Gazette Preview Of UMass Football Spring Game - UMass Athletics

Gazette Preview Of UMass Football Spring Game

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The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on Saturday's Spring Football Events, read about it here: UMass football plays spring game Saturday at McGuirk

Saturday's annual University of Massachusetts spring football game will have some added events after last week's announcement that the school was upgrading its program to the Bowl Subdivision.

In addition to the 4 p.m. game at McGuirk Stadium, there's a 1 p.m. tour of the program's new offices in the Slobody Building at 101 University Drive. Members of the 100 Yard Club, a UMass booster club, can meet coaches and players at 3 p.m. prior to the spring game and eat with them at a barbecue afterward.

There will be an autograph session for anyone after the spring game.

UMass coach Kevin Morris said he was pleased with his team's progression this spring.

"It's been good. We've got a good group of guys," Morris said. "Guys have really taken it seriously and set a high standard."

UMass football plays spring game Saturday at McGuirk

AMHERST - Saturday's annual University of Massachusetts spring football game will have some added events after last week's announcement that the school was upgrading its program to the Bowl Subdivision.

In addition to the 4 p.m. game at McGuirk Stadium, there's a 1 p.m. tour of the program's new offices in the Slobody Building at 101 University Drive. Members of the 100 Yard Club, a UMass booster club, can meet coaches and players at 3 p.m. prior to the spring game and eat with them at a barbecue afterward.

There will be an autograph session for anyone after the spring game.

UMass coach Kevin Morris said he was pleased with his team's progression this spring.

"It's been good. We've got a good group of guys," Morris said. "Guys have really taken it seriously and set a high standard."

UMass isn't expected to name a starting quarterback for 2011 until the fall. Freshman Brandon Hill missed most of the spring with a foot injury, but he figures to be among the competitors after returning for the last two weeks of action.

"In the short time he's been full go, he's been right in the mix," Morris said.

Hill said he's not at 100 percent, but he felt like he's learning.

"The injury has taken away from my arm and my reads. That will all come in time," Hill said. "I just have to sit back and be patient."

The program's open starting QB job helped push him back onto the field.

"That's why I'm out there trying to at least give something," Hill said. "Even when I make mistakes, I'll learn something. Even though I'm not 100 percent, it's better to be out on the field than not be out there."

WOMEN'S LACROSSE A-10 TOURNAMENT - After a perfect regular season, 14th-ranked UMass is the No. 1 seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament that begins today at Temple. The Minutewomen will play No. 4 Duquesne at 3:30 p.m. The winner will play the winner of No. 2 Richmond and No. 3 Temple, Sunday at 1 p.m.

UMass nearly swept the conference awards. Jackie Lyons was named offensive player of the year for the second straight season, goalie Katie Florence was named defensive player of the year, Katie Ferris was named rookie of the year and Angela McMahon was the coach of the year.

Riley Perry is the student-athlete of the year.

Defender Ali Houlis joined Ferris, Florence and Lyons on the all-conference first team.

SOFTBALL - The Minutewomen's biggest series of the season starts today at 3 p.m. when they take on Fordham at the Softball Complex. The teams will play again Saturday at noon.

UMass (23-15, 10-3) is in second place in the Atlantic 10, a half game behind Temple. Fordham is third at 12-4.

The Minutewomen host La Salle for a doubleheader at noon Sunday, while Fordham is at Rhode Island for two games at noon.

UNDER THE LIGHTS AT GARBER - The UMass men's lacrosse team will play under the lights at Garber Field for the first time since 2004 when they host Delaware at 7 p.m. today.

The Minutemen (8-4, 3-2 Colonial Athletic Association) have clinched a spot in next week's CAA tournament, but could improve their seed with a win. UMass is fourth, a game behind the Blue Hens, who are tied for first with Hofstra and Penn State, who are all 4-1.

Hofstra and Penn State play each other on Saturday.

BASEBALL - The UMass baseball team figures to have its hands full this weekend as it tries to upset Charlotte in a three-game series beginning today at 3 p.m. The 49ers are fourth in the also-receiving votes section of the USA Today/ESPN Top 25. The teams play Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at noon.


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