Men's and women's lacrosse standouts helped respective teams to three combined wins
UMass coach will lead the first-ever Italian team at the World Cup championship event.
Minutewomen face Greyhounds in opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.
Minutewomen looking for sixth consecutive Atlantic 10 championship title.
Minutewomen wrap up regular-season looking to secure top seed in upcoming Atlantic 10 Championship Tournament.
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.
WLAX vs. SBU Photos by Thom Kendall '93
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 fifth 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 four Atlantic 10 Tournament Titles and four berths to the NCAA Tournament.
In her first three seasons at the helm, McMahon's 54-8 record with the Minutewomen stood as the best in NCAA history for any women's lacrosse coach in their first three seasons at a school.
With 17-or-more wins each year at UMass, McMahon sports an impressive 72-10 (.880) record leading the Minutewomen. The 72 wins during her four years makes UMass the third-most winningest NCAA program during that time span.
She stands 91-38 (.710) overall as a head coach which includes her time at UMass, UConn, and Bentley.
With 72 wins, she is the second winningest coach in UMass women's lacrosse history behind Hall of Famer Pam Hixon who guide the Minutewomen to the 1982 NCAA National Title. McMahon's .880 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 four Offensive Players of the Year (Jackie Lyons & Katie Ferris - three times), 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, 30 players have earned All-Conference accolades, while 10 were presented All-Academic honors. Both Ferris and Lyons were All-America honorees along with Kelsey McGovern, while 19 were tabbed to the All-Region Team with a program-high five earning the distinction following the 2012, 2013, and 2014 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 four 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 2012, 2013, and 2014 seasons.
Entering 2015, McMahon's Minutewomen will put a 40-game win streak against Atlantic 10 opponents on the line. That includes a 28-game win streak during regular-season league play which is the 4th 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.
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 June 5, 2014
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