September 17, 2010

UMass Hires Assistant, Announces Freshmen

from press releases

AMHERST, Mass. -- UMass women's lacrosse head coach Angela McMahon has named former Syracuse standout Eileen Finn as assistant coach. Finn is a 2010 graduate of Syracuse, where she was a four-year starter on defense and an All-Big East First Team selection. Finn joins McMahon and Sarah Albrecht who was named Associate Head Coach in early August.

"Eileen is a strong addition to our staff both as a player and a person," said McMahon. "Both on and off the field she achieved success at Syracuse and that is something that will translate into her coaching."

"I am excited about joining the UMass women's lacrosse program and helping the team continue its strong tradition of success in the Atlantic 10," said Finn. "This is a great program with a long history of excellence in women's lacrosse."

Finn was an All-Big East First Team selection as a senior defender in 2010 for the Orange. During her career, she earned Big East All-Academic honors on three occasions, was named to the IWLCA Academic Squad and was named the WomensLacrosse.com Unsung Hero of the Year in 2010.

Additionally, the native of Southington, Conn., served as the Vice-President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, was the secretary of Women in Sports and Events (WISE) and served as a Syracuse Student Ambassador.

This past summer, Finn worked as an U.S. Olympic Committee, Paralympics, Military Programs Intern in Colorado Springs, Colo. She also spent time working as a coach and event manager for Bounce Entertainment in Brooklyn, N.Y.

UMass is coming off its second straight Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship season. Highlighted by All-American Jackie Lyons, 11 of the Minutewomen's 12 starters from a season ago will return for 2011 including six of the top seven scorers. The entire defensive unit anchored by goalie Katie Florence will return as well.

McMahon has also announced 10 newcomers for the 2011 season. McMahon became head coach of the Minutewomen in July after leading Connecticut for the past two seasons. Of the 10 newcomers, seven earned All-America honors during the course of their prep careers.

The incoming freshman class is made up of Melissa Carelli (Maplewood, N.J.), Shannon Defliese (Garden City, N.Y.), Katie Ferris (Carthage, N.Y.), Tanner Guarino (Framingham, Mass.), Shannon McDonald (Hicksville, N.Y.), Kelsey McGovern (Acton, Mass.), Courtney McGrath (Nanuet, N.Y.), Paige Morelli (Hooksett, N.H.), Sam Rush (West Babylon, N.Y.), and Kelsey Sheridan (Chelmsford, Mass.).

"This is a terrific group of incoming student-athletes," said McMahon. "We return the bulk of our Atlantic 10 Championship team from last year and I feel this group will help us keep the program competing at a high level."

Carelli is a 2010 graduate of Columbia High School where she was All-New Jersey selection as a senior midfielder. She netted 54 goals and 23 assists to give her 145 tallies and 57 helpers for her career. She was also an Academic All-American in 2009 and 2010. This past summer she participated in the Senior Showcase sponsored by U.S. Lacrosse in Florida.

Defliese is the younger sister of rising UMass junior midfielder Dayna. A 2010 graduate of Garden City High School, she was an Honorable Mention All-American last season after helping the Trojans to a fourth consecutive New York State Championship.

Ferris holds the New York record for goals in a single season after she posted 138 as a junior in 2009. She scored 107 as a senior in 2010 to go along with 28 assists giving her 470 goals and 115 assists for her career. She was a two-time All-Central New York selection and an All-American selection.

A 2010 graduate of Framingham High School, Guarino earned All-American honors as a senior after leading the Flyers to a Massachusetts State title. She scored 79 goals and added 51 assists as a senior. For her career, she had 199 goals and 105 assists, while she also was a standout on the basketball and swim teams.

McDonald played midfield for Hicksville High School where she was a two-time All-County selection. She netted 156 goals and 63 assists for her career. She was also an All-Conference selection in soccer and a regional finalist and MVP on the track team.

McGovern is a two-time All-American selection from Acton-Boxborough High School where she was also a league all-star and an all-scholastic pick. She led the Colonials with 65 goals and 15 assists as a senior. She also competed on the track team where she was a member of the 4x400 relay team at the 2010 Nike Indoor Nationals.

A four-time all-league selection and 2009 All-America pick, McGrath is a 2010 graduate of Nanuet Senior High School. She posted 140 career goals and 64 assists for the Knights despite missing the bulk of 2010 with injury. McGrath also was an all-league selection on the soccer team.

Morelli twice earned Upper New England accolades as a midfielder for Central High School. As a junior in 2009, she was a 2nd Team All-New Hampshire selection before missing her senior season due to injury. For her career, she netted 87 goals and 48 assists.

A two-time Academic All-American, Rush scored 206 career goals and added 36 assists in her career at West Babylon High School. As a senior, she earned All-Long Island Second-Team honors after posting 72 goals and 11 assists as an attack.

Sheridan is a 2010 graduate of Chelmsford High School where she was an All-American pick and the two-time Merrimack Valley Conference Player of the Year. She scored 118 points as a senior en route to her All-America honors. She was also a Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic honoree and captain of the lacrosse, swim and basketball teams as a senior.

UMass is coming off its second straight Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship season. Highlighted by All-American Jackie Lyons, 11 of the Minutewomen's 12 starters from a season ago will return for 2011 including six of the top seven scorers. The entire defensive unit anchored by goalie Katie Florence will return as well.


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