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Katie Ferris becomes all-time leading scorer at UMass

  • Katie Ferris of the University of Massachusetts, right, moves the ball against Nina Falcone of Temple Friday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Katie Ferris of the University of Massachusetts, right, moves the ball against Nina Falcone of Temple Friday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • Sam Rush of the University of Massachusetts, right, gets past Temple goalie Meghan Clothier to score Friday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Sam Rush of the University of Massachusetts, right, gets past Temple goalie Meghan Clothier to score Friday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • Courtney McGrath of the University of Massachusetts, right, scores on Temple goalie Meghan Clothier Friday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Courtney McGrath of the University of Massachusetts, right, scores on Temple goalie Meghan Clothier Friday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • University of Massachusetts players Lauren Terracciano, left, and Courtney McGrath celebrate McGrath's goal Friday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    University of Massachusetts players Lauren Terracciano, left, and Courtney McGrath celebrate McGrath's goal Friday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • Cori Murray of the University of Massachusetts, center, scores on Temple goalie Meghan Clothier while defended by Lea Britton Friday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Cori Murray of the University of Massachusetts, center, scores on Temple goalie Meghan Clothier while defended by Lea Britton Friday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • Lauren Terracciano of the University of Massachusetts, center, scores on Temple goalie Meghan Clothier while defended by Charlotte Swavola Friday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Lauren Terracciano of the University of Massachusetts, center, scores on Temple goalie Meghan Clothier while defended by Charlotte Swavola Friday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • University of Massachusetts goalie Rachel Vallarelli, left, and Kate Farnham, center, defend Kelly Syphard of Temple Friday at the McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    University of Massachusetts goalie Rachel Vallarelli, left, and Kate Farnham, center, defend Kelly Syphard of Temple Friday at the McGuirk Stadium.
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  • Tanner Guarino of the University of Massachusetts, left, looks for a shot against Kara Stroup of Temple Friday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Tanner Guarino of the University of Massachusetts, left, looks for a shot against Kara Stroup of Temple Friday at McGuirk Stadium.
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  • Katie Ferris of the University of Massachusetts, right, moves the ball against Nina Falcone of Temple Friday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Sam Rush of the University of Massachusetts, right, gets past Temple goalie Meghan Clothier to score Friday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Courtney McGrath of the University of Massachusetts, right, scores on Temple goalie Meghan Clothier Friday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • University of Massachusetts players Lauren Terracciano, left, and Courtney McGrath celebrate McGrath's goal Friday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Cori Murray of the University of Massachusetts, center, scores on Temple goalie Meghan Clothier while defended by Lea Britton Friday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Lauren Terracciano of the University of Massachusetts, center, scores on Temple goalie Meghan Clothier while defended by Charlotte Swavola Friday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • University of Massachusetts goalie Rachel Vallarelli, left, and Kate Farnham, center, defend Kelly Syphard of Temple Friday at the McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Tanner Guarino of the University of Massachusetts, left, looks for a shot against Kara Stroup of Temple Friday at McGuirk Stadium.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

AMHERST — After the game, Katie Ferris was proud and honored that she became the University of Massachusetts women’s lacrosse program’s all-time leading scorer.

But during the game she was mad.

Mad that the Minutewomen let a big early advantage disappear against Temple and even more mad that they hadn’t learned from similar squandered leads in recent games.

With UMass trailing by two goals late, Ferris scored three goals in 37 seconds and six in the final 14:39 to lead the Minutewomen to a 12-10 win, their ninth straight.

“We needed those (goals). We needed to win that game,” said Ferris, who has 233 points (158 goals, 75 assists) to pass former teammate Jackie Lyons. “Something sparks in me when I get mad. We weren’t playing the greatest and something needed to be done about it. Sometimes I play better when I’m mad. I think I play a little better when I’m frustrated.”

UMass coach Angela McMahon saluted her junior star.

“We really needed that. We needed a spark. We needed momentum and she really gave us that in the second half,” McMahon said. “You hope somebody is willing to step up and take the team on their back and she did that.”

The Minutewomen led Richmond 7-2 on April 5, but gave up a 9-2 run before rallying to beat the Spiders 12-11 in overtime. Two days later they led George Washington 7-3. But the Colonials tied the game at 8-8 before UMass escaped 10-9.

“We’ve learned how to comeback but we shouldn’t have ever been in any of those situations,” Ferris said. “We can’t be up by five and put ourselves in this position again.”

McMahon agreed.

“At some point I hope we don’t have to learn from it any more and we can take a lead and extend a lead,” McMahon said.

Ferris needed only one point to break the record. The milestone point was a quiet one as she set up Courtney McGrath’s goal for the Minutewomen, who dominated possession early and opened the game with five straight goals.

But while the Minutewomen held Temple’s two scorers Stephany Parcell and Charlotte Swavola to just a goal and an assist between them, junior Jaymie Tabor had five goals, including two in the Owls’ 5-0 run that tied the game with 43 seconds left in the first half.

Sam Rush (two goals, one assist) scored with 10 seconds left to give UMass (12-2, 4-0 Atlantic 10) a 6-5 lead at the break, but Temple scored the first three goals of the second half to take an 8-6 lead.

Even after Ferris’ first goal with 17:01 left cut the deficit to 8-7, Tabor answered with 15:17 left to restore the visitors’ two-goal edge.

It was starting to look like Ferris’ early milestone would be marred by a defeat, but she almost single-handedly prevented that.

“When they were up by two, I was like ‘all right, enough,’” Ferris said.

After circling clockwise from behind the goal to the front to tuck the ball by goalie Meghan Clothier with 14:39 left, Ferris wheeled from right to left around the net and beat Clothier low to tie the game at 9-9 17 seconds later.

Temple barely had time to catch its breath when Lauren Terracciano won the draw and fed Ferris, who scored on the break with 14:02 left to give the Minutewomen a 10-9 lead.

Ferris added two more late to seal the win for UMass, which stayed in first place in the Atlantic 10 with three games to go beginning Sunday at Saint Joseph’s.

With the win secured, Ferris was proud of her record.

“It was awesome to hear it be announced. My teammates were excited,” she said. “I couldn’t have done it without them. It wouldn’t have meant anything if we hadn’t won today.”

McMahon was impressed.

“For her to do that as a junior is remarkable considering we’ve had so many All-Americans come through the program,” McMahon said.

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. Follow UMass coverage on Twitter at @GazetteUMass. Get UMass coverage delivered in your Facebook news feed at www.facebook.com/GazetteUMassCoverage.

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