UMass sports: Women’s lacrosse, tennis set to open A-10 tourney play

Staff Writer 
Published: 4/27/2022 3:41:00 PM
Modified: 4/27/2022 3:39:32 PM

As April draws to a close, two UMass sports teams are gearing up for Atlantic 10 Conference championship runs this weekend. 

The UMass women’s lacrosse team will defend its A-10 conference title in the upcoming tournament after besting No. 4 Saint Joseph’s in the 2021 title game, 18-9.

This year, the Minutewomen have earned the No. 1 seed after putting together a perfect 9-0 record in conference play. As a result, they’ve earned a bye into the semifinals of the tourney.

The A-10 tourney will be played on the Minutewomen’s home turf at Garber Field in Amherst. Their first game will be on Friday at 11 a.m, when they’ll face either No. 4 Davidson or No. 5 Duquesne. Those teams play in the quarterfinal round on Thursday.

UMass played both teams during the regular season, earning a 21-9 win over Duquesne and eeking out a 13-11 win over Davidson to cap off the regular season this past Saturday. 

The women’s lacrosse program at UMass has had quite a run of success in recent years. The Minutewomen have won 11 A-10 titles in the program’s history; 10 of those championships have come in the last 13 seasons, eight of them under the helm of current head coach Angela McMahon-Serpone. 

Three of its players earned Athlete of the Week honors this season – Alex Finn won Player of the Week on March 15, Audra Tosone earned the Defensive Player of the Week honor on March 15, and Kendra Harbinger was also named Player of the Week on April 4. Their depth and offense has been helped by leading scorer Harbinger, a graduate student who transferred to UMass this year after playing three seasons with the University of Albany. Harbinger has fit right in with the Minutewomen, clicking on and off the field with the on-field results to prove it (44G, 12A).

The A-10 title game is set for Sunday at noon.

The UMass women’s tennis team is also undefeated in conference play with a 7-0 record, and finished the season with a 15-4 overall record. They’re the No. 2 seed in the A-10 championships behind No. 1 VCU, which is ranked No. 72 in the ITA’s team rankings.

UMass’ last Atlantic-10 championship came during the 2016-17 season, the final campaign of long-time coach Judy Dixon’s 25-year tenure. Current head coach Juancarlos Nunez guided the Minutewomen to the A-10 finals in his first season (2017-18), but they haven’t been back to the finals since. 

Though UMass’ team is younger this season, they are brimming with talent. Freshman Renata Farima won six A-10 Rookie of the Week awards and one Player of the Week award. Both their No. 1 singles and a doubles team are comprised of underclassmen – Farima is No. 1 singles, and sophomore Danielle Hack and freshman Thamonpan Jonglertrakul are the team’s No. 2 doubles team.

UMass will open A-10 tourney play on Thursday in Lake Nona, Fla. in the quarterfinal round at 5:30 p.m. against No. 7 George Washington.


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