June 10, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - After producing one of the best careers in UMass women's lacrosse program history, senior attack Jackie Lyons earned All-America honors from the IWLCA and Synapse Sports marking the third such accolade for her following the 2011 campaign. The Rocky Point, N.Y. native was named to the IWLCA All-America Third Team, the SynapseSports.com All-America Third Team and the WomensLax.com All-America Team.
Lyons leaves UMass as the all-time leader in career points with 226 after posting 143 goals and 83 assists in four years. As a senior, she posted a career-high 73 points (41 goals, 32 assists) which was just one shy of the single-season point record. Lyons also holds the all-time games played record (77) and games started record (76) at UMass.
The two-time Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year honoree earned her second IWLCA All-Region First Team award this season as well. She was a three-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team Selection, a two-time A-10 All-Tournament Team MVP, and was on the A-10 All-Rookie Team. She was the first-ever player in program history to be named the league's offensive player of the year.
UMass finished the season 17-3 overall winning its third-straight Atlantic 10 Tournament Title. Under first year head coach Angela McMahon, the Minutewomen made their fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history - the second trip in the last three years. The 17 wins were second all-time in program history, while the team also set new school marks for goals and points scored in a season. For the first time in school history, UMass went a perfect 7-0 in Atlantic 10 play. The Minutewomen were also ranked nationally for 11-consecutive weeks.
Lyons, Haley Smith and Nazy Kerr will be the key losses heading into next season as each played critical roles on each end of the field. Lyons and Smith represent 110 of UMass 388 points from the season including 77 of the Minutewomen's 293 goals. Kerr was a three-year starter on defense who ranked second in caused turnovers (24).
The Minutewomen will return Katie Florence in goal for the fourth-straight season and 10 of its top 12 scorers from the past season. Kerr will be the only loss on the defensive end as Ali Houlis and Riley Perry return for their fourth years as starters.
Release courtesy of UMass Sports Information