Three players on the Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team were honored this week by the Atlantic 10. Lauren Terracciano was chosen as Rookie of the Week, Jesse O’Donnell was named Performer of the Week, and Katie Florence was selected as Defensive Player of the Week. Their performances this past week helped the Minutewomen earn back-to-back victories against Holy Cross and Connecticut.
After a pair of wins against Holy Cross and Connecticut, the Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team takes on No. 10 Boston University this afternoon at McGuirk Stadium. The game marks the first of a four-game home stand for the Minutewomen, who take on a Terriers team in their season opener.
In just her third game as a Minutewoman, Lauren Terracciano has shown her offensive skill. In Saturday’s contest at UConn, the freshman scored five goals in the 18-8 victory.
Having already played its season opener and home opener, the Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team has already gained on-field experience this spring. After defeating Holy Cross in its season opener, the Minutewomen will face Connecticut this weekend in the Huskies’ first game of the spring.
The Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team responded to a loss against Northwestern in the season opener with a 15-9 victory against Holy Cross in the home opener. Now, the Minutewomen will play their second road game of the year on Saturday when they play rival Connecticut in its first game this spring.
Despite a back-and-forth momentum shift between the Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team and Holy Cross, the Minutewomen prevailed, 15-6, Wednesday after they broke through a tired Crusader defense.
UMass coach Alexis Venechanos felt her team needed to improve in two key areas after the loss to the Wildcats: teamwork and draw controls. The Minutewomen did just that to the tune of out-drawing Holy Cross in their 15-6 win.
After dropping its season opener against five-time defending national champion Northwestern, the Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team will look for its first win of the 2010 season against Holy Cross in its home opener. The Minutewomen lead the all-time series against the Crusaders, 9-4, though Holy Cross has won three of the last four meetings.
Against Holy Cross on Wednesday, the Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team will look to get back to the basics and work on its teamwork as it attempts to record its first win of the 2010 season. Draw controls are another area of emphasis for UMass coach Alexis Venechanos after the Minutewomen were overpowered, 21-5, on draw controls against Northwestern.
With seven goals in the first 16 minutes of play by the five-time defending national champions, UMass was in a constant catch-up role against Northwestern on Saturday. The Minutewomen put some pressure on later in the game, but the deficit was too much as they fell 18-6.
Merritt Cosgrove will return home to play in California for the first time in her collegiate career against five-time defending national champion Northwestern to begin the 2010 season. The senior from Carlsbad is excited for the chance to play in front of her family and friends on Saturday night.
After winning the Atlantic 10 Regular-Season Title, the A-10 Tournament Title, and reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 25 years, the Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team begins its 2010 season on Saturday. Coach Alexis Venechanos enters her fourth season with the Minutewomen after improving the team every year since coming to UMass in 2007.
Heading into the 2010 season, the Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team returns nine of 12 starters from last year, while adding eight new freshmen. Though a young team, the Minutewomen feel that their roster is balanced from position to position and class by class.