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UMass One Of Nine Schools With Two Ranked Lax Teams

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UMass is one of nine schools in the nation to have ranked men's and women's lacrosse teams this week. The UMass men are No. 9 in both the USILA Coaches Poll and Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. The women are No. 19 in the deBeer Women's Media Poll.

The other schools to have ranked teams in both polls (using the USILA for the men) are

Virginia - No. 1 (tied) men, No. 10 women
Syracuse - No. 1 (tied) men, No. 12 women
Maryland - No. 3 men, No. 1 women
Notre Dame - No. 4 men, No. 13 women
Princeton  - No. 10 men, No. 17 women
North Carolina - No. 13, No. 3 women
Penn - No. 14 men, No. 8 women
Duke - No. 15 men, No. 6 women

Couture To Guest On Monday's Basketball Radio Show

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Join us at the Hangar Pub & Grille for the Bud Light UMass Basketball Show on Monday night at 7 p.m., Voice of the Minutemen Josh Maurer will be joined by coach Derek Kellogg and freshman Jordan Couture.


Listen to the show on 100.9 FM in Western Mass and 1510 AM in Eastern Mass.
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  • Ask Coach Kellogg A Question
  • Happy Birthday: Feb. 28 - Austin, Esho, Stoker

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    Best wishes for a great birthday on the final day of February to women's soccer player Kayla Austin, men's basketball freshman Maxie Esho and men's soccer junior Chris Stoker.

    Kayla Austin  Maxie Esho  Chris Stoker

    Recaps From UMass' Lax 11-9 Win Over Ohio State

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    Here are the recaps from UMass' 11-9 win over Ohio State, the Minutemen's second win over a ranked team in three contests in 2011.

    • Lacrosse Magazine: Ohio Native Tyler Helps UMass Top Ohio State
    • Springfield Republican: Minutemen lacrosse team defeats Ohio State
    • Inside Lacrosse: Swezey's Sunday Column
    • Inside Lacrosse: UMass 11, OSU 9

    Recaps Of Sunday's Loss At La Salle

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    Here are the recaps from Sunday's loss at La Salle.


    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutemen get 'outtoughed' by La Salle
    • Springfield Republican: UMass gets blasted by La Salle, 72-51
    • Boston Globe: No-show job by UMass
    • Worcester Telegram: Minutemen fall flat in Philly

    Game Previews For UMass Hoops At La Salle

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    Here are previews of UMass' game at La Salle on Sunday in Philadelphia.


    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Hometown next stop for Minuteman freshman Jesse Morgan
    • Daily Collegian: Defense decisive for Minutemen

    Congrats To John Calipari On His 500th Win

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    Kentucky's 76-68 win over Florida on Saturday marked the 500th collegiate-career victory for Kentucky Coach John Calipari. Calipari has a collegiate record of 500-151 (76.8 percentage). He was 191-73 at UMass from 1988-96.

    • UKAthletics: Miller's Career Night Downs No. 13 Florida (With Video of Calipari at UMass)

    Recaps Of Hockey's 4-3 Loss To #2 Boston College

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    Paul Dainton became the school's new career leader in saves and minutes played, but it was bittersweet as the UMass hockey team fell 4-3 to No. 2 Boston College last night at the Mullins Center. The two teams will rematch tonight at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill.


    NBC 22 Video:

    UMassAthletics.com Highlights:

    Hometown Next Stop For Minuteman Freshman Morgan

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    University of Massachusetts coach Derek Kellogg would like freshman Jesse Morgan to be more like Gary Correia than Lou Roe, when the Minutemen play La Salle Sunday. Find out why in the Daily Hampshire Gazette by reading Matt Vautour's story: Hometown next stop for Minuteman freshman Jesse Morgan.


    Previews Of #11 UMass Lacrosse Vs. #13 Ohio State

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    Here are previews about the #11 UMass vs #13 Ohio State men's lacrosse battle set for Saturday at Garber Field.

    • Inside Lacrosse: Quint Kessenich: What to Watch For, Feb. 25

    • ESPN.com: Hoyas look to upset rival Terps

    • Lacrosse Magazine: Ten to Watch: LM Calls Fives on the Hot Seat

    • Springfield Republican: UMass lacrosse team, ranked No. 11, faces challenge Saturday against Ohio State

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass men's lacrosse takes aim at another ranked foe

    • Daily Collegian: UMass prepares for Ohio State

    • Daily Collegian: Kell returns to form for Gorilla Lax

    Five UMass Birthdays On Feb. 25

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    Big day for the UMass birthday brigade with five birthdays on Feb. 25. Let's celebrate with 
    basketball senior Hashim Bailey, men's track junior  Andrew Erwin, men's lacrosse freshman goalie Reed Goodhue, men's track sophomore  Conor Megee and sophomore swimmer Tim O'Neill.

    Hashim Bailey  Andrew Erwin  Reed Goodhue  Conor Megee  Tim O'Neill

    Women's Lax At Siena Preview

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    The Daily Collegian takes a look at the UMass women's lacrosse team's upcoming game at Siena. The Minutewomen improved to 3-0 on the season as Katie Ferris scored with 5 seconds left on Wednesday to give UMass a 13-12 win at No. 18 Boston University.

    Sidebar On McMahon's Offense: McMahon brings fresh style of offense
    The spotlight is on Paul Dainton tonight as the UMass Hockey team hosts No. 2 Boston College tonight (7 PM) at the Mullins Center in the front end of a home-and-home series this weekend. Dainton needs just 19 saves to tie the program's all-time career record in that category. Also at stake for the Minutemen is keeping their playoff hopes alive as they enter the weekend tied for 7th place in the Hockey East standings with Vermont. Here are the previews for tonight and a nice feature on Dainton.

    Alum Jeremy Cain Re-Signs With Jaguars

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    The Jaguars signed long snapper and UMass alum Jeremy Cain to a new contract on Thursday. Cain was set to become a free agent once a knew collective bargaining agreement exists.

    Cain is the second potential free agent the Jaguars locked in for next season. On Wednesday the organization applied the franchise tag to tight end Marcedes Lewis. Since the tag is non-exclusive, Lewis can still negotiate with other teams, but another team would have to give the Jaguars two first-round draft picks to sign him.

    Cain has been with the Jaguars for two seasons after being claimed off waivers from Washington in 2009. He played in all 32 games in the past two seasons.

    This is Cain's fifth year in the NFL. He began his career as a rookie free agent whom Chicago signed in 2004.


    • Florida Times-Union: Jaguars re-sign long snapper Jeremy Cain
    • Victoria Advocate: Jaguars sign long-snapper Cain

    Sully's Court In Boston Globe Focuses On UMass

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    Sully's Court: UMass fans should be optimistic

    Posted by Joe Sullivan, Globe Staff February 24, 2011 12:04 PM

    Considering UMass: I saw UMass in person Wednesday night as they pummeled St. Joe's. A reasonable goal for this team is to get a home game for the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament, then win to advance to the quarterfinals in Atlantic City.

    The record is better than last season, there is improvement, but what about the future?

    I realize my observations come the day after UMass played well against a bad team but I think there's a reason for optimism. IT it revolves around four players, sophomores Javorn Farrell, Freddie Riley and Terrell Vinson and redshirt freshman Raphial Putney. Farrell has the makings of a excellent slashing scorer. Riley didn't play Wednesday night but he's a legit 3-point threat. Putney is really intriguing, a stick figure in basketball shorts who has 3-point range on his outside shot and long, long arms that can be used effectively at both ends of the court. I think he's got all sorts of potential. Vinson is a riddle. He has to become an assertive inside player and he can do it. Not sure he will though.

    The obvious question here: where will the guard play come from? The answer was sitting on the bench in 5-foot-9-inch point guard Chazz Williams. Williams played at Hofstra in 2009-2010 and was all-rookie in the CAA after averaging 7.1 ppg and 4.2 apg. He's actually just what the other four players need, someone who can facilitate.

    So I say, have hope, UMass fans. And how about showing up for the games? The Sign Man is getting lonely.

    Interesting reflection: UMass absolutely pounded St. Joe's on the glass, 45-24. The Hawks need some inside players. Sitting out right now is another Hofstra transfer, 6-8 forward Halil Kanacevic, who was also on the All-CAA rookie team after averaging 8.6 ppg and 7.6 rpg. Phil Martelli will be ecstatic to have a player who will attack the glass on the defensive end. Both players left Hofstra when Tom Pecora moved over to coach Fordham. Pecora, winless in the Atlantic 10, could have used both players at Rose Hill.


    Daily Collegian Previews Hoops At La Salle

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    Check out these previews of the UMass at La Salle basketball game on Sunday at 2 p.m.

    • Defense decisive for Minutemen

    Daily Collegian Previews Lacrosse Vs. Ohio State

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    #11 UMass men's lacrosse is ready to take on #13 Ohio State on Saturday at Garber Field. Here are two previews from the Daily Collegian.

    • Kell returns to form for Gorilla Lax
    113 UMass student-athletes have been named to the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll for the Fall 2010 semester, as announced by Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette McGlade on Wednesday. A total of 1,296 student-athletes throughout the A-10 were recognized for their excellence in the classroom during the fall semester. To be listed on the Commissioner's Honor Roll, a student-athlete in an Atlantic 10-sponsored sport must have a 3.5 GPA or better (on a 4.0 scale) during the specified semester.

    For a complete list of honorees, click here, or to read the complete release from the Atlantic 10, click here

    Dick Baker's MassLive.Com Hockey Blog

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    With this weekend's matchup with No. 2 Boston College fast approaching, Dick Baker has another entry in his UMass Hockey Blog, this time focusing on senior captain Paul Dainton, who needs just 19 saves to tie the all-time program record held by Brian Regan.

    Check out today's article by clicking here, or read previous entries here.

    Recaps Of The Hoop Win Over St. Joe's

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    Take a look back at the 69-51 win over Saint Joseph's with these articles.

    • Boston Globe: UMass puts it all together
    • Daily Collegian: Minutemen trounce Saint Joseph's
    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Gurley shakes slump to lead Minutemen
    • Worcester Telegram: Minutemen thrive with complete game

    Happy Birthday: Feb. 24 - Menozzi, Skrajewski

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    Happy Birthday on Feb. 24 to senior swimmer Jony Menozzi and sophomore men's soccer player Dominic Skrajewski.


    Jony Menozzi  Dominic Skrajewski








    UMass' Julius Erving Featured On AllHipHop.com

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    Check out this great Q&A feature on UMass alum and Basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving on All Hip Hop.com.

    On Friday, February 18, 2011, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons presented Julius Erving with Hennessy's Privilege Award. The award was created in 2003 and serves as recognition for outstanding individuals who give back to their communities through service, leadership or the arts. Just a few moments before the award ceremony, Julius Erving managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry - reflecting on the importance of service, the need for mentorship, and the dynamic relationship between basketball and hip-hop.

    Softball Round-Up From Last Weekend

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    The softball team went 2-3 last weekend in the season-opening FAU Kickoff Classic, making it to the tournament's championship game. Below are recaps from the weekend.

  • Minutewomen Fall To Michigan In FAU Kickoff Classic, Daily Collegian
  • Plourde Leads UMass In Season Opening Win, Hampshire Gazette
  • Softball Opens In Florida, Hampshire Gazette
  • In Case You Are Wondering, Plourde Can Still Pitch, Hampshire Gazette
  • Minutewomen Fall To Michigan In Kickoff Finals, UMassAthletics.com
  • Bettencourt's Blast Leads UMass Past FAU, UMassAthletics.com
  • Softball Falls To Michigan, 3-0, UMassAthletics.com
  • Softball Splits On Opening Day, UMassAthletics.com
  • Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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    Check out the latest entries posted from Dick Baker in his UMass Hockey blog on MassLive.com. The Mass Attack will take on No. 2 Boston College this weekend in a home-and-home set, beginning with Operation 8K on Friday at the Mullins Center.

    Game Previews Of UMass Hosting St. Joe's

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    Big game on tap at the Mullins Center on Wednesday as Saint Joseph's comes to Amherst for a 7 p.m., matchup. Here are all the previews.

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass, Saint Joseph's face must-win hoop game

    Happy Birthday: Feb. 23 - Claire Pettit, Shane Viveiros

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    On Feb. 23, we wish best birthday wishes to track & field/cross country runner Claire Pettit and defensive back Shane Viveiros

    Claire Pettit  Shane Viveiros

    Republican: Morgan, Putney Breathing Life Into UMass

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    Check out the Springfield Republican story by Ron Chimelis: Morgan and Putney are breathing new life into UMass basketball team.

    Morgan and Putney are offering new life to this roller-coaster ride of a University of Massachusetts men's basketball season. What they lack in experience, they are overcoming with their energy level, jarring a team that had seemed to be turning stale.

    "They are bringing a freshness with their play and demeanor,'' UMass coach Derek Kellogg said as the Minutemen got ready for Wednesday's home game against Saint Joseph's. "Their eyes are always on me, saying 'Put me in.' I like that.''

    Derek Kellogg On A-10 Quick 10

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    The thirteenth installment of the A-10 Quick 10 - a video feature where we sit down with the men's basketball coaches of the Atlantic 10 and ask the questions you always wanted to know, were afraid to ask or never thought of. A glimpse into the life of an A-10 coach...

    Get to know Massachusetts head coach Derek Kellogg:

    Braun Called Back Up To San Jose

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    The San Jose Sharks have recalled former UMass defenseman Justin Braun to the NHL. Braun was previously with San Jose earlier in the season, tallying one goal and eight assists in 15 games played. He scored his first NHL goal on December 2 against Ottawa. To read the complete release from San Jose, click here.

    This week San Jose will take on Detroit tonight, Pittsburgh tomorrow and Calgary on Friday.

    Eight UMass Rowers Compete At C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints

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    Eight members of the UMass women's rowing team competed in the C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints on Sunday at Agganis Arena in Boston. Five Minutewomen were entered in the Women's Openweight at the World Indoor Rowing Championships while three Massachusetts rowers, each of whom raced as part of the Lightweight 8+ that took home the gold at last season's Dad Vail Regatta, competed in the Women's Lightweight Open.

    Megan Donovan led all UMass rowers with a ninth place finish in lightweight competition, while Adrienne Breef-Pilz placed 31st amongst Women's Open competitors. To read the complete story and to view results, click here.

    Tuesday's UMass, A-10 Basketball News

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    Here are the stories about UMass basketball and the Atlantic 10 on Tuesday.

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Riley returns to practice for Minutemen
    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass hoop may play UConn again in Bahamas
    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: If the season ended today - Atlantic 10

    Happy Birthday: Feb. 23 - Tennis' Gabriella Jannotta

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    On Feb. 22 (2/22) with wish tennis junior Gabriella Jannotta Happy Birthday!

    Gabriella Jannotta

    Recaps Of UMass' 14-10 Win At Hartford

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    Two Gain Recognition From Lacrosse Magazine

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    Lacrosse Magazine lists both Art Kell and Will Manny among "Weekend's Best" Honorable Mention for their play in the Minutemen's 14-10 win at Hartford.
     

    Also, Lacrosse Magazine has a feature on this week's lacrosse opponent, Ohio State. OSU Coach Nick Myers is a product of Springfield College.

    A Division III All-American at Springfield College, a school with international recognition as a pioneer in physical education and that has produced several current college lacrosse coaches, Myers led the Pride to a 16-2 mark and NCAA tournament berth with 52 goals and 39 assists in 2001. He met Breschi through his younger brother, Pat, then an Ohio State standout.

    Lax Magazine also mentions: Ohio State's brutal, non-conference schedule continues Saturday at UMass. It will be the first-ever meeting between the Buckeyes and Minutemen, and Myers' first time trolling the sidelines at Garber Field, a notoriously difficult place to play for visitors. 

     "I grew up with a 'Garber Gorillas' t-shirt when I was a kid," Myers said. "My stepfather introduced me to Dick Garber. He's a legend in the game."

    Sean Carter, Morgan Guest On Monday's Basketball Radio

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    Today's UMass Basketball Show Guests will be junior center Sean Carter and freshman guard Jesse Morgan. Join us at the Hangar Pub & Grille, at 7 p.m., or listen on 100.9 FM WRNX.

    • Listen To Monday's Radio Show At 7 p.m.

    Republican Notebook: O'Brien's Magic

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    Checkout this notebook blurb about the men's track and field team from over the weekend. Dick Baker from The Springfield Republican highlights the career of Ken O'Brien, and the success of his squad through the 2011 season.

     

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    Over the weekend the Minutemen crowned four A-10 Champions.

    Happy Birthday: Feb. 21 - Lacrosse's Ben Fitzer

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    Happy Birthday to men's lacrosse sophomore Ben Fitzer on Feb. 21.

    Ben Fitzer

    Recaps From the 66-60 Win At URI

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    Previews Of Saturday's Hoop Game At URI

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    Here are the previews of Saturday's 2 p.m., showdown at the Ryan Center

    • Providence Journal: MEN: UMass at URI
    • Daily Collegian: Rivalry with URI gets tense

    Matt Hill Awaits Call Of Fatherhood

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    Matt Hill is good at waiting. The junior big man for the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team has had plenty of experience. He waited through much of his sophomore year as he battled through rehabilitating his second torn Achilles tendon. He's spent many a game waiting on the Minuteman bench, wondering if coach Derek Kellogg was going to summon him to enter the game. But this is different. Hill's girlfriend Courtney is pregnant with their first child, a son, and is due today. 

    Read the full feature by Matt Vautour in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

    Men's Lax Previews From Daily Collegian

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    On Saturday at Al-Marzook Field in West Hartford, Conn., there will be two undefeated records on the line when the No. 16 Massachusetts men's lacrosse team takes on Hartford.

    The Minutemen enter into this weekend's affair with two undefeated records in their hands, the first being their season record of 1-0, which featured an 8-5 win against No. 12 Army, and the other being an 8-0 undefeated streak against the Hawks.

    Check out the stories from the Daily Collegian:

    • Minutemen go for 2nd straight win

    • Defensive unit on display for UMass

    Happy Birthday: Feb. 18 - Joe Doyle

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    Happy Birthday to men's track runner Joe Doyle on Feb. 18.

    Joe Doyle

    Daily Collegian Previews Of Saturday's URI Game

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    Here are stories from the Daily Collegian as UMass basketball seeks a season sweep against Rhode Island on Saturday at the Ryan Center.

    Recaps Of UMass' Loss To Duquesne

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    Here are the stories from the media about the Minutemen's 81-63 loss to Duquesne on Wednesday night.

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: With playing time, Morgan delivers for UMass
    • Boston Herald: Poor start KOs UMass
    • Worcester Telegram: Reeling UMass drubbed by Duquesne
    • Daily Collegian: Freshman Morgan shines in UM loss
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Duquesne wins at Massachusetts, 81-63
    • WWLP NBC22: Dukes down UMass, 81-63

    Stories On Dudzinski Heading To Maryland

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    Here are various media stories on UMass defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski heading to Maryland to become the Terps' inside linebackers coach.

    • Washington Post: Quick Fix

    Daily Collegian Previews 2011 Women's Lacrosse Season

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    The Daily Collegian ran its UMass lacrosse season preview edition today with several previews, sidebars and video interviews feature the women's team.

    Minutewomen return after championship season
    Women's lacrosse just as good as men
    Minutewomen return 10 starters for 2011
    McMahon becomes head coach
    Women's Lacrosse 2011 Schedule Google Map

    2011 UMass Women's Lacrosse Preview from Daily Collegian on Vimeo.

    Daily Collegian's Lacrosse Preview

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    Check out the Daily Collegian's 2011 UMass Lacrosse Preview. There are many stories on both the men's and women's teams.

    Men's Lacrosse Stories

    Women's Lacrosse Stories

    Wednesday's Football Preview & Sports Luncheon On Tap

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    There are two events today for UMass fans prior to the game action this afternoon. At 11:30 a.m., the UMass Football Preview Luncheon takes place in Boston at the UMas Club.

    At 12:15 p.m., the UMass Sports Luncheon happens at the Campus Center Room 1009. Athletes of the Week Tom Celentani and Jake Smith of the lacrosse team will be honored. The guest speakers will be men's swimming coach Rudd Yarworth, softball coach Elaine Sortino as well as assistant coaches from the men's and women's basketball staffs. To attend the event in Campus Center's Room 1009, please call 1-413-545-4930.

    Happy Birthday: Feb. 16 - Riley Perry

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    Happy Birthday to women's lacrosse defender Riley Perry on Feb. 16. The season opens on her birthday at Holy Cross today.

    Riley Perry

    Previews Of UMass-Duquesne On Wednesday Night

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    Here are the stories leading into Wednesday's game A-10 game for UMass, against Duquesne  at the Mullins Center. Both teams are looking to end losing streaks: UMass, three in a row and the Dukes, two in a row after an 8-0 A-10 start.

    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Duquesne's Clark picks up teammates

    Happy Birthday: Feb. 15 - Julian Colarusso

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    Happy Birthday on Feb. 15 to football receiver Julian Colarusso.

    Julian Colarusso

    Forbes Scores 7 Points In Nuggets Loss

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    UMass alum Gary Forbes had a good night with the Denver Nuggets scoring seven points, making 2-of-3 from the floor in 19 minutes. Check out this photo of Forbes defending Shane Battier of the Rockets in the 121-102 defeat for Denver. 

    Tuesday's UMass Basketball News

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    Lots of stories on the basketball front on Tuesday including injury updates on both Sean Carter (elbow) and Freddie Riley (foot/ankle) read about in these stories.

    Jets Moved Ducasse To Right Tackle

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    According to ESPN New York, the Jets have moved UMass alum Vladimir Ducasse to right guard.

    The NFL off-season is filled with uncertainty, but one thing we do know: Though they haven't made any public announcements, the Jets have decided to move second-year offensive linemanVladimir Ducasse to right tackle. That, of course, could impact the future of incumbentDamien Woody

    Ducasse, a second-round pick from UMass, played in only two games as a rookie, mop-up appearances. The organization talked him up after the draft, claiming he would battle Matt Slauson for the starting job at left guard. Ducasse, overwhelmed by the position change (he was a left tackle in college) and the speed of the NFL, never mounted a serious challenge. He was inactive for 11 games. 

    At 6-5, 325, Ducasse has the size to play right tackle. The question is whether he has enough agility to hold up in pass protection. Because of his raw power, he has the potential to be a terrific strong-side run blocker. 

    BC Announces 2011 Football Schedule, Including UMass

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    Boston College announced its 2011 football schedule, which includes a date with UMass on Sept. 24 at Alumni Stadium. There is no timetable for the official release of the full 2011 UMass football slate. 

    2011 Boston College Football Schedule

    Sept. 3 Northwestern

    Sept. 10 at UCF

    Sept. 17 Duke

    Sept. 24 Massachusetts

    Oct. 1 Wake Forest

    Oct. 8 at Clemson

    Oct. 22 at Virginia Tech

    Oct. 29 at Maryland

    Nov. 3 Florida State (Thursday, ESPN, 8 p.m.)

    Nov. 12 NC State

    Nov. 19 at Notre Dame

    Nov. 26 at Miami 

    Injury Updates On Sean Carter, Freddie Riley

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    On the UMass Basketball Radio Show, head coach Derek Kellogg gave an update on the injury statuses of Sean Carter and Freddie Riley. Carter is nursing a hyper-extended elbow and Riley is hurting with a right foot/ankle swelling.

    Both players are "questionable to out" according to coach.

    The Daily Hampshire Gazette has this update while the Springfield Republican has this report.

    You can also listen to Kellogg on the weekly Atlantic 10 teleconference for some more info on Riley.

    Happy Birthday: Feb. 14 - Chad Hunte, Alex Reinhard

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    Happy Valentine's Birthdays to sophomore football Chad Hunte and junior defenseman Alex Reinhard.

    Chad Hunte  Alex Reinhard

    Recaps Of #16 UMass Lacrosse Topping #12 Army

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    Check out these media recaps of the UMass 8-5 win over Army to open the 2011 season on Saturday.

    • Springfield Republican: UMass beats Army 8-5 in men's lacrosse

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass lax beats No. 12 Army in season opener

    • Daily Collegian: UMass upset Black Knights Saturday at Garber

    • LaxPower: #16 UMass Opens with an Upset of #12 Army

    • Inside Lacrosse: Sunday lacrosse brunch mentions UMass

    • Inside Lacrosse: Game Blog - UMass 8-5 Win.

    • Annapolis Capital: College Lacrosse Roundup

    • MetroWNY.com: Army falls to UMass in lacrosse opener

    Look Back At UMass' 59-51 Hoop Loss To GW

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    Swimming Signee Honored By Kansas City Star

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    UMass men's swimming signee Michael Glenn was honored last week by being named the Kansas City Star High School Athlete of the Week. The Blue Valley West High School senior set two pool records at the Kansas City boys swimming and diving championships, winning the 200 IM in 1:54.45 and the 500 free in 4:43.68.

    UMass-GW Game Previews

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    Check out these articles previewing the UMass-GW basketball game on Sunday.

    • Springfield Republican: UMass basketball team hopes to erase the taste of a bad road trip

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass hopes to start win streak against Colonials

    • Daily Collegian: Colonials March into Amherst for Leaman Legacy Game

    • Daily Collegian: Denying opponent's shots from beyond the arc key for UM

    Happy Birthday: Feb. 12 - Hart, Montgomery

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    Happy Birthday on Feb. 12 to junior baseball pitcher Ben Hart and sophomore women's hoopster Dee Montgomery.


    Ben Hart  Dee Montgomery

    UMass-Army Lacrosse Previews

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    Check out mentions and stories on the UMass vs. Army men's lacrosse season opener on Saturday at 1 p.m. The game pits the 12th-ranked Black Knights vs. the the No. 16 Minutemen.

    Bristol Press: Plourde One To Watch

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    Paul Angilly of the of Bristol Press in Connecticut has a story on softball pitcher Sara Plourde as she prepares for the 2011 season that begins on Feb. 18 in Boca Raton, Fla. The story points out how Plourde was named to the National Player of the Year Watch List, is fully recovered from a hip injury suffered at the end of last season, and will be joined by two freshmen additions to the pitching staff. Angilly also points out that fellow Bristol native Audrey Boutin goes into her senior season as a leading candidate to help lead the Minutewomen's offensive attack.

    Happy Birthday: Feb. 11 - Ke'Mon Bailey, Kelly Robinson

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    Best wishes for a great birthday on Feb. 11 to football senior Ke'Mon Bailey and women's basketball freshman Kelly Robinson.


    Ke'Mon Bailey  Kelly Robinson








    Previews For Hockey Weekend Vs. BU/Providence

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    The home weekend for the UMass hockey team gets started tonight at the Mullins Center as No. 14 Boston University pays a visit for Bright Out Night. The game will start at 7:40 PM and will be televised live nationally on CBS College Sports in High Definition. A special live pregame show will begin at 7:30 PM from the Mullins Center. Tomorrow night, UMass will host Providence in a key game that could have playoff implications.

    Happy Birthday: Feb. 10 - Christine Della Vecchia

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    Happy Birthday on Feb. 10 to softball's Christine Della Vecchia

    Christine Della Vecchia

    Gazette: Feature On Riley's Inspiring Inscriptions

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    Shoes are more than just athletic footwear in basketball culture. They're fashion statements, status symbols and collectors' items. For professional players, getting a signature shoe separates the elite players from the rest.

    UMass sophomore Freddie Riley has two pairs of white shoes that he wears only in games, with similar phrases on both. They serve as a tribute, a memorial to people he cares about living and dead, and a window into a difficult past he's trying to put behind him.

    Read Matt Vautour's story on Riley and the inscriptions on his shoes in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

    Horne Back On UMass Campus; Featured In Q&A

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    Wide receiver Jeremy Horne is back on campus at UMass after playing the 2010 season with the Kansas City Chiefs. He played three games during the regular-season on special teams and spend the remainder of the year on the practice squad. He is finishing up a class to receive his degree from UMass. 

    He caught up with Alana Friedberg of UMass Her Campus for a Question & Answer session.

    ESPN.com softball expert Graham Hays named UMass as his sleeper to reach the NCAA Super Regionals in his softball blog.

    Hays says, "With Plourde (1.30 ERA, 556 strikeouts) healthy, the lineup should have time to find its rhythm on the road to the NCAA tournament."

    Hays went on to name fellow A-10 school Fordham as a sleeper to reach the Women's College World Series, and Missouri as a sleeper to win the National Championship.

    Doug Clark Helps Mexico Win Caribbean Series Title

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    Former Minuteman Doug Clark has been playing in Mexico this winter and helped the Yaquis club to its first Caribbean Series title on Monday beating Venezuela 3-0, capping off a 4-2 series record.

    Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic play each year for the Caribbean Series championship.

    Clark, who is currently affiliated with the Kansas City Royals batted .250 with six hits in 24 at bats in the six-game series.

    Read more on MassLive.com

    Camby Nearing Return For Blazers

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    UMass Hall of Famer Marcus Camby is closing in on a return to the court with the Portland Trail Blazers. He has been out since having surgery on his right knee on Jan. 20. Read about on these various websites.

    • USA Today: Trail Blazers Update

    Stories On Football's Final NLI Signee

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    The University of Massachusetts football program will hope that Elgin Long is faster than the mail. Snow in Texas last week slowed the journey of the National Letter of Intent from UMass to Long, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound wide receiver from Arlington, Texas, and back to UMass. But it arrived Tuesday, completing the Minutemen's recruiting class.

    Read about it in the:

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass football adds one more recruit

    • Springfield Republican: UMass football team adds Texas high school receiver Elgin Long

    Daily Collegian: Kellogg Asks For Fans To Return

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    All season long, the Massachusetts men's basketball team's coach Derek Kellogg has called for fans to pile into the Mullins Center to watch his team perform.

    "I'm hoping that the students we're striving for have some school pride," Kellogg said. "That they come because they go to UMass, because we're their basketball team, and you know what, there's not much else to do on a Sunday."

    Read the full story in the Daily Collegian.

    Coach Sharon Dawley's Father David Dawley Passes Away

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    The father of UMass women's basketball coach Sharon Dawley passed away on Monday, Feb. 7. Here is the obituary with service information.

    David "Gramps" Dawley of Revere on February 7th. Beloved husband of Ginger (Murphy). Devoted father of Kathleen Dawley and her husband Peter Smokowski of Sudbury, Brian and his wife Mary Ellen of Revere and Sharon Dawley of Amherst. Loving grandfather of David, Patrick and Daniel Dawley all of Revere. Dear brother of James Dawley of Revere and Peter Dawley of Saugus. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home 128 Revere St Revere on Friday February 11th at 9:30 am. Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church at 10:30 am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be Thursday 4-8 pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Friends of Camp Fatima Trust Fund PO Box 206 Gilmanton Iron Works NH 03837. Late member Knights of Columbus Council 179. David was an avid fan of sports particularly women's collegiate Basket Ball. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery.

    Collegian: Track Athletes Excel At Giegengack Invite

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    Checkout Scott Cournoyer's recap of the Giegengack Invitational. The Daily Collegian recaps the two-day event in which both the men and women had a series of strong performances.

     

    "Overall, I was very pleased with the way our team performed, we had some more guys qualify for New England and IC4A events and that's important when thinking about going even further, said coach Ken O'Brien."

    Daily Collegian Story On Lacrosse Scrimmage Vs. Siena

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    The Daily Collegian has a story on the men's lacrosse team's final scrimmage against Siena last Saturday at Garber Field.

    Stories On Football Adding Two Signees

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    The University of Massachusetts football team added two more recruits on Monday. Andre Hill, a junior college wide receiver from Carson, Calif., and Kyle Morgan, a defensive lineman from Milford, are the latest additions, bringing the class to 24, including the five midyear additions. Read about it in the 


    • Worcester Telegram: Milford's Morgan is headed to UMass

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass adds two more football recruits

    Happy Birthday: Feb. 8 - Steve D'Amario, Ashley Hamel

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    Happy Birthday on Feb. 8 to junior men's lacrosse attacker Steve D'Amario and senior midfielder Ashley Hamel.

    Steve D'Amario  Ashley Hamel

    Kellogg On Weekly A-10 Teleconference

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    Listen back to Coach Derek Kellogg's weekly Atlantic 10 conference. You can also listen to the other coaches of the A-10 to hear their thoughts on their teams.


  • Atlantic 10 Conference Call

  • Rowing Mentioned In Latest Atlantic 10 Feature

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    The Atlantic 10 is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, and will be highlighted the conference's memorable moments throughout 2011. In Feature #11, the UMass Rowing team is mentioned for it's dominance of the A-10 after capturing their 12th straight conference crown.

    "The Massachusetts women's rowing program has also grabbed the attention of many in the A-10. The Minutewomen, under the tutelage of legendary coach Jim Dietz, won its 12th straight Atlantic 10 Championship in 2007 -- the most consecutive A-10 crowns won by any team, in any sport. Dietz, who is in his 17th season at the helm, has guided his teams to 54 Atlantic 10 gold medals in 14 league championship events. He has been honored as the A-10 Coach of the Year seven times."

    Tennis Blasts NJIT In Spring Home Opener, 6-1

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    The UMass tennis team played its first home match of the spring semester on Sunday, defeating NJIT in dominating fashion, 6-1. The Minutewomen won two out of three doubles matches to take the doubles point before winning five out of the six singles matches.

    Examiner Story On Football Signing Day

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    The Examiner.com has a story on UMass football signing day.

    This year the announced UMass recruiting class features 22 players, 17 true freshman and five mid year additions. The recruiting class is very offensively heavy with 16 of the 22 players coming from that side of the ball. Five players are listed as playing defense while kicker Andrew Ortiz out of The King's Academy in West Palm Beach, Fla. is the loan special teams player.


    Herald: Hoops Beanpot Idea Stirring

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    The Boston Herald has a story on the idea of playing a Basketball Beanpot.

    Tonight and next Monday, college hockey will take center stage on the Boston sports scene. Alumni and fans of Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern and Harvard will pack into the Garden as the schools battle for city bragging rights in the Beanpot.

    It's a great tradition that leads to a simple question: Why doesn't basketball have a similar event?

    "I think in the state of Massachusetts you have to do some untraditional stuff just to keep the fans interested and give them kind of a special day," UMass coach Derek Kellogg said. "Massachusetts is such a strong professional sports state that you have to keep people's interest by doing some different things on the college level."

    Recaps From The UMass Loss At St. Joe's

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    Here are the recaps from UMass' 67-64 loss at Saint Joseph's on Saturday.

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Minutemen fall at Saint Joseph's

    • Springfield Republican: Minutemen fall to lowly Hawks, 67-64

    • Boston Globe: UMass rally falls short

    • Worcester Telegram: Rattling loss for UMass on road

    • Daily Collegian: Hawks soar past Minutemen Saturday, 67-64

    • WWLP NBC22: St. Joseph's nips UMass, 67-64

    • Fox News: St. Joseph's ends losing streak, beats UMass 67-64

    • Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia: NCAAB Wrap: Penn falls to Harvard in double OT

    On frozen ponds, the old made new

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    The Boston Globe has a nice piece on Scott Crowder and his Pond Hockey Classic. The feature includes some of Mother Nature's hurdles that Crowder has had to overcome to make the seasonal tournament come true.



    Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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    Frozen treat: Pond hockey thriving in N.H., Maine

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    The SeaCoastOnline has a nice feature on the resurgence of Pond Hockey in New England with a mention of UMass hockey alum Scott Crowder and his Pond Hockey Classic.

    The hockey team fell twice this weekend at No. 1 Boston College and at No. 12 Merrimack. Despite dropping the two games, UMass remains in 7th place in the Hockey East standings. Here are the recaps from those tough losses.

    Daily Hampshire Gazette: Eagles blank UMass hockey
    Boston Herald: Eagles stuff Minutemen

    Reid, Zywicki Updates From The NLL

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    Here's a look at UMass alums in the National Lacrosse League.

    Jack Reid has played in seven games with the Boston Blazers and has 17 loose balls.

    Jeff Zywicki continues to be on the injured list with the Washington Stealth. He played in the season opener and had three goals and two assists before suffering a lower body injury.

    The Herald in Everett reports: the 2005 UMass alum is "ahead of schedule" and could potentially come off the injured reserve on Feb. 23 with the team looking at a March 5 return date as more possible.

    Checking In On Tony Gaffney In The D-League

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    UMass alum Tony Gaffney has been playing better with the Utah Flash in his last few games. 

    He posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds on Friday against Tulsa. On Saturday he has eight points and six rebounds at Iowa on Saturday.

    For the year, Gaffney is averaging 7.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 52.6 from the floor in 13 D-League games.



    Happy Birthday: Feb. 5 - Muka, Negm, Prince, Sullivan

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    A quartet of UMass student-athlete birthdays on Feb. 5. Celebrating today are women's soccer junior Natalie Muka, men's soccer freshman Nigel Negm, field hockey freshman Hannah Prince and swimming junior Liz Sullivan.

    Natalie Muka  Nigel Negm  Hannah Prince  Liz Sullivan

    Saturday Stories Before UMass At St. Joe's Hoop Game

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    Here are stories on Saturday about UMass' finale of a two-game road trip as the MInutemen face Saint Joseph's at Hawk Hill.

    Former UMass Coach Brown Moves To UConn

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    Former UMass football head coach Don Brown (2004-08) has been hired as the defensive coordinator at UConn on Friday. It comes a month after he was retained as the defensive coordinator at Maryland after former UConn head coach Randy Edsall was named the Terps' new head coach. Brown made the move to be closer to his family, which still lives in New England.

    • Waterbury Republican-American: UConn hires Maryland defensive coordinator
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    Check out the preview of Saturday's game vs. Charlotte by Michael Counos of the Daily Collegian. The contest is set of 2 p.m. in the Mullins Center and will feature the program's annual Pink Zone Day event, which helps raise breast cancer awareness.

    Also in today's Collegian, David Martin has this nice sidebar on Cerie Mosgrove's contributions to the Minutewomen squad this season.

    Men's Lax Scrimmage Moved To 10 a.m.

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    Due to the impending weather expected in Amherst, the UMass-Siena men's lacrosse scrimmage slated for Saturday has been moved to 10 a.m. at Garber Field. 

    Spieler Throwing His weight Around

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    Checkout this article from The Sun Chronicle  about UMass thrower Kevin Spieler. The senior competitor already has qualified for the New England Championships in the weight throw.

    "Former Attleboro High Bombardier Kevin Spieler, a senior with the UMass-Amherst track team, had himself quite a meet at the Reebok Invitational at the Reggie Lewis Center last weekend" writes Peter Gobis.

    Liam Coen Named QB Coach At Rhode Island

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    All-time passing leader Liam Coen was named the Quarterbacks Coach at the University of Rhode Island. Read about it in the South County Independent.

    Coen comes to URI after a single season at Brown University, where he served as the Bears' quarterbacks coach. The former La Salle Academy star and four-year standout at UMass will fill the same position with the Rams, bringing with him a résumé that includes the six school records that he set with the Minutemen and a single season with the Alabama Vipers of the Arena Football League.

    Daily Collegian Previews Hoops At St. Joe's

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    The Daily Collegian has a pair of previews of the UMass at Saint Joseph's basketball game slated for Saturday night at 7 p.m.

    Basketball News, Riley Not Suspended For Saturday

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    The Atlantic 10 has ruled that Freddie Riley will not be suspended for Saturday's game at Saint Joseph's as originally thought. The A-10 said that because the flagrant foul was not with a closed fist or with a fight, Riley will not be suspended.

    Prior to the ruling, the Daily Hampshire Gazette had this story on the situation.

    Happy Birthday: Feb. 4 - Rower Beth Paret

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    Wishing a great day to junior rower Beth Paret, who turns 21 today on Feb. 4. 

    Beth Paret

    Hockey Previews For Boston College, Merrimack Weekend

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    The Minutemen will head to Chestnut Hill tonight to take on No. 1 Boston College before going over to No. 12 Merrimack on Saturday night. Here are the previews to get your up-to-speed on the weekend.

    Recaps Of UMass' Hoop Loss At SLU

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    Here are the news stories on the loss:

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Billikens bury UMass behind barrage of 3-pointers in St. Louis
    • Daily Collegian: Billikens rain 3's on Minutemen
    • St. Louis Post Dispatch: SLU defeats UMass
    • Boston Herald: UMass loses in St. Louis
    • Boston Globe: UMass bored to death

    Stories On UMass Football Signings

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    Here are the news stories from across the nation about UMass' football signings

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Quarterback among 17 signees for UMass football
    • Boston Herald: Thinking big, UMass bulks up

    Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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    In today's blog on MassLive.com, Dick Baker takes a look at Chase Langeraap, who is in the midst of his best season as a Minuteman, and UMass' all-time and recent records against Boston College and Merrimack.

    Stage set for Crowder's Pond Hockey Classic

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    The New England Pond Hockey Classic returns to the ice on the Meredith Bay section of Lake Winnipesaukee this weekend, and it's bigger and better.

    After an inaugural event that landed founder Scott Crowder and his crew the Lakes Region Association's prestigious Tourism Award, the event is back with more action on the ice and even more fun for the entire family. It will feature over 150 teams (over 1,000 participants) competing on 14 rinks over three days for the coveted Lake WinnipeHockey Cup, but it doesn't end there as the weekend will feature skills competitions, balloon and helicopter rides. 

    "We've been working hard," said Crowder, who played college hockey at UMass and is the son of former UNH and Boston Bruins player Bruce Crowder. "We're pumped. The big dance is coming. We're ready. The town is ready. The team is ready. It's exciting.

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    Best wishes for a great day on Feb. 2 to field hockey's Makaela Potts and rowing's Chelsea Wakeham.


    Makaela Potts  Chelsea Wakeham

    Women's Basketball Game Still On, Admission Free

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    The UMass campus is closed, but the women's basketball game slated for tonight at 7 p.m. against Duquesne is still slated to be played as scheduled. Doors will be open for free admission for all of those who brave the weather to come cheer on the Minutewomen.

    Previews Of UMass-SLU Hoop Game

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    The game will go on. Both the Saint Louis University and UMass campuses are closed today due to the weather, but the UMass at SLU basketball game will be played tonight at 8 p.m. ET. Watch it on CSN NE. Here are preview stories on the game.

    • Daily Collegian: Vinson adding numbers
    • Daily Collegian: UMass on the road again

    Baltimore Sun Story On UMass Lacrosse

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    The Baltimore Sun has a feature on the UMass men's lacrosse team as they prep for the 2011 season.

    Last season was a disappointing one for Massachusetts, which went 8-6 and failed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last four years. A contributing factor was injuries, and Minutemen coach Greg Cannella said avoiding the injury bug is important again this year.

    "A lot of things have to go your way," he said Monday. "This is a team that needs to have better leadership than the previous team from last year and also stay healthy. We're not as deep as we'd like to be. So health is definitely critical to us."

    USCHO.com Blog On Hockey East Playoff Push

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    In Dave Hendrickson's blog on USCHO.com, he takes a quick look at the current Hockey East standings and the home stretch of the schedule to make his predictions of which teams will make the league playoffs. His prediction is that the Minutemen will be in.



    Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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    The snow storm can't keep Dick Baker from the MassLive.com Hockey Blog! Today's entry looks at what UMass has accomplished over the last 15 games and takes a look around the league.



    Coming off back-to-back Atlantic 10 Championships, the UMass women's lacrosse team is picked to repeat for the third time this season in the Preseason Coaches Poll.

    UMass returns All-American and reigning A-10 Offensive Player of the Year Jackie Lyons to headline the Minutewomen. All told, UMass returns 10 of 12 starters under first-year head coach Angela McMahon.


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    Quick Named NHL's 2nd Star of the Week

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    Quick registered a pair of victories heading into the All-Star break, helping the Kings (27-22-1) gain valuable points and momentum in the tight race for playoff berths in the Western Conference. Quick began the week by making 34 saves in a 2-0 victory over the Boston BruinsJan. 24, collecting his career-high fifth shutout of the season. He then turned aside 22 of 24 shots through overtime and stopped all four shootout attempts as the Kings defeated theSan Jose Sharks 3-2 Jan. 26. Quick improved to 5-0 in shootouts this season, stopping 87% of attempts. The 25-year-old Milford, Conn. native ranks third among NHL goaltenders in goals-against average (2.15) and tied for third in shutouts (five).

    Update On UMass-SLU Game From Post-Disptach

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    In case you are wondering the latest on the UMass-SLU game being played with the weather in the midwest. UMass officials have been in touch with both Saint Louis and Atlantic 10 officials through the week as UMass travelled. Barring major changes in the weather, the game is expected to be played as both teams are in town, the television truck and staff have arrived.

    Here is an update from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 

    The city is pretty much on lockdown because of the storm and the Blues have called off their game tonight against Colorado. SLU is expecting to play its game with UMass on Wednesday night at Chaifetz Arena and will finalize its decision on Wednesday afternoon.

    There's good reason to expect the game to be played. UMass got into town on Monday night, so they're here, and the officials are expected to be here. (The crew for the game was juggled so the refs weren't coming in from the East Coast.) If the storm has passed by midday Wednesday, as anticipated, that should allow SLU to play the game. The SLU campus was closed on Tuesday, and if it's closed again on Wednesday, that could complicate matters.

    The Blues' game was called off even though both teams and the officials were in town because it was decided it was too dangerous for fans and arena employees to travel to the game. The roads figure to be better by Wednesday evening if the storm sticks to its schedule.  



    The Bud Light UMass Hockey Radio Show With Toot Cahoon that was scheduled for Tuesday night at 7 PM at the Hangar Pub & Grill has been cancelled due to the weather. The Mass Attack will head to No. 1 Boston College on Friday night and No. 12 Merrimack on Saturday.

    The next UMass Hockey Radio Show is scheduled for Tuesday, February 8 at 7 PM at the Hangar. Fans can listen on 100.9 FM WRNX or online at UMassAthletics.com. Fans can also submit questions any time for Coach Cahoon to answer during the show. 

    Football Signing Day Luncheon Moved To Feb. 16

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    Unfortunately, due to the inclement weather forecast for the next few days, Thursday's inaugural UMass Football Preview Luncheon at the University of Massachusetts Club in Boston has been POSTPONED until, Wednesday, February 16th (Lunch 11:30 a.m., program 12 Noon).
     
    I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Our athletic department staff will keep you updated on the rescheduling of the event. If you have any questions, please call Jason Germain at 413.577.0267, or email jag@admin.umass.edu

    Funeral Arrangement For Susan Hodges

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    Susan G. {Ginn} Hodges, 66, died at home on Monday, Jan. 31, 2011. She was born in Lebanon, NH, December 6, 1944, daughter of the late Clarence and Lois {Pillsbury} Ginn. Sue graduated from the University of Maine, where she received her BS degree. She taught high school at Thomaston, ME, and later taught classes at Colby College. Sue moved to Amherst from Waterville, ME, with her husband Mike 33 years ago. She had worked at Pearson, formerly NES, as a staff assistant until recently. She was a member of the Amherst Golf Club and Past President of the Women's Association of the Amherst Golf Club. Sue's greatest attribute was her love for her family. She is survived by her husband, Michael Hodges, two daughters; Jennifer Flores and Karen Huntington; one brother Roger Ginn, and seven grandchildren, Jordan and Marisa Flores and Michael, Megan, Trevor, Jackson and Riley Huntington. A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, Feb. 4, at 10:00 am at the South Congregational Church, 1066 South East St., Amherst, MA. Calling hours at The Douglass Funeral Home, 87 No. Pleasant St., Amherst, will be Thursday evening from 5:00-8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, 163 Montague Rd., Leverett, MA 01054. Obituary and Memorial Register at www.douglassfuneral.com. 

    Gazette: Farrell Goes Extra Mile For Grieving Friend

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    Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a great story on Javorn Farrell and how he went out of his way to be their for a friend.

    Anyone in the stands or watching on TV couldn't help but root for Thomas Robinson on Saturday.

    The Kansas sophomore was playing for the first time since attending his mother's funeral two days before, a service that concluded a miserable month for the 19-year-old Washington D.C. native. Robinson's two grandparents died shortly before Lisa Robinson, his 43-year-old mother, died of an apparent heart attack on Jan. 21.

    Only the most passionate of Kansas State fans, the Jayhawks' foe that afternoon, weren't wishing success for the heavy-hearted forward.

    Few were rooting harder for Robinson than Javorn Farrell. The University of Massachusetts sophomore was glued to the television as the game aired Saturday night. He and Robinson were teammates at Riverdale Baptist in Upper Marlboro, Md., and have been very close ever since.

    Best wishes for a great birthday on Feb. 1 to women's lacrosse junior Ryan Gormanand senior distance runner Patrick McAllister

    Ryan Gorman  Patrick McAllister

    Former Football Coach Whipple Hired By Browns

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    Former UMass head coach Mark Whipple (1998-2003) has been named quarterbacks coach with the Cleveland Browns. Read about it in these outlets

    • Akron Beacon Journal: Browns hire four assistant coaches

    Traynham No Longer On UMass Basketball Team

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    Here are stories on Daryl Traynham, as he is no longer a member of the UMass men's basketball program.

    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Traynham no longer on UMass basketball team

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