Minutewomen in search of eighth consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship title this spring.
Entering the 2016 campaign, UMass women's lacrosse carries a 48-game win streak against Atlantic 10 opponents.
Minutewomen add talented group of newcomers as UMass seeks eighth straight A-10 title.
The process of laying out and fastening the turf surface is underway
Work continues on turf surface replacement, stadium upgrades
Highlights from the Minutewomen's 10-6 win over Richmond in the Atlantic 10 Championship game.
Angela McMahon discusses the win over Richmond in the A-10 championship game.
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.
Photos for the NCAA Tournament Second Round game at Maryland on May 10, 2015.
The Minutewomen defeated Jacksonville 13-8 in the NCAA First Round hosted by Maryland.
Photos from UMass' win over Richmond in 2015 A-10 Championship game.
WLAX VS. GW (SENIOR DAY) Photos by Thom Kendall '93
WLAX VS. DUQUESNE Photos by Thom Kendall '93
Entering her sixth 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 four-times been named the A-10 Coach of the Year after leading UMass to five Atlantic 10 Tournament Titles and five berths to the NCAA Tournament.
McMahon's career started quickly with the Minutewomen as she posted the best record for any coach in NCAA history during their first three years with a program at 54-8 overall.
With 17-or-more wins each year at UMass, McMahon sports an impressive 91-12 (.892) record leading the Minutewomen. The 91 wins during her five years makes UMass the second-most winningest NCAA program during that time span behind only Maryland. Her win total with the Minutewomen after the 2015 season also tied her with the legendary Hall of Fame coach Pam Hixon who originally set the program wins record from 1979-1987.
She stands 110-40 (.733) overall as a head coach which includes her time at UMass, UConn, and Bentley.
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 five Offensive Players of the Year (Jackie Lyons; Katie Ferris - three times; Erika Eipp), two Defensive Players of the Year (Katie Florence, Rachel Vallarelli), a Midfielder of the Year (Hannah Murphy), a Rookie of the Year (Ferris) and a Student-Athlete of the Year (Riley Perry). All told, 38 players have earned All-Conference accolades, while 11 were presented All-Academic honors. Both Ferris and Lyons were All-America honorees along with Kelsey McGovern, while 24 have been tabbed to the IWLCA All-Northeast Regional teams with a program-high five earning the distinction following the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 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).
UMass once again posted an NCAA Tournament win in 2015 after defeating Jacksonville in the first round. The Minutewomen spent much of the season ranked as the No. 1 defensive unit in the country en route to their seventh Atlantic 10 Championship, fifth undefeated run through the Atlantic 10 regular-season and the second-most wins (19) in program history.
Through her first five 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 four of those years. Her 2012 squad led the entire nation in points with 491, while the 2015 addition finished as the No. 2 scoring defense nationally. Additionally, the program has been ranked among the Top 10 in RPI during the 2012, 2013, and 2014 seasons.
Entering 2016, McMahon's Minutewomen will put a 48-game win streak against Atlantic 10 opponents on the line. That includes a 36-game win streak during regular-season league play which is tied as the longest such streak in NCAA history. The Minutewomen have also been nearly unbeatable at home during McMahon's tenure which included a 31-game win streak at McGuirk Stadium. That streak was the 3rd longest home win streak in the history of the NCAA. Despite having that home win streak snapped, UMass has still be impressive winning 43 of its last 44 home games under McMahon.
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. She was also named the first-ever Italian National Women's Lacrosse Coach for the 2017 FIL World Cup. She has served on the IWLCA North/South Committee and the NCAA Championship Committee as well during her time with UMass.
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 was 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 May 21, 2015
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