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InsideLacrosse.com continues its coverage of postseason league tournaments with a preview of this weekend's Atlantic 10 Championships hosted by George Washington. UMass is predicted as the front-runner once again after a 16-1 regular-season with a dominant defense and several key offensive players.

Front Runner: Massachusetts   
Massachusetts finished the regular season undefeated in the Atlantic 10 conference and is the clear team to beat in the tournament. This streak has run up to 46 games and spans over six years. Dominant is an understatement. However, the most impressive statistic UMass leads in is goals against average this season. They only give up 6.41 per game while the next closest team is Richmond at 11.19. As if that weren't enough, the ladies are currently rolling on a 9-game win streak. Without a doubt, the Minutewomen will be the Goliath of the tournament that all the other teams will try and take out.

Gazette: @UMassLacrosse dominates Atlantic 10 Conference awards

The Daily Hampshire Gazette's daily roundup of college sports leads off with a recap of the major Atlantic 10 postseason awards brought home by the UMass women's lacrosse team. Erika Eipp was named the league's offensive player of the year, Hannah Murphy was named the midfielder of the year, Rachel Vallarelli was named the defensive player of the year and head coach Angela McMahon was named the coach of the year.

The UMass Sports Network traveled to Fairfield, Conn., to capture the sights and sounds of the men's lacrosse victory over Fairfield Thursday evening. Check out how the Minutemen won their 9-8 decision from the Stags and what head coach Greg Cannella, redshirt-junior goalie Zach Oliveri and sophomore attackman Brendan Hegarty had to say after the game:

Keep track of the Minutemen as the face Towson on Saturday, May 2 with the CAA Championship and a bid to the NCAA Tournament up for grabs through UMassAthletics.com.

Inside Lacrosse photographer Greg Vasil was sideline at Rafferty Stadium for the UMass men's lacrosse 9-8 victory over top-seed and tournament host Fairfield on Thursday evening. Check out a gallery of Vasil's photos chronicling the upset victory:

Photos: UMass 9, Fairfield 8 in CAA Semifinals | Inside Lacrosse, Greg Vasil

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette was on-hand to see No. 4 seed UMass men's lacrosse upset No. 1 seed and tournament host Fairfield during the CAA Championship semifinals Thursday evening at Rafferty Stadium. Check out Vautour's recap of the contest for key moments and quotes from head coach Greg Cannella and redshirt-junior goalie Zach Oliveri on the victory:

UMass knocks off top-seeded Fairfield in CAA Tournament semifinals | Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette

More coverage of UMass Athletics by Vautour and the Daily Hampshire Gazette staff is available on the organization's official website. Keep up with the Minutemen through UMassAthletics.com.

Daily Collegian staff reporter Jason Kates caught up with head coach Greg Cannella, redshirt-sophomore midfielder Dan Muller and sophomore attackman Brendan Hegarty after UMass men's lacrosse upset No. 1 seed and host Fairfield during the CAA Championship semifinals Thursday evening. Read Kates' take on the win and what the Minutemen said after:

UMass men's lacrosse upsets No. 1 seed Fairfield to advance to CAA championship | Jason Kates, Daily Collegian

Keep up-to-date with all things UMass men's lacrosse through UMassAthletics.com.

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse vs. Fairfield (CAA Semifinals)

The men's lacrosse team is set for the CAA Semifinals at No. 1 seed and No. 20 nationally ranked Fairfield. The Minutemen and Stags square off at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 30. Below is a preview of the game and all the pertinent information for following along:

University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes: 2015 CAA Semifinals
Game 14 Massachusetts (4-9 Overall) at #20/RV Fairfield (9-5)
Date | Time Thursday, April 30, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Location Rafferty Stadium (3,500) | Fairfield, Conn.
Tournament Info CAA Championship Central | Parking & Directions
Live Statistics StatBroadcast
Watch CAASports.TV
Listen WMUA 91.1 FM
Series History UMass leads, 7-3. Last meeting: Fairfield 10, UMass 9; April 4, 2015
Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Fairfield Get Acrobat Reader
Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Fairfield Get Acrobat Reader
Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse
Buy Tickets Available through the Colonial Athletic Association

Scouting Fairfield Men's Lacrosse
Fairfield men's lacrosse earned the No. 1 seed and right to host the CAA Championship during the final regular season weekend as the Stags ended 9-5 overall and 4-1 in league play with a 5-4 win over Hofstra on Friday, April 24. The Stags' win coupled with Towson's loss sent the No. 1 spot to Fairfield in its first year competing in the CAA.

Tristan Sperry continues to lead the way with 20 goals and 23 assists for a team-best 43 points. He also has 33 groundballs on the year, the most among CAA attackmen. TJ Neubauer (29 goals, three assists) and Colin McLinden (12 goals, 20 assists) add 32 points apiece as the squad outscores foes, 136-103 on the year with 213 points to 167 for the opposition.

Tyler Behring stepped between the pipes against UMass-Lowell midway through the season and has not relinquished goalie duties since. He holds a 6-1 record, with the lone loss an 8-7 defeat against No. 16 Towson, with a 5.95 goals-against average and .645 save percentage over 443 minutes in the cage.

Andy Copelan is in his ninth season as the head coach of Fairfield men's lacrosse and 11th overall as a program leader, including two at Marist College. Copelan is 58-36 with the Stags and 82-55 during his collegiate head coaching career.

Last Meeting: Fairfield 10, Massachusetts 9; April 4, 2014
UMass had its furious fourth quarter rally fall one goal shy of tying late as the Minutemen dropped a 10-9 decision to Fairfield at McGuirk Stadium. Buddy Carr led eight from the Maroon and White in the scoring column with two goals.

The Stags made use of a five-goal run covering the close of the first half and entire third quarter to turn a 4-3 deficit into an 8-4 advantage entering the final frame. Nick Mariano snapped the UMass drought when he bested Fairfield goalie Tyler Behring with a shot 10 yards out from the right post. After Mariano's goal at the nine-minute, 43-second mark of the fourth, the Minutemen poured in four more tallies in the next six minutes and 51 seconds of game action.

Carr ended the streak with back-to-back scores, the final of which brought UMass within 10-9 of Fairfield with nearly three minutes to play in the game. Neither side was able to find the back of the net again during the remainder of play while Neubauer and Charlie Schnider kept the Minuteman rally at bay with a goal each in the fourth during UMass' run of offensive success.

On Top Of The Tweet Game
Instant information about the men's lacrosse program, including an inside look at key points and statistics in each game as well as updates from practice and other team events can be found through the Twitter handle @UMassMLacrosse. Follow the Minutemen there and catch information about each UMass Athletic Department program through @UMassAthletics.

All Home Contests Available On UMass All-Access
UMass men's lacrosse will have each of its seven home games broadcast online through UMass All-Access, a CBS Interactive product. The link for each broadcast was accessible in each game preview to direct fans or other interest parties to the subscription page, where the viewer is asked to purchase the plan he or she believes to be appropriate.

UMass In The CAA Championship
UMass men's lacrosse makes its fifth appearance in the CAA Championship during six years with the league. The Minutemen joined the CAA ahead of the 2010 season and won the league title in 2012. The squad has another appearance in the championship game in 2011 and exited the tournament in the semifinal round during 2010 and 2013. Their five appearances stand tied with Drexel (2010, 2012-15) and Towson (2010, 2012-15) for the most in the span. The Maroon and White own a 3-3 all-time record in the event.

More on the Minuteman program is available through UMassAthletics.com.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a preview of this weekend's Atlantic 10 Championship where the UMass women's lacrosse team is the No. 1 seed. The Minutewomen have won six consecutive league titles and will face George Mason on Friday (1 PM) in the A-10 Semifinals.

"I really like how our team has performed in the bigger game scenarios. Sometimes the more pressure for us the better," Head Coach Angela McMahon said. "We have key players who have thrived in those moments. From the beginning our defense was strong and solid, the way our offense has come together and the number of different people who have become scoring threats is great. That's huge for us going forward."

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on Jean Sifrin as the NFL Draft approaches later this week. Vautour's feature focuses on the process of preparing for the draft and the media exposure Sifrin has received. Sifrin says he is excited about the draft, but is more anxious to find out what team he could be playing for so he can begin preparing for pre-season camp as soon as possible.

If you missed the 2nd Annual SAMY Awards on Monday night, don't worry! We have all the photos from the Red Carpet walk way along with the award winners here!

UMass Athletics rolled out the red carpet on Monday night, celebrating our student athlete achievements at the 2nd...

Posted by UMass Athletics on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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