 16-to-6 edge in draw controls. UMass forced the Hawks into 21 turnovers with 10 coming on clearing attempts (5-of-15). The Minutewomen had 16 miscues and were 7-of-8 on clears.

UMass will return to action next weekend with a split schedule. The Minutewomen head to George Washington on Friday, April 11 (4:00 PM) before returning to McGuirk Stadium to host Atlantic 10 newcomer George Mason on Sunday, April 13 (1:00 PM). Sunday's game against George Mason will also serve as Senior Day for the Minutewomen.

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