WORCESTER, Mass. – Katie Ferris posted six goals and one assist for the Minutewomen as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team 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 2-4.
The Crusaders return to action for a home game on Saturday, March 23, when they play Denver at 12:00 p.m. Go here to watch the game.