UMass reaches Atlantic 10 final
Ferris' four goals lead Minutewomen past George Washington
RICHMOND, Va. -- Top-seeded UMass pitched a second-half shutout to highlight a 17-3 win against fourth-seeded George Washington on Friday afternoon at Robins Stadium. The win places the Minutewomen in the Atlantic 10 Championship game on Sunday against No. 3-seed Richmond.
The Minutewomen improve to 17-1 overall and will face Richmond for the third consecutive season in the A-10 Championship Game. UMass is seeking its fourth consecutive league title which would tie the conference record set by Temple from 2001-04.
Richmond reaches the A-10 Championship game after defeating second-seeded Duquesne in the first semifinal of the day.
Katie Ferris led all players with six points on four goals and two assists. She tied her single-season UMass record posted her 56th goal of the year. She is also now one point shy of tying the Atlantic 10 single-season record for points which is 94 set by La Salle's Jami Wilus in 2001.
Lauren Terracciano scored a pair of goals and added two assists, while Nina Sarcona, Sam Rush, Jesse O'Donnell and Dayna Defliese each posted two-goal games. Brittany Schoen capped the scoring for the Minutewomen recording the first goal of her career.
George Washington was led by Megan Seidman who scored a pair of goals and Casey Disharoon who had a goal and an assist.
The Minutewomen outshot the Colonials 33-to-14 for the day and forced George Washington into 20 turnovers while committing just 12 miscues. The UMass defense was strong on the ride allowing George Washington to clear the ball just 4-of-14 times.
UMass jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of play. At halftime, the Minutewomen held a 10-3 lead after scoring three consecutive to close the first stanza.
The second half was all UMass as the Minutewomen shutout the Colonials. Freshman goalie Rachel Vallarelli made three saves in the second half after replacing Katie Florence who played the first half.
Schoen closed out the scoring for the day when Rush found her cutting through the fan on a free position attempt for her first career goal.