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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.
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.
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."
Chronic Lyme disease battle doesn't derail UMass women's lacrosse star Katie Ferris | GazetteNet.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kelsey McGovern has milestone day in UMass women's lacrosse's win over George Mason : The Daily Collegian
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.
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.
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 senior All-American Kelsey McGovern who is returning this year after suffering a knee injury at the end of the 2013 campaign.
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