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It was a tough loss for the UMass women's lacrosse team on Sunday as the Minutewomen fell 19-8 at top-seeded and No. 1 ranked Maryland in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. The season ends with a 19-2 overall record - the second most wins in program history.

Womens Lacrosse Images from Round 2 of the 2015 NCAA Divison 1 Womens Lacrosse Championship. The UMass Minutewomen fell...

Posted by UMass Athletics on Sunday, May 10, 2015

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a feature on UMass women's lacrosse goalie Rachel Vallarelli who has put together a phenomenal senior season in leading the Minutewomen to the 2015 NCAA Tournament. The goalie leads the NCAA's No. 1 scoring defense while individually, she is the top ranked goalie nationally in goals-against-average and save percentage. 

Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald had a preview of the UMass women's lacrosse team's NCAA first round match-up against Jacksonvile which is being hosted by Maryland. Thompson focuses on the high-powered defense of the Minutewomen which has been ranked No. 1 in the country for much of the season and is anchored by Andover, Mass., twin sisters Anne and Kate Farnham.

The website ran a feature written by Joey Saade of the Daily Collegian featuring UMass women's lacrosse senior goalie Rachel Vallarelli. The play of Vallarelli this season has been critical in the success of the Minutewomen and her leadership has helped turn the defense into the top unit in the country. continues its coverage of postseason league tournaments with a preview of this weekend's Atlantic 10 Championships hosted by George Washington. UMass is predicted as the front-runner once again after a 16-1 regular-season with a dominant defense and several key offensive players.

Front Runner: Massachusetts   
Massachusetts finished the regular season undefeated in the Atlantic 10 conference and is the clear team to beat in the tournament. This streak has run up to 46 games and spans over six years. Dominant is an understatement. However, the most impressive statistic UMass leads in is goals against average this season. They only give up 6.41 per game while the next closest team is Richmond at 11.19. As if that weren't enough, the ladies are currently rolling on a 9-game win streak. Without a doubt, the Minutewomen will be the Goliath of the tournament that all the other teams will try and take out.

Gazette: @UMassLacrosse dominates Atlantic 10 Conference awards

The Daily Hampshire Gazette's daily roundup of college sports leads off with a recap of the major Atlantic 10 postseason awards brought home by the UMass women's lacrosse team. Erika Eipp was named the league's offensive player of the year, Hannah Murphy was named the midfielder of the year, Rachel Vallarelli was named the defensive player of the year and head coach Angela McMahon was named the coach of the year.

Joey Saade of the Daily Collegian has a feature story on UMass lacrosse goalie Rachel Vallarelli who has turned in a phenomenal senior campaign in net for the Minutewomen this year. The anchor of the nation's No. 1 defense for much of the year talks about what her career has meant to her, while teammate Morgan Walker says Vallarelli's play has inspired the team's defense as a whole.
UMass women's lacrosse senior goalie Rachel Vallarelli continues to lead the nation in goals-against-average (4.28) and save percentage (.589) according to the April 6 NCAA stats report.

Moving up for UMass was defender Kate Farnham who now ranks 4th nationally in caused turnovers (2.55 per game) which also leads the Atlantic 10. Farnham also ranks 23rd in groundballs (2.64) which is 2nd in the A-10.

Hannah Murphy ranks 18th in draw controls (4.36) and leads the A-10 as well.

As a team, UMass slipped to No. 2 for scoring defense, but continues to lead the country in caused turnovers and save percentage. The Minutewomen also rank No. 2 in groundballs and are 9th in scoring margin.

Jesse Korzen of the Daily Collegian has a preview of the UMass women's lacrosse team's Atlantic 10 opener against Duquesne on Friday. The Minutewomen have won 38 consecutive games against A-10 opponents which is one of the longest conference win streaks in NCAA history.

Collegian: @UMassLacrosse thriving with nation's top defense

Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian has a feature looking at the make-up of the UMass women's lacrosse team's defense which is currently ranked as the top unit in the nation. Anchoring the back line is goalie Rachel Vallarelli who is off to her best season ever and is an All-American candidate in goal.

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.

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.

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

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."