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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.

Lacrosse Magazine Rankings: UMass Rising

In its new weekly ranking section, Lacrosse Magazine has the UMass women's lacrosse team as the biggest mover among team's in its top 20 list. The Minutewomen moved from No. 15 in last week's poll to No. 9 in this week's edition.

Who's Hot?

Massachusetts (+6): Still unbeaten after beating Boston University and Iona this week, the only thing holding the Minutewmen back is the lack of a defining win over a top team. There's a good chance they'll be able to win out leading up to a March 25th date against Northwestern, and if that't the case, that'll be a big one.


After a pair of wins last week against Boston University and at Iona, the UMass women's lacrosse team has moved into the Top 10 in both major polls.

The Minutewomen are ranked No. 10 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll and are one of seven teams in the top 20 that are still undefeated.

In the Brine Media Poll, UMass moved up two spots to No. 8 - that matches the program's highest ever ranking in the national polls which was previously held last season prior to the NCAA Tournament.

Anthony Chiusano of the Daily Collegian has a recap of UMass' 19-6 win at Iona on Saturday.

VIDEO: Highlight From UMass Lacrosse's 11-8 Win Over Boston University

Behind strong games from Erika Eipp and Sam Rush, UMass won it's 28th straight home game by defeating Boston University 11-8 on Wednesday at McGuirk Stadium.

Recaps Of The Boston University Win For No. 10 UMass Women's Lacrosse

Behind four goals from Erika Eipp and three from Sam Rush, the No. 10 UMass women's lacrosse team was able to hold off long-time Commonwealth rival Boston University, 11-8, on Wednesday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium. The win improves UMass to 4-0 this season.



Anthony Chiusano of the Daily Collegian has a feature story on Hannah Murphy and her development as a player early in the start of the 2014 women's lacrosse season.

Jesse Mayfield Sheehan of the Daily Collegian has a preview of today's women's lacrosse game against Boston University at McGuirk Stadium (3 PM).

UMass senior attack Katie Ferris continues to rank among the nation's elite. The NCAA ran its first stats update of the season and Ferris pops up on several lists for her career accomplishments.

Points - 2nd (263) - just 10 behind Alyssa Murray of Syracuse
Goals - 2nd (175) - just four behind Aimee Gennaro of Navy
Assists - 6th (88) - NCAA leader is Taylor D'Amore of Johns Hopkins with 119
Points per game - 3rd (4.46) - NCAA leader is Kayla Treanor of Syracuse with 4.69
Goals per game - 3rd (2.97) - NCAA leader is Kayla Treanor of Syracuse with 3.35

UMass Women's Lax Stays At No. 11 In IWLCA Coaches Poll

After the win over Holy Cross last Wednesday, the UMass women's lacrosse team remains at No. 11 in this week's IWLCA Coaches Poll.

UMass moved up to No. 10 in the InsideLacrosse.com Brine Media Poll on Monday as well.

In the new Lacrosse Magazine Poll, UMass remained at No. 15 on Monday.

This marks the 36th consecutive week that the women's lacrosse team has ranked among the nation's Top 20 in the coaches and media polls.

The Minutewomen will return to action this Wednesday to host Boston University at McGuirk Stadium. UMass has won 27 consecutive home games at McGuirk which is the 3rd longest home win streak in NCAA history.

InsideLacrosse: UMass Women's Lax Moves Up To No. 10 In Brine Media Poll

The UMass women's lacrosse team moved up one spot to No. 10 nationally in this week's Brine Media Poll on InsideLacrosse.com. The Minutewomen are now 3-0 on the season and will host Boston University on Wednesday.

InsideLacrosse: UMass & Katie Ferris Mentioned In 'Halley's Takeaways'

In her weekly column on InsideLacrosse.com, Halley Quillinan makes mention of UMass and the Minutewomen's win at UConn last weekend.

What Happened: UMass prevailed over Connecticut, 7-5, in a defensive battle in Storrs, as the Minutewomen (2-0) handed UConn (0-1) its first loss of the season. 

Takeaway: The Katie Ferris vs. Lauren Kahn battle did not disappoint. While the pair of All-Americans didn't necessarily go toe-to-toe against each other in this cold, wintery UConn season opener, it was definitely the theme of the afternoon in Storrs. The UMass scoring sensation finished with four points, as she assisted two goals and scored two others to lead the Minutewomen to their second consecutive win of the year. For UConn, it was reining Big East Midfielder of The Year who nearly single-handedly, won it for Huskies. Kahn notched a game-high four goals on the afternoon --all of which came in the second half. As the season progresses, I expect both of these names to be thrown into the Player of The Year mix, despite the "non-traditional" top 5 teams they play for.





Recaps From No. 11 UMass Women's Lacrosse Win Over Holy Cross

Despite moving the game from Tuesday to Wednesday due to a snow storm, the Minutewomen's game against Holy Cross yesterday was delayed an hour due to a heavy band of snow that swept through the region. That didn't hamper the UMass women's lacrosse team though as it defeated Holy Cross 12-6 to improve to 3-0 on the season.



ILWomen.com: Ferris Tabbed As One Of 10 Player Of The Year Candidates

Two weeks into the start of the 2014 women's lacrosse season and national publications are beginning to keep tabs on potential player of the year candidates. UMass senior attack Katie Ferris is mentioned in today's story on InsideLacrosse.com as one of 10 candidates they are looking at.

9. Katie Ferris, UMass senior attack UMass is off to a nice start with road victories over Vanderbilt and UConn, and the Third-Team All-American from last season already has amassed a team-high six goals and six assists. She scored eight points in the win over Vanderbilt, including six in the second half, also scooping three ground balls in that game.

UMass Women's Lacrosse Moves Up To No. 11 In Brine Media Poll

The UMass women's lacrosse team moved up two spots in the InsideLacrosse.com/Brine Media Poll to No. 11 as it was released yesterday.

The Minutewomen were also ranked No. 11 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll and checked in at No. 15 in the newly formed Lacrosse Magazine weekly rankings.

This week marks the 35 consecutive week that the Minutewomen have been ranked among the top-20 teams in the nation.

Katie Ferris Now 2nd Among Active NCAA Women's Lax Goal Scorers

After scoring two goals in the win over UConn on Saturday, senior Katie Ferris is now the NCAA's No. 2 active career goal scorer among Division I players.

She fell behind Navy's Aimee Gennaro who has 174 career goals. Ferris' 173 goals is two ahead of Syracuse's Alyssa Murray who has 171.

In total points, she trails just Murray who has 270 career points. Ferris has 12 on the year for 257 career points. 



UMass Women's Lacrosse Moves Up To No. 11 In IWLCA Poll

After a 2-0 start to the weekend and Saturday's win at Connecticut, the UMass women's lacrosse team moved up to No. 11 in Monday's IWLCA Coaches Poll.

The Minutewomen remain No. 13 in the Brine Media Poll which is still in the preseason version until more teams play.

In the new Lacrosse Magazine weekly poll, the Minutewomen check in at No. 15.


Recaps From Win At UConn For No. 12 UMass Women's Lacrosse

A big first half lead gave the No. 12 UMass women's lacrosse team cushion to survive a second half run by UConn on Saturday afternoon in Storrs. Ellie Bullitt's goal late in the second half gave the Minutewomen a two-goal cushion to take a 7-5 win.


Jesse Mayfield Sheehan of the Daily Collegian has a preview of this Saturday's match-up at UConn for the No. 12 UMass women's lacrosse team.

Coverage Of Vanderbilt Win For No. 13 UMass Women's Lacrosse

The Daily Collegian, the Daily Hampshire Gazette, and Lacrosse Magazine all have coverage of the season-opening win at Vanderbilt for the No. 13 UMass women's lacrosse team. Senior attack Katie Ferris broke the program's career goals-scored record with four in the game giving her 171 for her career.

Anthony Chiusano of the Daily Collegian has a feature story on UMass senior All-American Kelsey McGovern who is returning this year after suffering a knee injury at the end of the 2013 campaign.

Jesse Mayfield Sheehan has a feature on the UMass women's lacrosse team's senior class which is one of the most successful groups in program history.
Jesse Mayfield Sheehan of the Daily Collegian takes a look at the UMass women's lacrosse team as they prepare to start the 2014 campaign.

Women's Lacrosse Ranked No. 16 In Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Poll

As part of its preseason build-up, Lacrosse Magazine is releasing it's preseason Top 20 poll team-by-team. Last week, it ranked the UMass women's lacrosse team as No. 16 to start 2014. UMass is looking for its sixth consecutive A-10 title and another trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Inside Lacrosse: Photos Of UMass Women's Lacrosse Competition Week

Inside Lacrosse 's Danielle Bernstein posted some photos from this year's Massachusetts Women's Lacrosse Competition Week. This year Tanner Guarino and Team Goldiggers came out on top. 

Angela McMahon Previews Women's Lacrosse Game At New Hampshire

Patrick Strohecker of the Daily Collegian has a preview for Saturday's renewal of the UMass/New Hampshire women's lacrosse game which is the longest running rivalry in program history. 

Recaps From Women's Lacrosse Win Over Marist

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A early start and a balanced attack led the way as the UMass women's lacrosse team improved to 3-0 on Saturday with a 20-7 win over Marist. The Minutewomen will return to action on Wednesday against longtime New England rival New Hampshire.


The UMass Women's Lacross team was featured on the latest episode of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" when the hosts of the show took to the streets to promote "Stand Together," an anti-bullying campaign. The team made a the pledge and is featured at the 32:20- 32:30 mark.
Extreme Makeover Home Edition featuring UMass Women's Lacrosse: Walker Family
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Happy Birthday to women's lacrosse player Katie Ferris and women's soccer player Jess Howe!

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Happy Birthday: Sept. 22- Cassie Raglan

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Happy Birthday to freshman women's lacrosse player Cassie Raglan!

Daily Collegian: "Extreme Makeover" comes to UMass

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There were about two dozen University of Massachusetts women's lacrosse players on the field at McGuirk Alumni Stadium yesterday afternoon - clad in all of the typical attire they would wear to a pre-season practice. They had all of their usual playing equipment with them, too - and they jockeyed their lacrosse balls back and forth and maneuvered around the field.

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But for a few moments at yesterday's practice, members of the squad took respite to help deliver a unified message: bullying needs to stop.

They, along with other students and athletes at UMass, participated yesterday in a campaign put together by the ABC TV show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" that strives to curb bullying. The show, which travels around the country to build new homes in a week for families with compelling stories, is in the greater Pioneer Valley area this week to build a home for the family of Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, an 11-year-old Springfield boy who hanged himself in 2009 after enduring severe bullying.

"Extreme Makeover" Comes To UMass - The Daily Collegian

Happy belated birthday wishes to Ali Houlis of women's lacrosse and football's Igor Garcia! The two celebrated their birthday on August 4. Happy belated birthday to K.R. Jurgelevich of men's lacrosse who celebrated his birthday on August 5! Happy belated birthday to Michael McDonough of men's track! Michael celebrated his birthday on August 6. Happy belated birthday to football's Ryan Carter and field hockey's Nicole Cordero! Both, Ryan and Nicole celebrated their birthday on August 7. 

Ali HoulisIgor GarciaK.R. JurgelevichMichael McDonoughRyan CarterNicole Cordero

Happy belated birthday wishes to Nina Sarcona of women's lacrosse and Shyrone Chatman of men's basketball who celebrated their birthday on July 31!

Nina SarconaShyrone Chatman

Happy belated birthday to Bryson Craft of men's lacrosse, Tanner Guarino of women's lacrosse, and Shiyi Zan of women's cross country/track who all celebrated their birthday on July 21. Happy belated birthday to Jesse O'Donnell of women's lacrosse and Jenna Goodwinn of women's soccer, the two celebrated their birthday on July 22. Finally, happy belated birthday to Matthew Palasek of men's lacrosse and Jennifer Harkey of women's cross country/track who celebrated their birthday July 25.

Bryson CraftTanner GuarinoShiyi ZanJesse O'DonnellJenna GoodwinMatthew PalasekJennifer Harkey

Incoming women's lacrosse freshman Morgan Walker of Glastonbury High School was tabbed The Courant's Player of the Year over the weekend.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: After back-to-back losses in the semifinals the last two seasons, she helped lead Glastonbury (15-5) to the first state championship appearance in program history. The Tomahawks came up short to Greenwich, 12-10, in the Division L final. ... A tri-captain, she played all 20 games with 28 goals and 24 assists. Averaged 1.4 goals per game and 2.6 points per game. ... Scored three or more goals in a game five times. ... Had eight goals and one assist during Glastonbury's tournament run to the championship. ... A U.S. Lacrosse High School All American and All-CCC North selection. ... Four year letter-winner and three-year starter.

WALKER SAID: "I just try to play the game like I know how to play it and practicing and working hard has always paid off for me. Stats are not on my priority list. I don't even know how many goals I had this year. I think being a leader on the team is just as important. Ever since we made to the semifinals as sophomores we wanted to make it the finals, so [this season] had been in the works for a while. ... My size [5 feet 2] has always been a thing; people have always said she is so small. But all the coaches I have talked to always said 'you've always made yourself big.'"

Morgan Walker
Incoming freshman Mia Rapolla was named the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram girls' lacrosse MVP. The midfielder scored 88 goals this season for Gorham High School.

Double- and even triple-teamed in some games, Rapolla almost always found a way to power her way through and send a shot into the net.  

She was also named the newspaper's Athlete of the Year, for her combined prowess in basketball, cross country and lacrosse.  

"I try to be rugged. I always hear the other coaches yell "(No.) 24, 24!" They always just yell my name when I'm going into the eight," said Rapolla. "I just think 'turn and explode.'  

"When I'm going in and three people close in, I know two others are open. Then I might retreat. Or if I see a weakness in their triple, I try and go through it."

Happy Birthday: July 11- Lauren Terracciano

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Happy birthday to Lauren Terracciano of UMass women's lacrosse!

Lauren Terracciano

Incoming women's lacrosse goalie Rachel Vallarelli has been named to the U.S. Lacrosse 2011 All-American Showcase which will take place at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resorts from July 17-22.

Vallarelli will be a freshman next season for the three-time defending Atlantic 10 Champion UMass women's lacrosse team. A native of Hartsdale, N.Y., Vallarelli has been a standout goalie at the School of the Holy Child and has also been a member of the U.S. Under-19 National Team. Heading into last season, she was listed among the ESPN RISE Top-10 Goalies.

"Nearly 200 of the nation's top boys' and girls' high school lacrosse players have been selected by US Lacrosse to compete in the 2011 Champion All-American Showcase, a US Lacrosse event. The showcases will be held as part of the ESPN RISE Games July 17-22 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resorts in suburban Orlando, Fla.

The girls' event features an opening ceremony Saturday, July 16 with a four-team round robin starting July 17. Eighty players from 25 states have been selected to four teams that will compete in three pool-play games before championship and consolation games on Tuesday, July 19. The girls' championship game will stream live at 2 p.m. ET July 19 on www.espn3.com.

Eight players in the girls' showcase are members of the U.S. under-19 women's national training team. The U.S. team will travel to Hannover, Germany, Aug. 3-13, to defend the world title at the Federation of International Lacrosse U19 Women's World Championships."


UMass Athletics wishes a happy birthday to Jeff Hill, (men's cross country/track), Brianna Concialdi (women's lacrosse), Greg Anderson (men's lacrosse) and Therese Smith (women's soccer).

Jeff and Brianna celebrated their birthdays on Sunday, while Greg and Therese are our Monday birthdays.

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Happy Birthday to Football's Julian Talley, Women's Track & Field's Katherine Finnegan, and Women's Lacrosse's Sarah Mullen!

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After one of the most successful season's in the past 25 years, the UMass women's lacrosse team closed out 2011 with a No. 14 national ranking. The Minutewomen were ranked throughout the bulk of the year including a season's best No. 11 ranking on April 4. The Minutewomen finished the season with a 17-3 overall record, were a perfect 7-0 in the Atlantic 10, won their third straight Atlantic 10 Tournament title and made their second appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the last three years. Click here to view the entire deBeer Women's Media Poll - 06/03/2011.
With the 2011 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Season officially in the books, here is a statistical look at some of the accomplishments from the historic year that was for the UMass Minutewomen.

UMass' 17 wins this year were the fourth most of any team during 2011 in the entire country. Only Northwestern (21), Maryland (21), Albany (18) had more. Loyola tied UMass with 17. UMass' three losses came to the NCAA National Champion (Northwestern) and to a pair of Elite Eight teams (Albany, Loyola).

UMass finished the year ranked in the top 10 of every team statistic: Points (7th), Scoring Offense (5th), Scoring Defense (10th), Scoring Margin (4th), Win Percentage (4th), Caused Turnovers (8th), Draw Controls (7th), and Ground Balls (9th).

Jackie Lyons Spotlighted In North Shore Sun

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Coming off being named to three different All-America teams, UMass women's lacrosse senior Jackie Lyons was spotlighted in the North Shore Sun. The Long Island native leaves UMass as the all-time leader in career points, games played, and games started.

Following one of its most successful seasons in program history, the UMass women's lacrosse team placed four players on the IWLCA All-Northeast Region First and Second Teams as announced by the organization on Wednesday night.

Jackie Lyons and Ali Houlis were both named to the first team and are now eligible to be named to the IWLCA All-American Teams which will be announced Monday, May 30.

Katie Ferris and Katie Florence were both named to the all-region second team.

Lyons was also named Wednesday to the WomensLax.com All-America Team.
The Michigan Athletic Department will be holding a press conference at Noon today with the college lacrosse world abuzz that it will be the formal announcement of the addition of men's and women's programs in Ann Arbor.

That would make the Wolverines the first BCS-playing football school since Notre Dame in 1981 to add the sport.

Michigan is expected to add men's lacrosse as soon as 2012 with the women's team coming on board the following year. No word on what conference the women would play in, but the men's team is expected to join the ECAC.
UMass women's lacrosse assistant coach Sarah Albrecht will be inducted into the Thayer Academy 2011 Hall of Fame tonight beginning at 7 PM with a Reunion Weekend Reception. The native of Braintree, Mass., graduated from Thayer in 2001 before moving on to become one of the all-time great players at Northwestern. In 2005 and 2006, Albrecht was a key member of the Wildcats' two NCAA National Titles. Albrecht is also a member of the U.S. National Team helping the Stars & Stripes to the 2009 FIL World Cup Championship.

Albrecht is currently in her second stint as a member of the UMass coaching staff. This past season she helped the Minutewomen to their third consecutive Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship and their second NCAA Tournament berth in the last three years.
The No. 13 UMass women's lacrosse team fell 14-7 on Saturday afternoon at No. 5 and sixth-seeded Loyola on Saturday afternoon in the NCAA First Round. Haley Smith led UMass with a pair of goals, while Katie Florence made nine saves in goal. Meg Decker led all players with five goals as the Greyhounds will head to North Carolina next Saturday.

The Minutewomen finished the season 17-3 overall - the second most wins in program history.


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Previews Of Saturday's NCAA Lacrosse Match-ups

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LaxMagazine.com and InsideLacrosse.com each have previews of all the NCAA Tournament action which starts today.

LaxMagazine.com:
The Minutewomen held off MAAC champion Canisius, 16-8, in the play-in game and advanced to face the Greyhounds in Baltimore. UMass is 10-0 on the road. Expect a tough matchup between A10 Defensive Player of the Year Katie Florence and Big East Player of the Year Grace Gavin, who is third in the nation with 88 points and Loyola's career points leader with 224.

InsideLacrosse.com:
Loyola went undefeated through their non-conference schedule but fell twice during BIG EAST play to Georgetown and Syracuse. The veteran lineup rallied back in the BIG EAST Tournament, defeating Syracuse and Notre Dame en route to the program's first BIG EAST Title. Led by Grace Gavin (66g, 22a), this is the first trip to the NCAA Tournament for this talented senior class. UMASS (17-2) has only fallen twice this season, as well (Northwestern & Albany). Led by Jackie Lyons (40, 32a), UMASS will head into this game looking to upset the Greyhounds en route to their first quarterfinal appearance since 1984.

BALTIMORE -- Former Carthage standout Katie Ferris and the University of Massachusetts take on Loyola in an NCAA Division I first-round women's lacrosse matchup today at Ridley Athletic Complex.

Ferris holds the single-season goal records for UMass with 55, set last weekend. She needs four more points to tie the school record for points in a single season. Ferris has 70 points so far.

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AMHERST - Two years ago, the University of Massachusetts women's lacrosse team was just happy to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament. Despite their eventual drubbing by top-seed Northwestern, the appearance represented a huge step for the Minutewomen, which hadn't earned a spot in the field since 1984.

UMass is happy to be back in the field this year after falling in the play-in game in 2010. Despite being an underdog to No. 6-seed Loyola in Baltimore on Saturday, the Minutewomen (17-2) will be disappointed if their stay lasts just one game.

"We've come a long way since (2009). We were a really young team my freshman year. We've really grown since then," junior goalie Katie Florence said. "I want to win so bad. Making it to the first round was a big accomplishment my freshman year, but I think we're a better team and we have the potential to make it further. We have a chance to advance and achieve more than just the bid to the tournament."

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As the team gathered for the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament Selection Show on Sunday night at head coach Angela McMahon's home, the tension in the room became increasingly palpable as the Minutewomen waited to see their name on the bracket. When UMass saw that it would be playing sixth-seed and Big East Champion Loyola, cheers erupted.

The Minutewomen, three-time defending Atlantic 10 Champions, will being making its 2nd NCAA Tournament in the last three years and the fifth overall in program history. UMass is riding a 10-game win streak and is 10-0 on the road this season.

Here is the coverage from last night's selection and other tournament related news.

New England Lacrosse Journal: UMass women win NCAA play-in game

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Women's Lacrosse RPI & Selection Show Info

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Following yesterday's conference championship games and the two NCAA Play-In Games, the UMass women's lacrosse team jumped to No. 10 in the LaxPower.com RPI. While not the official RPI used in the NCAA selection process, the LaxPower.com RPI is generally very close to the NCAA RPI list. That value could fluctuate as the Ivy League Championship game will be played today at 1 PM between Princeton and Harvard.


The NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament Selection Show will air tonight at 7:30 PM. It will be available online only through www.NCAA.com. For a complete listing and more information, visit the NCAA Spring Championships Selections Page.

Recaps From Women's Lacrosse Win Over Canisius

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Sparked by a second half offensive surge, the No. 16 UMass women's lacrosse team pushed past Canisius on Saturday to earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Minutewomen won the NCAA Play-In Game thanks to five points (3 goals, 2 assists) from both Jackie Lyons and Katie Ferris. Ferris now holds the all-time UMass single-season goal record with 55 as the win was UMass' 10th straight.


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InsideLacrosse.com takes a look at how the NCAA Tournament could pan out with Friday's newest installment of Women's Lacrosse Bracketology

They also have a great feature that explains the outline of selection criteria for the NCAA Tournament.

Finally, here is a look at the newest NCAA RPI listings which came out Thursday. UMass was ranked No. 12 after being ranked No. 17 the previous week. UMass' play-in game opponent Canisius is ranked No. 24.

UMass is also ranked No. 16 in the deBeer Media Poll and No. 20 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll.

The NCAA Tournament Selection Show will be Sunday, May 8 at 7:30 PM. It will be streamed online only at www.NCAA.com.

For one day, the University of Massachusetts will be the center of the lacrosse universe as two NCAA tournament bids - one men's and one women's - will both be clinched in Amherst.

The women's team will host Canisius Saturday in an NCAA tournament play-in game at 1 p.m. at McGuirk Stadium. The winner will be assured a spot in tournament.

The men will host Delaware at 7 p.m. at Garber Field in the Colonial Athletic Association title game. The winner clinches the league's automatic bid.

Both 16-team tournament fields will be unveiled Sunday night.

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Republican With Pair Of Lacrosse Stories

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Check out Dick Baker's coverage in the Springfield Republican from what he calls the greatest day in college lacrosse in Western Massachusetts history. 


It's May Madness for local college lacrosse teams with conference titles and potential NCAA playoff berths at stake on home turf.


Both the men's and women's teams at the University of Massachusetts and Western New England College along with the men's team at Springfield College highlight a Saturday slate that is composed of arguably the largest number of championship-type lacrosse matches ever to be played by Western Massachusetts college teams at home on the same day.

In addition to the Saturday night Colonial Athletic Association men's title showdown between UMass and Delaware at Garber Field at 7, the UMass women, already Atlantic 10 champions, have a 1 p.m. NCAA play-in contest with Canisius at McGurk Stadium. In both contests, a UMass victory results in a berth in the NCAA tournament.

WWLP: Minutewomen set for lax play-in game

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Boston Herald: UMass aims to home in on NCAAs

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The UMass women's lacrosse team is a mosaic that keeps adding more pieces.

The 16th-ranked Minutewomen (16-2), who demolished Richmond, 16-12, to capture their third straight Atlantic 10 tournament championship, next hosts Canisius in an NCAA play-in game tomorrow (1 p.m.) at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst.

Last week, junior attack Jesse O'Donnell earned MVP honors of the A-10 tournament after scoring five goals against the Spiders. UMass senior attack Jackie Lyons added a pair of goals and became the school's career scoring leader with 220 points. Freshman attack Katie Ferris chipped in three goals and tied the UMass single-season goals mark of 52.

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You can say that Katie Florence has lacrosse in her blood, but she also has it deep in her heart and soul. That love for the game has driven her progression to become one of the best goalies in college lacrosse this season.

Now in her junior year at UMass, Florence grew up surrounded by the game. Her father, John, was a long-stick defenseman for Denison University in Ohio and her uncle Tom was a star goalie for Penn State. Florence's earliest memories include her father playing in multiple tournaments at Lake Placid and Vail. She also recalls the constant presence of his lacrosse sticks lying around the house.

The Norfolk, Mass., native first picked up the game when she was 11. Within a few years, she discovered that her true home on the field was between the pipes.

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NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament Bracketology

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No. 16 UMass will host Canisius on Saturday at 1 PM and Navy will host Quinnipiac at Noon in the two NCAA Tournament Play-In Games as the 2011 NCAA Tournament Field begins to take shape. The winners of both play-in games will be automatically qualified for the Field of 16. The NCAA Selection Show will be Sunday night at 7:30 PM and will be streamed live on www.NCAA.com.


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On May 3, we wish Happy Birthday to two-sport athlete Travis Tripucka, who plays defense for the lacrosse team and serves as long snapper for the football team. Also women's lacrosse player Paige Morelli celebrates today.

Travis Tripucka  Paige Morelli
A record-setting weekend came to a close yesterday with the No. 14 UMass women's lacrosse team earning its third consecutive Atlantic 10 Women's Lacrosse Championship Tournament title with a 16-12 win over Richmond. Jesse O'Donnell was named Tournament MVP after tying her career-high with five goals (eight for the weekend), while Jackie Lyons broke the UMass record for career points with two goals giving her 220 career points. Rookie Katie Ferris tied the school's single-season goals record of 52 as the high-octane Minutewomen racked up 32 goals to set a new league record for a tournament weekend.

UMass will host Canisius on Saturday at McGuirk Stadium (1 PM) for the NCAA Play-In Game.

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutewomen win A-10 lacrosse title

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Ali Houlis of the University of Massachusetts women's lacrosse team wears a red headband that holds a lifetime's worth of tragedy, awareness, and hope.

It never fades in the wash, it never comes untied. It's the only one she ever bought in a store, the others she had always made, patched them together, but they always faded in the wash, and became untied in the rain.

It's a good luck piece now, one that has worked fabulously all the way through the Minutewomen's 7-0 undefeated mark in Atlantic-10 play and 14-2 overall record this season. But only half of the red headband is being worn.

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Jackie Lyons scored seven points on four goals and three assists as the No. 14 UMass women's lacrosse team cruised past Duquesne in the Atlantic 10 Semifinal on Friday afternoon. The win gives the Minutewomen a spot in their fourth consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship game on Sunday where UMass will be going for its third straight league tournament championship. UMass will face No. 2 seed Richmond at 1 PM at Geasey Field. The game will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network with Jason Knapp and Sheehan Burke on the call.


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UMass' Lyons Composes Lacrosse Bucket List

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t the outset of the 2011 season, senior attacker Jackie Lyons sat in her bedroom and looked at the UMass schedule. Lyons had accomplished a lot in her first three season, including 2010 A-10 Attacker of the Year honors, but staring at the schedule and ruminating about her senior season, she decided she wanted to do more.

So she wrote down a lacrosse "bucket list," a list of things she wanted to do before she graduated. The list is seven items long; thus far in the season, Lyons has achieved four out of four of those goals and has lad the Minutewomen to a 14-2 overall record. Today UMass is headed toward No. 5, an A-10 championship in Friday's game versus Duquesne at Temple University. Here's a look at Lyons' list.

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The Daily Collegian and the Watertown Daily Times both had stories on Katie Ferris being named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year yesterday.

Watertown Daily Times: Ferris earns rookie honors
The 2011 Atlantic 10 Championship Tournament gets underway this afternoon at 1 PM as the No. 2 seed Richmond takes on host and No. 3 seed Temple in Philadelphia. The top-seeded and 14th-ranked Minutewomen will take on No. 4 seed Duquesne at 3:30 PM. The winners will meet on Sunday in the Championship game which will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network at 1 PM.

The Daily Collegian previews today's match-up and also looks at some of UMass' top award-winners as announced by the Atlantic 10 yesterday.

UMass Gets Lyons' Share Of A-10 Lacrosse Honors

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The University of Massachusetts highlights this year's awards, as voted on by the league's head coaches, claiming four of the five individual accolades including Jackie Lyons as Offensive Player of the Year, Katie Florence as the league's Defensive Player of the Year and Katie Ferris as the A-10 Rookie of the Year, while Angela McMahon garnered Coach of the Year honors. Richmond's Mary Flowers earned Midfielder of the Year accolades.

More Recaps From Women's Lax Win At Saint Joseph's

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The Daily Hampshire Gazette and Daily Collegian have their recaps on the UMass women's lacrosse 18-4 win at Saint Joseph's on Saturday. On Monday, the official Atlantic 10 Tournament brackets will be released along with ticket information. 

Recaps Of Women's Lax Win Over Richmond

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The No. 15 UMass women's lacrosse team capped a dominating week of Atlantic 10 play on Sunday with a 14-4 win over Richmond to claim the league's regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the A-10 Championship Tournament which will be held in two weeks. Richmond entered the game with UMass tied for first in the league standings and was previously unbeaten in conference play.

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutewomen Clinch A-10 Regular-Season Title
LaxMagazine.com: UMass Clinches A-10 Season Title With Authority

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