Trio Of Minutewomen Named To ECAC Women's Lacrosse All-Star Team
May 30, 2014
CENTERVILLE, Mass. - Defender Kelsey Sheridan (Chelmsford, Mass.) was named to the ECAC Women's Lacrosse All-Star First Team, while attackers Katie Ferris (Carthage, N.Y.) and Sam Rush (West Babylon, N.Y.) earned second team honors as announced by the organization on Thursday night.
The ECAC honors are the latest for members of the UMass senior class which was one of the finest in program history.
Sheridan anchored a defense which ranked second nationally in 2014 in goals allowed. On just three occasions did the Minutewomen surrender 10-or-more goals throughout the year. Sheridan led UMass in caused turnovers (27) and groundballs (46) while ranking among the team leaders in draw controls (46). The speedy and athletic senior was also key in UMass' transition play where the Minutewomen averaged nearly 85 percent on clearing opportunities, while holding the opposition to just 57 percent. The senior earned IWLCA All-Region First Team honors and was a selection to the North/South All-Star Game. This past year she was an Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team selection and earned A-10 All-Academic honors.
Concluding her career at UMass as one of the all-time great scoring threats, Katie Ferris was named to the IWLCA All-America Second-Team last week. In four years for the Maroon & White, Ferris became the all-time leading career point scorer (330), goal scorer (211) and assist leader (119) in program history. Her 330 points are the 15th most in the history of NCAA women's lacrosse. Earlier this month, Ferris was named to the IWLCA All-Northeast Region First Team marking the third year she earned that distinction as well. The senior attack was also a three-time Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year, a four-year selection to the All-Atlantic 10 First Team, the 2011 A-10 Rookie of the Year, a three time pick on the A-10 All-Tournament Team, the 2014 A-10 Championship MVP and a two-time selection to the Tewarraton Watch List.
Rush finished her UMass career as one of the most prolific goal scorers in program history. She led the Minutewomen in 2014 with 67 goals setting a new program single-season record. The tally bested the previous single-season record which she set in 2013 with 65 goals. For her career, she is second all-time behind only Ferris with 176 goals and ranks fifth all-time with 202 career points. Her 76 points in 2014 are the third most for a single season behind Ferris who had 98 in 2012 and 85 in 2014. Rush earned All-Atlantic 10 First Team honors in 2014 after being named to the second team in 2013. She was also named to the IWLCA All-Region Second Team for the second consecutive year.
This past season, UMass won its sixth consecutive Atlantic 10 championship title before falling to Loyola in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Minutewomen's 18 wins were the third most in program history. UMass made its eighth trip overall to the NCAA Tournament and the fourth in as many years.
The 2014 senior class made up of Ferris, Rush and Sheridan along with Melissa Carelli, Shannon Defliese, Tanner Guarino, Kelsey McGovern, and Courtney McGrath leave UMass as the all-time winningest senior class in program history. The class posted a 72-10 overall record through four years which was the second most wins among NCAA teams heading into the NCAA Tournament. The class also posted a perfect 38-0 record against Atlantic 10 teams which included four perfect regular-season slates and four runs through the Atlantic 10 Championship tournament.
2014 ECAC Division I Women's Lacrosse Major Award Winners
2014 ECAC Division I Women's Lacrosse All-Stars
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