Big First Half Helps No. 17 UMass Coast to Win Over Vermont

AMHERST, Mass. - A six-goal first half run and a strong second half defensive effort led to a 16-5 win over Vermont for No. 17 UMass on Wednesday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium. The Minutewomen allowed just one goal in the second half while leading 9-4 at halftime. UMass will return to action on Saturday afternoon at Sacred Heart.

UMass improves to 6-2 on the season, while Vermont falls to 3-4 with the loss.

Sam Rush led all scorers with four goals and an assist, while Katie Ferris added three goals and an assist as well. Ferris became the fourth player in program history to eclipse the 200-point barrier as she now has 203 career points.

Cori Murray and Lauren Terracciano rounded out the top scorers for UMass with two goals and two assists each.Kelsey McGovern had a game-high eight draw controls, five groundballs and two caused tunovers to lead the Minutewomen on defense. Rachel Vallarelli made four saves in goal to earn the win.

Vermont was led by Sydney Mas who had three goals on the day. Vannessa VanderZlam added two goals, while Karli MacKendrick and Samantha Gallerani each had two assists. Charlotte Lyons took the loss in goal making two saves while allowing seven goals. She split time in cage with Meg Hopkins who had three saves while allowing nine goals.

UMass held a 31-to-13 shot advantage and controlled possession throughout the game. The Minutewomen won 15 of 23 draw controls and held Vermont to just 10 of 20 on clearing attempts.

The game opened with the two teams trading goals within the first four minutes of play. Tanner Guarino's free position shot at the 24:02 mark sparked the six-goal run giving UMass a 7-1 lead that was capped by a Kelsey Sheridan free position goal almost eight minutes later.

Vermont scored twice in the final five minutes of the first half to pull within 9-4 at halftime.

The Minutewomen used another six goal run to start the second half with three straight from Rush followed by two from Ferris and a goal from Murray to go up 15-4 with 12:47 to go.

Mas scored the Catamounts only goal of the second half with 10:27 left in the game.

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AMHERST, Mass. Sam Rush scored four goals and Katie Ferris added a hat trick to lead No. 17 UMass to a 16-5 win over visiting Vermont in non-conference women's lacrosse action at McGuirk Stadium on Wednesday.

With the game tied 1-1, the Minutewomen rattled off six straight goals to take a 7-1 lead with 16:28 remaining in the first half.

Vermont scored three of the next five goals, including a pair by Vannessa VanderZalm, to cut the lead to five, 9-4, at the half.

Rush scored three consecutive goals and Ferris added two more as UMass started the second half scoring six straight to open up a 15-4 lead with 12:47 left in the contest.

Sydney Mas' third goal of the game stopped the rally, but the Minutewomen would score once more with 9:03 remaining for the final result.

Mas finished the game with a team-high three goals for the Catamounts.

Meg Hopkins and Charlotte Lyons split time in the Vermont net and combined for five stops. Rachel Vallarelli was credited with four stops for UMass.

UMass improves to 6-2 on the year, while the Catamounts fall to 3-4.

Vermont will return to action on Saturday (March 16) when it hosts Columbia at 11:30 a.m. at Virtue Field in the first game of a lacrosse doubleheader.


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