Dan Salomone of Giants.com 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.
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' 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.
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.
Scott Coen of MassLive.com 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.
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."
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.
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.''
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com 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.
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 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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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."
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 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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican and MassLive.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.