AMHERST, Mass. - Looking to lead the UMass women's lacrosse team to an unprecedented sixth consecutive Atlantic 10 Conference championship, seniors Katie Ferris and Kelsey McGovern have each been named to the Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America Third Team. The duo finished the 2013 season as All-Americans after guiding UMass to the NCAA Tournament Second Round and its fifth straight league title.
A two-time All-American, Ferris led the UMass offense last year with 75 points on 52 goals and 23 assists in 19 games. For the second year in a row, she was named the Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year and helped pace a Minutewomen offense that ranked No. 1 nationally in points scored (467) and No. 6 nationally in scoring offense (14.76 goals/game). In her three years, the UMass offense has ranked among the nation's top 10 including No. 1 at the end of 2012 and No. 7 in 2011.
With 245 career points, the native of Carthage, N.Y., broke the UMass career points record and will enter 2014 with the career records for goals and assists on the close horizon. She will enter her senior campaign as the active leading scorer in the NCAA and will have a chance to finish her career as one of the top 25 all-time point scorers in NCAA history.
McGovern had a breakout year both on defense and as the primary draw specialists for the Minutewomen. The native of Acton, Mass., earned IWLCA All-America Third Team honors, IWLCA All-Region First Team honors and was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team and A-10 All-Academic Team.
She anchored a defensive unit which ranked 11th nationally in scoring defense (8.24 goals/game). Individually, McGovern set a new UMass single-season record with 110 draw controls which ranked third nationally and was the sixth-most for a single season in NCAA history. She has 145 draw controls for her career which ranks second all-time in UMass' history