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Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian has a recap of the UMass women's lacrosse team's 12-3 win over George Mason on Friday afternoon in the Atlantic 10 Championship semifinals. The Minutewomen will play for their seventh straight league title and a berth to the NCAA Tournament on Sunday (Noon) against Richmond which defeated Duquesne in the other semifinal match-up.
The Daily Hampshire has a weekend preview and recap of the UMass men's and women's league semifinal wins. The Minutewomen defeated George Mason 12-3 on Friday in the A-10 Semifinals to advance to the Atlantic 10 Championship match against Richmond on Sunday. 

UMass senior standouts Troy Power (hockey) and Matt Keys (men's soccer) have some big plans after college and Joey Saade of the Daily Collegian spent some time with the student-athletes and discussed what's on their agendas following graduation next weekend.


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Today on the Boston Bruins' website, the team has an interview with former UMass hockey forward and Western Mass. native Frank Vatrano:

The Massachusetts softball team turned in a solid effort in a 4-2, 9-inning loss at Connecticut Thursday as it prepares for a pivotal 3-game series with Saint Louis this weekend at Sortino Field. Adam Aucoin of the Daily Collegian has a recap.


The NCAA.com website ran a feature written by Joey Saade of the Daily Collegian featuring UMass women's lacrosse senior goalie Rachel Vallarelli. The play of Vallarelli this season has been critical in the success of the Minutewomen and her leadership has helped turn the defense into the top unit in the country.
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

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