Minutewomen and Spiders enter Saturday's tilt tied for Atlantic 10 lead.
2014 UMass senior class is one of the most successful in program history.
Minutewomen host La Salle on Friday, Saint Joseph's on Sunday.
Minutewomen and Trojans faceoff at McGuirk in second-ever all-time meeting.
Women's lacrosse looks to win 13th consecutive meeting with Vermont on March 18.
UMass women's lacrosse head coach Angela McMahon speaks with the media following the Minutewomen's 12-6 win over New Hampshire on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at McGuirk Stadium.
UMass women's lacrosse head coach Angela McMahon is interviewed after the Minutewomen's 11-8 win over Boston University on Feb. 26, 2014 at the Mullins Center.
UMass women's lacrosse head coach Angela McMahon is interviewed following the Minutewomen's loss at Penn State in the NCAA Tournament Second Round on May 12, 2013.
UMass head coach Angela McMahon speaks with the media following the women's lacrosse team's 14-10 win over UConn on Friday, May 10, 2013 at Penn State.
UMass women's lacrosse head coach Angela McMahon speaks with the media following the Minutewomen's 13-5 win over George Washington in the Atlantic 10 Semifinal on April 26, 2013 at McGuirk Stadium.
WLAX vs. USC Photos by Thom Kendall '93
WLAX vs. DU (A10 CHAMP.) Photos by Thom Kendall '93
WLAX vs. DUQUESNE (SENIOR DAY) Photos by Thom Kendall '93
Entering her fourth year as head coach of the UMass women's lacrosse team, Angela McMahon has built the Minutewomen into one of the premier programs in the Atlantic 10 and in New England. During her tenure as head coach, McMahon has three-times been named the A-10 Coach of the Year after leading UMass to three Atlantic 10 Tournament Titles and three berths to the NCAA Tournament. Her 54-8 record with the Minutewomen is the best in NCAA history for any women's lacrosse coach in their first three seasons at a school.
With 54 wins, she is the second winningest coach in program history behind UMass Hall of Famer Pam Hixon who guide the Minutewomen to the 1982 NCAA National Title. McMahon's .871 win percentage at UMass is by far the program's best for any head coach.
Under her tutelage, UMass players have received high honors from the Atlantic 10 and the IWLCA. McMahon and the women's lacrosse program have produced three Offensive Players of the Year (Jackie Lyons & Katie Ferris - twice), a Defensive Player of the Year (Katie Florence), a Rookie of the Year (Ferris) and a Student-Athlete of the Year (Riley Perry). All told, 22 players have earned All-Conference accolades, while six were named All-Academic honors. Both Ferris and Lyons were All-America honorees along with Kelsey McGovern, while 14 were tabbed to the All-Region Team with a program-high five earning the distinction following the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
When McMahon took over as head coach, it was not an unfamiliar program to her. She spent two years as an associate head coach for Alexis Venechanos in Amherst before moving on to be the head coach at Connecticut during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Much of the foundational work she put in during the 2007 and 2008 seasons at UMass with Venechanos helped pave the way for the Minutewomen's current success. The highlight of her time as associate head coach came in 2008 when UMass defeated top-ranked Richmond in overtime of the Atlantic 10 semifinals putting the Minutewomen in the league finals for the first time since 2003.
That helped set the stage for UMass to win Atlantic 10 Championship titles in 2009 and 2010. The 2009 season saw the Minutewomen earn their first berth to the NCAA Tournament in 25 years.
In 2013, McMahon guided the program its first win in the NCAA Tournament since 1984 as the Minutewomen advanced to the second round following a win over Connecticut. That came on the heels of setting new Atlantic 10 records for overall league championships (6) and consecutive championships (5).
Through her first three years at the helm, UMass has been one of the top offensive and defensive units in the country. The Minutewomen have been ranked in the Top 8 nationally in points, the Top 5 in scoring offense, the Top 11 in scoring defense and the Top 4 in win percentage in each of those years. Her 2012 squad led the entire nation in points with 491. Additionally, the program has been ranked among the Top 10 in RPI during the regular-season in both the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Entering 2014, McMahon's Minutewomen have several streaks on the line: 29 consecutive A-10 wins, 26 consecutive home wins, 33 straight weeks nationally ranked, and 5 consecutive Atlantic 10 Championships.
In addition to her coaching responsibilities with the Minutewomen, McMahon established and coordinated a partnership between the A-10 Conference and the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, a charitable organization created to raising public awareness regarding pediatric brain tumors. She also directed all UMass camps, clinics and local tournaments.
Though her time at UConn was short, the native of Weston, Mass., helped revitalize a Huskie program that had fallen on hard times. In the year prior to her arrival in Storrs, UConn posted a 1-15 record. She led the Huskies to a 3-13 mark in 2009. In 2010, UConn had its first winning season since 2007 with a 9-8 overall tally.
Prior to taking over at UConn and UMass, McMahon also served as the head coach at Division II Bentley in 2006. She guided the Falcons to a 7-8 overall record and a fourth-place finish in the Northeast 10 Conference. At Bentley, she also served as a member of the Division II North Regional Lacrosse Committee.
McMahon began her collegiate lacrosse career at UMass before transferring to Northwestern in 2001 to help rebuild a program that had been dormant for the previous 11 years. She spent three seasons with the Wildcats on attack where she finished her career with 44 goals and 23 assists.
She was a two-time tri-captain of the squad that advanced to the 2004 NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time since the program reclaimed varsity status in 2002 and helped build the foundation for each of Northwestern's four consecutive national titles. In her senior season, she earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, American Lacrosse Conference Academic Honors and the Northwestern Scholastic Achievement Award.
Since 2002, McMahon has also worked as a counselor and administrator at a variety of lacrosse camps. During that time, she has instructed campers of all skill levels and helped with the organizational camp operations. In addition, she is the founder and CEO of Destination: Hawaii, a summer training trip to Hawaii for girls lacrosse players.
McMahon graduated from Northwestern in 2004 with a degree in communication studies. She married Justin Serpone in the summer of 2009 and resides in Hadley, Mass. Serpone is the head coach of men's soccer at Amherst College. The two had their first daughter, Lily, in 2011 and their son, Tyson, in 2013.
Updated On Jan. 24, 2014
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