Minutewomen and Nittany Lions meet for first time since 2001.
Minutewomen earn first NCAA win since 1984; will face Penn State on Sunday.
Minutewomen and Huskies meet at Penn State on Friday night
Eight Minutewomen were named to All-Conference squads in 2013
Minutewomen looking to capture 5th consecutive league title
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.
UMass women's lacrosse head coach Angela McMahon is interviewed following the Minutewomen's 16-6 win over Duquesne on April 21, 2013 at McGuirk Stadium.
Angela McMahon and Katie Ferris speak with the media following the UMass women's lacrosse team's 12-10 win over Temple on April 12, 2013 at McGuirk Stadium.
Entering her third 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 twice been named the A-10 Coach of the Year after leading UMass to a pair of Atlantic 10 Tournament Titles and two berths to the NCAA Tournament. Her 36-5 record with the Minutewomen is the best in NCAA history for any women's lacrosse coach in their first two seasons at a school.
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 two Offensive Players of the Year (Jackie Lyons & Katie Ferris), 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, 16 players have earned All-Conference accolades, while four were named All-Academic honors. Both Ferris and Lyons were All-America honorees, while nine were tabbed to the All-Region Team with a program-high five earning the distinction following the 2012 season.
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 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 will be expecting their second child in the summer of 2013.
Updated On Jan. 29, 2013