SALUTE TO CHAMPIONS: Women's Lacrosse
Twice a week this summer, Atlantic10.com will feature a sport-by-sport look back at the 2014-15 season and championships. Check back each week for a review of each sport. Today's look back: Women's Lacrosse.
The University of Massachusetts claimed its seventh consecutive Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Lacrosse Championship with an 8-4 victory over Richmond at the GW Lacrosse Field.
UMass was led by the Championship’s Most Outstanding Player Amy Tiernan who registered three goals and one assist, while fellow All-Championship Team members Nicole Troost and Hannah Murphy each had a goal in the win as well. Eileen McDonald had a pair of scores for UMass and Katie Ott chipped in with a goal and an assist.
Richmond was paced by Charlett Stevenson who scored a pair of goals, earning All-Championship honors. Emily Newman scored for UR and was named to the All-Championship squad along with teammate Brooke Wilson and Anna Jeszeck.
Duquesne’s Lib Lowry and George Mason Taylor Carpentier were also named to the All-Championship team.
In NCAA action, UMass picked up a 13-8 win over Jacksonville in the first round. Junior attack Erika Eipp had a game-high five goals, while sophomore midfielder Hannah Murphy added three goals and 10 draw controls.
In the second round, No. 1 ranked Maryland used a six-goal run during the first half to break open the contest en route to a 19-8 win over the UMass. The Minutewomen finished its season with a 19-2 overall record tying as the program's second-most wins for a single year.
Leading up to the 2015 Championship, the league announced its' end of year awards. UMass’ Erika Eipp was named the A-10 Offensive Player of the Year, while goalkeeper Rachel Vallarelli was named Defensive Player of the Year. Their teammate Hannah Murphy was tabbed as the A-10 Midfielder of the Year, while the trio’s head coach Angela McMahon was honored by her peers as the A-10 Coach of the Year. Joining the UMass quartet on the major awards list was Kim Egizi of Richmond who was named Rookie of the Year.
For the fourth straight season, five UMass women's lacrosse players were honored with IWLCA Northeast All-Region accolades. Junior defender Kate Farnham and sophomore midfielder Hannah Murphy were named to the first team, while junior attack Erika Eipp, junior defender Amber Tobin and senior goalie Rachel Vallarelli were named to the second team.