Ferris Nets Six, as No. 17 Massachusetts Runs by Crusaders

WORCESTER, Mass. Katie Ferris posted six goals and one assist for the Minutewomen, as Holy Cross fell to No. 17 UMass, 20-5, on Wednesday afternoon in non-conference action at the Hart Turf Field. With the loss, the Crusaders fall 4-6 overall, while the Minutewomen improve to 8-2 overall.

Senior Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) netted two goals for the Crusaders giving her 100 for her career. She is the eighth player in program history to reach 100 goals.

UMass scored the first three goals of the contest to take an early 3-0 lead. After Zebrowski found the back of the net off a pass from junior Corinne Caracausa (North Wales, Pa.), the Minutewomen netted three straight goals to increase their lead to 6-1.

Sophomore Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) made it a 6-2 contest when she scored off a pass by junior Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) with 4:43 remaining in the first half. After two consecutive goals by Ferris, Zebrowski tallied her 100th career goal with 26 seconds left as UMass took an 8-3 lead to the half.

With the Minutewomen now leading 10-3 after scoring the first two goals of the second half, Hennessey extend her goal scoring streak to 26 straight games when she netted a goal on a free-position shot. But UMass then increased its lead to 16-4 with six consecutive goals. After senior captain Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) found the back of the net on a free-position shot, the Minutewomen closed the game with four goals for the 20-5 final score.

Junior goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) made 12 saves, while Rachel Vallarelli earned the win as she played in 35:07 allowing four goals and posting two saves. Jamie Schiloski played in 24:53 for UMass as she allowed one goal and made two saves.

UMass outshot Holy Cross, 50-15, while the Minutewomen picked up 21 ground balls and the Crusaders posted 14. UMass secured 19 draw controls and Holy Cross tallied eight, while the Crusaders went 2-3 on free-position shots and the Minutewomen went 3-5.

The Crusaders return to action for a home game on Saturday, March 23, when they play Denver at 12:00 p.m.

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Katie Ferris scored six goals and added an assist as No. 17 UMass won its fifth consecutive game 20-5 at Holy Cross on Wednesday afternoon. The Minutewomen closed out their non-conference schedule with a 8-2 record and will begin Atlantic 10 play next Saturday at La Salle.

With her seven point day, Ferris now needs just four points and two goals to move into third all-time at UMass. She now has 211 career points and 143 career goals.

Along with Ferris, Sam Rush and Lauren Terracciano each added three goals with Terracciano also posting an assist. 10 different players posted goals in the game. Rachel Vallarelli made two saves and allowed four goals in 35 minutes of play to earn the win. Jamie Schiloski played 25 minutes with two saves, while allowing just one goal.

Taylor Zebrowski scored a pair of goals to lead Holy Cross (4-6), while Laura Ryan, Kat Sutton and Sara Hennessey each had one goal. Sarah Weber took the loss in goal making 12 saves, but allowing all 20 goals.

UMass led 8-3 at halftime after starting the game on a three-goal run.

The second half saw the Minutewomen put together a six goal run over a five minute span with Courtney McGrath's free position goal giving UMass a 16-4 lead at the 19:48 mark.

UMass closed the game with a four goal run to give the final score.

The Minutewomen dominated the games in total offense with a 50-to-15 shot advantage and won 19 of 27 draw controls. UMass also forced the Crusaders into 21 turnovers thanks in part to a strong transition defense with Holy Cross converting just 11 of 19 clears.


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