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November 2012 Archives

Harry Plumer of the Springfield Republican has a feature on Joe Colton being awarded a scholarship on Wednesday. Colton says that a major reason for his determined play this year was being doubted as a FBS player coming out of high school.

Gazette: UMass freshman Joe Colton earns football scholarship

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a feature on Joe Colton who was awarded a scholarship on Wednesday. The true freshman walk-on from Norwood, Mass., was one of the most productive defensive players this season.

MBB Recaps From Wednesday's 64-63 Win At Siena

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UMass pulled off its third dramatic win of the season Wednesday with a 64-63 win at Siena on a Chaz Williams layup with 3.3 seconds remaining. Williams, who scored his 1,000th career point in the game, finished with 23 and Terrell Vinson added 17 to key the comeback. The Minutemen trailed by as many as 17 points late in the first half. Its the third time since January that UMass has erased a 17-poiunt deficit and won a game - against Saint Joseph's at the Mullins Center, at Drexel in the NIT quarterfinals and Wednesday.

MBB Gameday Previews: at Siena, 11/28/12

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After a 10-day break, the UMass basketball team will return to action tonight at Siena. Here are some previews and sidebars to hold you over until 7 p.m. The game can be heard on the UMass Sports Network with Josh Maurer and Tim Kenney on the call.

Also, if you live in New York State, there is a pretty good chance you can watch on the Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. The Siena site lists the following: Time Warner Cable SportsChannel offers its coverage in the Capital District on channel 50 or channel 1803, as well as On Demand 48 hours after the final buzzer. The game will also air live in New York City, Hudson Valley, Central, Northern New York and on systems in the Southern Tier. Check local listings for exact channel listings for Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, as the position varies by location. In Western New York locations (Buffalo/Rochester systems) the games will be offered live or tape-delayed based on other sports programming commitments and on the systems' "Local Sports on Demand" channels. Subscribers are encouraged to check their local schedule for weekly updates.

Stephen Hewitt of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian has an article on shooting guard Freddie Riley. The senior from Ocala, Fla. had a strong game in the exhibition opener against American International, but has gone just 2-for-10 from outside during the first four games of the regular season.

Women's Basketball Weekly Coaches Show Update

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As the Minutewomen prepare for a road trip to Ohio University and Miami (Ohio), take a listen to the weekly Women's Basketball Coaches Show on 91.1 FM WMUA with host Pat O'Neil and guest-commentator Chris Doherty. This week, head coach Sharon Dawley was joined by redshirt-junior guard Carolann Cloutier and the conversation focused on the NBA, life on the road when traveling with the UMass team and the squad's expectations for the Ohio trip.

Check out the entire show here through the UMass Athletics website.

Sampson Carter To See More Time Down Low

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Sampson Carter was a popular request at Monday's basketball practice, and for good reason. The 6-foot-8 forward is expected to see increased time at the 5 spot for UMass to help solidify its presence in the paint. The Minutemen will face some talented bigs this week when they play Siena and Miami.

Feature On Former UMass Swimmer Boopa Walsh

Former UMass swimming standout Boopa Walsh is now the head coach at Braintree High School. She talks about the impact of her seniors on this year's team. 

Just weeks after earning All-Conference honors at the A-10 Championships, Antony Taylor was honored as the online winner for the 2012 FloTrack Stashies at Nashies Awards for his mustache.

Here was the campaign video he made to win the award.

Coverage of Men's Basketball Early Signees

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The UMass men's basketball program announced that high school seniors Seth Berger of Ballard H.S. in the Seattle area and Zach Coleman of Dallas' Woodrow Wilson H.S. each signed a National Letter of Intent. Both the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Springfield Republican have coverage of the student-athletes.

All roads lead to UMass for Chaz Williams

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Jackson Alexander of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian recently spoke with Chaz Williams about his path to UMass and the events that have shaped his college career.

Hockey Weekend Previews Of Maine, UMass Lowell Games

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The UMass hockey team returns to action tonight with a game at Maine at 7 p.m. and will also host UMass Lowell this Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Mullins Center. Coming off a 4-0 win over Providence last weekend, the Minutemen will be looking to move up in the Hockey East Standings.

Harry Plumer has this preview, which focuses on goaltender Kevin Boyle: MassLive: Kevin Boyle a mainstay in net as UMass hockey heads to Maine for Friday tilt

Matt Vautour also took a look at the matchup in Maine: Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass hockey travels to Maine on Friday

Patrick Strohecker provides the Daily Collegian's coverage, and mentions the team's participation in "Movember" to raise awareness and funds for men's health issues: Daily Collegian: UMass hockey prepares for big two-game weekend

MBB Recaps From Thursday's 77-75 Win Over Providence

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Wow! What a finish last night down in Puerto Rico. The Minutemen will be back at it again this evening with a tough test against No. 6 North Carolina State. The game will be on ESPN2 and on the UMass Radio Network (105.5 FM, WEEI in Western Mass.). While you wrap your head around that game, here are some recaps from yesterday's action in Bayamon. And if you haven't heard, Terrell Vinson's game-winning put back was named the No. 1 Play of the Day on ESPN's SportsCenter. The other semifinal will see Oklahoma State and Tennessee play 10:30 am ET on ESPNU

Mike Wegzyn, Hafis Williams Guests Tonight On UMass Football Radio Show

Be sure to join us at the Hangar Pub & Grill tonight for the UMass Football Coach's Radio Show with Charley Molnar. Our player guests will be quarterback Mike Wegzyn and defensive tackle Hafis Williams.

Also, please note the show will start at the special time of 6:10 PM to accomodate the men's basketball game against Providence which will follow right after.

Fans can listen on the flagship radio station of UMass football and basketball, 105.5 FM WEEI Springfield, or by using the TuneIn App for smart devices.

MBB Gameday Previews: Providence, 11/15/12

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MBB Recaps From Tuesday's 67-64 Win Over Harvard

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Here are some recaps and notebook items on Tuesday's thrilling 67-64 season-opening win over Harvard as part of ESPN's College Hoops Tipoff Marathon. Former Minutemen Donta Bright and Luke Bonner were in attendance, along with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. The University also announced it would retire Marcus Camby's jersey at the George Washington game on Jan. 19.

Women's Basketball Weekly Coaches Show Update

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WMUA's Ryan X. Murray and Pat O'Neil hosted UMass women's basketball head coach Sharon Dawley and senior center Jasmine Watson during the weekly coaches show on Monday evening. The half-hour discussion focused on the keys to UMass' season-opening victory over Kent State, Watson recording her 1,000th career point and the upcoming schedule, which includes a trip home to South Bend, Ind., for Watson.

The show airs weekly from 5:00-5:30 on WMUA 91.1 FM and is now available on for fans who missed it live. Also, WMUA recently debuted an app you can download on iTunes to listen from your mobile device if you can't be near a radio for the show!
Michael Vega of the Boston Globe offered up some analysis on Chaz Williams and why he thinks the Brooklyn native could be the magic ingredient in leading UMass to a memorable 2012-13 campaign.

Driven by his dad

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Dan Duggan authored up the following piece on Chaz Williams and offers some insight into what makes the 5-9 junior guard so entertaining and flat out good on the basketball court.

Minutewomen Open 2012-13 With 30-Point Victory

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UMass women's basketball kicked off the 2012-13 campaign with an 83-53 drubbing of Kent State at the Mullins Center on Saturday afternoon. The Minutewomen were paced by four players scoring in double-figures, including senior center Jasmine Watson's game-high 21. Watson used her final basket of the game to become the 18th Minutewoman to eclipse the 1,000-point mark in program history. Freshman Rashida Timbilla tallied a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards to help the winning effort, the only known Minutewoman to secure a double-double during her first contest as a true-freshman.

Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican focused his recap of the victory on Jasmine Watson's milestone.

Daniel Malone spoke of Watson's success throughout her tenure with the Minutewomen while covering the 30-point victory over Kent State for the Daily Collegian.

The Minutewomen continue their season with their first road trip and first midweek contest as UMass travels to New Britain, Conn., for a Tuesday, Nov. 13 contest against Central Connecticut. Full coverage of the contest can be found on UMass returns home the following weekend to take on Quinnipiac at the Mullins Center on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., with tickets available through the UMass Ticket Central.

Coverage Of Hockey's Win Over Providence

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Congratulations to the Minutemen on their win over Providence on Friday night, which saw sophomore netminder Kevin Boyle earn his first career shutout and junior Michael Pereira post a three-point effort.

Several media outlets covered the win:

Springfield Republican: Michael Pereira breaks out as UMass hockey beats Providence 4-0
Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass shuts out Providence in Hockey East action Friday night
College Hockey News: The Takeaway: UMass Rolls Past Providence, 4-0
Daily Collegian: Michael Pereira lifts UMass hockey to convincing win over PC

Also check out the highlights and postgame interview from Friday:

UMass basketball team has high expectations

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Kerri Flemming of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette wrote a season preview on the men's basketball team, which opens play Tuesday at 10 a.m. against Harvard at the Mullins Center as part of ESPN's College Hoops Tip-off Marathon. 

"The expectations have been risen and the positives are that people are excited. We're going to have nice crowds. The season tickets sales have gone up. ESPN and the major networks are all trying to figure out when to get UMass games on again," said coach Derek Kellogg, entering his fifth year at the helm.

Harry Plumer of the Springfield Republican spoke with sophomore big man Cady Lalanne and head men's basketball coach Derek Kellogg in the following article that spotlights Lalanne's importance to the success of this year's hoops season.

In an effort to replace the strong play and leadership of departed senior Sean Carter, it will be up to Lalanne to anchor the inside while mentoring a pair of freshmen in Tyler Bergantino and Izzy Freeman.

A decade later, Camby takes floor as Knick

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Jared Zwerling of posted the following article on former UMass standout Marcus Camby and his return to the court on Friday. He had missed the tail-end of the preseason and the first three games with a calf injury but was healthy enough to log eight minutes in the win over the Mavericks.

Women's Basketball Kicks Off 2012-13 Season

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It's time for UMass women's basketball to start its 2012-13 season, as the Minutewomen host Kent State on Saturday at the Mullins Center to begin the campaign. Here are a couple stories regarding aspects of the current team and what they hold important and the start a new competitive slate...

Matt Vautour wrote a season preview for the Daily Hampshire Gazette, noting the wealth of young talent on the squad and an upcoming milestone for senior center Jasmine Watson.

The Daily Collegian's Peter Cappiello previews the year, with a focus on the upperclassmen expected to lead the squad.

Jeff Okerman with the Daily Collegian highlighted how important defense has been to the squad during preseason practice.

Daniel Malone of the Daily Collegian recognized the family atmosphere head coach Sharon Dawley has created in Amherst.

Live statistics and web streaming will be available for today's contest with Kent State, which begins at 2 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased here for the season-opener and every upcoming home game of the year.

Daily Collegian Men's Basketball Previews

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With the basketball season starting for the Minutemen on Tuesday, the Massachusetts Daily Collegian came out with its basketball preview issue on Friday. Here are some articles and opinion pieces on the squad by hoops beat writers Stephen Hewitt and Stephen Sellner.

Jesse Morgan: Something to prove

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Stephen Sellner of The Massachusetts Daily Collegian has a very in-depth article on junior wing Jesse Morgan. He talks about how since being cut from his AAU team in the eighth grade, Morgan has played with something to prove.

UMass Podcast: Episode 13, Derek Kellogg

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Harry Plumer of the Springfield Republican sat down with men's basketball coach Derek Kellogg for his weekly podcast and here's what they chatted about.

UMass basketball coach Derek Kellogg joins Harry to preview the upcoming season, reminisce about his playing days and talk about playing point guard Chaz Williams one-on-one.

Or, if you want to grab the pod in iTunes, click here. Happy listening!
With today marking the start of the college basketball season across the country, it seems like a good day for UMass beat writer Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette to publish his article on the scheduled and potential opponents for the men's squad this season.

UMass takes aim at NCAA tournament

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With the start of the men's hoop season just six days away, things are starting to get more intense at practice. Local journalists are starting to produce more stories on what they feel it will take for this Minuteman squad to be successful. Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette offered up his top reasons why UMass could have a successful season and top road blocks to that success.

The eight head coaches of the teams in next week's Puerto Rico Tip-Off participated in a media teleconference on Wednesday and Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal wrote a notebook on what he learned.

With their 2-1 overtime victory vs. Rider (15-6 overall) on Tuesday, the Minutewomen field hockey team earned the right to participate in the upcoming 2012 NCAA Tournament. UMass will make its 23rd appearance in the event when the Minutewomen face #5 Syracuse (17-2) at host-Penn State University on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.

Harry Plumer recounted the dramatic final moments of UMass' NCAA Tournament Play-In Game victory over the Broncs for the Springfield Republican.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette looks forward to the NCAA Tournament First Round contest with #5 Syracuse while reviewing the nail-biting victory over Rider that secured the Minutewomen their berth into NCAAs.

Peter Cappiello recapped the play-in game for the Daily Collegian and highlighted how team unity has helped the Minutewomen to secure its recent success on the field.

Check on to keep up-to-date on UMass' participation in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
UMass women's basketball head coach Sharon Dawley and sophomore guard Emily Mital visited the WMUA studio on Monday to join hosts Pat O'Neil and Ryan X. Murray for the weekly Women's Basketball Coaches Show. Every week throughout, Dawley and a player will discuss the team, 2012-13 season and miscellaneous happenings with the show hosts beginning at 5 p.m. on Mondays.

To catch the first 2012-13 season women's basketball coaches show, check out
With their 5-0 drubbing of #16 nationally ranked and #1 seed Richmond to earn the Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship on Saturday afternoon, the UMass field hockey team earned the right to host an NCAA Tournament play-in game against Rider University on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. on Garber Field.

Greg Cameron of the Springfield Republican recapped the championship victory while Harry Plumer previews the upcoming play-in contest with a look at the exceptional play of senior defender Thando Zono.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette was also present for UMass' 2012 Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship and highlighted Zono and the scoring ability the Minutewomen possess.

Peter Cappiello highlighted the impact Zono had while discussing UMass' 5-0 victory over Richmond.

More coverage of the upcoming contest with Rider can be found through, including a link for live stats.

UMass wins exhibition, finds Freddie Riley in process

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The website College Chalktalk has a nice piece on Saturday's exhibition game, while focusing in on Freddie Riley's big game and the important role he may play in the success of this year's team.

Writer Ian Nolan had the following to say about Riley...

While Chaz Williams may be the face of the team (if not the league at this point) Saturday night's five point exhibition win provided a peek into what other weapons the Minutemen can beat clubs with.

Namely, senior guard Freddie Riley. An old face, possibly with a new game. Or an old game, depending on how you look at it.

UMass wins exhibition, finds Freddie Riley in process

Recaps From Exhibition Win Over AIC

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Worcester T&G: Rob O'Connor walked into scholarship at UMass

Jennifer Toland of the Worcester Telegram has a story on Westboro's Rob O'Connor and the unique way that UMass football head coach Charley Molnar presented him and Daniel Maynes with scholarships. The video of the presentation was a YouTube sensation over the last two weeks and garnered national attention.

Boston Herald: A lot to learn for UMass' A.J. Doyle

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John Connolly of the Boston Herald takes a look at the development of former Catholic Memorial standout quarterback A.J. Doyle in his freshman season with the UMass football team. 

MBB Gameday Previews: Exhibition vs. AIC, 11/3/12

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With the men's basketball team hosting American International in an exhibition contest Saturday at 1 p.m., here are a couple of previews from area newspapers.

Tickets are $10 if you don't already have your season tickets. Click here to purchase AIC tickets. Or you can get season tickets here.

Boston Globe: UMass football seeking some sort of spark

Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe previews UMass football's game at Northern Illinois and how the success of the offense early can lead to a strong performance.

Harry Plumer of the Springfield Republican takes a look at this Saturday's football game at Northern Illinois and how the UMass defense will look to contain Heisman candidate quarterback Jordan Lynch.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a preview of Saturday's football game at Northern Illinois. The game will pit the Minutemen against the MAC West leading Huskies starting at 3:30 PM EST.

Field Hockey Ready To Host A-10 Tournament

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The UMass field hockey team and its home facility - Garber Field - will serve as the host for the 2012 Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament beginning Friday, Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. The Minutewomen enter competition as the No.2-seeded squad and will face No. 3 seed Temple during the semifinal round of play at 2 p.m. on Friday. Below are a few links related to the event...

The Atlantic 10 Conference has set up a page on its website with information related to the event for fans.

UMass, as the host of the event, will also provide coverage of the entire championship through and a tournament central page, including live statistics and web streaming.

Peter Cappiello spoke to the UMass field hockey team to preview this weekend's action for the Daily Collegian.

Harry Plumer of the Springfield Republican stopped by practice this week to speak with a few members of the squad in anticipation of the championship.
CBS has been rolling out their conference basketball previews and today is the A-10s turn. Here's a few nuggets writer Jeff Goodman came up with in his talks with the coaches around the league.

The A-10 is loaded this year. It's so loaded, in fact, that Xavier could finish in the bottom half of the league. With the addition of Butler and VCU, it's a conference that could legitimately get a half-dozen teams into the NCAA tournament this season. Brad Stevens and Shaka Smart will be far more relevant throughout conference play nowadays -- and the A-10 tournament should get plenty of pub since it's in the brand-new Barclays Center in Brooklyn. This could be a banner season for the Atlantic 10 -- all the way around.

Goodman has the Miami (Fla.) at UMass game on Dec. 1 in the Mullins Center among his top ten non-conference games in the league.

He also has UMass tied for first (with defending regular-season champ Temple) in his "Best Guess on First to Worst" part of the preview.

Field Hockey Notches 12 Year-End Awards From The A-10

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With the Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Tournament beginning on Friday, Nov. 2, the conference announced its regular season award winners on Thursday. Seven members of the UMass program combined to earn 12 laurels this season - the most of any team in the A-10.

Sophomore Lauren Allymohamed was tabbed the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year - the fourth consecutive season a UMass student-athlete earned the laurel - while second-year head coach Carla Tagliente was named the Coach of the Year.

Read up more on each of the awards UMass received here or through the official Atlantic 10 release.