Nine Minutewomen Earn Atlantic 10 Lacrosse Postseason Honors
May 1, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - After a 16-1 regular season and an undefeated run through conference play, a total of nine UMass women's lacrosse student-athletes earned Atlantic 10 Lacrosse postseason honors as announced by the league on Thursday. The group was headlined by senior Kate Ferris earning her third career A-10 Player of the Year award, while a program record five players earned first team recognition.
UMass, ranked No. 13 nationally, also had a program-high four players named to the A-10 All-Academic Team.
Joining Ferris on the Atlantic 10 First Team was attack Sam Rush, midfielder Tanner Guarino, defender Kelsey Sheridan, and defender Kelsey McGovern. Earning second team honors were midfielder Melissa Carelli and goalie Rachel Vallarelli. Freshman midfielder Hannah Murphy was named to the A-10 All-Rookie Team.
On the Academic All-Conference Team were Ellie Bullitt, Carelli, McGovern, and Sheridan.
Ferris and Rush combine to make one of the most potent attack units in the country combining for 100 goals on the year. Ferris ranks 10th nationally in points with 76 on 40 goals and 36 assists, while Rush is fifth nationally in goals with 60. The two are also on the cusp of reaching several milestones. Ferris needs nine points to move into the top 15 of all-time career point scorers in NCAA history. Rush needs six goals to break her UMass single-season goals scored record which she set last season. She also needs six points to become the fifth player in UMass history to eclipse the 200+ point barrier for a career.
Guarino and McGovern earned first team honors for the second straight year. Guarino is UMass' top midfielder with 38 points on 26 goals along with 20 caused turnovers and 29 groundballs. McGovern, a preseason All-American, is one of UMass' top defenders and primary draw controls specialists. She has 12 caused turnovers and 14 groundballs to go with a team-best 51 draw controls.
Earning first team honors for the first time is Sheridan who anchors the Minuteowmen defense which ranks 2nd nationally allowing just 6.29 goals per game. Sheridan leads UMass with 21 caused turnovers and 38 groundballs while also playing a pivotal role in the Minutewomen's transition play.
Carelli and Vallarelli earned second team honors after producing stellar campaigns. Carelli is UMass' fourth leading scoring with 38 points on 27 goals along with 31 draw controls and 18 groundballs. Vallarelli is the second-ranked goalie in the country with a 6.23 goals-against-average. She has started every game this season with a 16-1 record and her 6.23 GAA is the best at UMass since 2000.
Hannah Murphy was recognized for her outstanding freshman season with a nod to the A-10 All-Rookie Team. Murphy was the only freshman to play in all 17 games this year making three starts. She is second on the team with 44 draw controls while also scoring five goals and adding four assists.
Carelli and McGovern were named to the All-Academic Team for the second straight season. Bullitt made her first appearance on the squad as did Sheridan. The academic award for Carelli was her third this year as she was also awarded the Hospitality & Tourism Management Academic Excellence honor and the UMass Spring Scholar-Athlete.