Ferris Has 4G/4A to Lead No. 9 Massachusetts by Vermont

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Katie Ferris tallied a game-high eight points on four goals and four assists to lead No. 9 Massachusetts past Vermont, 16-6, in women's lacrosse action at Virtue Field on Tuesday. Massachusetts improves to 8-0 overall while Vermont drops to 7-2 on the year.

Marcie Marino paced Vermont on the afternoon with a team-high three goals, while Vanessa VanderZalm chipped with two scores and one assist. Ferris led the way for UMass with eight points, and Sam Rush tallied a game-high five goals.

Massachusetts got off to a quick start, opening a 3-0 lead through the first 10-plus minutes of the contest. Ferris tallied two of the three goals to give the Minutewomen the early lead. Vermont responded with the next two goals within a span of a minute. Marino netted both of the scores for the Catamounts, with Vanessa VanderZalm and Danielle Seifert picking up assists.

UMass registered four of the game's next five goals, with Ferris picking up two of the scores during the run. VanderZalm found the back of the net off a feed from Lucy Mower for the Catamounts' lone goal during the stretch. VanderZalm added another score with just 42 seconds left in the half to cut Vermont's deficit to 7-4 heading into halftime.

Lucy Mower tallied the first goal of the second half at the 24:02 mark to bring Vermont within two scores. UMass answered with goals from Rush, Melissa Carelli and Erika Eipp in just under two minutes to push its advantage to 10-5.

Marino notched a hat trick with her third goal of the game at the 18:59 mark to break up the Massachusetts run and bring Vermont within four goals. The Minutewomen were able close out the Catamounts by scoring the final six goals of the contest, including three from Rush, to earn the 16-6 win.

Meg Hopkins made four saves in the Vermont cage in 42 minutes of play. Rachel Vallarelli made six stops to collect her eighth win in goal for UMass.

Vermont hits the road for a match-up at Central Connecticut State on Saturday (March 22) at 1:00 p.m.

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BURLINGTON, Vt. - No. 9 UMass closed out Vermont with a six-goal run to seal a 16-6 win at Virtue Field on Tuesday afternoon. Sam Rush and Katie Ferris combined for nine of the Minutewomen's 16 goals as UMass picked up its eighth straight win of the season.

Ferris finished the day with a game-high eight points for the second straight game. She had four goals and four assists in the win. Rush netted five goals, while Melissa Carelli had three goals and two assists. Erika Eipp rounded out the top scorers for UMass with two goals and two assists.

UMass (8-0) held a three-goal lead at halftime, but the Catamounts (7-2) cut it to two just under six minutes into the second stanza. The Minutewomen tallied three straight goals in the next four minutes taking a 10-5 lead at the 20:19 mark.

After Vermont cut the lead back to four, UMass closed the game on a six-goal run shutting out the Catamounts for the final 18 minutes of play.

The Catamounts were led by Marcie Marino who had three goals, while Vanessa VanderZalm had two goals and an assist.

Both teams tallied 25 shots in the game, while Vermont held a 13-to-11 edge in draw controls.

Rachel Vallarelli made six saves in the win for UMass, while Meg Hopkins had four saves in the loss for Vermont.


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