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.
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.
Team: Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
MLAX Greg Cannella
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.
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.
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."
The No. 13 UMass women's lacrosse team clamped down defensively holding Duquesne scoreless for the final 40 minutes of play as the Minutewomen cruised past the Dukes 16-3 on Friday afternoon in Richmond, Va. UMass will now face Richmond on Sunday at 1 PM for the Atlantic 10 Championship title.
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.
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.
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.
The UMass women's lacrosse team picked up a pair of wins over George Washington and George Mason over the weekend. The two wins give the Minutewomen the most wins for a program in Atlantic 10 history with 75 since 1999.
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.
The UMass women's lacrosse team opened its Atlantic 10 schedule with a pair of wins this weekend defeating La Salle on Friday and Saint Joseph's on Sunday at McGuirk Stadium. UMass is now 11-1 overall and 2-0 in the A-10.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
LaxMagazine.com and InsideLacrosse.com each have previews of all the NCAA Tournament action which starts today.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The No. 11 UMass women's lacrosse team improved to 6-0 on the road with Sunday's 16-10 win at St. Bonaventure on Sunday. The win also keeps the Minutewomen in a tie with Richmond for first place in the Atlantic 10 standings with a 4-0 league record.
The No. 12 UMass women's lacrosse team will face Marist this afternoon at 4 PM in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The Minutewomen are looking to bounce back after a 10-8 loss to then No. 15 Albany last Saturday. Marist is the defending MAAC Champion and played in the NCAA Tournament last season falling to Maryland in the first round. The Daily Collegian previews the game.
The UMass women's lacrosse team returns to action on Saturday at Garber Field against Stony Brook after a 10-day rest. The Minutewomen jumped to 18th in the insidelacrosse.com/deBeer Media Poll on Monday and earned a No. 20 ranking in the IWLCA coaches poll on Tuesday. Katie Ferris earned her 2nd straight Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honor, while Katie Florence was named the league's Defensive Player of the Week. With all that, the Minutewomen are going for win No. 6 of the year as the Seawolves come to town. The Daily Collegian has the preview of the game along with a sidebar on Ferris.
The Daily Collegian takes a look at the UMass women's lacrosse team's upcoming game at Siena. The Minutewomen improved to 3-0 on the season as Katie Ferris scored with 5 seconds left on Wednesday to give UMass a 13-12 win at No. 18 Boston University.
Coming off back-to-back Atlantic 10 Championships, the UMass women's lacrosse team is picked to repeat for the third time this season in the Preseason Coaches Poll.
UMass returns All-American and reigning A-10 Offensive Player of the Year Jackie Lyons to headline the Minutewomen. All told, UMass returns 10 of 12 starters under first-year head coach Angela McMahon.
The women's lacrosse team announced 10 signees to National Letters of Intent last week. The Daily Collegian and LaxPower both have stories on the announcement of first-year head coach Angela McMahon's recruiting class. McMahon calls this one of the strongest recruiting classes in program history.