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Former UMass baseball and Easthampton pitcher Jeremy Demers will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before Easthampton's home opener vs. Greenfield on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 3:15 p.m. at Daley Field in Easthampton, Mass.

Volunteers will be accepting donations at the event to help offset Demers' medical costs as he is currently battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Donations are also being accepted online here.


Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican also has a story on UMass football running back Lorenzo Woodley today. Woodley says his freshman year experience has prepared him better to know what to expect going into 2013.

Republican: Highlights from UMass football pro day

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has highlights from UMass football's NFL Pro Day which includes a video produced by the UMass Sports Network.

Collegian: UMass baseball prepares for Richmond

Tyler Fiedler of the Daily Collegian has a preview of UMass baseball's series at Richmond this weekend.

Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian spoke with UMass football coach Mark Whipple and freshman linebacker Shane Huber about the announcement earlier this week that the 2015 season would be the last for the Minutemen as members of the MAC.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a notebook from last night's football practice where he spoke with head coach Mark Whipple about conference realignment, running back Lorenzo Woodley on how he is approaching his sophomore season, and news of James Ihedigbo signing with the Detroit Lions.

Jack Leaman's Legacy Can Be Felt Tonight In Indianapolis

Around 9:45 pm Eastern Time tonight, Kentucky and Louisville will meet in an NCAA Tournament Round of 16 game in Indianapolis. Two coaches with deep UMass ties in John Calipari and Rick Pitino will direct their respective teams in their own, unique ways. And there will be subtle nuances they gained during their time in Amherst with the Minutemen's all-time winningest men's basketball coach Jack Leaman.

Here are a few stories that have been written on the duo's associations with Jack, who compiled 217 victories from 1966-79 and spent a total of 37 years associated with the University.

Freelance writer Dave Cunning has an in-depth Q&A with former Minuteman, current San Jose Sharks' defenseman, Matt Irwin on The Score:

"He may not be a household name just yet, but San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt Irwin may work his way into your mental NHL player directory yet. Now in his second NHL season, the 26 year old British Columbian is continuing a trend from his amateur career that has seen his point totals, ice-time, and contributions to his team's success dynamically increase every year.

Irwin spoke with me at length about his long road to the NHL and what he'll have to do to stay there, the tough decisions he was required to make and small window of opportunity he had to live out his dream, past teammates that helped get him where he is now, current ones that help make him better, what the San Jose Sharks will have to do to win their first Stanley Cup, what it takes to be consistently inserted into a lineup full of Olympians, All-Stars, and Stanley Cup champions, and more.

Read more: Getting to know San Jose Sharks' defenseman Matt Irwin

Matthew Zackman of the Daily Collegian wrote an article on the team chemistry that the softball team develops and fosters on its early-season trips to Florida each season.

    For most New Englanders, a trip to Florida is the epitome of a well-deserved break.
    Some enjoy relaxing on the beach, others like to play golf on Florida's finest courses and there are even those who will attempt to ride each roller coaster at all five of Disney World's parks.
    But for the Massachusetts softball team, a visit to Florida is all about business.
    On Feb. 21, the Minutewomen flew to Clearwater, Fla., for their first five games of the season. Despite being within driving distance to both Busch Gardens and Adventure Island, UMass opted to focus on being student-athletes.
    Although they were 1,315 miles away from their classrooms in Amherst, the team "is a very well rounded group of players that take their academics very seriously," UMass coach Kristi Stefanoni said.
    Stefanoni emphasized that her players attend UMass for academics and are aware that schoolwork is their first priority. They are in constant contact with their professors and their professors even work to accommodate the team's demanding travel schedule.

Read the entire article here...

Daily Collegian softball writer Jason Kates has a feature article on Interim Head Softball Coach Kristi Stefanoni. They talk about her love for the game of softball, her high school and college playing days and her first year in charge of the Minutewomen program.

George 'Trigger' Burke: The dean of Quincy hoops

The Patriot Ledger in Quincy has a nice feature on former UMass basketball great George "Trigger" Burke.

    QUINCY - It was no surprise to see Quincy lawyer George "Trigger" Burke at Friday's Boston Amateur Basketball Club tournament at Quincy High, checking out the ninth-, 10th- and 11th-grade talent, just as Quincy High coach Dave Parry and North Quincy High coach Kevin Barrett were.
    After all, if any man's name is synonymous with Quincy hoops, it is Burke, and as he is quick to point out, he's been happy to donate money to both high schools' programs, even though he is a 1950 Quincy High grad. But it might have been a little surprising to find Burke at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn two weekends ago, although he thoroughly enjoyed the trip to the new arena.
    "What a beautiful arena," Burke said from his Hancock Street office. "And out front they had these giant pictures of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce!" Burke wasn't there to catch up on former Celtics, although he is one himself, but rather to receive yet another honor for his own basketball exploits. In conjunction with the Atlantic 10 Tournament, the conference honored a select few former players from its schools with the Atlantic 10 Legends Award.
    "They asked the schools to nominate people from their past, and UMass nominated me," Burke explained. "Of course, in those days there was no A-10 - we played in the Yankee Conference - but it was nice recognition from the school and the A-10."

Read the entire article here...

VIDEO: Highlights From UMass Football's NFL Pro Day

The UMass Sports Network was on hand as UMass football pro day drew 21 NFL scouts to McGuirk Alumni Stadium on March 25, 2014.
Lacrosse Magazine listed their mid-season leading candidates for several major awards and picked their first-team All-America squad as if the season were to end today. In naming the award winners, they also mentioned who else was in top consideration for the award.

Kelsey McGovern earned the nod for First Team All-America and was one of the considerations for the Most Outstanding Defender in the nation.

Rachel Vallarelli was a top consideration for the Kelly Award going to the Most Outstanding Goalie.

Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has a story today on how the UMass football team is responding to new head coach Mark Whipple during Spring Camp. Canelas writes that a new attitude as a result of a fresh start is helping to change the culture of the program.

Coverage Of UMass Football Leaving The MAC Following 2015 Season UMass Minutemen Warrior Regulator Helmet

Inside Lacrosse contributor Casey Vock featured the UMass Minutemen Warrior Regulator Helmet on on Wednesday, showing off its sleek, crisp white look and prominently featured Massachusetts Minuteman logo. Check it out:

Get the whole scoop on the helmet from Vock through The most up-to-date information on the Minutemen is available on

Coverage Of Vladimir Ducasse Signing With Minnesota Vikings

Vladimir Ducasse has signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings after playing for four years with the New York Jets. He was a second round draft pick with the Jets after having a standout career with UMass. In Minnesota, he joins fellow UMass alum and offensive lineman Josh Samuda who signed a reserve/future contract with the Vikings in January.

UMass women's lacrosse seniors Katie Ferris and Kelsey McGovern were tabbed Mid-Season All-America Third Team selections by on Monday. Ferris is one of the top offensive players in the country, while McGovern is known both for her defensive prowess and skill on the draw control.

Recaps From UMass Women's Lacrosse Loss To Northwestern

No. 7 Northwestern used a four-goal run spanning halftime to build enough of a lead to hold off No. 10 UMass, 10-6, last night at McGuirk Stadium. The loss for the Minutewomen snapped a 31-game home win streak, however, the closeness of the game shows how far the UMass program has come after suffering eight double-digit losses to the Wildcats in previous meetings.

Recaps & Coverage Of UMass Football's NFL Pro Day

UMass held its annual NFL Pro Day on Tuesday afternoon putting several Minutemen and other local football athletes through the paces in front of 21 NFL scouts.

Charter3 TV:

NBC Video:

Mark Dixon from Inside Lacrosse completed his midseason takeways, storylines and all-America selections on Tuesday. Dixon highlights UMass senior midfielder Connor Mooney among his second team all-Americans as Mooney has been one of the sparks to the Minuteman offense with 26 points on 13 goals and as many assists through nine games.

Read the entire all-America listing on More on the Minutemen is available through

Laurel Pfahler of has a feature story on the UMass women's lacrosse team and how head coach Angela McMahon uses some non-traditional strategies to keep the environment challenging and fun while turning the Minutewomen into a nationally recognized program.

Jesse Mayfield Sheehan of the Daily Collegian has a game preview of tonight's top-10 match-up between UMass and Northwestern under the lights at McGuirk Stadium. 

Anthony Chiusano of the Daily Collegian has a feature story on UMass women's lax goalie Rachel Vallarelli who has anchored one of the top defensive units in the country. Vallarelli and the Minutewomen face a tough test on Tuesday night as No. 7 Northwestern visits McGuirk Stadium.

Collegian: UMass tennis wins two of three over spring break

Arthur Hayden of the Daily Collegian has a recap of UMass' spring break trip to Charleston, S.C., where the Minutewomen won two of three matches and senior Jessica Podlofsky broke the all-time career singles victories record for the program.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on Rob Blanchflower and how he has been working to recover this off-season from an injury that kept him sidelined for much of the 2013 season. Blanchflower discusses how he is working out and speaking with scouts as much as possible to earn himself a spot with a NFL team when preseason camp opens this summer.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on the Minutemen holding their annual NFL Pro Day at McGuirk Stadium on Tuesday. The event allows NFL scouts to evaluate UMass and other area players to help them improve their draft stock or shots at signing free agent contracts.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a feature story on A.J. Doyle as he learns the new offensive playbook under head coach Mark Whipple. After two years as a spread, no-huddle quarterback, Doyle is learning the new intricacies of Whipple's pro-style attack.

Nick O'Malley of the Springfield Republican has a story on Vladimir Ducasse who signed with the Minnesota Vikings after playing the last four seasons with the New York Jets. Ducasse was a 2010 second-round draft pick following his career at UMass.

Quick breaks Kings win record in shutout of Panthers

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Congratulations to former UMass goaltender Jonathan Quick who broke the Los Angeles Kings' franchise record for regular season victories with his 172nd career win over the weekend

Quick also added another to his growing highlight reel Saturday afternoon with one of the top glove saves of the season. Video of the save is below from

The UMass Sports Network put together a highlight package encompassing plays that earned No. 11 nationally ranked men's lacrosse its 12-6 victory over Hartford at Garber Field on Saturday afternoon. Check out some of the action from the game below:

More on the men's lacrosse program can be found through

VIDEO: Men's Lacrosse Interviews After Win Over Hartford

UMass Athletics spoke with men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella, close defenseman James Fahey and midfielder Connor Mooney after the No. 11 Minutemen defeated Hartford, 12-6 at Garber Field on Saturday afternoon to improve to 7-2 on the season. Check out what the trio had to say about the game below:

More from UMass men's lacrosse is available at

Daily Collegian staff writer Andrew Cyr spoke with UMass men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella, midfielder Connor Mooney and attackman Nick Mariano after the Minutemen dispatched Hartford, 12-6. Check out Cyr's recap and what Cannella, Mooney and Mariano had to say below.

"Tied at 5-5 with three minutes, 18 seconds remaining in the third quarter, the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team found itself in another game that was destined to go down to the wire.

But sometimes in lacrosse, one goal is all it takes to jumpstart an offense. And on Saturday, the No. 11 Minutemen's late offensive explosion proved to be the key in their 12-6 win over Hartford.

Jeff George fired a shot at Hartford goalkeeper Frank Piechota that caught a piece of his stick and trickled out in front of the net. Then Ryan Curley - who hasn't made a huge impact on the scoresheet this season - was in the right place at the right time to give UMass the 6-5 lead.

The Minutemen never looked back, scoring six consecutive goals to quickly put the game out of reach midway through the fourth quarter."

The remainder of the recap is available through the Daily Collegian website. More on the men's lacrosse team can be found on

Inside Lacrosse: Mariano Named Rising Star

Inside Lacrosse contributor Quint Kessenich selected seven Division I rookies as "Rising Stars" on Friday, with Massachusetts men's lacrosse freshman Nick Mariano among those selected. Below is Kessenich's complete list:

Rising Stars
Meet the next generation of stars. Here are my impact freshmen, bright-eyed difference-makers from day one:

Zach Miller, Denver, attack -- 20 goals, 8 assists
Cole Shafer, Drexel, attack -- 16, 12
Nick Mariano, Massachusetts, attack -- 17 goals
Christian Knight, Cornell, goalie -- .595 save pct.
Matt Rambo, Maryland, attack -- 13, 4
Joe Seider, Towson, attack -- 12 goals
Brandon Burke, Colgate, goalie -- .576 save pct.

Mariano leads the Minutemen with 24 points on a team-best 19 goals to go with five assists. More on Mariano and the 6-2 start for UMass can be found here. Read more on Kessenich's mid-season report through

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse Hosts Hartford Saturday

The No. 11 nationally-ranked UMass men's lacrosse program will look to bounce back from its loss at No. 19 Fairfield on Tuesday when the Minutemen host Hartford for a 1 p.m. game at Garber Field on Saturday, March 21. A preview of the matchup is available below:

  University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
 Game 9 #11/11 Massachusetts (6-2) vs. Hartford (4-3)
 Date | Time Saturday, March 22, 2014 | 1:00 p.m.
 Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
 Live Statistics GameTracker
 Watch CBS All-Access (subscription required)
 Listen WMUA 91.1 FM (free)
 Series History Massachusetts leads, 10-0. Last meeting: UMass 13, Hartford 11; March 23, 2013
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Hartford Get Acrobat Reader
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Hartford
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse  
 Tickets Available through the UMass Athletics Ticket Office at 866-862-7784

More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found on

UMass hockey commit Brandon Montour, who signed with the Minutemen last November, is highlighted in the most recent Prospector Files on, which lists a First Team draft-eligible pick six series at each position from the major junior and international ranks.

Here is the portion of the piece that mentions Montour:

Committed to the University of Massachusetts, Montour leads all defensemen in the league with 52 points and is third with a plus-30 rating in 53 games for the Black Hawks. The 5-11, 186-pound right-hander is No. 186 on Central Scouting's midterm rankings. He also has five goals and 22 points on the power play.

Rajanen likes what he sees in Montour, whose ambition outside of hockey is to become an architect.

"He is having a great year; very solid puck play," Rajanen said. "He's producing points and has some bite to his game. I believe he's a solid defender and good prospect."

Read more: Prospector Files: USHL draft-eligible All-Star team

Former Minutemen Kostka, Carzo Thriving With New Teams

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UMass hockey alums Mike Kostka and Rocco Carzo have both been good fits for their new clubs in the recent weeks. Kostka, who was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning from the Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 23, has two goals and three assists for five points and is a +5 over his 10 games with the Lightning. Tampa Bay, winners of five straight, currently sits second in the Atlantic Division and boasts the third-best record in the Eastern Conference.

Carzo, in his first full season of pro hockey in the ECHL, was traded from the Florida Everblades to the Ontario Reign back on Feb. 24. Since joining the Reign, Carzo has logged seven assists in seven games and currently has an active four-game point streak. In Ontario's most recent contest, Carzo was named the second star of the game after helping the Reign defeat the Idaho Steelheads, 6-2.

UMass Hockey In The AHL

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Here's a look at what's on tap for the American Hockey League teams with former Minutemen on their roster for this coming weekend:

Conor Allen (Hartford Wolf Pack) - 3/21 vs. St. Johns (7 PM), 3/22 at Adirondack (7 PM)
Joel Hanley (Portland Pirates) - 3/23 at Bridgeport (3 PM) - Listen
Danny Hobbs (Binghamton Senators) - 3/21 at Norfolk (7:30 PM), 3/22 at Norfolk (7:15 PM) - Listen
Michael Pereira (Worcester Sharks) - 3/21 vs. Springfield (7:30 PM), 3/22 vs. Hershey (7 PM) - Listen
Conor Sheary (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins) - 3/21 at Syracuse (7 PM), 3/22 vs. Utica (7:05 PM), 3/23 at Albany (4 PM) - Listen 
Casey Wellman (Hershey Bears) - 3/21 at Providence (7:05 PM), 3/22 at Worcester (7 PM), 3/23 at Manchester (3 PM) - Listen

Live stats for all games can be found on
Congratulations to former UMass goaltender Jonathan Quick who stopped two of three Washington Capitals' attempts in the shootout last night to tie Rogie Vachon for the Los Angeles franchise record with his 171st career win. Quick is now 171-115 over 326 games with the Kings.

Read more here: Kings top Capitals in shootout for Sutter's 500th win
Los Angeles Times: Kings grind out historic milestones in 2-1 shootout win over Capitals

NCAA Tournament All-Access Day Two Recap

UMass spent Thursday with another practice at NC State, an open workout at the PNC Arena, met the media and wrapped things up with a pep rally at the Sheraton hotel in downtown Raleigh. And UMass alum Julius Erving paid a visit to the team and offered them a message about life and basketball.

MBB Gameday Preview: NCAA 2nd Rd vs. Tennessee, 3/21/14

It's here! 16 years in the making and the UMass Minutemen will make their ninth appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament today at 2:45 p.m. against Tennessee. Here are the previews of the game.

No. 6 Massachusetts (24-8) vs. No. 11 Tennessee (22-12)
 Date Friday, March 21 at 2:45 p.m. (EST)
 Location Raleigh, N.C. | PNC Arena
 Tickets  Click here
 TV watch CBS
 Radio  105.5 FM WEEI (Springfield), 1440 AM WVEI (Worcester)
 Satellite Radio  Westwood One Broadcast | Sirius XM 91 | Listen live on TuneIn App
 Online Video watch CBS March Madness Live App 
 Live Stats gametracker Live Stats
 Social Media
 Game Notes Massachusetts Notes | Tenn Notes | News Clips | 2013-14 Media Guide

Fans and alumni around the state, in New York, Denver and San Francisco will have the opportunity to join fellow Minutemen on Friday afternoon to see UMass take on Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament. Check the link below for information on Watch Parties and other events scheduled by the Alumni Association. The events are free to attend, but a registration is preferred.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story discussing the return of UMass basketball to the NCAA Tournament and the journey that has taken place.

Thursday's NCAA Tournament Coverage Of UMass Basketball

NCAA Tourney Day One Recap

Check out the all-access video and photo gallery from the travel day to Raleigh, including hotel check in and practice at NC State's practice facility.

President Obama Picks UMass Basketball To Win On Friday

President Obama filled out his official NCAA Tournament bracket and picked UMass to beat either Iowa or Tennessee on Friday in the NCAA Tournament.  He did pick Duke to beat the Minutemen, but even the President isn't perfect every time!

Out of the six A-10 teams in the tourney, he has UMass, Saint Louis and VCU advancing to the round of 32.

UMass Alum James Ihedigbo Expected To Sign With Detroit Lions

The NFL Free Agency moves continue around the league with James Ihedigbo being discussed as a possibility to sign with the Detroit Lions after spending the last two seasons in Baltimore. Ihedigbo will be entering his seventh season in the NFL this fall having played for the New York Jets, New England Patriots and the Ravens. has this video of Victor Cruz surprising a busload of children from Lincoln Elementary School by taking them to the Rachel Ray Show.

4. Victor Cruz surprised a "busload" of children. The students of Lincoln Elementary School from Mount Vernon, N.Y., recently thought they were going on an ordinary field trip until the Giants wide receiver jumped on the bus and brought them to the Rachel Ray show. There Cruz stressed the importance of healthy eating.

Former UMass Standout Jeremy Cain Signs With Tampa Bay Bucs

Former UMass standout Jeremy Cain signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this week. Cain has played for Chicago, Tennessee and Jacksonville over the course of his NFL career as a long snapper and linebacker over eight seasons.

Recaps Of No. 9 UMass Women's Lacrosse Win At Vermont

Six players scored goals paced by five from Sam Rush and four from Katie Ferris (along with four assists) as No. 9 UMass stormed past Vermont yesterday afternoon in Burlington.

ABC40: UMass Minutemen Head to Raleigh for NCAA Tournament

ABC40 was on location this morning at Barnes Airport as the Minutemen departed Western Mass for Raleigh, N.C. Derek Kellogg spoke about the excitement of finally getting on the road for the NCAA Tournament.

Wednesday NCAA Tournament Coverage Of UMass Basketball

Boston Globe: Derrick Gordon teaching UMass teammates

Michael Whitmer of the Boston Globe has a feature today on the Minutemen's Derek Gordon who reached the NCAA Tournament with Western Kentucky as a freshman before transferring to UMass. Gordon's experience in tournament play will certainly be beneficial to the squad this weekend.

Boston Herald: Carter's been waiting at UMass

Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald has a feature story on Sampson Carter who talks about his path to UMass and what it means to reach the NCAA Tournament.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican writes that UMass will focus on improving its game during the early part of this week until the Minutemen find out exactly who they will play on Friday in the NCAA Tournament. Iowa and Tennessee play on Wednesday night in Dayton with the winner making the trip to Raleigh to face UMass.

Gazette: UMass seed shock turns into familiar feeling

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story in today's paper about the UMass basketball team using certain negative critiques in the media as fuel and motivation for Friday's NCAA Tournament game against either Iowa or Tennessee in Raleigh, N.C.

ABC40: UMass Minutemen Begin Preparations for NCAA Tournament

Casey Viera of ABC40 has a look at the UMass basketball team which returned to practice on Monday to begin preparation for the NCAA Tournament. UMass will play either Iowa or Tennessee on Friday afternoon in Raleigh, N.C.

Before leaving Florida yesterday to head back to Massachusetts, the UMass baseball team paid a visit to the Pirates' Spring Training complex in Bradenton, Fla. Though the game was cancelled due to rain, the Minutemen did get to take in all of batting practice from the field and met several folks from the Pirates' and Yankees' organizations including Yankees' manager Joe Girardi, first baseman Mark Teixeira and Pirates' general manager/UMass alum Neal Huntington.

Check out the photos below:

Derek Kellogg Talks UMass Hoops To National Audience

UMass head coach Derek Kellogg will appear on a pair of national shows today - one on satellite radio and another on national television - to talk UMass hoops and the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.

Derek will be on the Tim Brando Show this morning at 9:30 am ET as part of Sirius College Sports daily lineup. The show can be heard on Sirius XM 91 from 9 am-Noon ET.

This evening after practice, he will be a guest on CBS Sports Network's "Bracket Breakdown" show, which airs from 4-6 pm ET. Derek is scheduled to call in at 5 pm for a live interview. 

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse At Fairfield On Tuesday

The No. 11 UMass men's lacrosse team faces another top-20 squad on Tuesday afternoon when the Minutemen challenge No. 19 Fairfield at 3 p.m. in Fairfield, Conn. The meeting is the ninth in the series and the final non-conference one before the Stags join the Colonial Athletic Association as an affiliate member for the 2015 season.

  University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
 Game 8 #11/11 Massachusetts (6-1) at #19/RV Fairfield (4-2)
 Date | Time Tuesday, March 18, 2014 | Noon
 Location Alumni Field (4,000) | Fairfield, Conn.
 Live Statistics Sidearm Stats (goes live at gametime)
 Watch (subscription required)
 Gameday Blog Link available 20 minutes before the game starts.
 Listen WMUA 91.1 FM
 Series History UMass leads, 7-1. Last meeting: #15 Massachusetts 12, Fairfield 6; April 21, 2009
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Fairfield
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Fairfield Get Acrobat Reader
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse  
 Attend The Game Tickets available at Alumni Field.

More on the Minutemen is available to MinuteFans via

PREVIEW: Women's Lacrosse At Vermont On Tuesday

No. 9 UMass women's lacrosse (7-0) heads to Vermont to challenge the Catamounts (7-1) on Tuesday afternoon in a 3 p.m. game. Below is all the info MinuteFans need to follow along today:

 No. 9/9 Massachusetts (7-0) at Vermont (7-1)
 Date  Tuesday, March 18 - 3:00 PM (EST) 
 Location  Virtue Field Burlington, Vt.
 Watch Online  Northeast Sports Network
 Live Stats  Live Stats
 Twitter Updates  @UMassAthletics

More on the women's lacrosse program can be found through

Inside Lacrosse: Breakdown Of Brine Media Top-20 Poll

Quint Kessenich broke down his selections for the Inside Lacrosse Media Top-20 teams on Monday and had this to say about UMass, which jumped to No. 11 after its victories over Providence on Tuesday, March 11 and at then-No. 5 Penn State on Saturday, March 15.

"Wins over Providence and Penn State have UMass back on the warpath. That's exactly what you love to see from a team after their first loss. They go back to work, make adjustments, commit to improvement and hit the reset button.

Saturday, Garber's Gorillas picked up a critical CAA win over Penn State, 8-6. Zach Oliveri made 15 stops, he is an All-America honor contender. Stats were even outside of the goalie differential. On Tuesday, Grant Whiteway found paydirt seven times in a 16-11 win over Providence. Connor Mooney chipped in seven points and a dozen different Minutemen got their name in the box score.

UMass is at Fairfield (ECAC) on March 18."

A complete list of who Kessenich voted for and where he placed them in the top-20 along with those on the cusp of joining the rankings is available on Inside Lacrosse's website. Keep up-to-date with the Minutemen through

Men's Lacrosse Moves Up In National Rankings

Thanks to wins over Providence and at No. 5 Penn State during the previous week, UMass men's lacrosse has jumped up in each of the three national rankings. The Minutemen are now No. 11 according to the USILA Coaches Top-20 and Inside Lacrosse Media Poll while they hold down the 13th slot in the Lacrosse Magazine rankings. Massachusetts is also No. 1 in the NEILA regional poll. Check out the three national rankings below to see what squads filled out the top-20 polls this week:

USILA Coaches Poll
Inside Lacrosse Media Poll
Lacrosse Magazine Poll

MinuteFans can keep track of the men's lacrosse program through

Inside Lacrosse: Mariano Named In D1 Freshman Rankings

Terry Foy of the Inside Lacrosse staff broke down the early-season play of some of the top NCAA Division I first-year players prior to this past weekend's games and put UMass' Nick Mariano as the No. 3 freshman nationally. Check out what Foy had to say about Mariano below:

3. Nick Mariano, A, UMass (15G, 3A in 6 games)
Key to the Minutemen's somewhat surprising start, Mariano's paired well with Grant Whiteway and Connor Mooney for the 18th-most efficient offense in DI."

Foy's full list can be found through More on the Minutemen is available on

If you aren't already excited as it is with the Minutemen earning a No. 6 seed to the NCAA Tournament, here is the official 2013-14 intro video for the UMass basketball team.

Go ahead - enjoy those slow-mo alley-oop dunks - you've earned it!

UMass senior diver Michaela Butler makes her return to the NCAA National Championships this Thursday. Butler shocked the diving world last year with her All-American performance on the one-meter dive while defeating several high level international and Olympic caliber competitors.

The Worcester Sharks have posted video highlights of Sunday's 5-1 win over the Manchester Monarchs, which includes former Minuteman Michael Pereira's first professional goal.

Watch the video "Sharks vs. Manchester 3/16/14" here (clip of Pereira's goal begins around the 1:50 mark

Nick Canelas spoke with UMass hockey senior Michael Pereira over the weekend after Pereira made his professional debut with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.

Read: Former UMass hockey standout Michael Pereira seizes opportunity in unexpected AHL debut weekend

Late last week, Nick Canelas spoke with UMass hockey senior Conor Sheary, who recently signed with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins of the AHL.

Read: Conor Sheary out to 'prove people wrong again' after signing AHL contract with Wilkes-Barre Scranton

Boston's WBZ-TV was at the Amherst Brewing Company last night for Selection Sunday and helped provide the live look-in for CBS's selection show.

Interview With Derek Kellogg:

Team Reaction To Announcement:

UMass basketball coach Derek Kellogg was a guest on 98.5 FM The Sports Hub's Felger & Mazz show on Monday afternoon to talk about the Minutemen earning the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Additional Coverage Of UMass' Berth To The NCAA Tournament

Globe: Derek Kellogg returns UMass basketball to prominence

Michael Whitmer of the Boston Globe had this story in Sunday's paper on the job Derek Kellogg has done in returning the UMass basketball team to national prominence.

Coach Kellogg On The Average Joe Show At 6 PM

Listen to Derek Kellogg talk about UMass and the NCAA Tournament today at 6 p.m. He will be a guest on The Average Joe Show (@AverageJoes1450) on 1450 AM The Hall with host Kyle Belanger (@kylebelanger1).

UMass Women's Lacrosse Ranked 9th In Coaches & Media Polls

After defeating Colorado 17-4 last Friday afternoon to improve to 7-0 on the season, the UMass women's lacrosse team checks in at No. 9 in both the Brine Media Poll and the IWLCA Coaches Poll. In the newly formed poll, UMass is ranked 7th nationally.

Coverage Of No. 9 Women's Lacrosse Win Over Colorado

A 12-goal first half along with standout performances from Katie Ferris, Melissa Carelli, Tanner Guarino and Kelsey Sheridan paced the No. 9 UMass women's lacrosse team to a 17-4 win over Colorado last Friday.

Globe: Billerica's Whiteway cranks up scoring for UMass

Boston Globe correspondent Peter Cappiello wrote a feature on four UMass men's lacrosse standouts who all hail from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Check out Cappiello's feature, which focuses on Grant Whiteway along with Bob Fahey, James Fahey and Matt Whippen, below:

"It wasn't the first time that Grant Whiteway had left an opponent a bit stunned.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst junior from Billerica entered Tuesday's matchup against visiting Providence with five goals for the men's lacrosse team in its 4-1 start.

After the game's final whistle, the attack walked off Garber Field with 12 on the season, after powering the Minutemen to a 16-11 victory with a seven-goal performance.

Teammate James Fahey, a former rival at St. John's Prep, recalls a Billerica Memorial High-St. John's matchup in May 2010, when Whiteway ran up 10 yards from the goal line and extended before launching a shot 180 degrees into a corner of the net..."

The completion of the story is available through the Boston Globe website. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through

Reaction From Sunday's NCAA Tournament Bid

UMass men's lacrosse took an 8-6 game from No. 5 Penn State on the road Saturday to improve to 6-1 on the season and 1-0 in CAA games. Among the standout contributors from the squad was senior close defenseman James Fahey, who received a nod from the Inside Lacrosse for his play during their weekend round-up. Here is what Inside Lacrosse had to say about Fahey's game:

"Fahey led at close in a defensive slugfest vs. Penn State. The senior had a career-high four caused turnovers to go with three groundballs in the 8-6 win."

Fans can vote for Fahey for the Brine Player of the Week Award and read about all the Inside Lacrosse selections of those who shined here. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through

VIDEO: Men's Lacrosse Interviews After Win At No. 5 Penn State

UMass men's lacrosse used a stingy defense to limit the potent No. 5 nationally-ranked Penn State attack to just six goals during an 8-6 victory in University Park, Pa., on Saturday afternoon. After the win, head coach Greg Cannella and goalie Zach Oliveri, who had 15 saves to preserve the victory, gave their thoughts on the squad's performance. Check out what they had to say below:

More on the win can be found through

PHOTOS: UMass Upends Penn State With Strong Defensive Effort

Inside Lacrosse photographer Andy Lewis was on-hand when the No. 14 Minutemen defeated No. 5 Penn State on the road in the CAA opener for both sides. Check out the photo gallery he compiled here and get more info on the men's lacrosse program through

Collegian: Men's lacrosse upsets Penn State in CAA opener

Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian caught up with UMass men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella after the No. 14 Minutemen traveled to No. 5/7 Penn State and earned an 8-6 victory over the Nittany Lions in University Park, Pa., on Saturday afternoon. Check out what Cannella had to say about the win in Cyr's recap below:

"Going into Saturday's game, the No. 15 Massachusetts men's lacrosse team knew its matchup against preseason Colonial Athletic Association favorite Penn State would be one of its biggest games of the season.

UMass responded with an 8-6 win against the No. 7 Nittany Lions in State College, Pa., behind a solid performance from goalkeeper Zach Oliveri..."

The conclusion of the story is available through the Daily Collegian website. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through

MBB Recaps From Friday's 85-77 Loss To George Washington

George Washington jumped out to an early lead and held off UMass for a 85-77 win the quarterfinals of the A-10 Championship on Friday night. Maxie Esho had a career-high 22 points and Chaz Williams added 19 in the loss.

UMass will now wait until Sunday's NCAA Selection Show to see where it will be playing its first NCAA Tournament game since 1998. A selection show watch party will be held at Amherst Brewing Company, 10 University Drive in Amherst, beginning at 5 p.m. The event is open to the public.

MBB Recaps From Thursday's 65-61 Win Over Rhode Island

   It wasn't pretty but games with the Rams this season haven't been. Instead they have been sloppy like a pig in the mud. But Chaz and Co. found a way and Thursday that way was with defense and free throws. URI led by 9 before UMass cut the lead to three with just under eight to play. Then both teams teams went cold for four minutes until Putney made a steal and layup to with 3:55 left to cut it to one. Trey scored a pair and URI tied it with a free throw of its own. Then Chaz made a pair of free throws and followed two URI missed freebies with a huge 3-ball from the top of the key. It was all UMass the rest of the way.
   While you enjoy last night a little more this morning, take a read at some of the articles and highlights below. Tonight's a different animal with GW and their 1-3-1 defense. UMass will have to be patient and be smart after playing such a tough game last night. The game is televised nationally on NBC SN. You can use the NBC Sports Channel Finder to see is its available in your area, use their NBC SportLive Extra streaming web site streaming on their mobile app.

Thursday recaps

Friday previews vs. George Washington

Matt Norlander of CBS spent a day with Chaz Williams prior to the VCU game and authored up this piece on the senior guard.

LA Kings Insider: Rogie and Quick

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Jon Rosen from LA Kings Insider has this piece on, talking with former Kings' goaltender Rogie Vachon about UMass hockey alum, current King, Jonathan Quick. Vachon won a franchise record 171 games with the Kings between 1971 and 1978 and Quick is on the verge of breaking Vachon's record, currently with 170 victories.

Read: Rogie and Quick

Boston Globe: Chaz Williams found a home at UMass

Mike Whitmer of the Boston Globe spent some time with Chaz Williams earlier this week and explored his journey from Hofstra to UMass. It offers a bit of a different slant on the story from previous years.

   NEW YORK -- When Chaz Williams decided after his freshman season at Hofstra to continue his college basketball career someplace else, the University of Massachusetts wasn't at the top of his initial list of transfer schools.
   UMass wasn't first. Or second, or third, or even fourth. The Minutemen weren't anywhere on Williams's list. Departing Hofstra, he simply wanted to play for a bigger school closer to his Brooklyn home. One came to mind.
   "I wanted to go to St. John's. I wanted to stay home, near home, and I wanted to play in the Big East," Williams said.
   But Hofstra -- taking a step that many schools do in a similar situation -- informed Williams that he would not be permitted to transfer to a select group of schools, at least if he wanted to accept an athletic scholarship. All the schools on Hofstra's list -- roughly 10 -- were in the New York area.
   St. John's was out. UMass swooped in.

Read the entire article here...

It's game day in Brooklyn! Tonight UMass opens play in the Atlantic 10 Championship with a first round game against Rhode Island.

No. 6 Massachusetts (23-7) vs. No. 11 Rhode Island (14-17)
 Date Thursday, March 13 at 9:00 p.m. (EST)
 Location Brooklyn, N.Y. | Barclays Center
 Tickets  866-UMASS-TIX | Buy Tickets In UMass Sections Here
 TV watch Comcast SportsNet New England | Channel Finder
 Radio  105.5 FM WEEI (Springfield), 1440 AM WVEI (Worcester)Listen Online | Use the TuneIn App for Mobile Devices to listen
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LISTEN LIVE: Joel Hanley Makes Pro Debut With Portland

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Earlier today, it was announced that senior defenseman Joel Hanley has signed a PTO with the Portland Pirates.

Hanley is in the lineup tonight as the Pirates take on the St. John's IceCaps. The game is currently scoreless at the first intermission and can be heard live, for free, here.

Former UMass standout Casey Wellman has once again been called up to the NHL's Washington Capitals this season from the Hershey Bears - the AHL affiliate.

Wellman has 2 goals and an assist in 10 games with the Caps this season. In 46 games with the Bears, he has 29 points on 15 goals and 14 assists.

Gazette: Chaz Williams excited for return to Brooklyn

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a feature on Chaz Williams who will be headed to his home town of Brooklyn for the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a local sports round-up which leads off with UMass diver Michaela Butler winning the 3-meter springboard at the NCAA Zone A Regional Meet. The performance has earned her a spot at the NCAA Championships next weekend in Minneapolis.

Collegian: UMass tennis falls to powerful Columbia squad

Arthur Hayden of the Daily Collegian has a recap of the tennis team's 5-2 loss at Columbia last weekend. Head coach Judy Dixon thinks the tough schedule early is preparing the team for the second half of the season and the A-10 Tournament.

"Sometimes we lose a match where we played our absolute best" she said. "I have a lot of hope for us as we head into the last half of our season. We have now a team that believes that they can play with the best teams in the country...I'm still trying to figure out our doubles combinations...but I think our singles line-up is pretty well-established."

UMass men's lacrosse defeated Providence, 16-11 at home on Garber Field to improve to 5-1 this season. Grant Whiteway produced eight points on seven goals and one assist while Connor Mooney tallied three times to go with helping out on four goals. Check out highlights of the game courtesy of the UMass Sports Network below:

More on UMass men's lacrosse is available through

Daily Collegian staff writer Andrew Cyr spoke with men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella and junior attackman Grant Whiteway following Tuesday's 16-11 win over Providence, during which Whiteway tallied a career-high seven goals to lead the team to victory. Cyr highlighted Whiteway's big day with his game wrap-up below:

"To say Grant Whiteway had a good game is an understatement.

The attackman finished with a career-high seven goals and an assist as the No. 14 Massachusetts men's lacrosse team defeated Providence 16-11 on Tuesday at Garber Field.

'It feels good,' Whiteway said of his performance. 'The offense was moving good today and I was on the receiving end of a lot of stuff. My teammates were finding me when I was open and everyone was moving off ball so it made it easy.'

Whiteway entered Tuesday's game with just five goals on the season to go along with three assists. He was the Minutemen's leading returning scorer this season after finishing his 2013 campaign with 26 goals.

Whiteway received a pass from Connor Mooney in front of the cage just two minutes, 27 seconds into the game. He snuck it past Friars goalkeeper Tyler Hines, who was pulled after the first quarter, and from that point forward the Minutemen never looked back..."

Read the conclusion of Cyr's story through the Daily Collegian website. Keep up to date with the men's lacrosse program through

UMass Athletics spoke with men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella and senior midfielder Connor Mooney following the 16-11 win over Providence. Check out what they had to say about the game below:

More on the victory and the men's lacrosse program is available through

Daily Hampshire Gazette contributing writer Eugene Kucinski stopped by Garber Field to catch UMass men's lacrosse best Providence, 16-11 on Tuesday afternoon. He focused his recap of the contest on the team's ability to bounce back from its weekend loss to No. 18 Albany.

"The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team used a 10-goal second half and much-improved defense to defeat Providence, 16-11, Tuesday at Garber Field.

After giving up 25 goals at home on Saturday to Albany, the 14th-ranked Minutemen (5-1) tightened up on defense and limited the Friars (3-3) to four first-half goals.

'Our guys are prideful. Their egos were bruised a little bit,' UMass coach Greg Cannella said. "We buckled down a bit today.'

While the 11 goals allowed was an improvement on Saturday, it matched the second-most given up by the Minutemen this year.

The offense, led by Grant Whiteway, helped compensate and earned UMass the victory..."

Read the rest of Kucinski's story through the Daily Hampshire Gazette website. More on the men's lacrosse program can be found on

Collegian: Grant Whiteway's seven goals propel UMass

UMass men's lacrosse was supported in its 16-11 win over Providence by strong offensive showings from junior Grant Whiteway and senior Connor Mooney, who combined to total 15 points in the victory. Peter Cappiello of the Daily Collegian was at the game and wrote a recap of the action.

"Massachusetts men's lacrosse senior Connor Mooney flung a desperation shot through traffic from 15 yards out in the dying seconds of the first quarter. The buzzer to end the frame provided a soundtrack to his goal celebration. No. 14 UMass (5-1) led Providence, 6-2.

The tone was set.

UMass junior attack Grant Whiteway took advantage of the energy tilt and totaled seven goals in a 16-11 win over the Friars (3-3) on Tuesday at Garber Field. Whiteway had five goals heading into the game..."

Read the conclusion of Cappeiello's story here. More on the men's lacrosse program is available through

Conference Tournament Previews

Well, we are starting to wade into the waters of championship week with seven different conference tournaments in progress on Tuesday and seven bids already awarded. The Atlantic 10 starts with an opening round game on Wednesday night and the quartet of first round action commences on Thursday. Here are a few conference previews from various national outlets. You may agree with some and disagree with others. Either way, I know it's all part of two of the greatest weeks in our national sports scene.

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse Hosts Providence On Tuesday

UMass men's lacrosse has a short turnaround from its Saturday game vs. No. 18 Albany as the Minutemen host Providence on Tuesday afternoon at Garber Field. UMass is 4-1 on the season while the Friars bring a 3-2 record to Amherst, Mass. Check out more on the game below:

  University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
 Game 6 #14/15 Massachusetts (4-1) vs. Providence (3-2)
 Date | Time Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.
 Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
 Live Statistics GameTracker
 Watch CBS All-Access (subscription required)
 Listen WMUA 91.1 FM
 Series History Massachusetts leads, 7-0. Last meeting: Massachusetts 14, Providence 6; March 15, 2011
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Providence
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Providence
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse  
 Buy Tickets Call the UMass Athletics Ticket Office at 866-862-7784

The most up-to-date information on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through

Republican: Thoughts from the start of UMass football spring camp

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story featuring some of the new faces on the roster for the UMass football team from Sunday's opening Spring Practice. He also includes a few re-additions to the team and gives an offense and defense breakdown.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican was at the first spring practice for the UMass football team on Sunday and has a recap of the evening.

UMass Spring Football 2014: Day 1 - Practice Report

Head coach Mark Whipple returned to the sidelines as the University of Massachusetts football team opened spring practice 2014 on Sunday, March 9 under the lights at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

PODCAST: Bud Light UMass Basketball Show (March 10)

Listen to the podcast of the March 10, 2014 edition of the Bud Light UMass Basketball Show. Featuring senior point guard and Brooklyn native Chaz Williams as Josh Maurer, Tim Kenney, and head coach Derek Kellogg preview the upcoming Atlantic 10 Tournament.

Join head coach Derek Kellogg and special player guest Chaz Williams for the Bud Light UMass Basketball Show tonight at 7 p.m. at The Hangar Pub & Grill on University Drive in Amherst. The final of edition of the weekly radio show for 2013-14 will preview the Atlantic 10 tournament and the Minutemen's Thursday-night matchup against Rhode Island in Brooklyn.

If you can't make it out to The Hangar, listen from 7-8 p.m. on WEEI (105.5 FM in Springfield and 1440 AM in Worcester), online, or on your mobile device through the TuneIn Radio App. Submit your questions by clicking here or tweeting them @UMassSportsNet.

Basketball Radio Information | Ask a Coach | Listen Live (7 p.m.)
When Colorado visits McGuirk Stadium on Friday afternoon, the UMass women's lacrosse team will look for its 30th consecutive home win. With 29 straight dating back to March 2011, UMass' current home win streak is the 3rd best in the history of NCAA women's lacrosse.

Only Northwestern's 58 (2004-10) home wins and Maryland's 41 (1997-01) home wins are better all-time.

UMass Women's Lacrosse One Of 11 Unbeatens Left In NCAA

With a 6-0 start to the year, the UMass women's lacrosse team is one of 11 teams which remain unbeaten this season.

1. Albany (4-0)
2. Brown (4-0)
3. Johns Hopkins (7-0)
4. Maryland (7-0)
5. Massachusetts (6-0)
6. Navy (7-0)
7. North Carolina (7-0)
8. Robert Morris (4-0)
9. Syracuse (6-0)
10. UC Davis (3-0)
11. Yale (5-0)
For fans looking for tickets to see UMass take on Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 Tournament on Thursday night, here are two links to purchase tickets.

Thursday, March 13, Session Two Tickets:
1st Round: Session 2 - Brooklyn NY - $32.00-$70.00

All Session Package Through UMass Ticket Office:
My UMASS Account - $266.00 (All games included and are in UMass Seating Block)

For more ticket information call 866-UMASS-TIX or email at

Full details on the tournament are also available at Barclays Center :: 2014 Atlantic 10 Basketball Championship
The UMass women's lacrosse team's 6-0 start marks the fifth time in program history the Minutewomen have opened a season with six straight wins. In 2012, UMass posted a 7-0 record which the Minutewomen can match this Friday against Colorado.

Best Start To A Season:
15-0 - 1979
13-0 - 1980
10-0 - 1982 (undefeated season, National Champions)
7-0 - 2012
6-0 - 2014, 2011, 1986, 1985, 1978

UMass Women's Lacrosse Moves Up To No. 9 In IWLCA Poll

After improving to 6-0 with the win over New Hampshire on Saturday, the UMass women's lacrosse team moved up to No. 9 in this week's IWLCA Coaches Poll.

The Minutewomen remain at No. 8 in the Brine Media Poll and are No. 7 in the Poll.

MBB Recaps From Sunday's 64-62 Loss To No. 17/16 Saint Louis

Treshelle Chambliss of EGL Magazine has a Q&A feature with former UMass standout Jeromy Miles on how life is as an NFL player, his marriage to his college sweetheart and the news of their first child being on the way.

Former UMass All-American Justin Braun played in his 200th NHL game on Saturday as San Jose defeated Montreal 4-0. Braun has been a regular with the Sharks since the 2010-11 and is on pace to log a career high in games played this season. He had 66 total appearances in 2011-12 and has 65 this season.

Quick On 5-Game Win Streak For L.A. Kings Since Olympic Games

A recent study has shown that goal scoring for players in the NHL declines after participation in the Winter Olympics. Whether it's that or just that Jonathan Quick is in a groove, the former UMass standout has now won five consecutive games for the L.A. Kings giving up an average of 1.0 goals per game.

He has a six-game win streak in hand having won a game before the Olympic games and is 21-13 overall this season. His 2.02 GAA is 2nd among goalies in the NHL this year.

Nick Forrester of the International Business Times has former UMass All-American and current L.A. Kings netminder Jonathan Quick as the 4th best player in the NHL this season. Forrester composed a list of the top 50 NHL players for the 2013-14 campaign.

VIDEO: Highlights From UMass Basketball's Loss To Saint Louis

Despite a tough loss to St. Louis, there were plenty of UMass highlights in the game. Watch them here. UMass will open their bid for an A-10 title against URI on Thursday at 9:00pm.

Former UMass football standout Bill Durkin was recently named the running backs coach at Coastal Carolina. Durkin had spent the last four seasons as the offensive line coach at Bowling Green. He was an All-American at UMass in 1993 and was named to the Yankee Conference 50th Anniversary All-Star Team.

Jesse Mayfield Sheehan of the Daily Collegian has a story today on Sam Rush and her prominent role in the win over New Hampshire where she scored five of the Minutewomen's 12 goals. Rush moved into 5th place all-time on the UMass goals scored ranking.

Kainani Stevens of ABC40 has a recap of yesterday's loss to Saint Louis, but says UMass is still focused on making a run in the Atlantic 10 Tournament and the NCAA Tournament.

When Colorado visits McGuirk Stadium on Friday afternoon, the UMass women's lacrosse team will look for its 30th consecutive home win. With 29 straight dating back to March 2011, UMass' current home win streak is the 3rd best in the history of NCAA women's lacrosse.

Only Northwestern's 58 (2004-10) home wins and Maryland's 41 (1997-01) home wins are better all-time.
J. Anthony Roberts of the Springfield Republican was on hand yesterday for the UMass women's lacrosse win over New Hampshire at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

UMass women's lacrosse head coach Angela McMahon speaks with the media following the Minutewomen's 12-6 win over New Hampshire on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at McGuirk Stadium.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on the start of spring practice for UMass football and head coach Mark Whipple. Practices begin Sunday night at McGuirk Stadium.

Denis Hamill of the New York Daily News has a feature story on Chaz Williams, his family and his Brooklyn roots.

MBB Gameday Preview: vs. No. 17/16 Saint Louis, 3/9/14

One last time at the Mullins Center. It's Senior Day 2014 and the No. 17/16 Saint Louis Billikens are in town for a battle of Atlantic 10 heavyweights. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. today and we're giving away 9,000 rally towels.

Massachusetts (23-6, 10-5) vs. No. 17/16 Saint Louis (25-5, 12-3)
 Date Sunday, March 9 at 2:00 p.m. (EST)
 Location Amherst, Mass. | Mullins Center
 Tickets  866-UMASS-TIX | SOLD OUT
 TV watch CBS SN | Channel Finder
 Radio  105.5 FM WEEI (Springfield), 1440 AM WVEI (Worcester)Listen Online | Use the TuneIn App for Mobile Devices to listen
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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on the transition of the UMass basketball program thanks in part to seniors Raphiael Putney, Sampson Carter and Chaz Williams. The trio talk about the increased success of the program in their four years and how exciting a packed Mullins Center is to play in.

We're just posting this video again because we loved the atmosphere. Expect more of the same on Sunday when Saint Louis comes to town - 9,000 more rally towels will be on hand for the game.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story with UMass seniors Chaz Williams, Raphiael Putney and Sampson Carter where they share their favorite Mullins Center memories. Malone includes several video clips in the story as well.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story looking back at some of the great memories UMass seniors Chaz Williams, Raphiael Putney and Sampson Carter have as Senior Day approaches on Sunday.

David Vatz of has an updated look at 10 candidates for Player of the Year this season in collegiate women's lacrosse. Checking in on the list is UMass' Katie Ferris who is also on the Tewaaraton Watch List this year.

10. Katie Ferris, UMass senior attack 
UMass has started 5-0, helped by its senior captain. Ferris has amassed 11 goals and 14 assists with very accurate shooting and passing, with 24 of her 26 shots being on goal. Including a six-point performance against Holy Cross with two goals and four assists, Ferris has earned at least three points in all five of UMass's victories.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story focusing the UMass football team starting Spring practice on Sunday night - the first practice under new head coach Mark Whipple and his staff.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette takes a look at the seeding possibilities for the Atlantic 10 Tournament as the final weekend plays out. UMass could finish anywhere between 2nd and 6th.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story following the Duquesne win featuring the possibility of the Atlantic 10 having six teams make the NCAA Tournament. Coach Derek Kellogg felt the win helped UMass' cause, but he also feels the league is strong enough to have five or six teams represented in the Big Dance.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a sidebar story on Raphiael Putney and Chaz Williams who each reached career milestones earlier this week in the win at Duquesne.

Putney hit the 1,000 point mark for his career, while Williams tied Chris Lowe for the program's all-time assist record.

Be sure to check out our UMass Hoops Fan Guide for the Saint Louis game. It has all the details you need for parking, traffic, seating, promotions and more!

Get there early and remember Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday.

We expect with 9,000 Rally Towels, the game will look something like this!

Members of the UMass Amherst Hoop Band will be wearing T-shirts promoting the Krystle Campbell Scholarship Fund honoring the former UMass Boston student killed in the Boston Marathon bombing, when the men's basketball team plays Saint Louis at the Mullins Center on Sunday, March 9. The game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.  The fund was created by UMass Trustee Richard P. Campbell of Cohasset in memory of Krystle M. Campbell, 29, of Arlington. 

Lacrosse Magazine writer Gary Lambrecht caught up with UMass men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella to discuss the 4-0 start to the season and what has led the Minutemen to their four consecutive victories. Check out what Lambrecht has to say about UMass:

"The Minutemen of UMass have grown accustomed to good starts under 20-year coach Greg Cannella. For the third time in the past four years and for the 12th time overall, UMass is 4-0. What makes it notable this year is it's happening around a youth movement in Amherst.

There are five seniors and two redshirt juniors on the roster. Twenty-four of the team's 37 players are freshman and sophomores. The impact underclassmen are all over the place.

'It's been refreshing to coach such a hungry group that wants to do more and know more,' Cannella said..."

The conclusion of the piece can be found through the Lacrosse Magazine weekly notebook. More on the men's lacrosse program is available on

Lacrosse Magazine: Men's Lacrosse Preview vs. Albany

Lacrosse Magazine previewed Saturday's UMass men's lacrosse meeting with Albany as part of its Ten-2-Watch weekly series. Check out what the Lax Mag staff had to say about the game below:

"The Great Danes lost their first two games of the season, to Syracuse and Drexel, by a total of two goals and beat Harvard 14-8 for their first win last Saturday. The Thompson-led offense will be put to the test against a UMass defense that's allowed just 5.5 goals per game. Miles and Lyle Thompson share the team lead for points with 18; Lyle with six goals and 12 assists and Miles with 13 goals and five assists.

UMass has a freshman to watch in attackman Nick Mariano, who has 14 goals in four games. He scored back-to-back goals in the Minutemen's 6-5 win at Army and four goals, including the game-winner with seven seconds left in overtime, to lead UMass past Ohio State, a win that vaulted it into the Lacrosse Magazine Top 20. The Minutemen also feature former U.S. under-19 men's team goalie Zach Oliveri in net. A win here could help UMass' NCAA at-large tournament case should it miss out on winning the CAA."

More from Lacrosse Magazine's Ten-2-Watch series can be found here. The most up-to-the-minute information on the men's lacrosse team can be found through

Inside Lacrosse: UMass and Albany Collide as Polar Opposites

Brian Coughlin of Inside Lacrosse broke down the contrasting styles of play between UMass men's lacrosse and its next opponent, the Albany Great Danes. In addition to being a clash of top-20 nationally ranked opponents, the meeting puts a high-octane offense (Albany) up against one of the most stout defensive units in the nation (UMass).

"Two Top 20 teams are set to meet this Saturday in Amherst, Mass., as No. 17 Albany makes the trip east to face No. 10 UMass. The tales of how these teams have placed themselves in the Top 20 are drastically different..."

Check out the insightful piece by Coughlin on More on the Minuteman program can be found through

UMass hockey opens play in the Hockey East tournament tonight, Friday, March 7, at Vermont at 7:05 p.m. in a game that will be televised on NESN. Here's all the info on how to follow tonight's action:

  Massachusetts (8-21-4) at #15 Vermont (18-12-3)
 Date Friday, March 7 at 7:05 p.m. (EST)
 Location Burlington, Vt. | Gutterson Field House (4,003)
 Tickets  802-656-4410 |  Buy Tickets
 Radio   WHMP (AM 1400/1240/FM 96.9) | Download TuneIn App
 Online Video  None
 Promotions/Special Events  None
 Live Stats  SideArmSports
 Social Media
 @UMassAthletics | @UMassHockey
 Game Notes  Massachusetts Notes | Vermont Notes
Matt Vautour had this preview of UMass hockey's first round playoff matchup at Vermont in today's Daily Hampshire Gazette. The game will mark the collegiate debut of redshirt freshman Frank Vatrano.

Frank Vatrano, UMass head to Vermont for Hockey East tournament opener

VIDEO: UMass Hockey First Round Playoff Preview

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Check out the preview of UMass hockey's first round Hockey East Tournament matchup at Vermont. The Minutemen will take on the Catamounts tomorrow night, Mar. 7, at 7:05 p.m. on NESN.

Herald: Davis, UMass take down Duquesne

The Boston Herald has a recap of last night's UMass men's basketball victory over Duquesne.

Globe: UMass rallies past Duquesne

Michael Whitmer of The Boston Globe has a recap of last night's UMass men's basketball win over Duquesne.

Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has a story examining UMass hockey's senior class and the value it associates with this season's Hockey East Tournament.

Peter Cappiello of the Daily Collegian has a preview of this Saturday's men's lacrosse matchup between UMass and Albany at Garber Field.

Cameron McDonough of the Daily Collegian has a preview of this Friday's Hockey East Tournament matchup between UMass and Vermont.

Anthony Chiusano of the Daily Collegian has a preview of Saturday's women's lacrosse matchup against New Hampshire at McGuirk Stadium.

MBB Recaps From Wednesday's 78-74 Win At Duquesne

UMass got a very solid road victory on Wednesday, taking down Duquesne 78-74 in Pittsburgh. Chaz Williams became the all-time assist leader at UMass and Raphiael Putney reached 1,000 point, becoming the 46th player in school history to achieve that feat. The Minutemen remained in the hunt for a top-four seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship and will play host to Saint Louis - losers of three straight - on Sunday at 2 p.m.

PREVIEW: Women's Basketball At The A-10 Championship

UMass women's basketball begins its competition in the Atlantic 10 Championship at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5 against George Mason in the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va. Info is provided below for fans looking to follow along with the squad:

  University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes - 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship
 Game 31 No. 12 seed Massachusetts (4-26) vs. No. 13 George Mason (7-22)
 Date | Time Wednesday, March 5, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. (Play-In Game)
 Tournament Info Atlantic 10 Championship Central
 Location Richmond Coliseum (11,992) | Richmond, Va.
 Live Statistics Available on gameday
 Live Video Atlantic 10 Digital Network (subscription required)
 Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM (Cody Chrusciel)
 Series History George Mason leads, 3-0. Last meeting: George Mason 101, UMass 73; Feb. 12, 2014
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | George Mason Get Acrobat Reader
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Podcast: Bud Light UMass Hockey Show (March 4)

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Check out the podcast of last night's Bud Light UMass Hockey show, featuring Brock Hines with head coach John Micheletto and player guests senior co-captain Conor Sheary and redshirt freshman Frank Vatrano.

MBB Gameday Preview: at Duquesne, 3/5/14

   Today marks the final road game of the regular-season as the Minutemen take on Duquesne in Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. The game is very important in terms of UMass maintaining its top four spot in the Atlantic 10 standings. If UMass wins both of its final two games, it will secure one of the four byes into the quarterfinals of next week's tournament. If they go 1-1 or 0-2, they will need some help to ensure not having to play until Friday of tourney week.
   Tonight's game is not televised so you can listen to Josh and Tim on the radio or watch the Duquesne broadcast on the Atlantic 10 Digital Network All of the links are listed below.

Massachusetts (22-6, 9-5) at Duquesne (12-15, 4-10)
 Date Wednesday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. (EST)
 Location Pittsburgh, Pa. | A.J. Palumbo Center
 Tickets  412-232-DUKE | Buy Tickets here
 TV watch None
 Radio  105.5 FM WEEI (Springfield), 1440 AM WVEI (Worcester)Listen Online | Use the TuneIn App for Mobile Devices to listen
 Online Video watch Atlantic 10 Digital Network | Watch Live 
 Live Stats gametracker GameTracker
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 Game Notes Massachusetts Notes | Duquesne Notes | News Clips | 2013-14 Media Guide

INTERVIEW: NCAA Executive VP Dan Gavitt

NCAA Executive Vice President of NCAA Basketball Dan Gavitt joined Josh Maurer at halftime of the men's basketball game at Dayton on Saturday, March 1, 2014. UMass Minutemen Warrior Arm Protection for 2014, part of the Inside Lacrosse family, are featuring another piece to UMass' 2014 gameday armor as the site shows off the UMass Minutemen Warrior Arm Protection. The Minutemen are wearing a variety of Warrior arm protection this season, including custom Warrior Regulator Arm Guards, Warrior Regulator Arm Pads, Warrior Regulator Elbow Pads and Warrior Burn Elbow Pads. The Regulator Arm Guards and Arm Pads feature the UMass symbol printed on the interior part of the pads.

Here is the full scoop on the protective gear courtesy of contributor Casey Vock. More on the men's lacrosse program is available through

Bud Light UMass Hockey Show Tonight (Mar. 4)

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The final Bud Light UMass Hockey Show of the 2013-14 season will air tonight, March 4, live from the Hangar Pub & Grill on University Drive in Amherst at 7 p.m.

Brock Hines will be joined by head coach John Micheletto as well as player guests senior co-captain Conor Sheary and redshirt freshman Frank Vatrano with a look ahead to the Hockey East Tournament, which will open for the Minutemen this Friday night at Vermont.

Fans can submit questions for Coach Micheletto to answer on air via the Ask The Coach Page or through Twitter by tweeting @UMassSportsNet. Listen over the air on WHMP (AM 1400/1240, FM 96.9), online, or on mobile devices through the TuneIn Radio app.

Paul Jackiewicz of has a blog post saying that UMass' Victor Cruz donated $10K to Public School 75 in New York to make sure kids are able to eat breakfast in the mornings.

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz on Monday paid a visit to P.S. 75 to help with the "It Starts With School Breakfast" campaign as part of National Breakfast Week.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a notebook today looking at the announcement of the 2014 UMass football schedule, a preview of the Hockey East playoff game for UMass at Vermont, an update on men's lacrosse moving up in the national polls and an announcement that NBC Sports has added several television games for the Atlantic 10 basketball tournament.

Eamon McAnaney of Lacrosse Magazine posted his Top 20 poll with thoughts on each team. He has the UMass men's lacrosse team ranked No. 10 and offers these thoughts on the Minutemen.

No. 10 UMass (4-0)

Greg Cannella's defense was in serious lockdown mode, as the Minutemen blow-torched Brown 15-2. It was the first time since 2001 that UMass held an opponent to just a deuce. Zach Oliveri did his share in goal with 10 saves, while Nick Mariano continued his impressive freshman campaign with five oals and his first career assist.

Up next: vs. Albany, Saturday, 1 p.m. NCAA Division I Women's Composite Rankings

Sean Burns of Lacrosse Magazine has a weekly composite look at the NCAA women's lacrosse rankings. In his composite, he has UMass tied with Duke with an average ranking of 9.75 between four different polling sources.

Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has a feature story on Frank Vatrano who will be eligible to play for the UMass hockey team this week as the Hockey East Playoffs begin at Vermont. Vatrano had to miss the regular-season due to transfer rules.

Arthur Hayden of the Daily Collegian has a recap of the women's track and field team taking third place at the New England Championships over the weekend highlighted by several standout individual performances. The article also recaps the performance by the men's team.

Collegian: UMass tennis splits two weekend conference matches

Arthur Hayden of the Daily Collegian has a recap of tennis' split week against Fordham and George Washington last week.

PODCAST: Bud Light UMass Basketball Show (March 3)

The March 3, 2014 episode of the Bud Light UMass Basketball Show from Fathers & Sons in West Springfield, featuring freshman guard Demetrius Dyson and NCAA Executive Vice President of NCAA Basketball Dan Gavitt.

Inside Lacrosse contributor Quint Kessenich highlighted a few keys to UMass men's lacrosse's 15-2 win over Brown while recapping his top-20 national rankings on Monday. Check out what Kessenich saw as some of the reasons for the victory below:

"Nick Mariano, welcome to the big show. The freshman scored five times in an eye-popping 15-2 win over Brown. UMass forced 17 Bear turnovers, and goalie Zach Oliveri made 10 saves. Garber's Gorillas have wins over Army, Ohio State, Harvard and Brown."

Keep up to date with everything UMass men's lacrosse through here. Check out the rest of Kessenich's top-20 on

Men's Lacrosse Moves Into Top-10 Nationally

Another victory - the fourth in as many games this season - moved UMass men's lacrosse up in a pair of national top-20 rankings this week. After a 15-2 victory at Brown that saw the Minutemen reel off 11 consecutive goals, the Minutemen rose to No. 9 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Top-20 while they now sit 10th in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and stayed in place at No. 13 according to Lacrosse Magazine.

Check out the national rankings, updated on Monday, March 3, below:

USILA Top-20 Poll
Inside Lacrosse Media Top-20 Poll
Lacrosse Magazine Top-20 Poll

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UMass Hoops Gets First NCAA Berth On This Date In 1962

A whopping 109-62 win over New Hampshire on March 3, 1962 gave the UMass basketball team its first-ever Yankee Conference crown and its first NCAA Tournament Berth. The point total was a school record at the time as was the margin of victory. UMass fell in the NCAA First Round to New York University 70-50 in a game played at the Palestra in Philadelphia.

Bud Light UMass Basketball Show Tonight (Mar. 3)

   Join us tonight at Fathers & Sons on Memorial Ave. in West Springfield tonight at 7 PM for the Bud Light UMass Basketball Radio Show with Derek Kellogg. Voice of the Minutemen Josh Maurer will be joined by Coach Kellogg, freshman guard Demetrius Dyson and NCAA Executive Vice President of NCAA Basketball Dan Gavitt. They'll look back at last week's split with Rhode Island and Dayton, and preview this week's games at Duquesne and at home on Sunday against Saint Louis.
   Fans can submit questions for coach Kellogg to answer on air via the Ask The Coach Page or through Twitter by going to @UMassSportsNet.
   You can listen to the show live on 105.5 FM WEEI in Springfield, online at, or on your mobile device using the TuneIn App.

Lacrosse Magazine Rankings: UMass Rising

In its new weekly ranking section, Lacrosse Magazine has the UMass women's lacrosse team as the biggest mover among team's in its top 20 list. The Minutewomen moved from No. 15 in last week's poll to No. 9 in this week's edition.

Who's Hot?

Massachusetts (+6): Still unbeaten after beating Boston University and Iona this week, the only thing holding the Minutewmen back is the lack of a defining win over a top team. There's a good chance they'll be able to win out leading up to a March 25th date against Northwestern, and if that't the case, that'll be a big one.

After a pair of wins last week against Boston University and at Iona, the UMass women's lacrosse team has moved into the Top 10 in both major polls.

The Minutewomen are ranked No. 10 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll and are one of seven teams in the top 20 that are still undefeated.

In the Brine Media Poll, UMass moved up two spots to No. 8 - that matches the program's highest ever ranking in the national polls which was previously held last season prior to the NCAA Tournament.

Anthony Chiusano of the Daily Collegian has a recap of UMass' 19-6 win at Iona on Saturday.

Inside Lacrosse: Mariano Mentioned In Power 100 Spotlight

Inside Lacrosse picked a few of its Power 100 freshmen who had standout performances this weekend, with UMass men's lacrosse attackman Nick Mariano among those highlighted. Mariano had six points to help UMass defeat Brown, 15-2 on Saturday. Here is what Inside Lacrosse had to say about Mariano's play this season:

Mariano is simply on fire at this point. He scored five goals and one assist in UMass' 15-2 romp over Brown (photos here). He's on the short list for Rookie of the Year, and is leading the Minutemen's resurgence with 15 points through four games.

Read the entirety of the post on the Inside Lacrosse website. Check out more on UMass men's lacrosse through

MBB Recaps From Saturday's 86-79 Loss At Dayton

The Massachusetts men's basketball team suffered a disappointing 86-79 loss at Dayton on Saturday. While it wasn't an RPI crushing setback, it did move the Minutemen into fourth place in the Atlantic 10 standings with two games remaining. The top four teams in the finals standings will receive byes into the quarterfinals, something that could be extremely valuable considering the depth and quality of the entire league. Up next is a road game at Duquesne, who is coming off a road win at league leader Saint Louis on Thursday - meaning the Dukes will be at home with six days between games while UMass will be playing its second-consecutive tough road contest.

UMass baseball alum Mike Gedman was featured in the Boston Globe on Sunday. Gedman was recently hired as the head coach of Framingham State University in his hometown of Framingham, Mass.

Read: Gedman right at home as Framingham State's new coach

MBB Gameday Preview: at Dayton, 3/1/14

It's game day in Dayton for the Massachusetts men's basketball team. This is a big game for both teams - UMass can maintain pace in the Atlantic 10 race in its quest for the league title and a top four seed, while Dayton is has been projected as one of the first four teams on the outside looking in for the NCAA Tournament bubble. The game is televised nationally on ESPNU and follows the early hour of college basketball game day, so the game should have a daily large viewing audience.

Massachusetts (22-5, 9-4) at Dayton (19-9, 7-6)
 Date Saturday, March 1 at 11:00 a.m. (EST)
 Location Dayton, Ohio | UD Arena
 Tickets  937-229-4433 | Buy Tickets here
 TV watch ESPNU - Clay Matvick and Bob Valvano
 Radio  105.5 FM WEEI (Springfield), 1440 AM WVEI (Worcester)Listen Online | Use the TuneIn App for Mobile Devices to listen
 Online Video watch Watch ESPN 
 Live Stats gametracker GameTracker
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 Game Notes Massachusetts Notes | Dayton Notes | News Clips | 2013-14 Media Guide

Coverage Of 2014 Football Schedule Announcement

The 2014 UMass football schedule was announced yesterday with a mix of three games at Gillette Stadium and three at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst. Several notable games include the season opener against Boston College (Gillette), the McGuirk opener serving as Homecoming against Bowling Green, and a nationally televised ESPN Wednesday night game at McGuirk against Ball State.