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October 2011 Archives

Recaps From Hockey's 2-2 Tie Vs. Boston University

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An exciting game last night for the Minutemen as they fought the No. 13 Boston University Terriers to a 2-2 tie at the Mullins Center. The two teams will meet up again tonight at Agganis Arena (7 PM).

John O'Connor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch has the local preview of today's game against the Spiders.

Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican has his game preview of today's contest at Richmond focusing on the Spiders need of a win for postseason hopes.

Gazette: Football makes one last trip to Virginia

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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has his game-day preview of Saturday's match-up at Richmond.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a nice story today on redshirt freshman center Andrew McCarthy. Vautour talks about the anticipated matchup with McCarthy's brother's team, NJIT, and Coach Kellogg talks about how the 7-footer could help the Minutemen against some of the bigger post players on the schedule.

Vautour also hits on a few other interesting topics in the notebook, including a possible appearance by Marcus Camby in Amherst, the closed scrimmage against Drexel, advice for Chaz Williams from Edgar Padilla, and Tony Gaffney and Ricky Harris facing each other in Germany.

Walk-on big man Andrew McCarthy hopes to see some action for Minutemen - Hampshire Gazette

Happy Birthday: Oct. 28- Colin Fleming

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Happy birthday to men's lacrosse player Colin Fleming!!

Colin Fleming

Stephen Hewitt of The Daily Collegian takes a look at the Atlantic 10 Men's Soccer postseason picture as the season winds down to its final two regular-season weekends.

Collegian: UMass men's soccer faces must-win weekend

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Jackson Alexander of The Daily Collegian has a preview of this weekend's home games for the UMass men's soccer team against George Washington (Friday) and Richmond (Sunday).

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette previews this weekend's hockey series with Boston University which begins tonight at the Mullins Center (7 PM, NESN).

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette looks at UMass' kicking game going into this weekend's contest at Richmond.

Dick Baker has a feature on UMass defenseman Conor Allen profiling the sophomore's family legal profession background. He also previews the series with Boston University that starts tonight at the Mullins Center (7 PM).

Feature: Roa Running Towards Her Future

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The Queens Courier out of Queens, N.Y. has a great full page feature story on senior Karen Roa. The Jamaica, N.Y. native has been UMass' top harrier in 2011, taking first place on the team in four meets, while garnering one A-10 Female Cross Country Performer of the Week Award.

"A track star from Jamaica keeps Queens in her heart as she pounds the New England pavement, collecting accolades and running circles around the competition" writes Steve Mosco.

Feature: Roa Running Towards Her Future

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The Queens Courier out of Queens, N.Y. has a great full page feature story on senior Karen Roa. The Jamaica, N.Y. native has been UMass' top harrier in 2011, taking first place on the team in four meets, while garnering one A-10 Female Cross Country Performer of the Week Award.

"A track star from Jamaica keeps Queens in her heart as she pounds the New England pavement, collecting accolades and running circles around the competition" writes Steve Mosco.
Happy birthday to Meghan Collins of women's soccer, Jamie Mastrorio and Jennifer Simao of track and field!
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Matt Strong of the Daily Collegian has a story in today's issue taking an in-depth look at Friday's field hockey home finale at Garber Field against Richmond. The Minutewomen (5-0 A-10) sit one game ahead of Temple (4-1) and a game and a half up on the Spiders (3-1) going into this final conference tilt. The UMass/Richmond game is always a good one as the two teams have combined to win the last 15 A-10 Championships.

Minutewomen look to clinch Atlantic 10 title - Daily Collegian
Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican has a look at Julian Talley's season so far following his career-performance against New Hampshire. The story also takes a look into the wideouts flair for entertainment and helping young children at a local elementary school.

Michael Wood of the Daily Collegian looks at Saturday's football game at Richmond focusing on red-zone scoring as a key factor.

Michael Wood of the Daily Collegian has a preview for Friday's hockey game against Boston University at the Mullins Center.

Collegian: Minutewomen playing for title, seniors

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Michael Counos of the Daily Collegian previews UMass field hockey's big game on Friday against Richmond. The Minutewomen, 5-0 and alone in first by one game in the Atlantic 10 standings, close out conference play and their home schedule against the Spiders at Garber Field at 1 p.m. Friday will also be Senior Day, with Christine Cutry, Amanda Dietz, Nikki Panciocco, and Alesha Widdall all being honored prior to the game.

"I think this group of seniors is just very resilient, take everything in stride and just always keep competing and understand that nothing comes easy and they have to work for it," said UMass coach Carla Tagliente.

Minutewomen playing for title, seniors - Daily Collegian

Collegian: Penalties key in UMass losses

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Scott Cournoyer of the Daily Collegian looks at how an over abundance of penalties early this season have hurt the UMass hockey team.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette ran a piece on former UMass All-American hockey goalie Jonathan Quick and his current hot streak with the L.A. Kings. Quick is arguably one of the most talked about NHL players currently as he has a string of three straight shutouts and recently won his 100th career game for the Kings.

Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican looks at the Hockey East schedule for 2011-12 and the fact that UMass will only have three traditional home-and-home weekends including this Friday and Saturday against Boston University.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on UMass basketball sophomore Jesse Morgan. The piece focuses on how the talented guard was only able to practice with the team and play in games in the second half of 2010-11, therefore only giving everyone a glimpse of what he is capable of. With a full preseason to prepare this year, big things are expected of the shooting guard, who as the story points out, has also been selected by Derek Kellogg to learn the point guard position as a backup to Chaz Williams.

"This is huge for him. Coming off a year where he hadn't practiced or played coming in halfway through, I think he was a little disappointed with his productivity and his playing time," Derek Kellogg said. "It's been fantastic. He's grown up. His body is in phenomenal shape. He has a chance to do some good things if he can continue at the pace he's been at."

Preseason has Jesse Morgan thinking big for UMass men's basketball - Hampshire Gazette
Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican takes a look at the UMass-Boston University series this weekend which starts Friday night at the Mullins Center (7 PM). 

Former UMass football standout Jeremy Horne was signed to the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad on Wednesday after being put on waivers on Tuesday. Horne had played in three games on the active roster this season after playing in three the previous season as well.

Happy Birthday: Oct. 25- Lauren Mark

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Happpy birthday to Lauren Mark of women's swimming and diving!

Lauren Mark

Collegian: Minutewomen sit atop A-10 standings

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Michael Counos of the Daily Collegian has a story on the UMass field hockey team's 2-0 weekend that vaulted them alone into first place in the Atlantic 10 standings at 5-0. The Minutewomen defeated La Salle at home 2-0 and then went to previously unbeaten in A-10 play Temple, winning 2-1 in overtime in an impressive come-from-behind win.

"Our confidence is pretty high right now, once A-10 play started we had a new mind-set and knew that we needed to play well to move on to the postseason," said senior All-American goalie Alesha Widdall.

The Minutewomen close A-10 play on Friday when they host Richmond on Senior Day at Garber Field at 1 p.m.

Minutewomen sit atop A-10 standings - Daily Collegian
Nick Canelas of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian has a recap of last weekend's swimming and diving meet at Army where the women pulled out a tough 151-149 victory and the men fell to a very talented Black Knight's squad, 177-122.

The swimming and diving teams will be back in action at home this weekend when they host Stony Brook at the Joseph Rogers Pool in the Boyden Building at 1 p.m.

Men's team struggles, while women pull through at Army - Daily Collegian
Happy birthday to Brian Frame of men's soccer and Dominic Wooten of football!
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Happy Birthday: Oct. 24- Kate Heineman

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Happy birthday to field hockey player Kate Heineman!

Kate Heineman

CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman Picks UMass 5th In A-10

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CBS Sports College Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman has picked UMass to finish fifth in his conference countdown for the Atlantic 10. Goodman has the Minutemen, who were picked 12th in the A-10 preseason poll, finishing behind Xavier, Temple, Saint Louis, and St. Bonaventure. He also picks redshirt sophomore forward Raphiael Putney has his A-10 Breakthrough Player of the Year.

"The pressure is on Derek Kellogg in Year 4. He lost Anthony Gurley, but might finally have a true point guard with Hofstra transfer Chaz Williams. The young group from a couple of years ago -- juniors Freddie Riley, Sampson Carter, Javorn Farrell, Terrell Vinson and redshirt sophomore Raphiael Putney -- needs to go out there and prove itself."

Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican has a nice story in Monday's edition and on MassLive.com on redshirt sophomore Chaz Williams moving into the point guard role for the Minutemen this season. Chimelis points out how Williams will be relied upon by Derek Kellogg to run the team's new offense, based more on transition and playing up-tempo.

"Everything coach tells me, I try to take into consideration and instill into my own game," said Williams, a redshirt sophomore from Brooklyn, N.Y., who sat out last season after transferring from Hofstra.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette had a nice feature over the weekend on UMass freshman forward Cady Lalanne, who after having to sit out last season because of NCAA rules and missing a month this fall due to an injury, is finally practicing with Derek Kellogg's Minutemen as they prepare for their Nov. 11 season opener.

"He's an unbelievable kid, the last one in the gym after practice," Kellogg said. "I think the sky is the limit once he's able to go full speed."

Cady Lalanne finally gets to practice with UMass basketball team - Hampshire Gazette

Recaps From Football's 27-21 Loss To New Hampshire

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Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News has a terrific feature on UMass alum and current New York Giant Victor Cruz and the obstacles he had to overcome in life.

The UMass men's soccer team fell at Duquesne 4-0 on Friday before bouncing back to force a 0-0 double-overtime draw at St. Bonaventure on Sunday to stay in the hunt in the Atlantic 10 Tournament race as the season winds down to its final two weeks.

Recaps From Hockey's 4-2 Loss At Boston College

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The UMass hockey team fell at No. 1 Boston College on Friday night. The Minutemen will look to rebound this weekend as they host Boston University on Friday at the Mullins Center before rematching the Terriers on Saturday night at Agganis Arena.


Former hockey All-American Justin Braun was called up from the Worcester Sharks to the NHL's San Jose Sharks on Saturday helping the club defeat the Boston Bruins 4-2.

HOCKEY: Jonathan Quick Earns 100th Career NHL Win

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Matt Vautour Blog: Basketball Helmets?

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In his UMass Sports Blog, the Daily Hampshire Gazette's Matt Vautour explains the Derek Kellogg and the Minutemen's newest addition to practice, a UMass football helmet.

Check out Vautour's UMass Blog to find out.

The first helmet of the year goes to Putney as Maxie Esho hammered it home on him.... Big time Dunk... Sorry Put..
Matt Strong of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian has a preview of the the field hockey team's critical pair of Atlantic 10 Conference games this weekend. The Minutewomen host La Salle this afternoon at 3 p.m. at Garber Field before heading to Philly to face Temple on Sunday in a clash of 3-0 teams entering the weekend tied atop the A-10 standings.

If you can't make it out to Garber for today's game, you can watch it live on UMass All-Access.

Minutewomen take on La Salle, Temple this weekend - Daily Collegian
Hoope Dreams Magazine has a nice story, including a Q&A session, with UMass basketball freshman Jordan Laguerre. The story focuses on how Laguerre, who as a NCAA partial qualifier can practice this season and will be eligible for games next season, comes from Manchester, N.H., not exactly a basketball recruiting hotbed and is not tall by college hoops standards, but has used his work ethic, quickness, and athletic ability to draw attention from scouts and have success playing with the Rivals on the AAU circuit.

"I chose Umass because it was just the right fit for me. There style of play, the coaches were great, its close to home, my teammates are great and it just felt like the right place for me."


Collegian: Minutewomen to compete in ITA at Yale

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Cameron McDonough of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian has a story in Wednesday's edition on the UMass women's tennis players that have been invited to compete at the prestigious Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northeast Regional this weekend at Yale. The doubles team of Yuliana Motyl and Chantal Swiszcz will compete in addition to singles draw players Julia Comas, Sonia Bokhari, and Jessica Podlofsky. The tournament begins on Friday and runs through Oct. 25.

"These are the best players in the region and they are excited to go," said head coach Judy Dixon.

Collegian: Swimming & Diving Teams Open Up Season

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Taylor Snow of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian writes a wrap up of the swimming & diving season opener from the weekend in which the men's team tied Boston University, 149-149, while the women fell to the Terriers, 177-122. Both teams saw some terrific individual performances, including divers Alexander Merkulov and Michaela Butler, and freshmen stepping up for both teams in their collegiate debuts, including Hao Luong, Zoe Judd, and Katie Arnott. The Minutemen and Minutewomen travel to West Point, N.Y. this weekend for tough tests against talented Army squads.

Swimming and diving teams open up season - Daily Collegian

Merkulov and Luong were honored on Tuesday when they were named Atlantic 10 Performer and Rookie of the Week, respectively.

Photo: Start of a comeback
Matt Vautour writes in Wednesday's edition of the Daily Hampshire Gazette about UMass basketball forward Terrell Vinson, who is beginning his junior year fully healthy after dealing with nagging injuries for much of his sophomore campaign in 2010-11.

"There was some frustration and injuries. A lot of things weren't perfect for him last year," UMass coach Derek Kellogg said. "He's had the best preseason he's had since he's been here. His attitude has been great. He's been looking to do what the team needs him to do."

Vautour also hits on some other basketball topics including news on Jesse Morgan, former UMass coaches, and Sunday's coaches clinic hosted by Derek Kellogg.

UMass junior forward Terrell Vinson hopes to rebound from foot injuries - Hampshire Gazette
Steve Levine of The Daily Collegian takes a look at the schedule of events for Saturday's Colonial Clash at Gillette Stadium against New Hampshire.

Collegian: 2nd Annual Colonial Clash Set For Saturday

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Michael Wood of the Daily Collegian has a preview of Saturday's Colonial Clash game at Gillette Stadium against New Hampshire.

Darren Thellen was named one of four "College Football Heros" by the Boston Herald staff after his impressive defensive performance last weekend in the win at No. 9 Delaware. Thellen had a pair of interceptions for the second straight game.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a notebook covering several aspects of the UMass football team this week including an update on Jerome Lewis' injury at practice yesterday, Tom Gilson being named as a team captain for Saturday, an update on some special alums to be in attendance at Gillette and a look at the schedule of events for the Colonial Clash.

Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican has a story today on a mother's dilemma - Denise Shea is the mother of UMass defenseman Colin Shea and Boston College defenseman Edwin Shea who will both face each other this Friday night in Chestnut Hill.

Happy Birthday: Oct 18- Carolann Cloutier

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Happy Birthday to Carolann Cloutier of women's basketball! 
Carolann Cloutier

Gazette: UMass men's basketball to run and press

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Matt Vautour writesin the Daily Hampshire Gazette about the beginning of official men's basketball practice this week and how Derek Kellogg and the Minutemen will be implementing some new things offensively and defensively:

Following an offseason where University of Massachusetts men's basketball coach Derek Kellogg put heavy emphasis on conditioning, the Minutemen are going to put that stamina to good use.

Kellogg plans to change his offense into one that will run and press more.

"We have a roster of guys that can play that way. It's something I've always wanted to do," Kellogg said. "We have to use our length, our athleticism and our speed. We finally have a fast team of longer, more athletic guys that need to get out and run."

UMass men's basketball to run and press - Hampshire Gazette

Collegian: Field Hockey Stays Hot

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Matt Strong of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian has a wrap up on this weekend's two conference wins for the field hockey team, 7-0 vs. Saint Joseph's on Friday and 3-1 at Saint Louis on Sunday, keeping the Minutewomen a perfect 3-0 in A-10 play.

This weekend UMass will host La Salle on Friday before heading to Temple on Sunday. The Owls are also unbeaten in A-10 play.

UMass stays hot with undefeated conference record - Daily Collegian

Recaps Of Women's Soccer From The Weekend

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The UMass women's soccer team split its Atlantic 10 matches over the weekend, defeating Fordham on Friday, 2-0, before falling just short of #22 La Salle, 3-2 in overtime.

Dick Baker has a recap of Sunday's match against the Explorers on MassLive - UMass women's soccer scores a pair against stingy La Salle, but falls in overtime 3-2

In the Daily Collegian, Eric Mansfield has coverage of both matches - Women's soccer unbeaten streak reaches 8 games before loss to La Salle

Also check out the highlights from Sunday's match, which marked the debut of women's soccer on CBS 3 Now this season. Both matches this coming weekend, vs. Duquesne and St. Bonaventure, will also air on CBS 3 Now.

Happy Birthday: Oct. 17- Adam Picard

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Happy birthday to Adam Picard of UMass baseball!

Adam Picard

Highlights From Football's 21-10 Win At #9 Delaware

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Collegian: Men's Soccer gains 4 points over weekend

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Jackson Alexander of the Daily Collegian has a recap of the men's soccer team's strong weekend at Fordham and La Salle over the weekend which kept them among the league's top six teams after the second week of A-10 play.

Scott Cournoyer of the Daily Collegian has a recap of Friday's home-opening win over Bentley and Saturday's tough loss at Providence for the UMass hockey team.

Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican has a recap from last night's 5-3 hockey win over Bentley.

Gazette: Hockey lands first win of '11

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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a recap of the hockey team's 5-3 win against Bentley yesterday in the Mullins Center home opener. Mike Pereira had three goals and an assist.

Gazette: Delaware rivalry with UMass one of the best

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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette previews today's game at Delaware and looks back at the history of the series.

Big Weekend At Home For Women's Soccer

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Congratulations to the women's soccer team on its 2-0 win over Fordham yesterday that extended the squad's unbeaten streak to eight straight games and put the Minutewomen just two points out of first in the Atlantic 10 standings.

Check out the postgame interviews following that match:

Dick Baker also leads off his Local College Notebook today with a preview of Sunday's battle for first place at Rudd Field: Local College Notebook: UMass women's soccer challenges a team only a goal away from perfection.

Republican: XC Sweeps A-10 Weekly Awards

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Checkout Dick Baker's Local College Notebook. He has a mention about the UMass cross country teams sweeping this past week's A-10 Weekly Awards.

VIDEO: Derek Kellogg At A-10 Media Day

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Field Hockey Looks To Go 3-0 In A-10

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The Massachusetts field hockey team looks to stay undefeated in Atlantic 10 conference play as they take on Saint Joseph's and Saint Louis this weekend. UMass currently sits at 3-9 overall and 1-0 in A-10 play. The Minutewomen host St. Joe's today at 3 p.m. at Garber Field. 

"It was important for us to come out and play strong and send a message for the rest of the conference," said Head Coach Carla Tagliente.

Check out Michael Counos' weekend preview below.
Minutewomen look to go 3-0 in the Atlantic 10 - Daily Collegian

Bash At Southwest Beach This Saturday

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The Massachusetts Daily Collegian's Jackson Alexander has a great preview in Friday's edition on the "Bash at Southwest Beach" hosted by the basketball programs this Saturday from 4-6:30 p.m. at the "horseshoe" in the Southwest Residential Area. The Midnight Madness-type event is a way for the campus and community to celebrate the beginning of basketball season and will include a DJ, iPad raffle, chance to win a trip for 2 to the Bahamas with the men's basketball team, t-shirt giveaways, and more. A tailgate party will be held across the street in Lot 33 as well.

"I think the students are looking for some things to do on the weekends, and me being a former student and player here, I thought it'd be a great opportunity to give them one more thing," said Head Coach Derek Kellogg.

Bash At Southwest Beach To Take Place Saturday - Daily Collegian

Hampshire Gazette: Men's Basketball Notebook

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In his men's basketball notebook following Thursday's Atlantic 10 media day in Brooklyn, the Daily Hampshire Gazette's Matt Vautour covers a variety of topics including Jordan Laguerre being ruled a partial qualifier by the NCAA, the A-10 preseason poll, and freshman Cady Lalanne being named to the conference's Preseason All-Rookie Team.

UMass guard Jordan Laguerre ruled partial qualifier, out for season - Hampshire Gazette

WWLP22: UMass football coach wants win over diabetes

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Lynn Barry of WWLP 22 News has a story on Kevin Morris and his wife Rebecca serving as co-chairs of the annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's "Walk to Cure Diabetes" which will be held this Sunday at Six Flags New England.

Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican looks at how Colin Shea's defensive efforts will be key to success for UMass this weekend against Bentley and Providence.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a preview of UMass hockey's weekend set with Bentley and Providence. UMass will host Bentley in the home opener at the Mullins Center on Friday night and will play at Providence on Saturday.

Gazette: Kellen Pagel back at quarterback for UMass

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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story today on the return of quarterback Kellen Pagel to the starting lineup after missing last weekend's game against Central Connecticut.

Collegian: Hockey faces Falcons in home opener

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Scott Cournoyer of the Daily Collegian previews tonight's game against Bentley in the Mullins Center home opener for UMass.

Collegian: Hockey improving on both ends of the ice

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Steve Levine of The Daily Collegian looks at some of the critical aspects of the hockey team's performance last weekend at Northeastern and how that will translate tonight against Bentley.

Stephen Hewitt of The Daily Collegian has a preview of this weekend's A-10 matches at Fordham and La Salle.

Stephen Sellner of The Daily Collegian looks at how the tough non-conference road schedule earlier this season has prepared UMass for this weekend's key Atlantic 10 matches at Fordham and La Salle.

Happy birthday to women's lacrosse player Courtney McGrath and men's lacrosse player Charles Robino!
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Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican has a profile piece on Emil Igwenagu and the season the standout tight end has put together so far.

Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican looks at Friday night's home opener for the UMass hockey team against Bentley and its early season importance.

Collegian: Julmiste putting it all together

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Michael Wood of the Daily Collegian has a profile piece on Jesse Julmiste's standout performance this year as an all-around offensive and special teams' threat.

Collegian: UMass takes on CAA rival Delaware

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Steve Levine of the Daily Collegian takes a look at this Saturday's football game at Delaware.

College Basketball Insider Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports writes in his column today the 10 Reasons To Be Excited About The Atlantic 10 with one of the 10 being "Chaz Williams' Speed."

"Like a rocket shot out of a cannon, Williams might be the fastest player in college basketball from circle to circle with the ball in his hands. The former Hofstra guard should add an instant burst to UMass and blend nicely on the perimeter with Javorn Farrell, Freddie Riley, and Jesse Morgan. Look for Minutemen coach Derek Kellogg to have his best squad yet in Amherst -- one that can peak late in the season if they get a productive year out of big man Raphiael Putney."

Happy birthday to Brenden Cavallaro of men's track & field and Leif Sorenson of men's baseball!

Leif Sorenson

Coverage Of Statewide Hoops Media Day

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The first State of Massachusetts Basketball Media Day was held at Boston University's Case Gym on Tuesday. UMass head coach Derek Kellogg and senior bigman Sean Carter were there representing the Minutemen as head coaches and select players from all six Division I men's basketball teams in the Commonwealth were there. Dozens of local regional, and national media members came out to cover the event with the start of official practices coming on Friday. Check out some of the coverage below.

  • UMass basketball team enters a new year with a new offensive style - Springfield Republican
  • Massachusetts men's hoop coaches bounce around idea of tripleheader - Hampshire Gazette
  • Colleges hope to fill void - Boston Herald
  • State's hoop teams come together - ESPN Boston
  • VIDEO: Derek Kellogg & Sean Carter Interviews From Media Day
  • VIDEO: Complete Webcast With All 6 Coaches
  • Happy Birthday: Oct. 11- Paige Hansen

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    Happy birthday to women's softball player Paige Hansen!

    Paige Hansen

    Recaps From Football's Win Over CCSU

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    UMass alum Michael King profiles Kevin Boyle who made his college debut on Friday night at Northeastern in goal. He finished the game making 29 saves.

    Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a feature on UMass hockey freshman blueliner Oleg Yevenko and what his stature brings to the Minutemen defense.

    USCHO.com: Boyle Impresses In Goal

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    Dave Hendrickson of USCHO.com has several impressions from the first weekend of games from around Hockey East - including the fact that Kevin Boyle was impressive in his first collegiate game in goal.

    Recaps From Hockey's Opener At Northeastern

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    UMass and Northeastern battled to a 3-3 overtime tie on Friday night in the season opener for both teams. The Huskies managed to tie the game with two seconds left in regulation after pulling goalie Chris Rawlings for the extra skater.





    Victor Cruz was center stage again for the New York Giants in their 36-25 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The former UMass wide receiver led the Giants with eight receptions for 161 yards, including a juggling one-handed 68-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter. Cruz was also involved in a pair of late turnovers by the Giants. All of that leads to lots of Cruz headlines today:

    New York Times
    New York Daily News
    ESPN.com
    Wall Street Journal
    New York Post

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    James Ighedibo made the first start of his career at safety for the New England Patriots, helping lead them to victory over his former team, the New York Jets, 30-20. The Amherst Regional High and UMass alum played the first four seasons of his career with the Jets, so Sunday's first start took on extra meaning. Ighedibo finished with six tackles on four solos and two assists.

    Boston Globe
    NESN.com
    Boston Herald
    ESPN Boston (written by UMass alum Mike Reiss)

    VIDEO: Tennis Beats UConn In Home Opener, 4-3

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    The Massachusetts women's soccer team, riding a five-game winning streak, will take its first long distance road trip of the season and travel to Charlotte, N.C. and St. Louis, Mo. this weekend for a pair of Atlantic 10 Conference games.

    The first of these games at Charlotte (3-6-3, 0-1 A-10) will be held under the lights Friday at 7 p.m. Charlotte is most recently coming off of a 2-1 loss to St. Louis in their own conference opener.

    The 49ers are led by preseason All-Conference selection Macky Wingo, who leads the team with 11 points this season (four goals, three assists).

    Much like the Minutewomen (7-2-2, 1-0 A-10), the 49ers have had some trouble putting up big offensive numbers, only managing to score 13 total goals in their first 12 games. Comparatively, UMass has 12 goals in its first 11 games.

    What separates these two teams is on the defensive side of the ball. While the Minutewomen might not score often, they have been able to count on a solid defensive effort game in and game out, allowing just eight goals in 11 games.

    Read more of Eric Mansfield's preview here.

    Michael Counos of the Daily Collegian looks at the Minutewomen's upcoming conference schedule. UMass has made the conference tournament every year since 2007.  The Minutewomen are looking to continue their winning tradition in the Atlantic 10 despite their current record. 


    Matt Strong of the Daily Collegian previews the Minutewomen's first Atlantic 10 game vs Lock Haven. The game is set for Saturday, October 8 at 12 p.m. 


    Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican has a profile on UMass freshman Emerson Auvenshine whose size will certainly help the Minutemen at forward.

    David Driver of the News & Messenger in Virginia has a profile of freshman defensive back Iric Harris and his transition to college football. Harris hails from Woodbridge, Va. and travelled to the Old Dominion game where many of his local friends and family were in attendance.

    Matt Vautour has a look between the pipes as the UMass hockey team will have a new face regularly manning the goal this season.

    The Minutemen will open up the 2011-12 campaign on Friday night at Northeastern.

    Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that quarterback Kellen Pagel will be back in action on Saturday after missing the latter stages of the Old Dominion game.

    Jackson Alexander of the Daily Collegian looks at the strength of men's soccer in the Atlantic 10 this year.

    Stephen Hewitt looks at the beginning of the Atlantic 10 schedule for the UMass men's soccer team this Friday and Sunday. The Minutemen will host No. 14 Charlotte at Rudd Field on Friday afternoon and Saint Louis on Sunday.
    Garry Brown of the Springfield Republican looks at the emerging goalie battle as the Springfield Falcons prepare for the regular season. UMass alum Paul Dainton and Allen York are both fighting for the top spot.

    Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican has a look as adjustments UMass has made this week as the Minutemen prepare to host Central Connecticut State.

    Coverage Of Hockey East's Addition Of Notre Dame

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    Happy Birthday: Oct. 5- Eric Filiou

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    Happy birthday to men's hockey player Eric Filiou!

    Eric Filiou

    Gazette: UMass Hoops Boosting Team Chemistry

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    Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a great feature in Wednesday's edition on the men's basketball team meeting with renowned sports psychologist Dr. Joe Carr. Head Coach Derek Kellogg, players, and staff all met with Dr. Carr, who works with many professional athletes and NBA teams, over three days. His exercises and techniques are designed to improve team chemistry and bring teams closer.

    UMass hoop team meets with renowned sports psychologist to boost chemistry - Daily Hampshire Gazette
    Happy birthday to Jen Houtman of the women's soccer team and Travis Poston of the football team!
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    Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette leads of his college football notebook in today's edition with news that the Minutemen are expected to have Kellen Pagel back for the Central Connecticut game this Saturday night. The UMass starting quarterback was left with an injury in this past Saturday's game at Old Dominion, where he had led the Minutemen to 26-straight points before leaving the game.

    UMass quarterback Kellen Pagel expected to return from injury on Saturday - Daily Hampshire Gazette

    Gaffney Wins Opener With German Pro Team

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    Münchens Jan-Hendrik Jagla (l) kann den Slam-Dunk von Tony Gaffney nicht verhindern. dpa
    UMass basketball alum Tony Gaffney, like Ricky Harris, picked up a win with his team, Telekom Baskets Bonn, in its season opener in the Beko Basketball League, a professional league in Germany. Gaffney started and scored seven points and grabbed four rebounds in a 80-76 victory over Bayern Munich. The former UMass star had the highlight of the game with a thunderous two-handed dunk in the second half that brought the crowd to its feet.

    Here is the German recap of the game:

    Harris Scores 18 In Debut With German Team

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    UMass basketball alum Ricky Harris made a splash in his season opener with the German professional team S.Oliver Wurzburg. The third all-time leading scorer in UMass history had a game-high 18 points to lead his team to a 74-67 victory in the opener of the Beko Basketball League.

    Harris started last season in Lithuania with BC Siaualiai before moving to Ferro-ZNTU in the Ukrainian League where he averaged 10 points per game.

    If you are fluent in German or know how to use an online translator, here is the link:

    Harris Leads S.Oliver Baskets To Season-Opening Win

    Coverage Of Women's Soccer's Fifth Straight Shutout Win

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    Congratulations to the women's soccer team on its fifth straight shutout victory as the squad defeated Rhode Island, 2-0 in its Atlantic 10 opener this past Saturday. Check out the coverage of the win.

    The Daily Collegian: Colarossi, Morrissey score to give UMass win in Atlantic 10-opener

    Yahoo: Most Famous UMass Hoops Alumni

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    Yahoo and Rivals.com contributer and UMass alum Taurus Londono has his list of the top five most famous former UMass basketball players. Check out the list and see if you agree. Be warned, he admits to being a bit biased to the more recent players he saw firsthand.

    Victor Cruz With Big Game In Giants' Win

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    Victor Cruz Cardinals
    UMass football alum Victor Cruz had another big game for the New York Giants on Sunday. The wide receiver caught six passes for 98 yards in the Giants' 31-27 win at Arizona. Cruz was also involved in a controversial play on the Giants' winning drive late in the game.

    VIDEO: Cruz interviewed after game
    VIDEO: Game Highlights

    Collegian: Field Hockey Falls To Orange

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    Matt Strong of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian has a recap of field hockey's 2-0 loss at No. 5 Syracuse on Sunday. The Minutewomen played the Orange tough however, keeping the game 1-0 deep into the second half with a pair of shots of penalty corners that could have tied it. UMass begins A-10 play on Saturday when it heads to Lock Haven for a noon contest.

    Happy Birthday: Oct. 3- Jordan Storro

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    Happy birthday to women's softball player Jordan Storro!

    Jordan Storro

    Recaps From Football's Loss At Old Dominion

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    Haleigh Finch of the Amherst Bulletin takes a look at the UMass Football History Exhibit being hosted in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. The exhibit holds many pieces of memorabilia from throughout the program's time in Amherst.

    Fans can get an inside look at the exhibit this Thursday night when the UMass Coach's Radio Show is held live at 7 PM.

    PatriotLedger - Lacrosse teams play for cancer cure

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    It's not quite spring yet, but that's no reason not to enjoy some lacrosse next weekend - and for a good cause. Fred Hanson of The Patriot Ledger takes a look at this weekend's Catamount Classic Tournament which will be this Sunday at Thayer Academy in Braintree. Once again, the UMass men's lacrosse team will take part in the tournament which is hosted by Vermont.

    INCH: 2011-12 Hockey East Preview

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    Kevin Zeise of InsideCollegeHockey.com takes a look around Hockey East as the 2011-12 season kicks-off this weekend.

    Dave Hendrickson of USCHO.com takes a look at UMass heading into the season, especially the goalie spot following the graduation last spring of standout Paul Dainton.

    Saturday's Maroon & White scrimmage officially opened up the 2011-12 campaign as the UMass hockey team is now in game mode with the season-opener at Northeastern coming up this Friday in Boston.


    Recaps From Men's Soccer Win Over No. 19 Bradley

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    It was a wild one on Saturday at Rudd Field as the UMass men's soccer team defeated No. 19 Bradley thanks to a late game-winning goal from sophomore Brett Canepa. The match was the non-conference finale for the Minutemen who will open Atlantic 10 play this weekend against Charlotte and Saint Louis at Rudd Field on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

    Happy Birthday: Oct. 2- John Moran

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    Happy Birthday to football player John Moran!

    John Moran

     

    Happy Birthday: Oct. 1- Katie Ferris and Jess Howe

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    Happy Birthday to women's lacrosse player Katie Ferris and women's soccer player Jess Howe!

    Katie FerrisJess Howe

    Previews Of Tonight's Football Game At Old Dominion

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    As you get prepped to follow tonight's game at Old Dominion, here are several previews of the match-up. This will be the first-ever CAA game at Ballard Stadium and will also be "Black Out" night for Monarch fans.

    John Connolly of the Boston Herald caught up with former UMass great Tim Berra who held the football team's all-time record for most kickoff return yards in a game until Jesse Julmiste's performance last Saturday at Boston College. Berra set the record in 1973 against Rhode Island until Julmiste's 252 yard effort last weekend.

    Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican takes a look at today's Maroon & White Scrimmage which is slated for 4 PM today in the Mullins Center Practice Rink.

    Minnesota Wild Reassign Wellman To Houston

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    As the NHL Preseason continues, former UMass standout Casey Wellman was reassigned by the Minnesota Wild to the Houston Aeros where he played the bulk of last year helping the team reach the Calder Cup Finals.


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