In the Springfield Republican, Ron Chimelis has a nice feature story on punter/kicker Caleb Violette. The Blacksburg, Virginia native took an interesting route to Amherst, find out what familiar faces helped him become more comfortable at UMass.
Quite frankly it would take a huge upset -- perhaps not the caliber of USA hockey over Russia in 1980 Olympic hockey, but close to it -- for Victor Cruz not to be included on the Giants' final 53-man roster. The free agent rookie wideout leads all NFL receivers with 241 yards and four touchdown catches after three exhibition games. Cruz is second in receptions with 12, one behind Cincinnati rookie Jordan Shipley.
Read this story from the Hackensack Record on Cruz's chances of making the Big Blue roster.
Listen to what UMass Head Coach Kevin Morris had to say during the first weekly CAA Coaches Teleconference: Aug. 30 - Teleconference
You can also listen to what this week's opposing coach, William & Mary's Jimmye Laycock had to say about the Tribe's upcoming week in preparation for facing the Minutemen on Saturday: Aug. 30 - Teleconference
With the regular season winding down, the Hagerstown Suns Fan Club gave out its annual awards last Thursday night at Municipal Stadium. UMass' own Mitchell Clegg captured Pitcher of the Year honors and, at 9-3, currently leads the Suns in victories. The left-hander holds a 3.38 ERA in 19 games, including 12 starts and two saves.
The Boston Globe has a great feature story on UMass junior captain Emil Igwenagu. A preseason all-CAA selection, the 6-foot-1, 240-pound Igwenagu was recruited as a linebacker after a stellar career at Holy Name High School in Worcester, spent a year on the UMass scout team and was eventually switched to the H-back position (combining the duties of a receiver, blocker, and runner) last season, when he finished third on the team with 23 catches for 283 yards and a touchdown.
Another story on a UMass alum in the UFL comes from Matt Vautour in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Kyle Harrington is playing on the defensive line while Sean Smalls is in the secondary.
"I'm living the life," Harrington said sporting a freshly-grown beard and a sweat-soaked black UMass T-shirt that he'd been wearing under his shoulder pads. "Playing football, instead of getting a job behind the desk."
Ever wonder what happened to Sean Smalls? Read Matt Vautour's story on the former star defensive back in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
Sean Smalls isn't bitter, but as he stands on the sidelines after Thursday's training camp workout for the Hartford Colonials, he can't help wondering what might have been.
The former University of Massachusetts cornerback was mentioned as a likely 2009 NFL draft pick early in his senior year. Fast, athletic and big for his position at 6-foot-1, scouts liked his potential. But on a punt return in the Minutemen's late October 42-7 win over Bryant, Smalls slowed up as he crossed into the end zone. The slight deceleration allowed Bryant's Doug Emerzian to dive at his feet.
Check out this Associated Press photo featuring UMass product Jeremy Horne from Friday. Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Trevard Lindley (35) breaks up a pass intended for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Horne (8) during the second half of a preseason NFL football game in Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Aug. 27, 2010. The Eagles defeated the Chiefs 20-17. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican previews the upcoming season for the UMass men's soccer team. The Minutemen return the entire defensive unit, along with both goalkeepers, which led the A-10 last year and Hermann Trophy candidate midfielder Ben Arikian. The goal for this year, according to head coach Sam Koch, is to increase goal productivity. Thomas writes "The way the Minutemen play defense, just the smallest turnaround on offense could spell a return to the NCAA Tournament."
Chris Davis has re-signed with the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL as announced by the club on Saturday. Davis played in 50 games last year after being acquired in an early season trade with Stockton. He scored 11 goals and nine assists for 20 points while also accumulating 28 penalty minutes. He played in 139 games for UMass from 2005-09.
Victor Cruz continues to be the story of the New York Giants preseason. He scored his fourth touchdown of the season, with an 11-yard grab in the fourth quarter of the Giants 24-10 loss to the Ravens. Of the Giants seven TDs in the preseason, Cruz has four, more than half! Cruz had four catches for 86 yards and that TD in the game.
Also on Saturday night, Jeromy Miles had three tackles for the Cincinnati Bengals in a 35-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Miles is working hard to earn a spot with the Bengals.
In the Springfield Republican, Ron Chimelis has a great story in Sunday's paper about UMass' revamped offensive line. Chimelis leads the story with the man taking over Vladimir Ducasse's No. 72 -- Nick Speller. The story also focuses on Speller's fellow transfers Greg Niland and Anthony Dima.
A must read for all UMass football fans is a column by Bill Reynolds in the Providence Journal . He takes a look at Liam Coen, UMass' all-time leading passer, who is the new quarterbacks coach at Brown. Reynolds chronicles Coen's tough road since graduating from UMass in 2008 and the path he took to get to his job at Brown.
Current UMass junior captain and former Holy Cross High School star Emil Igwenagu is mentioned in a blog entry on ESPN Boston.
"Emil (Igwenagu, a former Nap running back who's now a tight end and captain at UMass) last week when he was interviewed up at UMass, they said, 'Do you feel bad that you rushed for 5,000 yards in high school and now you're just blocking?' He goes, 'No. It was a team concept. I always blocked for the other guys. Whatever it takes to win, that's what football's all about. And that's what we do.' That couldn't be any better for our program than a comment like that from a kid that did rush for 5,000 yards, that he knows blocking is a big part of football. That's what we reward kids for. Not for scoring a touchdown, but the kids that block to get him there."
Check out the recap in the Daily Hampshire Gazette as the field hockey team couldn't snap its seven-game losing streak against its in-state rival, but despite the 1-0 loss to No. 9-ranked Boston College Friday, the Minutewomen left their season opener encouraged.
Three former UMass football players will be in action tonight in NFL preseason games as Jeremy Horne and the Kansas City Chiefs will host the Philadelphia Eagles at 8:00 p.m. The Arrowhead Addict Chiefs' blog lists Horne in its five players to watch.
Those of you who watched Hard Knocks this week on HBO saw "Big Vlad"...UMass' own Vladimir Ducasse get some attention in the Rookie Show. The New York Post mentions the portion of the episode:
When defensive coordinator Mike Pettine tells the team about the
upcoming King Ugly contest at the Rookie Show: "Worst-looking guy
doesn't always win. So that's why I think Vlad [Ducasse] has a chance
to finish second or third."
Jim Leonhard announces the winner of the King Ugly contest:
"Surprisingly, third place . . . thought he was a leader the whole time
. . . goes by many names . . . Big Vlad." Applause. "In a surprising
twist -- first time ever -- second place . . . Big Vlad!" Laughter.
Ducasse and fellow former Minuteman James Ihedigbo will take on the Redskins tonight as the New York Jets will face Washington tonight in new Meadowlands Stadium.
UMass baseball alum Bryan Leigh is mentioned in this piece in The Herald News on former Atlantic 10 opponent and current Pulaski Mariners teammate, Tim Boyce (URI). Leigh pitched two scoreless innings last night in a 3-2 victory over the Elizabethton Twins and picked up his third save of the season.
Leigh is currently 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 21.0 innings pitched. Heading into the final week of the regular season, Pulaski is 35-25 and is in first place in the East Division of the Appalachian League.
The Worcester Sharks will begin their AHL season in just over a month as well - Oct. 9 to be exact - and former Minutemen Justin Braun and Matt Irwin have received a bit of preseason praise. "Some of Worcester's top rookies should include defensemen Justin Braun and Matt Irwin, who played at UMass, and defenseman Nick Schaus, who played four seasons at UMass-Lowell. "We've got some draft picks that will be coming in and some free agents," coach Roy Sommer said. "The kids that played for us at the end of the year in the playoffs have a great opportunity this season. They're not just coming into the league, they have the experience."
Joshua Boyd of the Ipswich Chronicle wrote a nice feature story on hockey's rising senior forward Shawn Saunders. The article looks at some of Shawn's offseason workout regiment, his career overall at UMass and his relationship with his father and uncle. When asked about the team this season, "This year's going to be a pretty good year. We have our starting goalie [Paul Dainton] back. I've been skating with him all summer and he looks really good," said Shawn. "We've also got some pretty good quality freshmen coming in. A lot of the guys on the team are underrated. We have a lot of skilled guys who could step up at any point."
Men's soccer freshman Brett Canepa was mentioned in the Scituate Mariner as the paper ranked the top prep teams to begin the season. Canepa's Hingham High School earned the top spot despite the loss of the All-American to UMass - "The team lost its two top players - All-Americans Brett Canepa (UMass) and Terence Morrissey (Bryant) - as well as all-star keeper Andrew Blomberg, and that leaves three huge holes to fill."
Check out this story in the Boston Globe on UMass freshman football player Mike Delaney, who joined UMass after a standout career at Foxborough High School.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Delaney only played one season with the Warriors after transferring from New Jersey, but rushed for 1,643 yards, the 13th-highest total in state history, and found the end zone 22 times in his team's 7-4 finish.
Delaney said his Minutemen coaches gave him a workout manual with lifting and running exercises alternated each day. UMass opened its camp Aug. 9, and it's already clear to Delaney the college game requires a rigorous workload.
"It's a big difference from the high school game,'' Delaney said. "There's competition at every position, and there is so much preparation that goes into it before you even step on the field.''
Check out Dick Baker's story in the Springfield Republican about the UMass field hockey team and their season opening game vs. Boston College.
Check out the opening about senior Katie Kelly, a senior captain from Dedham, earned a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Conference first team last season after leading the Minutewomen in scoring with 11 goals and six assists for 28 points.
As training camp ended Thursday, University of Massachusetts junior captain Tyler Holmes declared the preseason a success as the Minutemen switched to fulltime preparation for their Sept. 4 opener at home against William & Mary.
"I think we had a very successful camp," Holmes said. "A lot of guys stepped up big and we're going to need them to keep doing that through the season."
We have just received word that UMass basketball coach Derek Kellogg will be interviewed on TV early in the fourth quarter of the Patriots-Rams preseason game. Look for the interview on WBZ in Boston and NBC22 in Western Mass.
Former Minuteman Nick Serino is profiled in his hometown paper, the Saugus Advertiser. Serino, who will wrap up his first season in pro baseball this week, is 2-2 with a 2.91 ERA in 21.2 innings pitched with the Gulf Coast League Nationals.
Both the Daily Hampshire Gazette and the Springfield Republican have women's soccer season previews today. The Minutewomen will open up the 2010 season tomorrow, Aug. 27, against Washington at 4 p.m. on Rudd Field. It will mark the debut of new head coach Ed Matz.
Be sure to watch the Patriots-Rams preseason game tonight as UMass basketball coach Derek Kellogg will be a special guest during the broadcast on the Patriots Preseason Network. The game airs on WBZ in Boston on Channel 4 and in Western Mass on WWLP NBC22.
Matt Vautour of the Hampshire Gazette has a nice preview of the UMass field hockey season. The story covers the Minutewomen's focus on fitness in trying to avoid the injuries that plagued the team last season. Vautour also highlights two alums coaching against UMass this weekend (BC's Ainslee Lamb and Indiana's Amy Robertson) and Northampton's Mika Black making her debut in Maroon & White.
Check out this feature story in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette about former UMass assistant coach Steve Spagnuolo, who leads his St. Louis Rams into Gillette Stadium on Thursday night. Coach Spags also earned a masters degree at UMass while coaching with the Minutemen.
Former Minuteman hurler Matt Torra picked up his 11th win last night against the Tacoma Rainiers, despite giving up six runs, five earned, on six hits over six innings of work in the 7-6 victory. He struck out nine, a season high, while walking just one to bring his season strikeouts total to 94.
As the start of the 2010 NCAA men's soccer season draws one-week closer, TopDrawerSoccer.com has named its Top-20 Players To Watch for each conference. Leading the Atlantic 10 is none other than UMass' Ben Arikian.
As the NHL season draws closer, Jonathan Quick has been getting more-and-more mentions in the media. In this first article from CrashTheCrease.com, Quick is profiled along with the increased battle for time in net with 2010 AHL All-Star Jonathan Bernier. On the L.A. Kings Examiner blog, Jonathan Moncrief grades the Kings' coaching staff and management specifically stating that goalie coach Bill Ranford "... was a player that understood how to maximize his abilities and talents, and so far in his stint as goalie coach for the Kings has found a way to make magic happen where it might not have been expected. His work with Jonathan Quick has been nothing short of spectacular. Ranford worked all summer with Quick on his conditioning, his positioning, and his body movement. Quick rewarded the club with franchise records for victories and games played."
Preseason All-American and Hermann Trophy candidate Ben Arkian was featured recently on WestIslipPatch.com. According to the story, "Arikian is trying to become the second player from one of West Islip's two high schools, St. John the Baptist and West Islip, to capture this Heisman Trophy-esque award. In 2000, Chris Wingert, graduate of SJB won the award while playing for the St. John's Red Storm."
Recent UMass grads Mark DeSantis and Kat Liposky have been named assistant coaches at Emmanuel as announced by the school today. DeSantis, a former all-conference performer, will be an assistant coach for the men's soccer team, while Liposky will be an assistant coach for the women's lacrosse team.
The bar they're being measured against greets the University of Massachusetts safeties every time they walk into the stadium. Among the 20 UMass legends displayed on huge maroon banners on the University Drive side of McGuirk Stadium are three standout safeties - James Ihedigbo, Shannon James and Jeromy Miles.
Since the championship season of 1998, the Minutemen have always had either an All-American or a player who'd become an All-American at safety. Miles, who graduated in May, is the most recent addition to the UMass fieldhouse's wall of All-Americans where he joined recent safeties Ihedigbo, James, Anton McKenzie and Jeremy Robinson.
We have set up a Colonial Clash Central page here on UMassAthletics.com. It features all the stories, information and news you need to know about the big game vs. New Hampshire on Oct. 23 at Gillette Stadium.
Yahoo Sports has a story on "10 Under The Radar Rookies." Included is UMass product Victor Cruz. Here's what Yahoo had to say:
We're basing Cruz's presence here on one game, but what a game! Against the Jets and their excellent pass defense, Cruz made a definitive statement in his NFL debut, catching six balls for 145 yards and three (!) touchdowns. Cruz followed up with two catches for 30 against the Steelers, and we'llbe looking for more from this UMass product who signed with the G-men as an undrafted free agent. The next challenge for Cruz will be to get numbers like these against first-team defenses.
Also, the Bleacher Report has a column on the Giants and their game vs. Baltimore this weekend. In the story, it states: "I can't wait to see if Eli Manning can connect with victor Cruz this week,if he can i think the Ravens will be in big trouble."
There is also a fun poll: Who is more likely to become successful this year?
Tom Cruise, Victor Cruz, A new religion
UMass basketball coach Derek Kellogg will be a special guest at the New England Patriots preseason game vs. the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night at Gillette Stadium. He is expected to be interviewed on the television broadcast of the game from the sidelines. Look for Coach DK on the air!
Also, the game is a homecoming for a former UMass assistant coach coach. Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo is a native of Northbridge, Mass., and a graduate of Springfield College, where he was a wide receiver. Before heading to the NFL he coached at UMass, UConn and Maine, among other schools. He made his name in the NFL as defensive coordinator for the Eagles and was the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants when the Giants beat the Patriots, 17-14, in Super Bowl XLII.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on UMass' agreement with CBS 3 to carry games on its new CBS 3 Now digital TV station.
"It's cutting edge," UMass athletic director John McCutcheon said. "I think it gives us a great new vehicle to provide access to all of our sports to our fan base. We have to work hard to make sure the quality is there. We're pretty excited about the potential of this."
Former All-CAA fullback Chris Zardas, who recently graduated from UMass, was back on campus for the first time since graduation in May. Zardas spent two months with the Philadelphia Eagles in the Spring going through the team's minicamp and OTAs. He had a wonderful experience with the Eagles playing in the backfield with the likes of LeSean McCoy, Mike Bell, Leonard Weaver and Charles Scott. Zardas has continued to workout and is hopeful of catching on with another NFL team this season. He also might consider playing in the UFL. Look for a feature on Zardas on UMass Football Weekly on CBS 3 during the season.
Check out the Preseason FCS Coaches Poll, released on Monday. UMass received 24 votes and is listed ninth among "Others Receiving Votes."
Six UMass opponents in the 2010 season are in the poll including season-opening foe No. 4 William & Mary. Also ranked are No. 6 Richmond, No. 9 New Hampshire, No. 15 James Madison, No. 19 Delaware and No. 25 Holy Cross. Maine and Stony Brook are also receiving votes. Defending national champion Villanova comes in at No. 1, but the Wildcats are the only team UMass isn't playing in the CAA in 2010.
A year after playing alongside Victor Cruz at UMass, Jeremy Horne is gaining attention like Cruz with the Kansas City Chiefs. Horne played as part of the first-team offense with the Chiefs on Saturday. Read the following stories on Horne after the 20-15 loss to the Buccaneers.
"This guy's a young player that has a certain skill set that is unique at times," coach Todd Haley said. "That's what it is right now. He can run fast, do some of those things. We really don't know what we have there.
The Kansas City Star writes about how Horne made the most of his chance after catching a touchdown from Matt Cassel on Saturday.
The Kansas City Star mentions Horne could be the "surprise playmaker" for the Chiefs.
Arrowhead Pride wonders of Horne might be the deep threat the Chiefs have been missing.
More coverage on Victor Cruz with content about his time at UMass in the Berkshire Eagle. Howard Herman writes about Cruz and Holy Cross product Dominic Randolph.
"I was at UMass a long time and their system is pretty similar to the system they use here," Cruz said. "That helped me a lot, being in that slot position and learning how to run routes. UMass helped me a lot."
UMass product Jeremy Horne caught the Kansas City Chiefs' first touchdown of the night in their 20-15 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday. He hauled in a 6-yard pass from Matt Cassel in the first quarter.
In the Giants' 24-17 loss to the Steelers, Victor Cruz had two catches for 30 yards including a 20-yard grab. He also returned punts for the Giants. UMass' Brandon London didn't have a catch.
With the Jets, in a 9-3 win, James Ihedigbo had two tackles while Vladimir Ducasse played left guard for much of the second, third and fourth quarters against the Carolina Panthers.
In a game delayed by severe lightning, the Jacksonville Jaguars lost to the Miami Dolphins 27-26. Jeremy Cain snapped seven times on punts and kicks.
The Greenwich Time has a nice feature story on tennis alum Lauren MacKay. After working at Stanford last year, MacKay was named head coach at Endicott College for both the men's and women's teams earlier this summer.
"I definitely feel very fortunate because I'm young and this is a great opportunity," said the 23-year-old MacKay. "Being the head coach of both programs is a big deal.
"Guys are competing. It's been a little too up and down with some inconsistency," coach Kevin Morris said. "With kickers it's like golf, 10 percent physical and 90 percent mental. We're working on a lot of the mental right now. There's a lot of mental toughness you need. They can all kick. They all have strong legs. ... We're trying to find the right mix and make sure we're scoring on Saturday."
The fifth annual UMass Baseball Golf Tournament is set for Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, at the Ledges Golf Club in South Hadley. The cost is $150 per golfer, with proceeds to benefit the UMass Baseball Scholarship Fund. Click Here for more information and to download a PDF of the Registration form.
All the hard work in Worcester and Amherst is paying off for Igwenagu, a redshirt junior tight end who was named to the preseason first team in the Colonial Athletic Association based on his 23-catch season in 2009. Not only has Igwenagu been catching the football, but also the respect of everyone in the UMass program.
Here is another story on UMass football and the talented backfield featuring Central Mass natives John Griffin and Jonathan Hernandez. Read about them in the Sentinel and Enterprise. Oakmont Regional product Griffin will pair with junior Hernandez, a former Leominster High School star, to share the responsibilities of leading the Minutemen ground attack.
With his resume, John Griffin shouldn't have to prove himself to anyone, especially in the Colonial Athletic Association. But as the new University of Massachusetts senior tailback prepares for his final season, he's doing just that. Check out Matt Vautour's story on Griffin in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
Check out Jeff Thomas' story on UMass' connections with the NFL in the Springfield Republican. It includes the eight UMass alums on NFL rosters in preseason along with a mention of some current assistant coaches that played at UMass. Jeremy Cain is joined in Jacksonville by a pair of former UMass captains in Joe Cullen and Ben Albert. Cullen is the defensive line coach and Albert his assistant.
Check out the new banners that have been hung outside McGuirk Alumni Stadium. They are a wonderful graphic look to beautify the stadium while paying tribute to the rich football history. If you have a chance drive by and check the banners out. There are 10 banners including these two featuring Kerry Taylor, Jeromy Miles, Rene Ingoglia and James Ihedigbo.
Here's a quick update on some UMass alums that are performing well in NFL camps and garnering attention over the last two days -- aside from Victor Cruz.
The Kansas City Star says "Keep An Eye On" Jeremy Horne with the Chiefs. ''He's shown skill,'' coach Todd Haley said. ''He can run. He can get off the line. But with him, like a lot of these guys, it's going to be that other side of trying to be that other side of trying to become a talented football player."
Steel City Report mentions London and his long frame. "Leftwich also threw a high pass to 6-4 Brandon London that London went up to pluck out of the air in the back of the end zone. No one could've defensed."
In other news, with the New York Jets, Vladimir Ducasse was running with the first-team offensive line at left guard while the player he is battling with Matt Slauson played right guard at practice due to an injury to Nick Mangold. Read about it in the Star-Ledger.
Bill Bloxsom of the Stratford Star has a story on UMass softball player and Stratford native Christine Della Vecchia. The middle infielder is coming off her freshmen season for the Minutewomen and rebounded from knee and hand injuries to play for the Stratford Brakettes. She gives the UMass athletic training staff (led by softball athletic trainer Mike Welch) credit for getting her back on the field so fast after her knee surgery this spring. Della Vecchia will be looking to use her Brakettes experience to become an even bigger contributor for UMass this coming season.
Interesting summer reading on ESPN.com with a look at the Atlantic 10 and "Best Case/Worst Case" scenarios. Check out the info on UMass.
Best case: The heights of Minutemen past are still a ways off, but if UMass can make up for the loss of senior guard Ricky Harris with a pair of lanky sophomores (Terrell Vinson, Freddie Riley) and a couple of talented incoming recruits (guard Jesse Morgan, forward Maxie Esho), they should improve over last year's ugly 12-20 record.
Worst case: Harris was unquestionably the team's go-to player -- he ranked eighth in the nation in percentage of possessions used and 11th in percentage of his team's shots -- and unless fellow high-usage guard Anthony Gurley becomes much more efficient, the Minutemen are more likely to suffer another sub-standard season.
John Griffin and Jonathan Hernandez are expected to get the bulk of the carries for UMass this season, but don't sleep on Jamar Smith. Smith is a redshirt freshman. He switched his jersey to number 5 this season. His number at Binghamton high school. UMass running back great Steve Baylark and Marcel Shipp both wore number 5. Smith believes he can build on that tradition. Watch the video feature from NBC22.
Playing for the AAA Salt Lake Bees, Gorneault batted .435 (10-for-22) with three home runs, three doubles and 10
runs batted in last week, helping the Bees overtake Tacoma in the
Pacific Northern Division. The veteran outfielder finished the week
with a flourish, going 8-for-12 with three homers and nine RBI in three
weekend games, boosting his batting average from .196 to .221 in the
Check out this feature story on quarterback Kyle Havens in the Berkshire Eagle. "It's my second year in the offense. That's huge for me," he said. "Last year, I knew what I was doing on every play. Now I know what everyone's doing on every play. Coach [Kevin] Morris talks about 'owning the play,' and I feel like I'm really starting to get that."
Check out this story on UMass product Jeremy Horne on Arrowhead Addict. It mentions Horne is one of five Kansas City Chiefs earning his arrowhead. Here's the part on Horne.
Right about now you may be asking yourself who the heck Jeremy Horne is and wondering if he even caught a pass on Friday. Well, he is a WR and no, he didn't. But he should have had two catches for about 120 yards and 2 touchdowns. The speedster out of Massachusetts had two instances where he broke free of his coverage...like, really free. Think 5-7 yards in front of his man. Unfortunately on both occasions, Horne was over thrown by Kansas City QB's. If Peyton Manning is under center, Horne is a preseason star and diamond in the rough for the Chiefs.
I am not saying Horne is going to make the team but on a squad as thin at WR as the Chiefs, he has a pretty good shot. Todd Haley noticed Horne on Friday night and even mentioned him in his post game press conference. Not bad for a guy who had o catches for o yards. Horne apparently had a repeat performance in practice on Sunday when Brodie Croyle hit him in stride for a long TD.
Here is the segment from ESPN's Pardon the Interruption where they talk about Victor Cruz's night, giving him an A+ grad ... Bob Ryan goes out of his way to mention that Cruz is from the "University of Massachusetts!"
Here are a few more stories on Cruz from Tuesday afternoon.
Serino picked up a win in his most recent outing with Gulf Coast League Nationals, throwing 1.1 scoreless, hitless innings of relief against the GCL Astros. He is currently 2-2 on the season with a 2.70 ERA with 18 strikeouts and two walks in 16.2 innings pitched.
Leigh also earned a win in his last appearance for the Pulaski Mariners, an 8-5 victory over the Princeton Rays. He tossed three innings of relief and allowed just one hit, a solo home run, striking out two. Leigh is now 2-0 on the year with a 1.45 ERA with five walks and 18 strikeouts in 18.2 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting just .188 against him.
Clegg was interviewed by the Herald-Mail following the game: "I felt good," Clegg said. "The biggest thing was I was trying to get
back to how I was doing before I got hurt and I wanted to control my
emotions. I know I'm not going to be a strikeout pitcher. so it is important for me to have good defense behind me. I tried to
work fast to help them stay ready. I got a lot of ground balls off my
In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a story on quarterback Kyle Havens and his progress as the returning starting quarterback.
"This year I have a much better grasp on what everyone is doing. The bigger picture is a lot clearer. I feel like I improved considerably in the spring. All the hard work is really starting to pay off," said Havens.
After the Giants win, when greeted by the media corp Victor Cruz said, "You never go into a game thinking you're going to have three touchdowns. But I just want to work hard, and have worked hard all camp. I just wanted to come in and show what I could do on the main stage." He added, "It's definitely a surreal feeling to be on this podium talking to you guys," said Cruz. "Growing up watching the Giants, seeing that blue all my life -- I feel like I'm dreaming right now."
UMass product Victor Cruz had an amazing debut game with the New York Giants. His first catch came on a one-handed 64-yard TD grab from Jim Sorgi late in the third quarter. After a nice 21 yard grab showing his great hands once again, Cruz hauled in a 34-yarder from Sorgi to give the Giants a 24-16 lead in the fourth quarter. Cruz had 145 yards on his six catches for his hometown team in the first-ever game at the New Meadowlands Stadium.
Cruz was so popular that LeBron James tweeted @KingJames about Victor Cruz and "Victor Cruz" was listed among the top "trending items" on Twitter.
James wrote: KingJames - Victor Cruz going nuts on the Jets tonight on #MNF. Undrafted rookie from UMass. He's gonna have a job this year for sure
However this University of Massachusetts football season plays out, the Minutemen say they are in it together. "I know I can count on these guys, offense and defense, on and off the field,'' senior quarterback Kyle Havens said as UMass began its second week of practice. "They've got my back covered.''
Here are some stories on Jeromy Miles' big hit on Tim Tebow from last night's Bengals-Broncos preseason game. The play originally called a sack and fumble by Tebow was overturned by instant replay. But it is still getting attention with a constant roll on ESPN over the last 24 hours. Watch the play here on Bengals.com.
"It felt great," Miles told ESPN of hitting Tebow. "I think he was just locked into his receivers. He probably saw something out there and just never really looked or seen me coming, and I just ran through him."
In New York and its surrounding metro area, the game is a preseason
meeting between the region's two National Football League teams in a new
stadium. But in western Massachusetts, tonight's 8 p.m. game between
the Jets and Giants in the Meadowlands has added meaning.
game, which will air on ESPN, will feature three former University of
Massachusetts football players on the field as James Ihedigbo and
Vladimir Ducasse of the Jets will battle Victor Cruz, who is competing
for a spot on the Giants.
Former UMass star and NBA hopeful Gary Forbes scored 47 points in the Greater Hartford Pro-Am on Sunday. Forbes' team Club Palace Slamm lost 115-107 to the Doc Hurley All-Stars. Read a full recap in The Day from Connecticut.
The Eagle-Tribune announced its all-decade team in football and it featured former UMass player Kyle B. Harrington, who played in the early 2000s in Amherst.
The 2001 Eagle-Tribune Offensive MVP used his 6-3, 220-pound frame to trample overmatched defenders. Bench pressed 360 pounds. Carried 38 times for 187 yards and two TDs in 2001 Division 1 state title game win over Bishop Guertin. Had career marks of 3,082 yards and 46 TDs. Earned scholarship to UMass, where he was a two-year starting fullback despite numerous injuries.
The Dallas Morning News has a story on Texas Tech's new offensive coordinator -- former UMass football player Neal Brown. The 29-year old worked two years as offensive coordinator at Troy. During that time, he produced a 4,000-yard passer and a 1,000-yard rusher, along with the nation's third-ranked offense.
If you were watching NFL Network on Sunday night, UMass product Jeromy Miles made a huge play late in the Bengals' 33-24 win over the Denver Broncos. With 3:50 left in the fourth quarter on a safety blitz Miles rushed Tim Tebow, sacked him and forced a fumble which resulting in a Bengals' TD ... but instant replay overturned the play. It was ruled that Tebow was throwing the ball forward and it was called an incompletion.
In his blog on GazetteNet.com, Matt Vautour posts his All-Transfer Team for UMass football. Among the players on the team are current members Greg Niland, Nick Speller and Brandon Flanagan. It makes for a great read for die-hard UMass fans!
In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a nice feature story on the junior captain Emil Igwenague. He is listed as a tight end. When he plays tight end, he's one of the elite at that position in the Colonial Athletic Association and might be the best blocking receiving tight end at UMass since Kerry Taylor was an All-American tight end in the late 1990s. But listing the 6-foot-1, 240-pound Boylston native at just one position cuts off a hefty amount of what he does.
A pair of former UMass receivers played in NFL preseason games this weekend, but neither made a catch. In the Steelers' 23-7 win over the Lions, Brandon London made a tackle on special teams, but didn't have any catches. With the Kansas City Chiefs, Jeremy Horne was thrown to several times, but did haul in any passes as the Chiefs lost to Atlanta 20-10.
Over the weekend, there were several stories about the Maine Black Bears, the longtime rival on the gridiron of UMass. Many media members of have wondered if Maine might disband its program similar to Hofstra or Northeastern. But the Black Bears are committed to the CAA. Read about it in the Sun Journal and the Kennebec Journal. "I really was offended when I spent most of the time at the CAA meeting talking about the future of our football team rather than the upcoming season," Head coach Jack Cosgrove said.
Matt Slauson and Vladimir Ducasse are The Odd Couple of the Jets' offensive line. They're two big men from different parts of the world who have little in common, from their skin color to their paths to the NFL. Even communicating can be a challenge: The American-born Slauson speaks with a stutter, and English isn't the Haitian-born Ducasse's first language.
Check out the feature story from the Associated Press which ran in newspapers and on websites nationwide on Saturday.
2003 UMass alum Jeremy Cain looks to be on solid standing with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In last night's 28-27 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Cain snapped 12 times on punts and kicks for the Jaguars and also made a tackle on special teams.
Big day down at the Basketball Hall of Fame as the Enshrinements of the Class of 2010 is nearing ... UMass head coach Derek Kellogg along with sophomores Freddie Riley and Terrell Vinson are down at the Hall and have had the chance to see and meet the likes of 1992 Dream Team members Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Chris Mullin, Larry Bird, David Robinson and Scottie Pippen as well as "The Logo" Jerry West.
Here's a photo from @TerrellVinson, his twitter page.
Both the UMass men's and women's basketball teams along with Sam The Minuteman will be at Six Flags New England on Saturday as part of the park's Sports Spectacular. The teams and Sam will be on hand between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to meet and greet fans, sign autographs and take pictures. Its sure to be a fun time for one and all. Come out and join us!
According to a story in the Springfield Republican former UMass star and 2008 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Gary Forbes will be in fall training camp with the Toronto Raptors.
But prior to his NBA duties with the Raptors, he is going to play for the Springfield Slamm in the Greater Hartford Pro-Am in a playoff game on Friday night. Forbes is seeking a chance to play in the NBA after seeing action in the NBA summer league with the Houston Rockets and Los Angles Clippers.
Former UMass hurler Chad Paronto is mentioned in this ESPNBoston.com piece on PawSox teammate Jarrod Saltalamacchia who was just called up to the Red Sox and has the longest surname in Major League Baseball history.
Gordon Edes writes that, "Saltalamacchia learned about his call-up around 2:30 a.m., after the PawSox arrived by bus in Allentown, Pa., from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. For the ride, he wore a special sweater, acquired by Pawtucket pitcher Chad Paronto, awarded in the clubhouse to the player deemed the star of the game.
'It's a sweater he made, bought in a convenience store,' Saltalamacchia said, momentariliy abashed by the sweater's notoriety. "It says 'Meowy Christmas.' [PawSox pitcher] Rich Hill loves cats, but we decided to make it a team thing. The first night Rich Hill won it, which was good. Last night it was me. I was very excited, thrilled."
NBC22 has a feature on UMass product Victor Cruz, who continues to turn heads at New York Giants Camp. "Victor Cruz! What do we need anybody for? We've got Victor Cruz. How about the plays he made his morning, huh? I'm serious, he's made some outstanding plays. Yesterday, he was going by people out here", says Coach Tom Coughlin.
Many former UMass lacrosse players were together last weekend to play in the Lake Placid Classic. The team known as the Garber Gorillas finished in sixth place at the national event. The team was coach by UMass legend Jim McAleavey and featured former Minutemen Bobby Hayes, Brian Danvers, Sean Morris, Chris Doyle, Doc Schneider, Brennan Mack, Tim Balise, Joe Reale, Brian Jacovina, Kevin Wright, Evan Blum, Harold Drumm and assistant coach Kevin Burns. Alum Steve Chambers was also on hand for the event.
Former UMass wideout Victor Cruz had what was termed a "breakout performance" in practice on Wednesday morning at New York Giants training camp in Albany. The Paterson, N.J. native is taking advantage of some injuries to other receivers to be noticed. When asked about the injuries, Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin said, "Who needs anybody else? We've got Victor Cruz." The NY Daily News, the Newark Star-Ledger, Newsday, GiantsFootballBlog.com and the Springfield Republican all have stories on Cruz' big day.
In preparation of the UMass vs. New Hampshire football game at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 23, Sam The Minuteman took a trip to Patriots Training Camp and their home field, today. Here are some pictures of Sam in action. Check out his Facebook Page Photo Gallery.
The UMass basketball teams and coaches will be at the Basketball Hall of Fame on Wednesday as part of "UMass Day." The women's team will make and appearance to hold a clinic and meet-and-greet session at 11 a.m. The men's team will do the same at 1 p.m.
Come on out and meet your favorite Minutemen and Minutewomen on Wednesday.
In his latest update on UMass Football, Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette focuses in on the Minutemen's No. 5 in the backfield -- Jamar Smith. The last two tailbacks to wear No. 5 are All-Americans Steve Baylark and Marcel Shipp, who combined for 11,582 career yards. "All the tools are there. That's why he got the No. 5," UMass coach Kevin Morris said. "He's a guy that we think can make an impact."
Vautour also mentions the addition to Nick Speller and the brother combinations on the UMass roster.
The Springfield Republican, Garry Brown mentions: News item: Boston Cannons heading for Major League Lacrosse playoffs. With former UMass captain Jack Reid in their lineup. The Cannons are set for the postseason weekend on Aug. 21-22. The No. 1 seed Cannons play the Chesapeake Bayhawks in Annapolis.
Here's a look at the New Hampshire Wildcats in their football training camp. The long-time UMass rival will face the Minutemen at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 23. Here are stories from the Foster's Democrat and Seacoast Online.
The 2010 UMass Football Roster has been updated with five newcomers for training camp. The new Minutemen include redshirt sophomore transfer Nick Speller, who comes to UMass from Syracuse, who will compete for time on the offensive line. Sophomore James Lizotte comes to UMass from Holy Cross, but will have to sit out as a transfer from one FCS school to another. Three freshman are also in camp: offensive linemen Mike Kahale and Jeff Skoog along with linebacker Ryan Delaire.
As the leading returning receiver, junior Julian Tallley was his added duties on his shoulders this season. "I've learned a lot these past three years," Talley said after
Monday's first practice of the season. "It's all coming together. I'm
looking to be a guy everyone can count on. Not just me, the whole
receiving corps has to get it done. But I have to be the leader."
The Minutemen rose at 6:30 a.m., and are now finally getting their beds at 10 p.m., it was a long day of action for Kevin Morris' crew. Look back on the day with all of these links on UMass Athletics, including the Training Camp Central 2010.
The UMass Amherst Blog has posted a great story on Marcus Camby and his nearing induction to the UMass Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 10.
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In this column from the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Patch, former UMass cross country/track runner and Scotch Plains-Fanwood native, Walter J. Biner, writes about his experiences serving in Afghanistan with the United States Army. In this first installment, Biner introduces himself and provides background on his deployment. Definitely an interesting read!
With the signing of John Madden last Friday, competition is going to be fierce for a roster spot on the Minnesota Wild. A 37-year old, veteran two-way center, the signing of Madden means Casey Wellman will have to fight for a spot on the roster.
The Republican had a nice feature on UMass alum and local product Nick Gorneault over the weekend by freelancer David Driver. Gorneault, a member of the Anaheim Angels' minor league system, was recently recalled to the AAA Salt Lake Bees after a successful stint with the AA Arkansas Travelers. Last night, Gorneault was 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored in a 12-8 loss to New Orleans.
The UMass football team reported for training camp on Sunday and the first practice is set for Monday afternoon at 3:30 p.m., come on out to get your first glimpse of the Minutemen. The team will hold its annual bench press weightligting competition at 8 p.m., tonight, be sure to check UMassAthletics.com for all the latest info.
The Springfield Republican has a story on the weekend of action at the Basketball Hall of Fame with the World Basketball Festival and Hoops for Heroes at the Hall. Derek Kellogg took part in the event. Writer Jeff Thomas also mentions another UMass connection as part of the event: The Puerto Rican team enjoyed strong support from the fans and Ortiz expected nothing less from this area that produced two Puerto Rico National team members in Springfield's Edgar Padilla and Carmelo Travieso, the starting backcourt for the University of Massachusetts in the mid-1990s.
Looking ahead to the basketball season? The Worcester Telegram has a nice feature on new Holy Cross head coach Milan Brown and how he is using Crusader legends for advice. The Minutemen will host Holy Cross this season after playing in Worcester last season.
The first NFL preseason game takes place tonight as the Dallas Cowboys take on the Cincinnati Bengals in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. The game kicks off at 8 p.m, on NBC. Of course there will be many reasons to watch including Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco and Tony Romo. But, from the UMass perspective, look for 2009 All-American Jeromy Miles on defense for the Bengals, wearing No. 45. He has been getting a nice look in Cincinnati as a safety.
Jeremy Horne gets praise in Chiefs camp from Warpaint Illustrated: "I love the potential of Jeremy Horne from UMass. He made a great catch back of the end zone catch in the afternoon practice before crashing into the barrier."
The final weekend of action in Major League Lacrosse wrapped up on Saturday. The MLL Championship Weekend Semifinals are set with the following match-ups on Aug. 21: Chesapeake Bayhawks vs. Boston Cannons and Long Island Lizards vs. Denver Outlaws.
Here's a look at UMass' alums in the MLL after 12 weeks of regular-season action.
First-place Boston lost to the Bayhawks, 16-15 in an overtime thriller. Jack Reid played defense for the Cannons.
Long Island topped Toronto, 13-7 as Chris Fiore scored two goals and added an assist for the Lizards.
In the CFL, UMass alums Anton McKenzie and Keron Williams saw their BC Lions (1-5 overall) lose to the Calgary Stampeders, 27-22 on Saturday. McKenzie had two tackles while Williams had three tackles and a sack.
Former Minuteman Matt Torra took a shutout into the ninth and finished with eight hits and two runs, one earned, working 8.1 innings in the Reno Aces' 6-2 win over Nashville last night. He walked one and punched out two in a 106-pitch effort. The Reno Gazette Journal also has a recap of the game and mentions that Torra has pitched six complete games in his career and owns one of two in franchise history, which came against Las Vegas on July 1.
Another former UMass pitcher, Mitchell Clegg, also started yesterday, continuing his rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Nationals. In his longest outing since coming off the DL, Clegg threw four innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits with no walks and one strikeout vs. the Gulf Coast League Mets.
Check out this UMass notebook in the Daily Hampshire Gazette that is led off by swimming coach Bob Newcomb's involvement with the Pan-Mass Challenge this weekend in Cape Cod. Its an annual two-day ride-a-thon from Sturbridge to Provincetown that raises money for cancer research through the Jimmy Fund.
Check out a great new Photo Gallery of former UMass football players in the NFL. The gallery includes all eight UMass players in NFL camps this summer: Jeremy Cain (Jaguars), Victor Cruz (Giants), Vladimir Ducasse (Jets), Jeremy Horne (Chiefs), James Ihedigbo (Jets), Matt Lawrence (Ravens), Brandon London (Steelers) and Jeromy Miles (Bengals).
KTVN in Reno reports that Matt Torra will get the start on the mound tonight for the Reno Aces as they take on the Nashville Sounds at 10 p.m., Eastern. Listen to the game on Gameday Audio, offered through MiLB.com. Torra is 7-6 thus far this season with a 4.14 ERA.
Kim Burke, an assistant coach at UMass from 2001-03, has been announced as the new softball head coach at Ohio Northern University. The Ada Herald has a story on the hiring. UMass was 92-29 in her three seasons as an assistant under Elaine Sortino, including a Northeast Region Coaching Staff of the Year award in 2003. Burke was most recently an assistant at Kent State before being hired to lead the Polar Bears.
As I perform my morning duty of finding tidbits of news and notes for UMass fans, I stumbled upon this video of incoming hockey goalie Jeff Teglia. In it, he makes a ridiculous cross-crease diving save while on a penalty kill.
Former UMass defenseman Matt Irwin was also mentioned today in a news feature focusing on his offseason training as he prepares for the upcoming hockey season. Irwin signed with the San Jose Sharks last spring and is anticipated to be playing for the AHL Worcester Sharks in 2010-11.
Michael Russo has a nice mention of Casey Wellman in his Minnesota Wild blog on StarTribune.com. Russo points out the fact that aggressively going after Mike Modano sets the stage for Wellman to make the team again this year. He also states that Wellman has physically developed more since being with the club and that this move could allow him to make a bigger impact with the club.
UMass soccer goalie Chris Piekos pitched his 8th shutout of the season as his D-Y Celtic team defeated the Nauset Storm, 3-0, to reach the Cape Cod Amateur Soccer League Championship game on Sunday. D-Y Celtic will look to repeat after winning the championship in 2009. Men's soccer preseason camp at UMass is just under two weeks away.
The Record In New Jersey has a nice feature story on Victor Cruz. The fourth all-time leading receiver at UMass is a longshot to make the New York Giants, but he is giving it is all. Read this story to find out what Cruz' extra motivation is to make Big Blue.
Running back Matt Lawrence, who started training camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list due to a knee injury, was out on the practice field Wednesday carrying around a weighted football and eager to get back to playing again now that his knee is healing.
"It's pretty close," Lawrence said of his knee being ready to play. "You just have to [take] precautions. I feel pretty good and it's coming along well."
For a pair of Minutemen, Tom Conley and Eric Fredette, the summer league seasons came to a close last night as their respective teams dropped decisive game threes last night in the NECBL playoffs. The Keene Swamp Bats fell, 10-5, to the North Adams SteepleCats with Conley going 1-for-3 at the plate with a walk at DH before finishing the game behind the plate after an injury to the squad's starting catcher. Fredette had one of Bristol's three hits, batting 1-for-3, as Bristol Collegiate was was edged by the Danbury Westerners, 2-0. The lone UMass player still in action this summer, Aaron Zaleznik, has helped his team, the Elmira Pioneers, advance to the NYCBL Championship series against the Amsterdam Mohawks. Game one of the best-of-three championship series is slated for Friday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m.
Former UMass All-American water polo player Greg Trayer will be hosting the sixth annual Man-Up for Life charity water polo tournament next Saturday, Aug. 14. Trayer, a Pennsylvania state MVP and All-American water polo player at Gov. Mifflin, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2002 shortly after he finished his career at the University of Massachusetts. He went into remission a year later and, with the help of his family, has raised more than $88,000 to help find a cure for blood-related cancer.
Congrats to former UMass women's lacrosse standout Meghan Reddy who was named the assistant coach at New Hampshire on Tuesday. Reddy had spent the 2009-10 year as head coach of the Exeter Area High School girls varsity lacrosse team and also served as head coach of soccer and basketball at Timberlane Middle School. She is a native of Salem and still holds the single-season record at UMass for draw controls (77, 2009) and career draw controls (123). From 2006-09, Reddy played in 70 games scoring 87 points (64g, 23a). The UMass/UNH series is the longest in program history at 41 all-time meetings as the two teams have played every year since 1976.
Fun Fact: Reddy completes the hat trick of the 2009 senior class who became college lacrosse coaches. Jackie Rosenzweig is an assistant coach at C.W. Post taking the position after graduating from UMass. Holly Drown was named head coach at Saint Anslem College earlier this summer.
Jonathan Quick was recently back in the Nutmeg State where he and several other hockey athletes from the Fitness and Sports Training Center in Westport put on a clinic for kids at the Green Farms Academy. The students were "enthralled" to see his Olympic Silver Medal. The day was spent showing the students different aspects of working out for sports and talking about getting a good education to be successful off the ice. ""It's good to give back to the community and help kids that are less fortunate than us. The kids don't seem to have a hockey background but they seemed to enjoy what we did," said Quick.
Quick was also mentioned on NESN.com in a team preview for the upcoming year.
With most FBS schools starting football practice, two former UMass head football coaches are hard at work as coordinators at their schools: Don Brown at Maryland and Mark Whipple at Miami. Here are some stories with mentions of the former Minutemen leaders.
The Annapolis Capital mentions Brown's days at UMass, as the Terps are prepping for their first game against the triple-option of Navy. The Testudo Times also writes about Brown and his defense. The Bleacher Report talks about Whipple and fellow former UMass coach Mike Cassano, down in South Florida.
Check out this story in the New York Post for the latest on UMass alum Vladimir Ducasse, who is battling to start at left guard for the New York Jets. Here's Jets' All-Pro D'Brickashaw Ferguson's take on the competition with Matt Slauson.
"Vlad is a very strong young athlete, and his presence physically is more than people can handle," Ferguson said. "For Matt Slauson, he's been around a little bit longer, and he's had an opportunity to really adapt to the system here well, so he's a piece that fits. He's a guy that knows how to play the game."
Read Matt Vautour's feature story on Ian Shultis, a sophomore quarterback, who joins the Minutemen this fall to compete for the starting job. The story in the Daily Hampshire Gazette covers Shultis decision to come to UMass from Thousand Oaks, Calif., and a year at Moorpark College.
On Wednesday look for a video profile of Shultis, here on UMassAthletics.com.
Thanks to the Daily Hampshire Gazette blog, provided by George Miller. Here are the dates for the last decade of when the UMass men's basketball schedule was released. It has ranged from as early as Aug. 26 to as late as Sept. 22.
The Gloucester Times has a story on field hockey alum Katelyn Orlando being hired as an assistant coach. Orlando is a Mansfield, Mass. native and is already hard at work with head coach Justine Sowry and assistant coach Kelly Dostal preparing for preseason camp, beginning Aug. 11.
Mitchell Clegg continued his rehab assignment in the Gulf Coast League yesterday, coming out of the bullpen for the GCL Nationals against the GCL Astros. Clegg worked three scoreless innings, not allowing a run on two hits with two walks and one strikeout.
Rising-sophomore Aaron Zaleznik has been a big contributor to the Elmira Pioneers' success in the NYCBL this summer. The Pioneers won the regular season title in the West Division with a record of 27-15 and have continued to roll in the playoffs, making quick work of the Alfred Thunder in the divisional semifinals over the weekend. Elmira swept the three-game series, 2-0, and used a stellar outing by Zaleznik to take a 1-0 lead in their divisonal final series against Allegany County. Zaleznik threw seven innings of two-hit shutout ball and picked up the win over the Nitros, walking three and striking out four in the 10-0 victory. The UMass right-hander finished the regular season with a 4-3 record in seven starts and a 2.51 earned-run average in 43.0 innings on the mound, while boasting a NYCBL-leading opponent batting average of .192.
UMass sophomore Freddie Riley scored 30 points last night as the Springfield Slamm lost in Pro-Am Basketball, 125-118 to the Fairview All-Stars. Riley nailed four 3-pointers including three in a row in the first half. Fellow Minuteman Sampson Carter had 10 points and five rebounds. The Springfield Republican has a small story on the game.
With the soccer season just around the corner, keeper Chris Piekos continues his offseason training as part of the D-Y Celtic team in the Cape Cod Amateur Soccer League. Piekos has helped the team reach the 2nd round of the playoffs after Celtic won the regular-season title. In a little over a month, fans will be able to see Piekos and the Minutemen back on the pitch at Rudd Field.
In the Black & Gold Blog on HockeyJournal.com, Jonathan Quick and Jonathan Bernier are listed as several of the top NHL goalie tandems heading into the 2010-11 season. Of course, the blog feels the Bruins have the top pair of netminders. Fans can vote on the blog for which of the five pairs they feel is the best.
Former UMass standout Mark Matheson has signed with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL as announced by the club yesterday. Matheson played in 58 games with the Milwaukee Admirals last year posting 4 goals and 13 assists as a defenseman. This move re-unites him with fellow former Minuteman Matt Anderson who has been with the club since his playing days at UMass ended.
The Newark Star-Ledger reports that one Day 1 of Jets training camp, Matt Slauson and second-round pick Vladimir Ducasse each took reps with the first-team offensive line at left guard. Ryan said that rotation will continue so they can give each a fair shot -- but once the coaches identify the new starter, he will take the reins.
Natick Times has a nice feature on the Brandt and McCummings twins at UMass. In some ways, Tim Brandt is no different than any other person who has an identical twin. "When one of us is there, people often ask where the other is," said Tim, who has a twin brother Tom.
Led by several UMass players and alums, the Stratford Brakettes won the Women's Major Softball National Championship on Sunday by defeating the St. Louis Saints, 4-1. Jessica Serio had three hits and a RBI, Denise Denis collected two doubles, Christine Della Vecchia scored a run, and Carly Normandin made several key defensive plays in center field. The American Chronicle and The Stamford Advocate have coverage.
Also, The Stamford Advocate also has a story on the Brakettes, who have had financial difficulties as of late, have announced that the team will play in 2011.
Be sure to watch CBS3 Springfield's Valley Sports Replay tonight at 11:15 p.m., as UMass football head coach Kevin Morris will be a special guest alongside Ezra Broder. Morris will preview the start of training camp, which gets underway one week from today.
It all started with an email, as UMass could be welcoming its third 7-footer in program history in 2010-11. Scituate native Andrew McCarthy is attempting to walk-on with the Minutemen this season as a freshman after going largely unrecruited. Read Ron Chimelis' feature on the big man in the Springfield Republican.
Check out the Springfield Republican's story on the 2010 Hall of Fame Enshrinement ceremony set for next week. Springfield native and UMass head coach Derek Kellogg is excited his hometown can be the focal point of the sport. "It really is amazing, one, to have the Hall of Fame in our city, so close by, and to have the festivities they've been having," said Kellogg. "I hope people realize that no other city in the world has this, and I hope they take advantage of it."
In the BC Lions' 28-25 loss to the Edmonton Eskimos on Friday night, UMass alums Anton McKenzie (five) and Keron Williams (two) had strong games, combining for seven tackles. On the recap, you can vote for McKenzie for the game's "Prime Time Player." McKenzie didn't finish the game, due to a concussion according to The Province.
The teams are set for Major League Lacrosse's Championship Weekend and two former Minutemen will be a part of the four-team event. Both the Boston Cannons with Jack Reid and Long Island Lizards with Chris Fiore will be in action the weekend of Aug. 21-22.
Here's a look at Saturday's results and how UMass' alums performed.
In the Lizards 16-11 win over Toronto, Fiore had an assist. With Toronto, Jake Deane had three groundballs in his third game with the Nationals.
The Chicago Machine fell 20-12 to the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Both Brett Garber and Kevin Leveille scored goals and Diogo Godoi played on defense.
The Boston Cannons routed the Denver Outlaws, 16-5, as Reid had two groundballs.