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The UMass women's lacrosse team used a dominant defensive performance to push past George Mason 12-3 on Friday afternoon in the Atlantic 10 Championship semifinals. The Minutewomen will face Richmond on Sunday at Noon in the A-10 Championship title game for a berth to the NCAA Tournament.

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. 

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.

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."

Peter Cappiello of the Boston Globe has a feature story on UMass women's lacrosse midfielder Hannah Murphy who is having a break-out campaign for the Minutewomen in 2015. Head coach Angela McMahon says the Duxbury, Mass., native may be one of the overall best players the Minutewomen have had over the past several years.

Joey Saade of the Daily Collegian has a feature story on UMass lacrosse goalie Rachel Vallarelli who has turned in a phenomenal senior campaign in net for the Minutewomen this year. The anchor of the nation's No. 1 defense for much of the year talks about what her career has meant to her, while teammate Morgan Walker says Vallarelli's play has inspired the team's defense as a whole.
Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian has a recap of Sunday's win at La Salle for the UMass women's lacrosse team. Despite jumping out to a 10-0 lead and holding an 11-2 lead at halftime, the Minutewomen saw a terrific rally from the Explorers in the second half which Coach McMahon said serves as a reminder to the team that the six-time conference champs are going to get everyone's best shot this late into the season.

Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

Matthew Zackman of the Daily Collegian has a preview of tonight's women's lacrosse game at Saint Joseph's. UMass has a key weekend between this game and Sunday's game at La Salle to lock up a spot in the Atlantic 10 Championship Tournament.
Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian has a recap of the UMass women's lacrosse team's 19-4 win at Davidson on Sunday. Over the last four games, the Minutewomen have been averaging 17.5 points per game as they enter the home stretch of the regular-season with four games left on the docket.

Kate Farnham outruns her competition. (Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian)



Wednesday's game against Vermont was more than just another meeting between the two regional opponents. It marked the first time UMass All-American Katie Ferris had been back to McGuirk Stadium since graduating last spring. The program's all-time leading point scorer, goal scorer and assist leader caught up with the UMass Sports Network following the game.

Coverage of @UMassLacrosse 16-7 Win Over Vermont

Check out the new coverage and video highlights of the UMass women's lacrosse team's 16-7 win over Vermont on Wednesday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium. Hannah Murphy notched four goals, while Amy Tiernan and Holly Turner each had three.

(Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian)





Jesse Korzen of the Daily Collegian has a feature on Hannah Murphy's recent scoring success over the last three games. In those contests, she has posted four goals in each to lead the Minutewomen.

Former UMass field hockey and women's lacrosse all-time great Lisa (Griswold) Lindley was elected to the U.S. Lacrosse Connecticut Hall of Fame back in January - Darien Times Sports Editor Steven Buono caught up with Lindley to discuss the honor and her successes as a player and coach.

She was a three-time all-American on the field hockey and lacrosse squads at UMass, went on to play for the U.S. Women's Lacrosse Team from 1986-1992, and was a member of the World Cup Lacrosse Team in 1989. Since then she has a 347-70 record in 21 years of coaching Darien High School and has been Connecticut Coach of the Year six times.

'Honesty' is Hall of Fame coach Lindley's policy | Steven Buono, Darien Times

Matthew Zackman of the Daily Collegian has a preview of the UMass women's lacrosse team's final non-conference game of the season as Vermont visits McGuirk Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. The Minutewomen will be tasked with stopping one of the nation's top offensive threats in Jessica Roach who has 49 goals this season.

Meagan Bowen encounters trouble trying to reach the George Mason goal.  (Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian)

UMass women's lacrosse senior goalie Rachel Vallarelli continues to lead the nation in goals-against-average (4.28) and save percentage (.589) according to the April 6 NCAA stats report.

Moving up for UMass was defender Kate Farnham who now ranks 4th nationally in caused turnovers (2.55 per game) which also leads the Atlantic 10. Farnham also ranks 23rd in groundballs (2.64) which is 2nd in the A-10.

Hannah Murphy ranks 18th in draw controls (4.36) and leads the A-10 as well.

As a team, UMass slipped to No. 2 for scoring defense, but continues to lead the country in caused turnovers and save percentage. The Minutewomen also rank No. 2 in groundballs and are 9th in scoring margin.

ILWomen.com announced its 2015 Mid-Season All-America picks with UMass defender Kate Farnham earning Honorable Mention accolades. The junior has had a banner year this Spring for the Minutewomen pacing the defense to the Nation's No. 2 team ranking. Individually, Farnham's 28 caused turnovers ranks 4th nationally, while her 29 groundballs ranks 23rd.

Andrew Cyr has a recap of the UMass women's lacrosse team's win at St. Bonaventure on Saturday. Head coach Angela McMahon highlights the play of Hannah Murphy on offense, but says the team still needs to execute better to keep pressure off the defense.

Collegian: @UMassLacrosse prepares for road trip to face Bonnies

Jesse Korzen of the Daily Collegian has a preview of Saturday's women's lacrosse match-up at St. Bonaventure - the only game of the week for the Minutewomen. Head coach Angela McMahon says the balanced offensive attack displayed against George Mason was a good sign of the team's progress heading into week 2 of league play.
Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian has a feature story on Angela McMahon recording her 100th career win as a head women's lacrosse coach. In her 5th year at UMass, 81 of those wins have coming coaching the Minutewomen. Senior Katie Ott and junior Anne Farnham talk about the relationship that coach McMahon builds with her players and how that breeds success.

Head Coach Angela McMahon advises her players from the sidelines. (Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian)

Coverage Of @UMassLacrosse Win Over George Mason

Matthew Zackman of the Daily Collegian has a recap of the UMass women's lacrosse team's 17-7 win over George Mason on Sunday as the Minutewomen opened Atlantic 10 play with a 2-0 record over the weekend. UMass also defeated Duquesne on Friday.

Jesse Korzen of the Daily Collegian has a preview of the UMass women's lacrosse team's Atlantic 10 opener against Duquesne on Friday. The Minutewomen have won 38 consecutive games against A-10 opponents which is one of the longest conference win streaks in NCAA history.

Collegian: @UMassLacrosse thriving with nation's top defense

Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian has a feature looking at the make-up of the UMass women's lacrosse team's defense which is currently ranked as the top unit in the nation. Anchoring the back line is goalie Rachel Vallarelli who is off to her best season ever and is an All-American candidate in goal.

Megan Schneider of LaxMagazine.com has a feature looking at the undefeated start of the season for the UMass women's lacrosse team along with Albany. Both programs jumped into the Lacrosse Magazine Top 20 poll this week and will face each other next week in Albany, N.Y.

Matt Zackman of the Daily Collegian has a preview today of the UMass women's lacrosse team's game on Wednesday at Yale (4 PM). Redshirt junior attack Katie Ott and head coach Angela McMahon both say that a patient offense and focus on defense will be key for the Minutewomen to win.

Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian has a recap of the UMass women's lacrosse team's 9-4 win over Drexel on Friday. Cyr states that while the offensive unit has received much of the acclaim over the past few seasons, it is the defense that's been spectacular this year in the Minutewomen's 6-0 start.

After a 5-0 start to the season, the UMass women's lacrosse team is listed as receiving votes in both the Lacrosse Magazine/Nike Weekly Poll and the InsideLacrosse.com Media Poll. The Minutewomen host Drexel this Friday at McGuirk Stadium.
Matthew Zackman of the Daily Collegian has a recap of Saturday's 11-3 win at Holy Cross for the women's lacrosse team which improved to 5-0 on the season. With the scored tied 2-2 at halftime, the Minutewomen broke the game open with an 8-to-0 run during the second half and held the Crusaders scoreless for a stretch of 41 minutes.

GAME DAY INFO: @UMassLacrosse Heads To Holy Cross For Morning Tilt

Coming off Wednesday's 7-2 win at Boston University, the women's lacrosse team concludes its non-conference slate against Bay State teams on Saturday morning at Holy Cross. Live stats and twitter updates via @UMassAthletics will be available to keep up with the action if you can't be there in person. 

Massachusetts (4-0) at Holy Cross (0-3)
 Date Saturday, February 28 - 11:00 AM (ET) 
 Location Holy Cross Field | Worcester, Mass.
 Watch Online None
 Live Stats Live Stats
 Twitter Updates @UMassAthletics



Matthew Zackman of the Daily Collegian has a preview of Wednesday's women's lacrosse game at Boston University which begins at 3 PM. The Minutewomen are off to a 3-0 start this year after last weekend's win at New Hampshire.

Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian has a recap of last Saturday's 12-7 win for the UMass women's lacrosse team at New Hampshire. Head coach Angela McMahon says she was pleased with the number of players who were able to score goals along with the continued presence of the team's defense.

Collegian: @UMassLacrosse edge UConn in double overtime, 7-6

Nicholas Casale of the Daily Collegian has a recap of the UMass women's lacrosse team's dramatic double-overtime 7-6 win against UConn yesterday at McGuirk Stadium. Freshman Holly Turner notched the game-winning goal just 54 seconds into the sudden-death second overtime period improving UMass to 2-0 on the season.

Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian has a feature story on UMass women's lacrosse twins Anne and Kate Farnham. Cyr looks at the special relationship between the sisters and how they are impacting the team this year as starting defenders.

The UMass women's lacrosse team returns to action today at 3 PM as the Minutewomen host UConn at McGuirk Stadium. UMass is coming off an 18-4 win over UMass Lowell last Saturday, while the Huskies lost their season-opener at James Madison on Sunday. The game is free to attend, but if you can't make it, it will be streamed live online.

Massachusetts (1-0) vs. Connecticut (0-1)
 Date Wednesday, February 18 - 3:00 PM (ET) 
 Location McGuirk Stadium Amherst, Mass.
 Watch Online UMass/Atlantic 10 Digital Network
 Live Stats Live Stats
 Twitter Updates @UMassAthletics

Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian has a preview of today's women's lacrosse game as the Minutewomen host UConn at 3 PM at McGuirk Stadium. The preview looks at adjustments UMass has made since the season-opener last Saturday against UMass Lowell and coach McMahon's experience during her time as the head coach at UConn before coming back to UMass.

Anthony Chiusano of the Daily Collegian has an extensive feature story on UMass women's lacrosse head coach Angela McMahon who was announced last year as the head coach for the Italian National Team which will compete at the 2017 FIL World Cup. McMahon and her husband, Amherst men's soccer coach Justin Serpone, will be tasked with creating a roster of players for the first-year Italian national team leading up to the World Cup.


UMass field hockey and women's lacrosse standout Lisa (Griswold) Lindley was chosen for the US Lacrosse Connecticut Hall of Fame and will be inducted next month. Lindley was a three-time all-American with the Minutewomen and has coached Darien High School to 13 FCIAC titles and 13 state titles, the most of any high school coach in the nation.

Lindley makes CT Hall of Fame for lacrosse | Darien Times

Megan Schneider of Lacrosse Magazine has a preseason snap shot of the Atlantic 10 women's lacrosse teams as the 2015 campaign approaches. She lists UMass as her front-runner to win the league once again, but says Angela McMahon and the Minutewomen must replace several key losses from a season ago.

LaxMagazine.com: Conference Snapshot - Atlantic 10 (Women)


InsideLacrosse.com: Taking A Look At @UMassLacrosse Competition Week

The UMass women's lacrosse team wrapped up its fall ball season with the Minutewomen's annual competition week. During the week, the team splits up into two squads which compete against each other on and off the field. InsideLacrosse.com has all the details and photos.

Matt Kinnear of Inside Lacrosse stopped by UMass women's lacrosse practice earlier this fall to check out the Minutewomen and speak with head coach Angela McMahon. While the Minutewomen graduated one of its most successful (and largest) senior classes last spring after its sixth straight Atlantic 10 Championship win, Coach McMahon feels the team has the ability to win the league again for another NCAA Tournament appearance.

The University of Vermont has announced the addition of former UMass women's lacrosse All-American as its newest assistant coach as released yesterday. Ferris finished her UMass career as the all-time leading point scorer, goal scorer and assist leader after guiding the Minutewomen to four straight A-10 Championship titles and four straight berths to the NCAA Tournament.

We hope you enjoyed our coaches sharing some of their favorite motivational quotes this week as part of #UMassCoachQuotes. We'll have another round of those coming next week as well. For now, let's look back at what our coaches submitted this past week.



















Paige Stenberg of the Boston Herald has a feature on UMass women's lacrosse head coach Angela McMahon who was recently named the head coach for the Italian Women's Lacrosse national team which will compete at the 2017 FIL World Cup.

McMahon will be co-head coach alongside her husband Justin Serpone and says the World Cup is another stepping stone to helping lacrosse become an Olympic sport.

"The idea of bringing a sport that we are both passionate about to a country that is passionate about everything they do, is just a great fit on both sides," continued McMahon. "I believe I can speak for most coaches out there when I say it's a unified goal of ours for lacrosse to become an Olympic sport, so whatever we can do to help that become a reality, we are willing to do pretty much anything."

It was announced on Wednesday that UMass women's lacrosse head coach Angela McMahon will serve as the head coach of the Italian National Team which will take part in the FIL World Cup in 2017. McMahon and her husband, Justin Serpone, will serve as co-head coaches of the first-ever Italian national squad.
Despite a tough exit in the NCAA Tournament to Amherst College, UMass alumna Holly Drown '09 guided Bridgewater State to a strong 2014 campaign in her first year as head coach.

Drown led the Bears to a 14-6 overall record despite returning just four starters from the 2013 squad that went 17-3 overall.

Behind a strong defensive effort, the No. 12 Loyola women's lacrosse team defeated No. 14 UMass 10-4 last Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Boston College. The Minutewomen ended their season with an 18-2 overall record. Sam Rush broke her previous single-season scoring mark with a pair of goals in the game giving her 67 for the 2014 campaign.



John Connolly of the Boston Herald has a preview of the NCAA Tournament First Round games which are being held by Boston College this Friday and Saturday with UMass kicking things off against Loyola at 2 PM.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a preview of today's NCAA First Round match-up between UMass and Loyola at Boston College's Lacrosse Complex in Newton. While still being on the "road", UMass expects to have a sizable fan contingent with a roster of mostly Bay Staters.

Halley Quillinan of InsideLacrosse.com breaks down the Boston College pod of this year's NCAA Bracket with focus going to the intriguing match-up that is the UMass vs. Loyola game today at 2 PM. Quillinan highlights two of college lacrosse's most dynamic seniors in Loyola's Marlee Paton and UMass' Katie Ferris.

NE Lacrosse Journal: Hangin' out with ... Kelsey McGovern

Phil Shore of the New England Lacrosse Journal features Kelsey McGovern in the "Hangin' Out With..." section of the newest magazine edition. The piece talks about McGovern's career, playing through an ACL tear in the 2013 NCAA Tournament and what some of her favorite off the field things are.

The UMass women's lacrosse team used a late first half run to pull away from Richmond in Sunday's A-10 Championship Game en route to a 10-6 win and the Minutewomen's sixth consecutive Atlantic 10 title. UMass will next face Loyola (Md.) in the NCAA Tournament First Round on Friday at 2 PM at the BC Lacrosse Complex in Newton, Mass.






Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a feature story on UMass women's lacrosse senior Katie Ferris including her battle against Lyme disease over the past two seasons. Ferris states that the disease has actually made her more appreciative of her time on the field and has made her a better player overall.

Prior to being named the A-10 Player of the Year for the third straight year, Ferris was presented the first-ever Dr. James Ralph Award which is given to a UMass athlete who has overcome injury or illness to excel in sport.

Knowing that her playing career has, at most, weeks remaining, is liberating for Ferris, who plans to go into college coaching after graduating this month. She can play as hard as she can during the Atlantic 10 and NCAA tournaments. If she's worn out at the end, she can rest without worrying what she's missing.

"I just tell myself, 'Get through it. You can rest after. Push yourself as much as you can and then you get a break and the break is forever,'" Ferris said. "My body is exhausted, but lacrosse is my favorite thing in the entire world so I'm obviously going to miss playing, but I'm not going to miss the physical toll. I'm excited to get out on my own and see what's going to happen next."

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story today on UMass lacrosse's postseason awards as released by the Atlantic 10 yesterday. Katie Ferris was named the league's Player of the Year award for the third consecutive year.

Hannah Christiansen of Inside Lacrosse has a preview of the Atlantic 10 Championship tournament which runs from Friday to Sunday in Richmond, Va.

Christiansen states that UMass looks strong and has veteran leadership at all positions as the Minutewomen look for their sixth straight conference championship title.


VIDEO: Feature Profile On Women's Lacrosse Sophomore Erika Eipp

The UMass Sports Network put together a feature on women's lacrosse attack Erika Eipp who transferred to UMass from Louisville prior to this season and has made an instant impact on the squad. The feature also looks at her relationship with her brother Dan who is an attack at Harvard.


UMass Women's Lacrosse Ranked 13th In This Week's Polls

After making its fourth straight perfect run through Atlantic 10 play to finish the regular season 7-0 and 16-1 overall, the UMass women's lacrosse team is ranked 13th in both the IWLCA Coaches Poll and the Brine Media Poll.

In the newly formed Lacrosse Magazine poll, UMass is ranked 9th overall.


Recaps From UMass Women's Lacrosse Win At Duquesne

The No. 11 UMass women's lacrosse team defeated Duquesne 16-8 on Sunday afternoon to win the Atlantic 10 regular-season title and take the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Championship Tournament.


Coverage Of UMass Women's Lacrosse Win Over St. Bonaventure

As the No. 11 UMass women's lacrosse team prepares to play Duquesne on Sunday, take a few minutes to read about the Minutewomen's win over St. Bonaventure on Friday at McGuirk Stadium.




With Duquesne's win over Richmond on Friday, the No. 11 UMass women's lacrosse team will head to Pittsburgh on Sunday (Noon) for what will be a battle for the Atlantic 10 regular-season title and, more importantly, the No. 1 seed in next weekend's Atlantic 10 Championship tournament.

UMass is currently No. 1 in the league standings at 6-0 (15-1 overall), while Duquesne is 5-1 (14-2 overall). Currently, La Salle and Richmond sit in third and fourth in the standings with 4-2 league records which would place both in the A-10 Tournament. With just Sunday's action left, all that seems to be left is to determine which of these four teams get what seeds for next weekend.

No. 11/14 Massachusetts (15-1, 6-0) at Duquesne (14-2, 5-1 A-10)
 Date Sunday, April 27 - 12:00 PM (ET) 
 Location Rooney Field Pittsburgh, Pa.
 Watch Online Duquesne/Atlantic 10 Digital Network
 Live Stats Live Stats
 Twitter Updates @UMassAthletics
A total of 14 players scored on Friday afternoon as the No. 11 UMass women's lacrosse team cruised past St. Bonaventure 21-8 at McGuirk Stadium. The win improved UMass to 15-1 overall and 6-0 in Atlantic 10 play. It also set up a Sunday showdown in Pittsburgh as the Minutewomen and Duquesne will play for the No. 1 seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship and the regular-season title.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has an extensive notebook in today's paper which covers all of Friday's results from lacrosse to tennis. Vautour also highlights Saturday's jersey retirement for Brianna Scurry and April Kater and gives mention to a pair of academic award winners from rowing and women's lacrosse.

Check out the photo gallery on UMassAthletics.com from acclaimed photographer Thom Kendall. He was on hand to capture all the action as the Minutewomen defeated St. Bonaventure 21-8 on Friday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium.

Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald has a feature story on the No. 11 UMass women's lacrosse team and senior defender Kelsey Sheridan. Thompson focuses on the UMass defense which is one of the top units in the country allowing just over 6 goals per game (2nd nationally).

Anthony Chiusano of the Daily Collegian has a preview of this weekend's games for the No. 11 UMass women's lacrosse team as the Minutewomen host St. Bonaventure on Friday (1 PM) and head to Duquesne on Sunday (Noon). UMass will have a chance to take the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Championship and the regular-season conference title with a pair of wins.
The weekly UMass Sports Luncheon will have a new locale today as it will be held at the new UMass Rowing Boat House beginning at Noon. The Boat House is located at Sportsman's Marina in Hadley on Route 9 where the Calvin Coolidge Bridge crosses the Connecticut River.

Women's lacrosse senior Sam Rush and softball freshman Jena Cozza will be honored as the athletes's of the week. Rowing head coach Jim Dietz is the featured speaker and will give a tour of the new boat house which was opened this past fall.

Women's Lacrosse Ranked No. 11/14 In National Weekly Polls

After defeating Richmond on Saturday and improving to 14-1 overall, the UMass women's lacrosse team remains at No. 11 in the week's IWLCA Coaches Poll.

The Minutewomen are ranked No. 14 in the Brine Media Poll and come in at No. 10 in the newly formed Lacrosse Magazine Poll.

Recaps From No. 11 Women's Lacrosse Win At Richmond

Sam Rush scored with 3:27 remaining in regulation and Rachel Vallarelli made a huge save with 1.6 seconds left as No. 11 UMass took sole possession of the top spot in the Atlantic 10 standings with a 9-8 win at Richmond on Saturday.

Marvin Pave of the Boston Globe has a great story on the impact Tanner Guarino and Kelsey McGovern have had during their careers with the UMass lacrosse team. The pair of new each other prior to coming to UMass have been instrumental in making the program nationally relevant over the last several years.

Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle has a profile piece on Meg Newton who is a walk-on for the nationally ranked women's lacrosse team. Newton says the experience has been great this year, while head coach Angela McMahon says Newton has the attributes to "be successful here."
Anthony Chiusano of the Daily Collegian has a preview of No. 11 UMass women's lacrosse at Richmond on Saturday. The game, an annual rivalry game between the two programs, will have added importance this weekend as both teams are tied for the top spot in the Atlantic 10 standings with 4-0 league records and just three games left in the regular season.

After wins over George Washington and George Mason last week, the UMass women's lacrosse team (13-1) moved to No. 11 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll and No. 12 in the Brine Media Poll. The new Lacrosse Magazine rankings have the Minutewomen checking in at No. 9 overall. In the newest RPI report from the NCAA, UMass ranks No. 9 as well.


NCAA.com: Women's Lacrosse RPI At No. 10 In Latest NCAA Report

With three games left in the regular season, the UMass women's lacrosse team holds a No. 10 RPI in the latest report released by the NCAA. UMass has a 13-1 overall record and is looking to make its fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. UMass is the highest ranked Atlantic 10 team and could finish among the top 11 programs for the third straight year.

Jesse Mayfield Sheehan of the Daily Collegian has a preview of this weekend's lacrosse games as the Minutewomen head to George Washington on Friday before returning to McGuirk Stadium to host George Mason on Sunday. Prior to Sunday's game, UMass will honor its 2014 senior class.

UMass Women's Lacrosse Ranked 11th/12th In This Week's Polls

After last Tuesday's narrow loss to No. 7 Northwestern, the UMass women's lacrosse team dropped just a bit in the national polls. The Minutewomen enter Atlantic 10 play this week ranked 11th in the IWLCA Coaches Poll and 12th in the Brine Media Poll. UMass remains a top 10 team in the newly formed Lacrosse Magazine rankings as they come in at No. 9 overall.
Lacrosse Magazine listed their mid-season leading candidates for several major awards and picked their first-team All-America squad as if the season were to end today. In naming the award winners, they also mentioned who else was in top consideration for the award.

Kelsey McGovern earned the nod for First Team All-America and was one of the considerations for the Most Outstanding Defender in the nation.

Rachel Vallarelli was a top consideration for the Kelly Award going to the Most Outstanding Goalie.

UMass women's lacrosse seniors Katie Ferris and Kelsey McGovern were tabbed Mid-Season All-America Third Team selections by InsideLacrosse.com on Monday. Ferris is one of the top offensive players in the country, while McGovern is known both for her defensive prowess and skill on the draw control.

Recaps From UMass Women's Lacrosse Loss To Northwestern

No. 7 Northwestern used a four-goal run spanning halftime to build enough of a lead to hold off No. 10 UMass, 10-6, last night at McGuirk Stadium. The loss for the Minutewomen snapped a 31-game home win streak, however, the closeness of the game shows how far the UMass program has come after suffering eight double-digit losses to the Wildcats in previous meetings.



Laurel Pfahler of LaxMagazine.com has a feature story on the UMass women's lacrosse team and how head coach Angela McMahon uses some non-traditional strategies to keep the environment challenging and fun while turning the Minutewomen into a nationally recognized program.

Jesse Mayfield Sheehan of the Daily Collegian has a game preview of tonight's top-10 match-up between UMass and Northwestern under the lights at McGuirk Stadium. 

Anthony Chiusano of the Daily Collegian has a feature story on UMass women's lax goalie Rachel Vallarelli who has anchored one of the top defensive units in the country. Vallarelli and the Minutewomen face a tough test on Tuesday night as No. 7 Northwestern visits McGuirk Stadium.

Recaps Of No. 9 UMass Women's Lacrosse Win At Vermont

Six players scored goals paced by five from Sam Rush and four from Katie Ferris (along with four assists) as No. 9 UMass stormed past Vermont yesterday afternoon in Burlington.

PREVIEW: Women's Lacrosse At Vermont On Tuesday

No. 9 UMass women's lacrosse (7-0) heads to Vermont to challenge the Catamounts (7-1) on Tuesday afternoon in a 3 p.m. game. Below is all the info MinuteFans need to follow along today:

 No. 9/9 Massachusetts (7-0) at Vermont (7-1)
 Date  Tuesday, March 18 - 3:00 PM (EST) 
 Location  Virtue Field Burlington, Vt.
 Watch Online  Northeast Sports Network
 Live Stats  Live Stats
 Twitter Updates  @UMassAthletics

More on the women's lacrosse program can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

UMass Women's Lacrosse Ranked 9th In Coaches & Media Polls

After defeating Colorado 17-4 last Friday afternoon to improve to 7-0 on the season, the UMass women's lacrosse team checks in at No. 9 in both the Brine Media Poll and the IWLCA Coaches Poll. In the newly formed LaxMagazine.com poll, UMass is ranked 7th nationally.


Coverage Of No. 9 Women's Lacrosse Win Over Colorado

A 12-goal first half along with standout performances from Katie Ferris, Melissa Carelli, Tanner Guarino and Kelsey Sheridan paced the No. 9 UMass women's lacrosse team to a 17-4 win over Colorado last Friday.
When Colorado visits McGuirk Stadium on Friday afternoon, the UMass women's lacrosse team will look for its 30th consecutive home win. With 29 straight dating back to March 2011, UMass' current home win streak is the 3rd best in the history of NCAA women's lacrosse.

Only Northwestern's 58 (2004-10) home wins and Maryland's 41 (1997-01) home wins are better all-time.

UMass Women's Lacrosse One Of 11 Unbeatens Left In NCAA

With a 6-0 start to the year, the UMass women's lacrosse team is one of 11 teams which remain unbeaten this season.

1. Albany (4-0)
2. Brown (4-0)
3. Johns Hopkins (7-0)
4. Maryland (7-0)
5. Massachusetts (6-0)
6. Navy (7-0)
7. North Carolina (7-0)
8. Robert Morris (4-0)
9. Syracuse (6-0)
10. UC Davis (3-0)
11. Yale (5-0)
The UMass women's lacrosse team's 6-0 start marks the fifth time in program history the Minutewomen have opened a season with six straight wins. In 2012, UMass posted a 7-0 record which the Minutewomen can match this Friday against Colorado.

Best Start To A Season:
15-0 - 1979
13-0 - 1980
10-0 - 1982 (undefeated season, National Champions)
7-0 - 2012
6-0 - 2014, 2011, 1986, 1985, 1978

UMass Women's Lacrosse Moves Up To No. 9 In IWLCA Poll

After improving to 6-0 with the win over New Hampshire on Saturday, the UMass women's lacrosse team moved up to No. 9 in this week's IWLCA Coaches Poll.

The Minutewomen remain at No. 8 in the InsideLacrosse.com Brine Media Poll and are No. 7 in the LaxMagazine.com Poll.

Jesse Mayfield Sheehan of the Daily Collegian has a story today on Sam Rush and her prominent role in the win over New Hampshire where she scored five of the Minutewomen's 12 goals. Rush moved into 5th place all-time on the UMass goals scored ranking.

When Colorado visits McGuirk Stadium on Friday afternoon, the UMass women's lacrosse team will look for its 30th consecutive home win. With 29 straight dating back to March 2011, UMass' current home win streak is the 3rd best in the history of NCAA women's lacrosse.

Only Northwestern's 58 (2004-10) home wins and Maryland's 41 (1997-01) home wins are better all-time.
J. Anthony Roberts of the Springfield Republican was on hand yesterday for the UMass women's lacrosse win over New Hampshire at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

UMass women's lacrosse head coach Angela McMahon speaks with the media following the Minutewomen's 12-6 win over New Hampshire on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at McGuirk Stadium.


David Vatz of InsideLacrosse.com has an updated look at 10 candidates for Player of the Year this season in collegiate women's lacrosse. Checking in on the list is UMass' Katie Ferris who is also on the Tewaaraton Watch List this year.

10. Katie Ferris, UMass senior attack 
UMass has started 5-0, helped by its senior captain. Ferris has amassed 11 goals and 14 assists with very accurate shooting and passing, with 24 of her 26 shots being on goal. Including a six-point performance against Holy Cross with two goals and four assists, Ferris has earned at least three points in all five of UMass's victories.

Anthony Chiusano of the Daily Collegian has a preview of Saturday's women's lacrosse matchup against New Hampshire at McGuirk Stadium.

LaxMagazine.com: NCAA Division I Women's Composite Rankings

Sean Burns of Lacrosse Magazine has a weekly composite look at the NCAA women's lacrosse rankings. In his composite, he has UMass tied with Duke with an average ranking of 9.75 between four different polling sources.

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