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Collegian: @UMassSoftball hits the road for big test at Dayton

Jamie Cushman from the Daily Collegian has a preview of this weekend's softball road series at Dayton.

Quianna Diaz-Patterson is having one of the most consistent seasons at the plate in UMass softball history. Daily Hampshire Gazette writer Matt Vautour has a profile on the senior shortstop who is second in the NCAA in batting average, fourth in on-base percentage and 10th in slugging percentage.

The Meriden Record-Journal out of Meriden, Conn., has a feature in today's paper on UMass hockey senior defenseman Mike Busillo and the start of his pro hockey career. Busillo signed with the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL following the conclusion of the Minutemen's season.

Read: Wallingford's Busillo graduates from college hockey to pro ranks

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse vs. Delaware

Men's lacrosse wraps up its regular season with a 7 p.m. game under the lights at Garber Field on Friday, April 24. The Minutemen are currently in the hunt for a spot in the upcoming CAA Championship and will honor the seven members of the 2015 graduating class before the game during a Senior Night ceremony.

University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
Game 13 Massachusetts (4-8 Overall, 2-2 CAA) vs. Delaware (4-10, 0-4)
Date | Time Friday, April 24, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
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Series History UMass leads, 11-5. Last meeting: Delaware 15, UMass 7; April 25, 2014
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Scouting Delaware Men's Lacrosse
Delaware started the year three wins over its opening six games but faltered down the stretch and dropped seven of its last eight for a 4-10 mark entering play against the Minutemen. The Blue Hens are 0-4 during league games, including a pair of overtime losses to Drexel, 9-8, and Fairfield in double OT, 12-11 in their latest contests.

Beau Jones, Brian Kormondy and Tom Holland have all reached 30 points on the current season. Jones leads the trio with 37 points via 17 goals and 20 assists, the third-most helpers in the CAA. Kormondy trails Jones by two points with a 21 goals and 14 assists while Holland adds a team-high 26 tallies with four assists. Brett Anton starts in the cage and holds a 9.58 goals-against average with a .532 save percentage. Anton is 4-7 on the year after he supplanted Conor Peaks in net early in the season. Peaks is 0-3 on the year with a 15.10 goals-against mark and .427 save percentage.

Bob Shillinglaw is in his 37th year as head coach of the Delaware Blue Hens. Shillinglaw took the squad to the 2007 Final Four among six berths into the NCAA Tournament. The squad is 297-285 under Shillinglaw's guidance but has struggled since joining the CAA in 2003 and is 28-49 (.364 win percentage) in league games.

Last Meeting: Delaware 15, Massachusetts 7; April 25, 2014
Nick Mariano scored three goals and Connor Mooney provided two more, but the UMass was unable to overcome a strong start by Delaware in a 15-7 loss to the Blue Hens. Mariano finished the game with five points courtesy of two assists to go with his fifth career hat trick. Mooney also helped out on a pair of goals.

Delaware loss dropped Massachusetts to 7-6 on the season and 1-4 in CAA games to end the 2014 campaign. Mooney finished his career at UMass with 99 points, including a single-season personal-best of 38 during the 2014 campaign. Mariano led the squad in the category on the season with 39 through a team-best 29 goals to go with 10 assists.

Delaware started the game with six consecutive goals and led 7-1 midway through the second half before three straight UMass tallies cut it to 7-4 approaching halftime. After the Blue Hens scored twice and UMass answered with two more of its own, Delaware put the game out of reach with a four-goal run that spanned into the fourth quarter.

On Top Of The Tweet Game
Instant information about the men's lacrosse program, including an inside look at key points and statistics in each game as well as updates from practice and other team events can be found through the Twitter handle @UMassMLacrosse. Follow the Minutemen there and catch information about each UMass Athletic Department program through @UMassAthletics.

All Home Contests Available On UMass All-Access
UMass men's lacrosse will have each of its seven home games broadcast online through UMass All-Access, a CBS Interactive product. The link for each broadcast was accessible in each game preview to direct fans or other interest parties to the subscription page, where the viewer is asked to purchase the plan he or she believes to be appropriate.

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With the Norfolk Admirals season complete, the Anaheim Ducks have called up former UMass defenseman Brandon Montour as a Black Ace for their Stanley Cup Playoff run. Montour had 20 points (3g, 17a) for the Minutemen this season and followed up with 10 points (1g, 9a) in 14 AHL games this spring.

The USHL website has this piece on Montour and his journey this season

In today's Daily Collegian, Nick Souza has a preview of UMass track & field's Pre-Conference Meet at the UMass Track & Field Complex this weekend. Prior to the start of the meet, there will be a Senior Day ceremony and a dedication of the brand new scoreboard.

Read: With Atlantic 10s looming, UMass hosts its Pre-Conference meet

In today's Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a piece on the experience of playing in Fenway Park for members of the UMass baseball team. The Minutemen were edged by Boston College, 2-0, for the Beanpot title last night at Fenway.

Read: Despite loss, playing at Fenway Park still memorable for UMass baseball team

Massachusetts (11-15) vs. Boston College (21-18) - BEANPOT CHAMPIONSHIP
Dates | Times Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | 45 minutes following 3 p.m. Consolation Game
Location | Forecast

Boston, Mass. (Fenway Park) | Ticket Information
Partly Cloudy, 61 Degrees, Chance of Rain: 0%

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Probable Starters

UMass: RHP Mike Geannelis (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Boston College: LHP Nick Poore (1-3, 4.76 ERA)

Tom Mulherin of Daily Collegian visited UMass softball practice Tuesday and spent some time in the circle with senior pitcher Caroline Raymond. They talked about her no-hitter at Rhode Island last week and what that has done for her confidence going forward as the team enters the final two weeks of the regular-season.

In today's Daily Collegian, Nick Souza has a recap of UMass track and field's action from over the weekend at the Holy Cross Invitational, where the Minutemen earned a third place finish out of seven teams and the Minutewomen placed second out of seven.

Read: UMass track and field sees strong showing at Holy Cross Invitational