Women's Lacrosse

 
Angela McMahon and Sarah Albrecht Named UMass Women's Lacrosse Assistant Coaches

Sarah Albrecht (left) and Angela McMahon (right)

Sarah Albrecht (left) and Angela McMahon (right)

Oct. 19, 2006

AMHERST, Mass. - Angela McMahon and Sarah Albrecht have been named the UMass women's lacrosse assistant coaches announced by first-year Head Coach Alexis Venechanos. McMahon comes to UMass after serving as the head coach at Bentley College for the 2006 season. Albrecht joins the Minutewomen after graduating from Northwestern this past spring and helping the Wildcats to a pair of national titles.

Both McMahon and Albrecht played for Venechanos at Northwestern and are natives of Massachusetts.

"I could not be more excited to have Angela and Sarah here at UMass," said Venechanos who was hired in August. "Having coached both of them at Northwestern, I know they bring a wealth of experience and passion for the game. UMass is very fortunate to have these two bright, young coaches as I feel they are great role models for our players."

At UMass, McMahon will be responsible for all facets of day-to-day coaching and practice organization along with the Minutewomen's recruiting efforts, alumnae relations, and scouting. She will primarily work with the attacks on offense.

"Angela is a very animated person with exceptional knowledge of the game," said Venechanos. "Her experiences as a head coach will enhance our staff greatly and will truly benefit the team."

McMahon most recently served as head coach of Bentley's women's lacrosse program during the 2006 season. While there, she guided the NCAA Division II Falcon's 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 Committee.

A native of Weston, Mass., 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 as an attack where she finished her career with 44 goals and 23 assists. She was a two-time tri-captain of the squad and helped lay the foundation for Northwestern's back-to-back national titles in 2005 and 2006.

In her senior season, she earned Academic All-Big Ten honors and American Lacrosse Conference Academic Honors. She graduated from Northwestern in 2004 with a degree in communication studies.

Since 2002, McMahon has also worked for Amonte Sports Camps as a counselor and administrator. During that time, she instructed campers of all skill levels and helped with the organizational camp operations. From 2004 to 2006, she also worked for Reebok International as an account services representative.

Albrecht joins UMass after an outstanding career at Northwestern where she finished her career fourth all-time in assists (71), sixth all-time in points (199) and seventh all-time in goals (128). She was a five-time captain and, along with McMahon, was one of the founding members of the re-formed varsity program.

At UMass, Albrecht will share many of the same duties as McMahon such as practice organization, recruiting, alumnae relations and scouting. She will work with UMass' midfielders and defenders.

"Sarah just finished a tremendous collegiate career winning two NCAA Championships and we are thrilled to have her on staff," said Venechanos. "She is also currently a member of the U.S. Elite Team and she brings her drive from the field to the sidelines."

A native of Braintree, Mass., Albrecht was a mainstay in the development of the Northwestern program from her freshman season in 2002 to becoming the No. 1 ranked team in 2005 and 2006. She was a two time IWLCA All-America selection (2005, 2006) and was named twice to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team. In 2006, Albrecht was named the NCAA Championship MVP. She was also a two-time ALC First-Team (2005, 2006) and ALC Second-Team selection (2004).

In her five years at NU (she medically redshirted the 2003 season), Albrecht helped the Wildcats to a 66-23 overall record, three ALC titles, and two national titles.

In 2006 she became a member of the U.S. National Elite Team which represents the highest level of playing experience for women's lacrosse players and coaches in the United States.

Along with McMahon, Albrecht also spent time working with the Amonte Lacrosse Camp since 2002. She served as a camp counselor teaching lacrosse and leadership skills to over 300 girls each summer and helped supervise the camp's overall organization.

Albrecht graduated from Northwestern in 2006 with a degree in psychology.

The Minutewomen return 18 letterwinners for the 2007 campaign including almost 80 percent of its offensive scoring. Junior Kathleen Typadis (Medfield, Mass.) is the top returning scorer after having a banner year in 2006 where she tallied 43 goals - the fifth-best single season effort in school history. For her efforts, she was named to the IWLCA All-Region Team, the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Team, and the Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team.

Defensively, UMass will return its entire defensive row with the exception of Jackie Nesbitt who graduated last spring. The Minutewomen will also return the tandem of experienced keepers in redshirt-senior Lauren McCarthy (Derry, N.H.) and junior Krissy Anderson (Baldwin, N.Y.) between the pipes.

Venechanos enters her first season at UMass after helping Northwestern to back-to-back National Championships as an assistant coach. She was also a standout goalie at Maryland where she won two national titles as a player.

UMass is looking to build upon its strong finish from last season where the Minutewomen won four of their final six regular season games and qualified for the A-10 Conference Tournament.

 

 

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