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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on Rob Blanchflower and how he has been working to recover this off-season from an injury that kept him sidelined for much of the 2013 season. Blanchflower discusses how he is working out and speaking with scouts as much as possible to earn himself a spot with a NFL team when preseason camp opens this summer.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on the Minutemen holding their annual NFL Pro Day at McGuirk Stadium on Tuesday. The event allows NFL scouts to evaluate UMass and other area players to help them improve their draft stock or shots at signing free agent contracts.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a feature story on A.J. Doyle as he learns the new offensive playbook under head coach Mark Whipple. After two years as a spread, no-huddle quarterback, Doyle is learning the new intricacies of Whipple's pro-style attack.

Nick O'Malley of the Springfield Republican has a story on Vladimir Ducasse who signed with the Minnesota Vikings after playing the last four seasons with the New York Jets. Ducasse was a 2010 second-round draft pick following his career at UMass.

Quick breaks Kings win record in shutout of Panthers

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Congratulations to former UMass goaltender Jonathan Quick who broke the Los Angeles Kings' franchise record for regular season victories with his 172nd career win over the weekend

Quick also added another to his growing highlight reel Saturday afternoon with one of the top glove saves of the season. Video of the save is below from

The UMass Sports Network put together a highlight package encompassing plays that earned No. 11 nationally ranked men's lacrosse its 12-6 victory over Hartford at Garber Field on Saturday afternoon. Check out some of the action from the game below:

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VIDEO: Men's Lacrosse Interviews After Win Over Hartford

UMass Athletics spoke with men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella, close defenseman James Fahey and midfielder Connor Mooney after the No. 11 Minutemen defeated Hartford, 12-6 at Garber Field on Saturday afternoon to improve to 7-2 on the season. Check out what the trio had to say about the game below:

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Daily Collegian staff writer Andrew Cyr spoke with UMass men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella, midfielder Connor Mooney and attackman Nick Mariano after the Minutemen dispatched Hartford, 12-6. Check out Cyr's recap and what Cannella, Mooney and Mariano had to say below.

"Tied at 5-5 with three minutes, 18 seconds remaining in the third quarter, the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team found itself in another game that was destined to go down to the wire.

But sometimes in lacrosse, one goal is all it takes to jumpstart an offense. And on Saturday, the No. 11 Minutemen's late offensive explosion proved to be the key in their 12-6 win over Hartford.

Jeff George fired a shot at Hartford goalkeeper Frank Piechota that caught a piece of his stick and trickled out in front of the net. Then Ryan Curley - who hasn't made a huge impact on the scoresheet this season - was in the right place at the right time to give UMass the 6-5 lead.

The Minutemen never looked back, scoring six consecutive goals to quickly put the game out of reach midway through the fourth quarter."

The remainder of the recap is available through the Daily Collegian website. More on the men's lacrosse team can be found on

Inside Lacrosse: Mariano Named Rising Star

Inside Lacrosse contributor Quint Kessenich selected seven Division I rookies as "Rising Stars" on Friday, with Massachusetts men's lacrosse freshman Nick Mariano among those selected. Below is Kessenich's complete list:

Rising Stars
Meet the next generation of stars. Here are my impact freshmen, bright-eyed difference-makers from day one:

Zach Miller, Denver, attack -- 20 goals, 8 assists
Cole Shafer, Drexel, attack -- 16, 12
Nick Mariano, Massachusetts, attack -- 17 goals
Christian Knight, Cornell, goalie -- .595 save pct.
Matt Rambo, Maryland, attack -- 13, 4
Joe Seider, Towson, attack -- 12 goals
Brandon Burke, Colgate, goalie -- .576 save pct.

Mariano leads the Minutemen with 24 points on a team-best 19 goals to go with five assists. More on Mariano and the 6-2 start for UMass can be found here. Read more on Kessenich's mid-season report through

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse Hosts Hartford Saturday

The No. 11 nationally-ranked UMass men's lacrosse program will look to bounce back from its loss at No. 19 Fairfield on Tuesday when the Minutemen host Hartford for a 1 p.m. game at Garber Field on Saturday, March 21. A preview of the matchup is available below:

  University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
 Game 9 #11/11 Massachusetts (6-2) vs. Hartford (4-3)
 Date | Time Saturday, March 22, 2014 | 1:00 p.m.
 Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
 Live Statistics GameTracker
 Watch CBS All-Access (subscription required)
 Listen WMUA 91.1 FM (free)
 Series History Massachusetts leads, 10-0. Last meeting: UMass 13, Hartford 11; March 23, 2013
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Hartford Get Acrobat Reader
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Hartford
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse  
 Tickets Available through the UMass Athletics Ticket Office at 866-862-7784

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