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Quick Inducted Into Avon Old Farms Hall of Fame

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Congrats to former Minuteman Jonathan Quick on his recent induction into the Hall of Fame at Avon Old Farms. The Kings 101 blog had coverage of the induction.

Read: Jonathan Quick Inducted into the Avon Old Farms Hall of Fame

Former Hoops Standout Barbee Elevated To Assistant Coach At UK

Former UMass basketball standout and assistant coach Tony Barbee was elevated to Assistant Coach at Kentucky under longtime mentor John Calipari Friday. Barbee had been the special assistant to the head coach during the 2014-15 season, following eight years as the head coach at UTEP and Auburn.

The Indianapolis native starred at UMass from 1989-93 where he helped the program to a pair of NCAA and two NIT appearances. He is currently ranks eight in school history in points (1,643), third in free throws made (477), fourth in free throws attempted (657), tenth in games played (126), fourth in starts (118) and sixth in minutes played (3,692).

After his playing career, he was a graduate assistant on the 1995-96 team before being promoted a year later to a full-time assistant during the first two years of Bruiser Flint's tenure.

Democrat & Chronicle staff writer Sean Lahman highlighted former University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse star and current Rochester Rattlers head coach Tim Soudan in a recent article covering Soudan's sustained success across all level of lacrosse, despite having never played the game before high school. Read the story through the link below:

RocJocks: Lacrosse star Tim Soudan got his start at Fairport | Sean Lahman, Democrat & Chronicle

University of Massachusetts field hockey graduate Alesha Widdall (2008-11) and current staff volunteer assistant Melissa Gonzalez provided boosts to Team USA as the national team defeated Ireland, 3-0 for the second consecutive time.

In Tuesday evening's contest, Widdall backstopped the squad with a shutdown performance in the cage while Gonzalez provided a boost on the attack. The duo, alongside U.S. teammate and UMass alumna Hannah Prince (2010-13) have one more exhibition contest against the Irish on Thursday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. Read a recap and see photos from Tuesday's game below:

Quick Start Leads Team USA over Ireland in Game Two (includes photos) | Team USA Website

Edmonton Sun: Tatham Finds Stability Playing Overseas

Brian Swane of the Edmonton Sun sports staff took a quick look at University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham's overseas playing career as she wrapped up her second consecutive season with Slovakia's Piestranske Cajky organization recently. The story is combined with a feature story on Tatham's Canadian National Program teammate Kia Nurse and appears below Nurse's story.

Stay-Put Tatham | Brian Swane, Edmonton Sun

A nine-point performance on five goals, including the overtime game-winner, and four assists netted University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alumnus Will Manny (2010-13) the Major League Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week Award on Tuesday, May 19.

Manny guided the Boston Cannons to their 17-16 comeback victory in overtime with three points during the second quarter, two in the third, three more during the fourth and an unassisted goal in OT. The win went as the 100th in the history of the Cannons organization.

Week Six MLL Players of the Week Awards | MLL Official Website

University of Massachusetts field hockey alumna Hannah Prince (2011-14) and current volunteer assistant coach Melissa Gonzalez took to the field at Team USA's training facility in Lancaster, Pa., for the first game in a friendly series with the Irish National Team Monday evening. The U.S. outpaced Ireland and earned a 3-0 victory. Game two is set for Tuesday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m. and the third contest in the series follows on Thursday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Information on watching games two and three is available here.

USWNT Secures Victory Against Ireland in First Test Match | Team USA Official Website
Live Stream and Tape Delayed Set for Ireland Series | Team USA Official Website

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse Update (May 18, 2015)

Two Minutemen were in action for the Boston Cannons Sunday night during their thrilling 17-16 overtime victory earned versus Rochester at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

Will Manny (2010-13) earned Coca Cola Player of the Game with nine points via five goals, including the game-winner, and four assists. He was held scoreless in the first quarter but spearheaded the comeback effort with three points in the second quarter, two more in the third, three more in the fourth and an unassisted strike less than one minute into extra time. Ryan Hollenbaugh (2010-13) saw time on defense for the Cannons during the win, but he did not record statistics.

The duo helped Boston defeat former Minuteman Tim Soudan, the current head coach of the Rattlers. In college, Soudan was a two-time all-American at the University of Massachusetts where he played for legendary coach Dick Garber. Soudan was also a two-time gold medal winner with Team USA in the World Lacrosse Championships in 2004 and 2008.

Recap: Cannon Rally for Thrilling OT Win | Boston Cannons
Box Score: Boston 17, Rochester 16 (OT) | Major League Lacrosse
Photos: Boston vs. Rochester | Boston Cannons

Postgame Interview With Will Manny

Highlights: Boston Cannons 17, Rochester Rattlers 16 (OT)

Japan Times: Nash looks back on days with Dr. J

Ed Odeven, the basketball beat reporter and Olympic writer of the Japan Times, has a nice article on the relationship between Julius Erving and Bob Nash that began during the Schoolboy Basketball Classic in upstate New York in the spring of 1968, progressed during the pair's time as part of the 1970 U.S. Olympic Development Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. and 14-game European Tour, and has continued today.

Newburyport Daily News sports editor Dan Harrison spoke with Massachusetts native and UMass men's lacrosse graduate Andrew Sokol recently for a quick feature on his career, in particular the 2015 campaign. The piece highlight's Sokol's successes and what he learned as a member of the squad.

Port's Sokol wraps up career at UMass | Dan Harrison, Newburyport Daily News