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June 2013 Archives

UMass' NBA Draft Rewind: A Trip Down Memory Lane

With the NBA Draft tonight, we've compiled some clips and news articles from when recent UMass standouts realized their dreams when they heard their name called. But first here's a list of the UMass draft history...
1968: Billy Tindall (Atlanta Hawks, 10th round)
1969: Pete Gayeska (Atlanta Hawks, 9th round)
1972: Julius Erving (Milwaukee Bucks, 1st Round - 12th overall)
1973: Tom Austin (Boston Celtics, 19th round)
1974: Al Skinner (Boston Celtics, 9th round)
1975: John Murphy (Chicago Bulls, 8th round)
1975: Bill Endicott (Boston Celtics, 10th round)
1977: Jim Town (Denver Nuggets, 6th round)
1978: Derick Claiborne (Kansas City Kings, 5th round)
1978: Mark Haymore (Philadelphia 76ers, 5th round)
1984: Edwin Greene (Milwaukee Bucks, 9th round)
1995: Lou Roe (Detroit Pistons, 2nd round - 30th overall)
1997: Marcus Camby (Toronto Raptors, 1st Round - 2nd overall)
1999: Lari Ketner (Chicago Bulls, 2nd round - 49th overall)
2007: Stephane Lasme (Golden State Warriors, 2nd round - 46th overall)
2008: Gary Forbes (NBA-D League Sioux Falls Skyforce, 1st round - 4th overall)
2009: Chris Lowe (NBA-D League Reno Bighorns, 3rd round)
2011: Anthony Gurley (NBA-D League Los Angeles D-Fenders, 2nd round - 31st overall)

And here are some links and videos to get you through this Throwback Thursday.

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse Update (June 26)

Five former UMass men's lacrosse players were active in Major League Lacrosse since the previous program alumni update on June 3. Below is a list of how Minutemen currently competing on MLL squads have fared recently:

Brett Garber (2004-07) had a groundball and one shot attempt during Ohio's 18-5 loss at Denver on June 22 after producing a shot during the 13-11 victory over Rochester on June 15. For the season, Garber has a goal and three groundballs spread over six appearances.

Diogo Godoi (2006-10) registered a pair of groundballs and a shot on goal during Ohio's 13-11 victory over Rochester on June 15. Godoi has seen action in seven contests as a defenseman, scooping up six groundballs in the process.

Kevin Leveille (2000-03) produced a multi-goal game with two tallies at Hamilton during Rochester's 17-11 loss on June 22. Leveille has at least one point in four of the last five appearances he has made, earning nine total during the span. On the season, Leveille has 11 points on eight goals and three assists to go with nine groundballs during eight appearances.

Will Manny (2010-13), the reigning MLL Rookie of the Week, recorded a goal and four assists for five points during Boston's 16-12 win over New York on June 21. Manny's strong outing comes one week after a two-goal game at Charlotte during a 15-13 victory for the Cannons. During Boston's current two-game win streak, Manny has helped lead the offense with seven points on a trio of goals and four assists.

Jack Reid (2003-06) saw time at Boston during the New York Lizards' 16-12 loss on June 21 after scooping up a pair of groundballs on defense during a 12-10 win over Hamilton on June 13. Reid has played in eight games on the year for New York.

Men's Lacrosse Alum Will Manny Named MLL Rookie of the Week

UMass men's lacrosse alum Will Manny (2010-13) was recognized for his successful weekend in helping the Boston Cannons to a 16-12 win over the New York Lizards with the Major League Lacrosse Rookie of the Week honor on Monday, June 24. Manny recorded a five-point game on a goal and four assists, with a helper in each quarter, to spearhead the offense. Manny stands atop the Cannons' leaderboard with a .429 shooting percentage, scoring six goals on 14 shots over the first four games of his MLL career.

Manny spent four seasons on attack for the Minutemen, securing 201 points on 107 goals and 94 assists over 55 games, including 47 starts. Manny earned USILA First Team All-America, NEILA Player of the Year, CAA Player of the Year and Tewaaraton Award Finalist status as a junior in 2012, and battled through injury in 2013 to appear on the All-CAA listing for the fourth time and secure All-NEILA honors for the third straight season.

More information on the Boston Cannons can be through the team's official website here.

Stephane Lasme Returns To Russia, Signs With CSKA Moscow

After a very successful season where he was named the Euroleague Defensive Player of the Year for Panathinaikos in Greece, former Massachusetts basketball standout Stephane Lasme (@Slasme) will return to Russia where he has reportedly signed a two year, 2.5 million euro ($3.2 million US) deal with Russian champion CSKA Moscow. Prior to his time in Athens, he spent two seasons in St. Petersburg, Russia.

CSKA Moscow is scheduled to play a pair of games in the US as part of an American Tour. They will play at Minnesota on Oct. 7 and San Antonio on Oct. 9.

Whitney Mollica Goldstein Tabbed as Head Softball Coach at WPI

Former UMass softball all-American Whitney Mollica Goldstein was named the head coach at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) on Wednesday. She spent the past three seasons on the staff at Amherst College, including the 2013 campaign as the Interim Head Coach where she led the Lord Jeffs to a 24-12 record.

Mollica Goldstein was a four-year standout for the Minutewomen from 2006-09, where she was a three-time all-Atlantic 10 selection and the 2006 A-10 Rookie and Player of the Year.

Lost in last Wednesday's release of the Atlantic 10 basketball opponents and Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals was a snapshot of the top teams from some of the high-level mid-major conferences by David Fox (@DavidFox615) of Athlon Sports.

He had UMass sixth among 11 key teams from the Atlantic 10, Mountain West, Missouri Valley, West Coast and others. There are a few teams on the list that will be on this year's schedule as well.

Pro sports a Tripucka family tradition

Jane Havsy with the Daily Record caught up with members of the Tripucka family for an article highlighting the family's athletic success, especially UMass alum Travis Tripucka, who was a student-athlete on the Minutemen football and lacrosse teams and is now competing for a spot with the NFL's New York Jets.
FLORHAM PARK -- Kelly Tripucka didn't think about his children becoming professional athletes. No matter that Tripucka was a two-time NBA All-Star, and his father, Frank Tripucka, had his No. 18 retired as the Denver Broncos' quarterback in the 1960s.

Now Kelly and Janice Tripucka's sons are following the family tradition.

Jake Tripucka was scheduled to debut with the Charlotte Hounds in Major League Lacrosse on Saturday night, just a couple of weeks after winning his second NCAA title at Duke. Travis Tripucka, who played both football and lacrosse at the University of Massachusetts, is trying to catch on with the New York Jets as a long snapper.
Read the full article here.

Blogging With Bomben Update (June 15)

UMass women's basketball redshirt-junior forward Kiara Bomben adds another post to her on-going blog on Saturday. With the update, Bomben recaps a hectic week, during which she took a trip to Las Vegas with her mom and continued her interning duties with HPE. Bomben also spoke with a pair of teammates for the update, including newcomer Paula Tarnachowicz and sophomore guard Victoria Stewart, who received a pleasant surprise from the womens basketball staff recently.

Read the entry in its entirety here.

Reaction To 2013-14 A-10 MBB Home/Away Pairings

With Wednesday's announcement of the 2013-14 Atlantic 10 men's basketball home and away opponents, some media folks have offered up their evaluations of some who got favorable draws and who will have to work extra hard to make their dreams a reality.

UMass swim coach rides waves of support for cancer research

The NCAA News caught up with Massachusetts head women's swimming coach Bob Newcomb last week, just before he and fellow UMass staffer Eric Heller embarked on a 4,000-mile, 9-week journey to ride their bicycles from coast-to-coast in support of cancer research. Here's an excerpt from the piece that can be found on the NCAA web site or by clicking the link below.

Making waves is part of Bob Newcomb's job. But the head women's swimming coach at the University of Massachusetts is making one of his biggest splashes outside of the pool. Beginning June 8, Newcomb will bike almost 4,000 miles across the United States from coast to coast along with his friend Eric Heller to raise funds for cancer research.

UMass swim coach Bob Newcomb is logging 4,000 miles on two wheels this summer for a good cause. "Cancer affects almost everyone in some way, whether it's themselves, family, or someone else they know," Newcomb said.

The pair's intended route begins in Seaside, Ore. and ends August 4 in Provincetown, Mass. The last leg will see them join the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), an annual 200-mile bike ride that raises money for research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. With the first ride occurring in 1984, the event has raised more than $375 million, with $37 million raised in 2012 alone.

Newcomb's web site and blog for the ride: C2C2C2 | Coast to Coast to Cure Cancer
The ride's Facebook page: Coast to Coast to Cure Cancer

Top Ten Mid-Major Point Guards to Watch in 2013-14

With the summer in full swing around the country, that means that various 'best of' and 'top 10' lists start popping up from various organizations. Today's comes from Parks Smith, who writes for Mid Major Madness. He lists his top 10 mid-major point guards to watch this season. Of course, Minuteman fans have grown accustomed to seeing Chaz Williams on the lists and he writes the following about the UMass senior...

Simply put, Chaz Williams is the most exciting player to watch in the Atlantic 10. Despite only standing 5'9 the Hofstra transfer has a tenacious appetite for scoring averaging nearly 16 points per game and also lead the A10 in assists a year ago averaging just over 7 per game. Can Williams get the Minutemen back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998?

Along with Williams, Harvard's Siyani Chambers and VCU's Briante Weber, who UMass faced a year ago and will battle again this season, are also on the complete list here

Blogging With Bomben Update (June 5)

UMass women's basketball redshirt-junior Kiara Bomben continues her blog this week while interning in L.A. with an update on her sight-seeing trips around California and her recent work at Hutch Parker Entertainment. Kiara had a visitor in teammate Emily Mital, who stopped by for a few days on vacation, and presented a brainstorming project at HPE that required her to formulate a movie idea.

Check out the full Blogging With Bomben update, and all previous entries, here.

Go Away With ... Gary Forbes

Former Minuteman Gary Forbes' dream of playing professional basketball has taken him all over the world. So it seems only natural that he shares his opinions on travel, international fans and the hotels he prefers to stay at while on the road.

Jae-Ha Kim grabbed a few minutes with Gary and talked to him about those topics, and more in a recent article for the Chicago Tribune.

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse Update (June 3)

With the Major League Lacrosse season underway, select UMass men's lacrosse alumni are continuing their playing careers at the next level of competition. Here is a recap of how a few of the Minutemen performed in their most recent contest as well as an update on their season totals:

Kevin Leveille (2000-03) produced four points on two goals and a pair of assists to go with a pair of groundballs during Rochester's victory over the Ohio Machine. Leveille now owns eight points on five goals and three assists this season in five appearances with the club. The MLL veteran with nine years in the league bumped his career totals to 321 points on 248 goals (including a pair of two-point goals) and 71 assists spread over 96 appearances.

Will Manny (2009-12), playing in his first professional contest, earned one goal for the Boston Cannons against Denver while scooping up a pair of groundballs.

Jim Connolly (2006-09) secured one assist for the Machine in their contest against Rochester, also chipping in a pair of groundballs. Connolly has four points on a trio of goals and one assist in four appearances on the year, his third playing in the MLL.

Diogo Godoi (2006-10) helped out the Ohio defensive effort against Rochester with a two groundballs scooped up. Godoi has totaled four groundballs in five appearances this season, his fourth in the MLL since graduating for UMass.

Other Minutemen competing in Major League Lacrosse this season include Anthony Biscardi (2009-12), Tom Celentani (2009-12), Brett Garber (2004-07), Tim McCormack (2008-12), Mark Millon (1990-93), Jack Reid (2003-06) and Jake Smith (2010-13).

Conference Catchup: The Atlantic 10 loses some big programs

In case you missed it, on Friday CBS' collection of college basketball writers released another of their summertime updates, or Conference Catchups. Matt Norlander penned the Atlantic 10 edition and came up with the following nuggets on UMass.

In his team commentary in 140 characters or less...
Massachusetts: I think the Minutemen are set for a very big year. Derek Kellogg has made the team progressively better in the past five seasons. Now comes a league title.

Saint Louis
La Salle

G: Chaz Williams (UMass)
G: Dwayne Evans (Saint Louis)
G: Xavier Munford (Rhode Island)
F: Juvonte Reddic (VCU)
F: Isaiah Armwood (George Washington)

Originally scheduled for June 3, 2013, the annual Minutemen Club Golf Invitational has been moved to June 17, 2013, due to inclement weather in Western Massachusetts. If you were unable to sign up for the original date, the event will accommodate additional golfers on June 17. Please contact Assistant Director of Development Jason Germain at 413-577-0267 for more information

More information on the golf outing can be found here.