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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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Here is a video montage from last night's Senior Awards Banquet at the Campus Center. Sean Busch and Jackie Lyons took home their respective Athlete of the Year honors, while Chris Piekos was named the Inspirational Award recipient and Samantha Schnoerr and Anthony Nelson were named the Scholar Athletes of the Year.
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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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 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.

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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Baseball's Eric Fredette celebrates his birthday on April 17. The Minutemen finish their suspended game and take on Temple this afternoon.

The women's lacrosse team goes for the A-10 Regular-Season on Jackie Lyons  Birthday at McGuirk Stadium. 

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Lyons, others pacing Minutewomen attack

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Senior Jackie Lyons and the No. 11 Massachusetts women's lacrosse team are wading through their conference schedule behind the success of their offense.
  

Lyons, the reigning Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, is used to being the catalyst for the UMass (11-2, 4-0) offense with her goal-scoring. With a core of adept upperclassmen and a set of emerging newcomers taking up the scoring load, Lyons has played more of a facilitating role this season, and it is working out in the Minutewomen's favor.

"Even last year, we had maybe four or five [scorers], but now we have all seven people," said Lyons after a recent win against Duquesne. "We have people coming off the bench who can score, and it's great because it's hard for teams to stop us when everybody's a threat."

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Recaps From Women's Lacrosse Win Over Duquesne

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The No. 11 UMass women's lacrosse team won draw controls early and often in a 13-6 win over Duquesne on Friday afternoon to improve to 10-2 overall and 3-0 in the Atlantic 10. Katie Ferris had four goals, while Jackie Lyons notched three moving into third all-time in career goals at UMass. The Minutewomen will face St. Bonaventure on Sunday (Noon) at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y.

Women's Lacrosse At Marist Recaps

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The No. 12 UMass women's lacrosse team scored its most goals for a single game in nearly 31 years as the Minutewomen dominated Marist 23-7 on Tuesday afternoon. UMass will host No. 2 Northwestern on Saturday night (7 PM) at McGuirk Stadium.

Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass women's lacrosse crushes Marist

Daily Collegian Previews 2011 Women's Lacrosse Season

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The Daily Collegian ran its UMass lacrosse season preview edition today with several previews, sidebars and video interviews feature the women's team.

Minutewomen return after championship season
Women's lacrosse just as good as men
Minutewomen return 10 starters for 2011
McMahon becomes head coach
Women's Lacrosse 2011 Schedule Google Map

2011 UMass Women's Lacrosse Preview from Daily Collegian on Vimeo.

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.


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