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February 2013 Archives

Inside Lacrosse: Photos Of The Week

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UMass was featured among Inside Lacrosse's Photos of the Week, with junior midfielder Joe Calvello shown winning a faceoff against Harvard in the picture. Calvello finished 10-for-16 on faceoffs against the Crimson and has won 37 through three games. Check out the full set of photos of the week here.

UMass at Harvard (Inside Lacrosse Photo: Cindy Alves)

Transfer Derrick Gordon helping Minutemen from the sideline

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette spoke with Derrick Gordon and Javorn Farrell before practice this week and spoke with the duo about their roles this season.

Irwin And Wellman Both Recalled To NHL

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Former UMass hockey players Matt Irwin and Casey Wellman were both recalled by their respective NHL clubs today. Irwin will rejoin the San Jose Sharks after playing nine games with the Sharks at the start of the season.

Wellman, who was acquired by the Washington Capitals from the Florida Panthers last month, will make his debut with the Capitals wearing No. 48. In his 11 games since the trade, he has tallied 11 points in 11 contests with the Hershey Bears.

Wellman previously played 41 games in the NHL with the Minnesota Wild from 2009-2012.

The Bud Light UMass Hockey Show travels to Northampton tonight and will be broadcast from Fitzwilly's at 7 p.m. The show airs live on WHMP (AM 1400/1240/FM 96.9), which is also available streaming online and via the TuneIn app.

Tonight's show will feature player guests senior Eddie Olczyk and junior Conor Sheary who will join UMass assistant coach Joey Gasparini along with Brock HInes and Adam Frenier.

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MBB Recaps From Saturday's 76-66 Win Over Dayton

Here are some recaps from Saturday's win over Dayton that snapped UMass' three-game losing skid. Lots of different players stepped up with big plays at crucial times - from Terrell Vinson's back-to-back 3-pointers in the final two minutes to the Minutemen outscoring the Flyers 17-6 over the final 8:06 - but sophomore Cady Lalanne was the player of the game with 22 points and 14 rebounds in 35 minutes - all career-highs - in recording his fifth double-double of the season.

Men's Lacrosse Coverage From The Contest At Harvard

UMass men's lacrosse moved to 3-0 on the season with an 8-6 victory at Harvard on Saturday. Matt Whippen led the team with a pair of goals while six additional Minutemen notched a tally each as the squad used a balanced attack to earn the win. Zachary Oliveri, the CAA Co-Rookie of the Week, had eight saves in net while the team defense held Harvard to just 23 shots. Below are a few links related to coverage of the contest:
  • Brian Foley was also at the contest and had a recap of play for Inside Lacrosse as part of the organization's "On The Scene" report.

Angela McMahon Previews Women's Lacrosse Game At New Hampshire

Republican: UMass' Stephane Milhim is chasing his draft dreams

Nick Underhill of the Springfield Republican has a story on UMass lineman Stephane Milhim and his hopes at the NFL Combine which takes place this weekend.

Stephane Milhim's journey to the NFL Scouting Combine began during one of his daily walks to the bus stop while a freshman in high school.  

Despite his size, the Haitian native was never interested in football. He was a soccer player and had never considered using his frame to protect a quarterback. But a football coach caught sight of him on the sidewalk and immediately began pleading the benefits for the sport.  

Milhim decided to listen and give the game a shot.


Inside Lacrosse: Photos Of The Week

One of's Photos of the Week came courtesy of the UMass vs. North Carolina game.

UMass vs. North Carolina (Inside Lacrosse Photo: Dave Adams)

ESPN Boston: Notes On Milhim From NFL Combine

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston has some quick hits from the NFL Combine which has begun in Indianapolis. Reiss, a UMass alum, made sure to catch up with Minutemen lineman Stephan Milhim.

3. UMass lineman Milhim making big jump. As part of the media interviews at the combine, UMass offensive lineman Stephane Milhim noted that it was nice to be part of a process with players he watches on TV, such as those from Alabama and LSU. "It kind of hasn't hit me yet, but it's like 'I'm here too with these guys.'" Milhim said he measured at 6-3 7/8 and 314 pounds, and called tackle his best position even though some project him to move to either guard or center in the NFL. He has experience at all five positions along the line and felt his performance against Michigan defensive end Frank Clark was one of his best. 

Photo: For @UMass_Football followers: UMass OL Stephane Milhim at media center at combine.

Patrick Strohecker of the Daily Collegian has a preview for Saturday's renewal of the UMass/New Hampshire women's lacrosse game which is the longest running rivalry in program history. 

Men's Lacrosse Gear Featured On Inside Lacrosse

Part of the UMass men's lacrosse gameday kit was featured by Casey Vock on Inside Lacrosse's recently, with the MD4 Glove by Warrior shown as part of a collection of the best gear from around the country. A full look at the glove is available on the site here.
UMass Men's Lacrosse MD4 Glove By Warrior.

MBB Gameday Previews: at St. Bonaventure, 2/20/13

We're down the final five games of the regular season. UMass plays at St. Bonaventure tonight and can snap its two-game losing streak with a win. It would also help the Minutemen climb up the conference ladder. The team is current in a three-way tie for sixth place with Charlotte and Temple. Tonight's game is being televised by Time Warner Cable SportsChannel in New York state. Some folks in the Berkshires can also see the game on those cable systems. You can also tune in to the UMass Sports Network with Josh Maurer and Tim Kenney. Those two do a greta job of bring the action into your home, office, car or mobile device (via the Tune In app). Tip-off is at 7 pm.

Men's Lax Garners Recognition After Win Over #4 North Carolina

The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team, including redshirt-freshman goalie Zachary Oliveri, received praise for the recent 12-11 come-from-behind victory over No. 4 nationally-ranked North Carolina over the weekend. In the contest, the Minutemen erased a three-goal deficit entering the final quarter through a mix of strong defense and balanced offense to earn the win. Below are a few links related to the Minutemen victory:

Oliveri took home CAA Co-Rookie of the Week honors after posting 18 saves vs. the Tar Heels.
Quint Kessenich ranked UMass No. 6 in his top-20 and weekend analysis column for Inside Lacrosse.
Bryan Wallace at Inside Lacrosse had a report on the atmosphere surrounding the UMass win.
Inside Lacrosse's Geoff Shannon appreciated UMass' "Gorilla Ball" approach to the game.
The Minutemen moved up to No. 5 in the USILA Top-20 and No. 7 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Poll.
The Inside Lacrosse staff ranked the UMass defense as the No. 7 unit in Division-I men's lacrosse.
Cecil Copeland was on-site to capture images of the hard-fought victory for Lacrosse Magazine.

The Minutemen continue their 2013 slate at Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., on Saturday, Feb. 23, before returning to Garber Field to host Brown on March 2 at 2 p.m. Ticket information for all home men's lacrosse games is available through 866-UMASS-TIX (862-7784).

MBB Gameday Previews: at VCU, 2/14/13

Beginning with Thursday's Valentine's Night contest, UMass will face the nation's 39th (VCU) and 40th (Temple) RPI teams in back-to-back games - both of which will be televised nationally by the CBS Sports Network (Channel Finder). The next six teams for the MInutemen have a combined 26-28 (.481) record in A-10 play, with VCU and Temple at 12-6 (.667).

Kellogg on Tim Brando Show Thursday 9 AM

UMass head basketball coach Derek Kellogg will be the first guest on the Tim Brando Show Thursday morning. Guest host Jon Rothstein (@jonrothstein) will pick coach's brain on all things UMass and the Minutemen prepare for Thursday's big game at VCU. The show airs nationally from 9-Noon ET on the CBS Sports Network (Channel Finder) and can be heard online at Yahoo Sports Radio or the tune-in app here.

Charley Molnar To Be Guest Speaker At Today's Sports Luncheon

Football head coach Charley Molnar will be the guest speaker at today's UMass Sports Luncheon which will begin at Noon in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center.

Coach Molnar will speak about the 2013 recruiting class which was officially signed last week and will give updates on the upcoming spring season.

Chaz Williams of the men's basketball team and Matt Whippen of the men's lacrosse team will also be honored as the Co-Athletes of the Week.

The UMass Sports Luncheon features an all-you-can-eat buffett for just $11 and parking behind the Mullins Center is free. The Luncheon is held every Wednesday throughout the school year.

Judy Dixon Previews This Week's Matches At Army

UMass tennis head coach Judy Dixon previews the Minutewomen's upcoming matches against Army, St. Bonaventure, and Fairleigh Dickinson in West Point, N.Y.

Matt Whippen Tallies Two Weekly Awards For #12 Men's Lacrosse

UMass junior midfielder Matt Whippen earned a pair of weekly laurels after posting five goals and an assist in UMass' 16-9 season-opening victory over Army on Sunday afternoon - securing the CAA Player of the Week and UMass Co-Athlete of the Week honors on Monday. The awards mark the first for Whippen in his collegiate career.

During play against the Black Knights, Whippen notched his first collegiate point with the first Minuteman goal and went on to add three more during the decisive second and third quarters. After the teams tied at 4-4 through the first stanza, Whippen spearheaded the UMass offense with a trio of goals during the middle portion of the contest, in which the Minutemen built a 13-8 lead entering the final frame. The Chelmsford, Mass., native went on to add one more tally in the fourth before assisting Kyle Smith on the contest's final goal.

The Minutemen continue their season with a neutral-site contest at Kennesaw State University's KSU Stadium against No. 4 North Carolina at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Coverage Of Clark's Caribbean Series Winning HR

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After he helped Mexico's Yaquis de Obregon to the Caribbean Series title in the early hours of the morning, former Minuteman Doug Clark was mentioned in several recaps of the game, including highlights from ESPN: - Mexico captures Caribbean Series in 18-inning thriller
ESPN - Douglas Clark HR lifts Yaquis in 18th
Baseball America - Mexico Wins Caribbean Series Title In Dramatic Fashion

Coverage Of UMass Football's 2013 Recruiting Class

The Bud Light UMass Hockey Show returns to The Hangar Pub and Grill tonight at 7 p.m. and will air live on WHMP (AM 1400/1240/FM 96.9), which is also available streaming online and via the TuneIn app.

Tonight's show will feature player guests senior co-captain Kevin Czepiel and junior Michael Pereira as well as a recap of last Friday's win over #11/9 Boston University and a preview of this weekend's games vs. Northeastern and #20 Merrimack.

Click here to submit a question for Coach Micheletto.

Tonight's edition of the Bud Light UMass Basketball Coaches Show presented by Bertera Fiat will be on location at Fathers and Sons Porsche Audi Volvo, located at 989 Memorial Ave. in Springfield. Josh Maurer, Tim Kenney and head coach Derek Kellogg will be on hand to take your questions, talk about last week's split at La Salle and at Charlotte, while previewing this week's home games with Rhode Island (Wednesday at 7 p.m.) and Saint Joseph's (Saturday at 2 p.m.).

You can submit your questions for coach Kellogg and see if it gets answered on the air! Listen live on 105.5 WEEI Springfield or online here.

MBB Recaps From Saturday's 66-65 Loss At Charlotte

Here are a few recaps from Saturday's 1-point setback at Charlotte. The Minutemen got a career-high 23 points from Terrell Vinson and 16 points from Chaz Williams. The team also knocked down nine 3-pointers in the contest. UMass will be back in action at the Mullins Center against Rhode Island on Wednesday, so make sure to find a friend and bring them to the game. Its a 7 p.m. tip off.

A Look Back: UMass Hockey Downs BU

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MBB Gameday Previews: at Charlotte, 2/2/13

Coming off Wednesday's big road win at La Salle, the men's basketball team will look for a sweep of its final multi-game road trip of the season when it faces Charlotte on Saturday at 2 p.m. Its the final regular-season game with the 49ers before they leave for Conference USA. Its Homecoming in the Queen City with a near sell-out crowd expected inside the 9.000-plus seat Halton Arena. And its the only game of the day between two of the seven 2-loss teams atop the Atlantic 10 standings. There's no live TV but the game will be streamed online - just click on the Gameday HQ link below for all the details.