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November 2011 Archives

Happy birthday to Veronica Corcoran of women's swimming and Deanna Julian of women's track!

Veronica CorcoranDeanna Julian Cruz Remains Humble in Defeat

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Dan Salomone of has a feature on Victor Cruz who was just shy of his career-best performance in last night's loss to the Saints. On a 72-yard touchdown catch, Cruz refrained from his now-famous Salsa dance in the endzone - a sign of his maturity as a professional football player.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has an update on the coaching search for the new football head coach including an informative look at the roll the Black Coaches and Administrators organization plays in the process.

Guzzo & Power Guests On UMass Hockey Radio Show Tonight

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Steven Guzzo and Troy Power will be the player guests on the UMass Hockey Radio Show which is live tonight at 7 PM from the Hangar Pub & Grill on University Drive.

Be sure to send in your questions for head coach Don "Toot" Cahoon and he will answer them on the air.

If you can't make it to the show, be sure to listen on 100.9 FM KIX or online by clicking here.

Happy Birthday: Nov. 25- Kelsey Palmer

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Happy birthday to women's lacrosse player Kelsey Palmer!

Kelsey Palmer

Happy birthday to men's hockey player Michael Pereira and women's lacrosse player Brittany Schoen!

Michael PereiraBrittany Schoen

Happy birthday to Emily Benjamin of women's soccer, Bianca Drabek of women's tennis, Anthony Toresco of men's lacrosse and Caleb Violette of football!

Emily BenjaminBianca DrabekAnthony TorescoCaleb Violette

Coverage Of UMass' Hoops Win At Boston College

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It was an offensive explosion as UMass routed Boston College 82-46 last night at Conte Forum. It marked the single largest win margin ever in the series between the two schools as the Minutemen improve to 4-0 on the year. UMass hammers BC by 36


Postgame Interview:

Coverage of UMass Releasing Kevin Morris

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UMass' news that it was releasing Kevin Morris as head football coach made national headlines yesterday. The Minutemen completed their final year at the FCS level this past season and now turn their attention to moving up to the FBS level as members of the Mid-American Conference.

Boston Globe: Morris out at UMass
Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass seeks 'momentum' in move to FBS

NBC22 Springfield:

ESPN Boston: UMass 82, Boston College 46

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ESPN Boston has a recap of the Minutemen's 82-46 Commonwealth Classic victory over Boston College at Conte Forum last night. It was UMass' biggest margin of victory in the Derek Kellogg era and the biggest margin in the history of the UMass-BC rivalry. It was also the Minutemen's first win over a BCS conference school since Kansas in 2008.

UMass hammers BC by 36 - ESPN Boston
Scott Coen of has a story following last night's 36-point basketball win at Boston College saying that Derek Kellogg's 4-0 Minutemen deserve attention after getting off to a good start on the season.

Derek Kellogg's Minutemen winning in the shadows and deserving of our attention -
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette recaps last night's big 36-point victory by the men's basketball team at Boston College to win the Commonwealth Classic by the biggest margin ever.

"This was a big game for us," Freddie Riley said. "It's a rivalry game. They beat us the last couple of years. They have a younger team and we have an older team. We just played hard and we got a win."

UMass men's hoops crushes Boston College by widest margin in rivalry - Hampshire Gazette
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette previews tonight's big game in Chestnut Hill where the Minutemen and Eagles meet in the annual Commonwealth Classic. Vautour says UMass is out for revenge after falling to BC at the TD Garden last season.

UMass men's basketball seeks revenge against Boston College - Hampshire Gazette

Happy Birthday: Nov. 21- Mike Glenn & Matt Keys

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Happy birthday to men's swimmer Mike Glenn and men's soccer player Matt Keys!

Michael GlennMatt Keys

Gazette: Big hockey weekend awaits Minutemen

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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette looks at the importance of the weekend against Maine and UMass Lowell.

Scott Cournoyer of the Collegian previews the upcoming games against Maine and at UMass Lowell this weekend.

Collegian Recaps Thursday's Basketball Win Vs. NJIT

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Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican recaps Thursday night's men's basketball victory at home over NJIT that improved the Minutemen to 3-0 on the season. UMass benefited from nine first-half 3-pointers on its way to a 79-58 victory. Chimelis also points out the emergence of Cady Lalanne inside, who had a career-high 14 rebounds in just 15 minutes.

"I don't know yet if Cady always knows what he's doing or where he's going,'' Derek Kellogg said.

"It's nice to see him accidentally bump into 14 rebounds in 15 minutes, though. That shows he can be a big-time rebounder here someday.''

A flurry of 3-point baskets lifts the UMass basketball team to a 3-0 start - Springfield Republican
Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican previews tonight's men's basketball game against NJIT at the Mullins Center at 7 p.m. Chimelis points out how turnovers and fouls made Monday's victory over Northeastern more difficult and how Derek Kellogg and the Minutemen are looking to improve those areas against the Highlanders tonight.

UMass basketball team looks to keep up the energy but cut down the fouls - Springfield Republican

Women's Basketball Recaps From Central Connecticut Game

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Photo: UM hosts NJIT, seeks 3-0 start
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette previews the 2-0 Minutemen's game on Thursday night against NJIT at the Mullins Center. Among the storylines that Vautour points out are the resurgence of Terrell Vinson and Andrew McCarthy playing against his brother.

UMass men's basketball seeks 3-0 start against New Jersey Tech - Hampshire Gazette
Happy birthday to softball player Quianna Diaz-Patterson and men's lacrosse player Kyle Smith!
Quianna Diaz-PattersonKyle Smith

Collegian: Minutewomen Aim For 2-0 Start

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Michael Counos and David Martin  preview tonight's women's basketball game against CCSU. UMass is coming off a season opening, 55-49, victory over Boston University last Sunday.


"The Massachusetts women's basketball team will look to win its second straight game at home when it takes on Central Connecticut State on Wednesday night at the Mullins Center," writes Counos.

"More impressive, however, is how well the two maintained their team's sense of confidence and determination to win, as the Terriers came back from several double-digit deficits to pull within striking distance late in the second half," writes Martin.


Tonight's game is set to tip off at 7 p.m. at the Mullins Center.

Happy Birthday to men's soccer player Michael Doherty and softball player Kyllie Magil!

Michael DohertyKyllie Magill

ESPN Boston: Derek Kellogg, UMass back on point?

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Check out the very well written story by frequent UMass basketball beat writer Marty Dobrow, who writes on ESPN Boston about UMass' start to the season and the parallels between this season and the last one the Minutemen opened at the Curry Hicks Cage, including the point guard position. 

Highlights From 83-67 Win Over Northeastern

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Recaps Of Basketball's 83-67 Win Over Northeastern

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The men's basketball team improved to 2-0 on Monday night with a 83-67 win over Northeastern at the Mullins Center. Sophomore point guard Chaz Williams led the way again for the Minutemen, recording the first double-double of his career with 20 points and 10 assists, both tying career-highs. Terrell Vinson (14) and Sampson Carter (12) both reached double-figures for the second game in a row. Check out coverage of the game below.

  • UMass men's basketball pulls away from Northeastern - Hampshire Gazette
  • Gary Forbes checks in on Minutemen - Hampshire Gazette
  • A double-double by Chaz Williams leads a double-digit UMass win - Springfield Republican
  • Offense in full swing as Minutemen cruise to 83-67 victory - Daily Collegian
  • Sloppy play plagues UMass despite win - Daily Collegian
  • Williams points way for UMass - Boston Herald
  • UMass basketball beats Northeastern - Boston Globe
  • UMass pulls away with game on line - Worcester Telegram
  • SB Nation Boston
  • Williams scores 20, dishes out 10 assists, Massachusetts beads Northeastern 83-67 - Washington Post
  • UMass 83, Northeastern 67 -
  • Recaps Of Women's Basketball's Win Over BU In Season Opener

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    Congratulations to head coach Sharon Dawley and the women's basketball team on the squad's season opening victory over Boston University on Sunday, 55-49 at the Mullins Center. Be sure to check out the weekly radio show tonight, which airs on WMUA, 91.1 FM at 5 p.m. and can also be heard online.

    Dick Baker has a recap of the game on and also had a preview over the weekend that focused on UMass' new point guard, Carolann Cloutier.

    The Daily Collegian had a recap of Sunday's game, as well: Minutewomen led by Zullo in 55-49 win over BU

    Also, check out the postgame press conference from Sunday:

    Happy belated birthdays to men's basketball player Javorn Farrell and women's field hockey player Lindsay Bowman!

    Javorn FarrellLindsay Bowman

    Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican previews tonight's men's basketball season opener at the Cage in today's issue. Chimelis points out how this season's opener is different than Derek Kellogg's previous three as head coach, as the team is comprised mostly of his players now and they are playing a new style offensively and defensively.

    Chimelis also mentions the signing of Tyler Bergantino to a NLI on Thursday.

    This year's opener is a new deal for the UMass basketball team - Springfield Republican
    Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette writes in his preview of tonight's season opener for the men's basketball team against Elon at the Curry Hicks Cage that Derek Kellogg's squad will play an exciting up-tempo style on offense and use some pressure defense as well.

    UMass coach Derek Kellogg is looking forward to getting started.

    "I feel like we're in a spot where its good to play a game," he said. "I don't know how much more we can go against ourselves and how much better we can get until we play somebody else and see what works and what doesn't work.

    UMass men's hoop will run and press in season opener - Hampshire Gazette

    Gazette: UMass football team takes last ride to Maine

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    Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette looks at the long-time rivalry between UMass and Maine on the grid iron which will likely be played for the last time on Saturday.

    Joe Sturzi of The Maine Campus looks at the game from the Black Bears' perspective.

    Pete Warner of the Bangor Daily News looks at Maine back-up quarterback Chris Treister's long journey in Orono.

    ESPN Boston: Four questions with No. 44 James Ihedigbo

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    Mike Reiss of has a Q&A session with James Ihedigbo as the New England Patriots head to the New York Jets on Sunday. Ihedigbo started his NFL career with the Jets and will face fellow Minuteman Vladimir Ducasse his former teammate in New York.

    Gazette: UMass hockey has pair at home

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    Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a preview of the weekend home games for the UMass hockey team. The Minutemen will host Holy Cross tonight at 6 PM, before returning to a normal starting time on Saturday (7 PM) against Northeastern. The special start time against the Crusaders is part of a hockey-basketball doubleheader as hoops will open the season against Elon in the Cage at 9 PM.

    Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican previews the pair of weekend home games for the UMass hockey team starting tonight at 6 PM against Holy Cross.

    Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican looks at the attendance at the Mullins Center through three home games. UMass is ahead of last season by nearly 3,000 fans which has been aided by key game dates and big name opponents.

    Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican writes that UMass hockey could use some help from Boston College on Friday night when the Eagles play Northeastern. UMass will host the Huskies on Saturday night at 7 PM.

    2011-12 Men's Basketball Video Preview

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    Collegian: New season, new feel for Minutemen

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    Check out Stephen Hewitt's headline story in the Daily Collegian's basketball preview edition previewing the Minutemen's 2011-12 season, which highlights the fact that Derek Kellogg's UMass team is a new-look squad in many ways going into the season, from style of play, attitude, new players, new roles, and more.

    "I think we're looking pretty good," said Chaz Williams. "I think we'll be better than a lot of people expect. But there's always room for improvement. I feel like we can get better every day. Every day we come to practice with an open mind. That's something that will make us and take us to another level."

    Collegian: Williams handed keys to new UMass offense

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    Stephen Hewitt of the Daily Collegian writes in Thursday's basketball preview edition about redshirt sophomore Chaz Williams, in his first season eligible to play for the Minutemen, taking over the role of point guard for head coach Derek Kellogg, someone who knows a thing or two about playing the point at UMass. The story focuses on how the 2010 CAA All-Rookie selection at Hofstra will be in charge of running the Minutemen's new up-tempo attacking style of play.

    "I expect to do some things I haven't gotten to do in the past," said Williams. "A lot of things that will make my teammates better and a lot of things that'll help us win games.

    "I want to help bring some excitement back to UMass," he added.

    Williams handed keys to new UMass offense - Daily Collegian

    Collegian: UMass a mix of returners and newcomers

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    Stephen Sellner of the Daily Collegian takes a look in Thursday's basketball preview issue at the UMass roster being a mix of old and new, and how that mix could be the right one for the Minutemen in 2011-12.

    "I'm hoping that that's what people that come in and watch us ... play see is a group of guys that are willing to give up a little of themselves," said Kellogg. "It's really more of a group effort than it'll ever have been."

    Collegian: Analyzing the "brotherhood"

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    Herb Scribner of the Daily Collegian has a story in Thursday's basketball preview edition on the new attitude the Minutemen are taking into the 2011-12 season. Scribner points out that when talking to Coach Kellogg and the players, the term "brotherhood" has been used a lot in describing this year's team. Scribner takes a look at how this new attitude and trust in one another can help the Minutemen reach new heights together this season.

    Analyzing the "brotherhood" - Daily Collegian

    Collegian: Four new Minutemen to take the floor

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    Jackson Alexander of the Daily Collegian has a story in Thursday's basektball preview issue on the four new Minutemen that will be taking the court this season. Freshman Caddy Lalanne, redshirt sophomore transfer Chaz Williams, and redshirt freshmen Maxie Esho and Andrew McCarthy all have to opportunity to contribute to the Minutemen in 2011-12 at various levels. Alexander provides some insight into how each could make a contribution.

    Four new Minutemen to take the floor - Daily Collegian
    Jay Asser of the Daily Collegian has a story on the new offense being implemented this season by UMass head coach Derek Kellogg. To better fit the athletes the Minutemen have on the court, the team is switching to more of an up-tempo style of play that will create more balanced scoring and as Asser puts it, "an exciting brand of basketball appears to await the Minutemen."

    It's time for a change in philosophy on offense - Daily Collegian
    Photo: Riley confident on eve of season opener
    Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story in Thursday's edition on UMass junior shooting guard Freddie Riley, who is expected to start for the Minutemen in their season opener on Friday night at 9 p.m. at the Curry Hicks Cage. The story talks about how the Ocala, Fla. native is confident going into his junior season and taking over the shooting guard spot from Anthony Gurley.

    "If you don't have confidence in yourself, it's hard for other people to have confidence in you. If you think negative, then you're probably going to have negative results," Riley said. "If you work hard and keep a positive attitude, things are going to go your way eventually. You're not going to have a good shooting night every night, but if you get down on yourself, you're just making it hard on yourself. You want to keep a positive attitude through everything."


    Happy birthday to Katelyn Allocco of rowing, Andrew Henshaw of men's soccer, Erin Phinny of women's swimming, Jacob Reed of men's track and Hellah Sidibe of mens soccer!

    Katelyn AlloccoAndrew HenshawErin PhinneyHellah Sidibe

    Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican has an update on Kellen Pagel's return after missing the Villanova game due to injury. He also takes a look at the impact of Shane Vivieros' return to the defense in the recent weeks.

    Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican looks at the success the Mid-American Conference is having with mid-week games on national television due to the agreement in hand with ESPN. UMass will be a member of the conference starting in 2012.

    Steve Levin of The Daily Collegian previews the upcoming home games for the UMass hockey team against Holy Cross and Northeastern. The Minutemen face the Crusaders on Friday (6 PM) and the Huskies on Saturday (7 PM).

    Friday's game will be part of a double-header with basketball which will open the season against Elon at 9 PM in the Cage.

    Michael Wood of The Daily Collegian looks at the impact Steven Guzzo is making after missing last season with a knee injury. The redshirt freshman has played in seven games this year and has two goals and an assist.

    Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican looks at the challenge that will be the Holy Cross power play unit - No. 1 in the country - on Friday night at the Mullins Center (6 PM).

    Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican has a feature on 6-foot-7 rookie defenseman Oleg Yevenko. Primarily known for his defensive presence, it was his offense that stole the show last Saturday night as his 3rd period goal stood as the game-winner against No. 1 Boston College.

    Boston Globe: Leadership with Brooklyn accent

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    Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe has a terrific feature in Wednesday's issue on redshirt-sophomore point guard Chaz Williams and what the transfer from Hofstra brings to the Minutemen going into the 2011-12 season. Washburn talks about how head coach Derek Kellogg needs a floor general to lead his new up-tempo attack with "fearlessness and heart that exemplified those 1990s teams."

    "He may have found such a conductor in Chaz Williams, a 5-foot 9-inch sophomore transfer from Hofstra, whose Brooklyn upbringing is apparent from the moment he speaks. He brings a New York bravado to Amherst, and his leadership and passion are exactly what Kellogg believes will push the Minutemen back among the elite teams of the Atlantic 10."

    Leadership with Brooklyn accent: Point guard Williams feels up to the challenge - Boston Globe

    UMass Alums To Face Each Other In NCAA 1st Round

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    The NCAA Field Hockey Championship starts this weekend and, as was announced on Tuesday's selection show, a pair of UMass alumnae will face each other in the first round. Former UMass All-Americans Pam Bustin and Tara (Jelley) Danielson are the head coaches at Duke and Stanford, respectively, and will face each other on Saturday at Old Dominion's Powhatan Sports Center in Norfok, Va.

    Bustin, a First Team All-American with UMass in 1988 as well as an Olympian in 1996, is in her first year as head coach of the No. 6 Blue Devils (13-7, 2-3 ACC) after serving the same position at Louisville for 13 years. Her job with the Cardinals was filled by former UMass head coach Justine Sowry.

    Danielson is in her second year at the helm for No. 10 Stanford (17-3, 6-0 NorPac). UMass' 1993 All-American was a member of the US National Team for several years. The Greenfield native coached against her alma mater a year ago in the NCAA play-in game, defeating UMass 2-1 to earn her first NCAA bid. The Minutewomen would earn an at-large bid that season.

    Happy Birthday: Nov. 8- Emily Boucher

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    Happy birthday to women's rower Emily Boucher!
    Emily Boucher

    Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has a recap of last weekend's swimming and diving sweep of Binghamton in a three-session meet on Friday and Saturday. The men won, 189-125, and the women won, 185.5-133.5. Joey Sbordon had the highlight of the meet, breaking an 11-year old pool record in the 400 IM in a time of 4:01.35. In fact, the senior smashed the old pool record by over a second and a half.

    "I was actually a little surprised the boys swam as well as they did," said Russ Yarworth. "We've been training pretty hard lately so I wasn't sure if they were going to come in fatigued. But they got their heads together and swam well."

    The Minutewomen were led by victories early on by freshmen Katie Arnott in the 200 IM (by over two seconds) and Zoe Judd in the 50 free. Chelsea Downing took first in the 500 free, leading a sweep of the top four places by UMass.

    "I'm very happy with where we are at this time of year," said women's coach Bob Newcomb. "This was a great opportunity for us to see where we were at and I think we're in a great spot being only a third of the way into the season."

    Sbordon leads way for Minutemen with record-breaking performance - Daily Collegian
    Jeffrey Okerman of the Daily Collegian has a recap of the tennis team's fall finale last weekend, the Big Green Invitational at Dartmouth. Sophomore Jessica Podlofsky continued her season-long strong play, while freshman Chanel Glasper was also very impressive. As usual, UMass' doubles teams were superb, winning several matches. Judy Dixon's squad begins its spring season on Jan. 28 when it hosts Boston College at the Bay Road Tennis Club at 12:30 p.m.

    Minutewomen face strong competition at Big Green Invitational - Daily Collegian
    Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican has a story on the Minutemen using this week as a final tune-up as they adjust to a new up-tempo style of play. UMass opens the season on Friday at 9 p.m. against Elon at the Curry Hicks Cage.

    "We're trying to instill in our guys that they have to be the aggressors from the minute they get off the bus,'' head coach Derek Kellogg said.

    Gazette: Kellogg not happy with UMass scrimmage

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    Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette writes on Tuesday that UMass basketball head coach Derek Kellogg was not pleased with his squad's showing in a closed scrimmage against Seton Hall on Saturday.

    "We didn't play as well I wanted or anticipated. We didn't take care of the ball the way we had been in practice. Our transition defense was porous from my perspective. I was glad it was a scrimmage game that doesn't count on our record," Kellogg said before Monday's practice.

    Collegian: UM falls to Temple in A-10 semifinals

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    Michael Counos of the Daily Collegian has the recap of Friday's A-10 semifinal loss by the field hockey team to Temple, 4-0 at St. Joe's. It proved to be the final career game for seniors Christine Cutry, Amanda Dietz, Nikki Panciocco, and Alesha Widdall, the 2011 Conference Defensive Player of the Year. The class finishes its career with a 51-33 overall record, a 21-4 conference record, and two A-10 Championships and NCAA Tournaments.

    UM falls to Temple in A-10 semifinals - Daily Collegian

    Happy birthday to Andrew Grube of men's track and Brandon Hill of football!

     Andrew GrubeBrandon Hill

    Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican wrote over the weekend on the men's basketball team being a totally new look, or "brand", in 2011-12. He writes how the Minutemen have a new offense, new point guard, and new post player, combined with two closed scrimmages rather than open exhibition games, make what to expect from the Minutemen this season a bit of a mystery.

    Well, the mystery will be revealed on Friday when Derek Kellogg's Minutemen host Elon in the season opener at the Curry Hicks Cage at 9 p.m.

    UMass basketball is Brand X, a total mystery on the eve of a season - Springfield Republican
    Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on Derek Kellogg indicating at UMass media day on Friday that the starting five for the Minutemen's season opener this Friday against Elon at the Curry Hicks Cage could be Chaz Williams, Freddie Riley, Javorn Farrell, Raphiael Putney, and Sean Carter. The Minutemen played their second and final closed scrimmage of the season on Saturday at Seton Hall.

    Vautour also points out some jersey number changes for the Minutemen this season. Check out the online roster.

    UMass men's basketball coach Derek Kellogg names starting five - Hampshire Gazette

    NFL: Cruz's Giants Edge Out Ihedigbo's Patriots

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    A big game for UMass football fans on Sunday was the match-up of former Minutemen as Victor Cruz's New York Giants played James Ihedigbo's New England Patriots. Cruz got the better of the meeting as the Giants won 24-20.

    For the game, Cruz led New York with six catches for 91 yards, while Ihedigbo had five tackles including four solo stops.

    At 17.3 yards per catch, Cruz ranks 8th in the NFL among players with 20 or more receptions. Overall, his 73.5 yards per game ranks 19th in the league.
    Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette caught up with Marcel Shipp and Steve Baylark at Saturday's Homecoming Game against Villanova.

    Geoff Hobson has a recap from Cincinnati's win over Tennessee yesterday in NFL action and mention's former UMass standout Jeromy Miles served as one of the game captains.

    The Titans won the toss and took the ball with the Bengals captains looking on: Jeromy Miles, Kyle Cook, Domata Peko, Brandon Johnson, and Donald Lee.

    Collegian: Soccer Falls To Rhode Island On Senior Day

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    Jackson Alexander of the Daily Collegian recaps the men's soccer team's loss to Rhode Island on Sunday.

    Scott Cournoyer of the Daily Collegian recaps the hockey team's win over Boston College on Saturday night.

    Steve Levine of the Daily Collegian recaps the tough loss for the football team to Villanova on Saturday.

    Be sure to check out the Giants/Patriots game today as UMass alums Victory Cruz and James Ihedigbo are almost certainly going to face each other.

    Fellow UMass alum Jeff Howe has a great piece on the two of them playing against each other on the pro level and how they refined their games at UMass.

    Recaps From Hockey's Win Over No. 1 Boston College

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    The Homecoming night cap proved an exciting one as the UMass hockey team knocked off No. 1 Boston College in front of over 7,600 fans in the Mullins Center on Saturday.

    Boston Globe: UMass beats No. 1 BC



    Recaps From Football's Loss To Villanova

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    A tough day for the UMass football team as the Minutemen dropped a 35-17 decision to Villanova at McGuirk Stadium on Saturday.

    Boston Herald: Mass-ive mistakes
    Philadelphia Sports Daily: Villanova Upsets UMass

    As the 2010-11 school year wound down, Carolann Cloutier faced a difficult decision as she plotted her upcoming summer.

    After sitting out the season at the University of Massachusetts under NCAA transfer rules, Cloutier could return home to Montreal and compete in the Canada Basketball Women's Elite Performance Program to further her hopes of someday being an Olympian, or stay in Amherst and try to help the Minutewomen get better.

    Cloutier chose to stay. Projected as the Minutewomen's starting point guard, the sophomore wanted to work with her UMass teammates in hopes of being ready to take on the leadership role required of the position.

    "I think I made the right decision," Cloutier said. "I got to know them and definitely got the trust from them. ... You want to be a leader, but you don't want to force it. You have to get to know the girls first and get chemistry before you can lead."

    Read more of Matt Vautour's feature on Cloutier here.

    The UMass women's soccer team will be playing for an Atlantic 10 title on Sunday for the first time since 1997 after upsetting previously undefeated No. 1-seed La Salle on Friday in Dayton, 1-0.

    The Daily Hampshire Gazette has this recap: UMass women's soccer stuns La Salle in Atlantic-10 tournament

    Also, check out the postgame interviews with head coach Ed Matz and senior Julie Morrissey:

    Congratulations to the UMass women's soccer team on its first postseason victory since 1997 as the Minutewomen defeated St. Bonaventure in the opening round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament on Thursday evening in Dayton, Ohio.

    The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a recap of the match.

    Also, check out the highlights and postgame interviews:

    Don't forget, the team is back in action again tonight, facing No. 1-seed La Salle in the semifinals at 5 p.m. Here are several ways to follow the action:

  • Watch (Free) | GameTracker
  • Follow UMass Women's Soccer On Twitter
  • Happy Birthday: Oct. 4- Callie Sweigart

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    Happy birthday to women's field hockey player Callie Sweigart!

    Callie Sweigart

    Congratulations to former UMass basketball star Anthony Gurley, who was selected by the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the second round of the NBA D-League Draft on Wednesday. The 6-3 shooting guard led the Minutemen with 18.7 points per game last season.

    Los Angeles D-Fenders select former UMass player Anthony Gurley in D-League draft - Springfield Republican

    Anthony Gurley selected in the NBDL - Boston Herald

    Women's Soccer A-10 Tournament Previews

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    There are several Atlantic 10 Tournament previews for women's soccer today. The Minutewomen begin their quest for a sixth A-10 title tonight in Dayton vs. St. Bonaventure.

    Daily Hampshire Gazette: A-10 tournament time for women's soccer & field hockey
    Daily Collegian: Trio of Minutewomen looked to carry offense through postseason
    Daily Collegian: Minutewomen have rhythm heading into postseason

    There are plenty of options to follow tonight's match against the Bonnies:

  • Watch Streaming Video | GameTracker
  • Follow UMass Women's Soccer on Twitter
  • Republican: Staff Changes For Men's Basketball

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    Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican and covers the announcement of changes to Derek Kellogg's men's basketball staff. With the departure of Vance Walberg, Shyrone Chatman becomes an assistant coach, Tom Doherty has been added as assistant operations coordinator, and Richard Hogans is the strength & conditioning coach.
    Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican has a story on the UMass football team flying into Boston, and staying the night there, after their game in Richmond, Va. Thomas also has some notebook topics on Perry McIntyre being honored for leading the Minutemen in tackles, runner defense, kicking change, etc.

    UMass football team spent night in Boston after win over Richmond - Springfield Republican
    Maria Uminski/Collegian
    Cameron McDonough of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian takes a look at the UMass Women's tennis team as they prepare for an invitational despite the major snow storm. The Minutewomen will be participating in the three-day Big Green Invitational over the weekend in Hanover, N.H. This will be their first time competing as a team since the match at Fordham on Oct. 9.

    Despite snow, Minutewomen prepare for Big Green Invitational - Daily Collegian
    Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette takes an in-depth look today at the UMass men's basketball lineup and who could potentially take over more of a scoring role for the Minutemen in 2011-12. Vautour goes through each player, saying why he's a candidate to increase his scoring, and what could possibly prevent that. An interesting read for UMass fans.

    UMass men's basketball looking for scoring threat - Hampshire Gazette

    Harris & Gaffney Square Off In Germany

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    Former UMass stars Ricky Harris and Tony Gaffney squared off over the weekend as the respective German professional teams played each other on Saturday. Harris' S.Oliver Wurzburg team came away with the 71-61 victory, handing Gaffney's Telekom Baskets Bonn squad its first loss of the season. Gaffney (12 points) silenced the Wurzburg crowd early in the game with a pair of dunks, but Harris' (6 points) team would finish on top. Check out the large photo gallery from the game.

    Duncan Leads Men's XC At A-10's

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    Matt Stewart has a great feature on cross country graduate student Sean Duncan, in the Sentinel Enterprise. With a time of 24:44.0, the Gardner, Mass native placed eighth overall, while garnering All-Conference recognition. As a team, UMass placed fifth in a field of 14 conference squads.

    "UMass (127 points) rounded out the top five in the nine-team conference, just finishing behind fourth place Dayton (119 points)," writes Stewart.

    Collegian: Swimming Teams Sweep Stony Brook

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    Chris Corso of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian has a wrap-up on Saturday's swimming & diving sweep of Stony Brook at the Joseph Rogers Pool. The men were victorious 184-105, while the women cruised to a 181-117 win.

    Both swimming & diving teams will be home again this weekend when they host Binghamton in a two-day meet Friday and Saturday.

    UMass teams sweep Stony Brook - Daily Collegian