'Dores welcome UMass for home opener

Meggie Ramzy and the Commodores welcome UMass into their home opener at noon on Sunday.

Feb. 9, 2014

Coach Cathy Swezey believes her 2014 squad might be one of the most fit teams she has coached in her 17 years at Vanderbilt.

Swezey and Commodore fans will have an early chance to see if that holds true.

Less than 48 hours after opening the season with a win, the Commodores welcome Massachusetts to the Vanderbilt Lacrosse Complex at noon on Sunday for their first home game of the season. This will be the first meeting between the teams.

VU takes a 1-0 record into their home opener after defeating Kennesaw State 20-5 on the road on Friday night. Sophomore Kelly Chandler tied a career-high with four goals. Mallory Schonk, also a sophomore, dished out a career-best five assists in addition to scoring two goals.

Six players scored two goals apiece - Schonk, Amanda Lockwood, Meggie Ramzy, Abby Wheeler, Mackenzie Smith and freshman Caroline Peters. Ramzy tied a career high while Smith and Peters set career bests in goals scored.

Freshmen Abby Quirk, Sydney Trentzsch and MacKenzie Lange scored their first collegiate goals. Sophomore Emma Dagres also tallied a goal as 11 Commodores scored.

This will be the first game of 2014 for UMass, which went 18-3 last year and won its fifth straight Atlantic 10 Conference championship. The Minutewomen return 23 letter winners from a team that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2013 before falling to Penn State. They are led by two All-Americans, attacker Katie Ferris and defender Kelsey McGovern.

"UMass is a great team," Swezey said. "This is a team has been hitting it really hard the last three years, hitting the NCAA Tournament, doing really well in their conference. They won 18 games last year and had their best record ever as a program. They're really strong and we're looking at this game very seriously. We hope to be well prepared and hope to perform at the best level we can."



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