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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.

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. 

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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!

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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.

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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."


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