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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."