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Former Minutemen Set For Game 7 Tonight

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At least one UMass hockey alum will advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight as former Minuteman Jonathan Quick's Los Angeles Kings will square off against the San Jose Sharks and two more former Minutemen, Justin Braun and Matt Irwin. 

Braun has appeared in all six games for the Sharks and has a goal and an assist and is +3 in the series. Braun scored the game winner in game two for his first career playoff goal (video below). His assist came on the Sharks' lone game six tally. Irwin made his 2014 postseason debut in game six as well and played 18:43 with two shots.

Quick has been a key part of the Kings' comeback in the series as he stopped 91 of the 95 shots he faced in the squad's three victories, including all 30 game five for his eighth career postseason shutout. Here's video of Quick stopping a shot by Irwin in game six.

 Justin Braun (UMass Years: 2006-10) & Matt Irwin (UMass Years: 2008-10) - San Jose Sharks
Jonathan Quick (UMass Years: 2005-07 ) - Los Angeles Kings
Regular Season Statistics:
 Braun: 82 GP, 4 G, 13 A, 17 Pts, 20 PIM, +20  |  Irwin: 62 GP, 2 G, 18 A, 20 Pts, 35 PIM, +5
 Quick: 49 GP, 2 A, 2.07 GAA, 6 SO, 27 W, 17 L, 0.915 PCT
First Round Playoff Schedule
DateOpponents Time (ET) | TV / Result
Thusday, April 17
 LAK at SJS San Jose 6, Los Angeles 3
 Sunday, April 20
 LAK at SJS San Jose 7, Los Angeles 2
 Tuesday, April 22 SJS at LAK San Jose 4, Los Angeles 3 (OT)
 Thursday, April 24 SJS at LAK Los Angeles 6, San Jose 3
 Saturday, April 26 LAK at SJS Los Angeles 3, San Jose 0
 Monday, April 28 SJS at LAK Los Angeles 4, San Jose 1
 Wednesday, April 30 LAK at SJS 10:00 p.m. | NBCSN, CSN-CA
Chris Corso of the Daily Collegian has a feature on the UMass baseball team and its improved play over the last few weeks which could help the Minutemen make the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

Tyler Fiedler of the Daily Collegian has a sidebar on the UMass baseball win over UConn focusing on the Minutemen's play and taking advantage of UConn's mistakes.

Ross Gienieczko of the Daily Collegian has a recap of UMass baseball's win over UConn marking the first time since 2007 that the Minutemen defeated the Huskies.

SB Recaps From Tuesday's DH With Rhode Island

UMass clinched a spot in the 2014 Atlantic 10 Softball Championship with a win over Rhode Island on Tuesday. The second game was suspended due to darkness with the score knotted at 2-2 in the 9th inning.


Gazette: UMass baseball slips past UConn

The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a short recap of the UMass baseball team defeating UConn on Tuesday afternoon.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on Rob Blanchflower and how the move of the NFL Draft from April to May has been beneficial for him. Blanchflower has been recovering from postseason surgery and was finally able to work out for scouts on April 23 after missing the NFL Combine, Pro Day and several other events.

"It went really well," said Blanchflower, who drew representatives from 15 NFL teams last week for his solo pro day on April 23. "I could do all the tight end specific drills, running around, catching, blocking and things like that. I think I did a good job showing I could play the position."  

Had the draft been in April, he might not have been healthy in time to get the chance.  

"The fact that I could move my pro day back so far was definitely a blessing for me," Blanchflower said. "They could see I'm recovering. I was moving fluidly, moving around like an athlete, not some old stiff coming off of surgery. I'm going to be able to do all the things I'm capable of doing. That was the most important thing, showing that I'm healthy."

Dan Malone has a story on incoming graduate transfer Alex Kenney from Penn State who just placed 2nd as part of the Nittany Lions' sprint medley relay team at the Penn Relays.

Arthur Hayden of the Daily Collegian has a recap of UMass tennis' performance at the Atlantic 10 Championships last weekend. The Minutewomen advanced to the semifinals for the third straight year before falling to eventual champion VCU.

"Everyone feels really strong coming home from this tournament," she said. "If we're going to lose, I want to lose to the eventual champion. ...The match was well-contested. (VCU) was obviously the best team there and we competed the best against them."



UMass Women's Lacrosse Ranked 13th In This Week's Polls

After making its fourth straight perfect run through Atlantic 10 play to finish the regular season 7-0 and 16-1 overall, the UMass women's lacrosse team is ranked 13th in both the IWLCA Coaches Poll and the Brine Media Poll.

In the newly formed Lacrosse Magazine poll, UMass is ranked 9th overall.


Recaps From UMass Women's Lacrosse Win At Duquesne

The No. 11 UMass women's lacrosse team defeated Duquesne 16-8 on Sunday afternoon to win the Atlantic 10 regular-season title and take the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Championship Tournament.


Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse Update (4.28)

All eight Major League Lacrosse teams opened their 2014 seasons during the weekend of Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, with seven former Minutemen contributing for their respective squads. Check out how UMass men's lacrosse alumni performed below:

Will Manny (2010-13) recorded five points via three goals and a pair of assists as Boston defeated the 2013 MLL defending-champion Chesapeake Bayhawks, 15-9 on Sunday, April 27. Manny generated his offense in the second, third and fourth quarters. He assisted on two goals in the second, tallied once in the third and struck twice more in the fourth.

Jack Reid (2003-06) also suited up for the Cannons and saw shifts on defense as Boston held the Bayhawks to only nine goals, but he did not record statistics.

The Minutemen are well-represented on the Cannons with Diogo Godoi (2006-10), Ryan Hollenbaugh (2010-13) and Kyle Smith (2010-13) also on Boston's roster.

Jim Connolly (2006-09) helped the Ohio Machine begin 2014 with a 15-8 victory over Charlotte as the veteran provided a pair of tallies, including during one man-up goal, in only three shots.

Connolly bested former UMass teammate Anthony Biscardi (2009-12) and fellow alum Jake Smith (2010-13) - members of the Charlotte Hounds. Biscardi and Smith rotated into the defensive lineup for the Hounds but did not record statistics during competition against Ohio.

Kevin Leveille (2000-03) started his 10th season competing in MLL with an assist during Rochester's 18-15 loss to New York. Leveille helped Daniel Hardy put the Rattlers ahead with the game's first goal and he scooped up a groundball as well. Leveille is one of MLL's all-time leading scorers as he owns 333 points via 256 goals and 75 assists.

Brett Garber (2004-07) was a part of the Florida Launch's inaugural game when he competed for the squad against Denver in a 14-10 loss. Garber did not record statistics in the contest.

More on MLL is available through the Major League Lacrosse website. The most up-to-date information on UMass men's lacrosse is available on UMassAthletics.com.

Collegian: UMass softball sweeps Saint Joseph's on Senior Day

Daily Collegian writer Marc Jean-Louis was in attendance for Sunday's doubleheader sweep of Saint Joseph's that saw UMass climb two spots in the Atlantic 10 standings into third place and wrote the following article.


Coverage Of UMass Women's Lacrosse Win Over St. Bonaventure

As the No. 11 UMass women's lacrosse team prepares to play Duquesne on Sunday, take a few minutes to read about the Minutewomen's win over St. Bonaventure on Friday at McGuirk Stadium.




Allen Among New York Rangers' Black Aces

Former UMass defenseman Conor Allen's season with the Hartford Wolf Pack is over, but Allen is still active, practicing as one of the "black aces" for Hartford's parent club, the New York Rangers.

For those who might not know, the term "black ace" refers to a playoff extra, a "taxi squad" guy who is on hand for NHL playoff depth. An NHL team's black aces will only get a chance to play in a Stanley Cup playoff game if the big club gets hit by a run of injuries, but they practice throughout the postseason run in case they are needed.

Read more: "Black Aces Support Rangers Playoff Run"

For the third consecutive year, the UMass tennis team has advance to the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 championship. Overall, Saturday's match against the defending Atlantic 10 Champions, VCU, marks the 16th time since 1995 that UMass has advanced to the league semi-final match. The route to this year's semifinal was also significant in that the Minutewomen defeated Richmond for the first time ever in program history.

With Duquesne's win over Richmond on Friday, the No. 11 UMass women's lacrosse team will head to Pittsburgh on Sunday (Noon) for what will be a battle for the Atlantic 10 regular-season title and, more importantly, the No. 1 seed in next weekend's Atlantic 10 Championship tournament.

UMass is currently No. 1 in the league standings at 6-0 (15-1 overall), while Duquesne is 5-1 (14-2 overall). Currently, La Salle and Richmond sit in third and fourth in the standings with 4-2 league records which would place both in the A-10 Tournament. With just Sunday's action left, all that seems to be left is to determine which of these four teams get what seeds for next weekend.

No. 11/14 Massachusetts (15-1, 6-0) at Duquesne (14-2, 5-1 A-10)
 Date Sunday, April 27 - 12:00 PM (ET) 
 Location Rooney Field Pittsburgh, Pa.
 Watch Online Duquesne/Atlantic 10 Digital Network
 Live Stats Live Stats
 Twitter Updates @UMassAthletics
A total of 14 players scored on Friday afternoon as the No. 11 UMass women's lacrosse team cruised past St. Bonaventure 21-8 at McGuirk Stadium. The win improved UMass to 15-1 overall and 6-0 in Atlantic 10 play. It also set up a Sunday showdown in Pittsburgh as the Minutewomen and Duquesne will play for the No. 1 seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship and the regular-season title.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has an extensive notebook in today's paper which covers all of Friday's results from lacrosse to tennis. Vautour also highlights Saturday's jersey retirement for Brianna Scurry and April Kater and gives mention to a pair of academic award winners from rowing and women's lacrosse.

Check out the photo gallery on UMassAthletics.com from acclaimed photographer Thom Kendall. He was on hand to capture all the action as the Minutewomen defeated St. Bonaventure 21-8 on Friday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium.

Republican: Five questions with cornerback Trey Dudley-Giles

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Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a profile of Trey Dudley-Giles which includes a short question and answer series. TDG is one of several experienced members of the UMass secondary which projects to be a strength of the Minutemen this fall.

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse At Delaware

The men's lacrosse program wraps up the regular season with a trip to the University of Delaware for a 7 p.m. game on Friday, April 25. If you can't be at Delaware Stadium to cheer on the Minutemen all the information on how you can follow the game is below.

  University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
 Game 13 [RV/RV] Massachusetts (7-5, 1-3 CAA) at Delaware (6-8, 0-4)
 Date | Time Friday, April 25, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
 Location Delaware Stadium (22,000) | Newark, Del.
 Live Statistics NeuLion
 Listen WMUA 91.1 FM
 Watch NeuLion
 Series History Massachusetts leads, 11-4. Last meeting: Massachusetts 16, Delaware 8; April 26, 2013
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Delaware (available shortly)
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Delaware Get Acrobat Reader
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse  
 Tickets Available through the Delaware Athletics Ticket Office at 302-831-2257

More on the men's lacrosse team is available through UMassAthletics.com.

A good read from the Boston Globe on former UMass track athlete Jonathan Korhonen who, in honor of his mother, ran the Boston Marathon for the first time last week:

Read: Mother inspires first Marathon run

Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald has a feature story on the No. 11 UMass women's lacrosse team and senior defender Kelsey Sheridan. Thompson focuses on the UMass defense which is one of the top units in the country allowing just over 6 goals per game (2nd nationally).

Anthony Chiusano of the Daily Collegian has a preview of this weekend's games for the No. 11 UMass women's lacrosse team as the Minutewomen host St. Bonaventure on Friday (1 PM) and head to Duquesne on Sunday (Noon). UMass will have a chance to take the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Championship and the regular-season conference title with a pair of wins.

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse

All eight Major League Lacrosse teams announced their 2014 opening day rosters recently, with 10 Minutemen listed. Check out who is set to compete during the upcoming MLL season below:

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Minutemen On Major League Lacrosse Rosters
Minuteman Years At UMass MLL Team Years Pro
Anthony Biscardi 2009-12 Charlotte Hounds Third
Jim Connolly 2006-09 Ohio Machine Fifth
Brett Garber 2004-07 Florida Launch Eighth
Diogo Godoi 2006-10 Boston Cannons Sixth
Ryan Hollenbaugh 2010-13 Boston Cannons Second
Kevin Leveille 2000-03 Rochester Rattlers 10th
Will Manny 2010-13 Boston Cannons Second
Jack Reid 2003-06 Boston Cannons Ninth
Jake Smith 2010-13 Charlotte Hounds Second
Kyle Smith 2010-13 Boston Cannons First

More on Major League Lacrosse is available through the organization's website. Keep up to date with everything related to UMass men's lacrosse on UMassAthletics.com.

Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian highlighted the production of the freshman class with a recent article as the youngest Minutemen have played an integral role in the team's successes during the 2014 season.

"When you look at the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team, it's nearly impossible to overlook the production the freshmen class has brought to the table this year.

Whether it's been Nick Mariano and his team high 26 goals, good for second amongst freshmen in the NCAA, Grant Consoletti, who's started in all 11 games he's played in, or Aaron Madaisky, the 6 feet 7 inch long stick midfielder that is tied for the tallest player in the country, the freshmen always seem to make big plays when the game is on the line.

'They've all been pretty solid,' said coach Greg Cannella. 'I think we are in the situation we are in because we might have relied on them a little too much. As a coach you never really want to count on five or six freshmen on your team.'

Cannella added that while it's great to have two or three complimentary freshmen, it's a hard transition not only with the games, but with school as well..."

The conclusion of the story can be found on the Daily Collegian website. More on the Minutemen is available on UMassAthletics.com.

The weekly UMass Sports Luncheon will have a new locale today as it will be held at the new UMass Rowing Boat House beginning at Noon. The Boat House is located at Sportsman's Marina in Hadley on Route 9 where the Calvin Coolidge Bridge crosses the Connecticut River.

Women's lacrosse senior Sam Rush and softball freshman Jena Cozza will be honored as the athletes's of the week. Rowing head coach Jim Dietz is the featured speaker and will give a tour of the new boat house which was opened this past fall.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on freshman linebacker Da'Sean Downey and his impressive performance during the Spring Game to cap off spring practice. An early enrollee, Malone writes that being able to take advantage of an early semester with the program has been beneficial for Downey's development.

James Cushman of the Daily Collegian has a weekend recap of the UMass rowing team which competed against UConn on Friday and took part in a four-way race on Saturday in Boston.

Women's Lacrosse Ranked No. 11/14 In National Weekly Polls

After defeating Richmond on Saturday and improving to 14-1 overall, the UMass women's lacrosse team remains at No. 11 in the week's IWLCA Coaches Poll.

The Minutewomen are ranked No. 14 in the Brine Media Poll and come in at No. 10 in the newly formed Lacrosse Magazine Poll.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has an editorial on UMass football's 2015 schedule and how it looks to be more competitive for the Minutemen as they continue their transition into the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Arthur Hayden of the Daily Collegian has a recap of UMass tennis' 6-1 win over Rhode Island on Saturday. The match was the regular-season finale and also represented Senior Day. Yuliana Motyl, Jessica Podlofsky, Sonia Bokhari and Bianca Drabek were all honored prior to the match at the Mullins Center Tennis Courts.

Recaps From No. 11 Women's Lacrosse Win At Richmond

Sam Rush scored with 3:27 remaining in regulation and Rachel Vallarelli made a huge save with 1.6 seconds left as No. 11 UMass took sole possession of the top spot in the Atlantic 10 standings with a 9-8 win at Richmond on Saturday.

Weithofer To Play For New England Mutiny This Summer

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UMass women's soccer rising-sophomore Julia Weithofer has been adding the New England Mutiny's roster for the Summer 2014 season, the Mutiny announced yesterday.

Marvin Pave of the Boston Globe has a great story on the impact Tanner Guarino and Kelsey McGovern have had during their careers with the UMass lacrosse team. The pair of new each other prior to coming to UMass have been instrumental in making the program nationally relevant over the last several years.

Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle has a profile piece on Meg Newton who is a walk-on for the nationally ranked women's lacrosse team. Newton says the experience has been great this year, while head coach Angela McMahon says Newton has the attributes to "be successful here."

Republican: A.J. Doyle ready to turn attention to summer

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story featuring UMass football quarterback A.J. Doyle and how he feels now that spring camp is finished. Doyle says he is confident in where the offense is and that he plans to take a big leadership role in the offseason workouts leading up to preseason camp.

Inside Lacrosse contributor Terry Foy compiled a list of the top freshmen from around Division I men's lacrosse recently and named UMass attackman Nick Mariano among them. Mariano has provided 32 points, tied for the team lead, on 25 goals and seven assists through 11 games this season.

Check out the complete list of freshmen through the Inside Lacrosse website. More on the Minutemen is available on UMassAthletics.com.

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse Senior Night vs. Hofstra

The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse program hosts its 2014 Senior Night against No. 12 nationally ranked Hofstra on Saturday, April 19 at 7 p.m. The five-man senior class of Joe Calvello, James Fahey, Reed Goodhue, Connor Mooney and Matt Whippen will be recognized on Garber Field prior to the contest. Information about the game is available below:

  University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
 Game 12 [RV]/#20 Massachusetts (7-4, 1-2 CAA) vs. #12/11 Hofstra (9-3, 3-0)
 Date | Time Saturday, April 19, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
 Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
 Live Statistics GameTracker
 Listen WMUA 91.1 FM
 Watch CBS All-Access
 Series History Massachusetts leads, 21-17. Last meeting: Massachusetts 9, #20 Hofstra 8; April 20, 2013
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Hofstra Get Acrobat Reader
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Hofstra Get Acrobat Reader
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse  
 Tickets Available through the UMass Athletics Ticket Office at 866-862-7784

More on the men's lacrosse team can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

Members of the UMass campus community, athletic department, and men's and women's basketball teams gathered on Wednesday, April 16 for the Champions Center topping off ceremony.

BOSTON HERALD: Mark Whipple helps UMass Football get better

Featured columnist Ron Borges of the Boston Herald spent a day recently with UMass football head coach Mark Whipple to see exactly how things were going with the program. Borges was alongside Whipple from a 7:30 AM meeting all the way through an evening practice at McGuirk Stadium to see what made him tick, how the team was responding, and to get a feel for what the future will be like for the Minutemen.

Anthony Chiusano of the Daily Collegian has a preview of No. 11 UMass women's lacrosse at Richmond on Saturday. The game, an annual rivalry game between the two programs, will have added importance this weekend as both teams are tied for the top spot in the Atlantic 10 standings with 4-0 league records and just three games left in the regular season.

Highlights & Coverage Of UMass Football Spring Game

The defense looked impressive throughout the night turning in several highlight plays, but wide receivers Jalen Williams and Shakur Nesmith each put on displays for the offense with several outstanding plays of their own as Team Minutemen defeated Team UMass in the annual Spring Game on Wednesday night at McGuirk Stadium.





Former UMass defenseman Mike Kostka, who made an appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last year as a rookie with the Toronto Maple Leafs, returns to the postseason for the second time in his career with his new club, the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning open up their first round action against the Montreal Canadiens tonight at 7 p.m. on CNBC. The entire first round playoff schedule for Tampa Bay vs. Montreal is listed below.

 Mike Kostka (UMass Years: 2004-08) - Tampa Bay Lightning
Regular Season Statistics:
 28 GP, 4 G, 7 A,11 Pts, 8 PIM, +10
First Round Playoff Schedule
DateOpponents Time (ET) | TV
 Wednesday, April 16
 MTL at TBL 7 p.m. | CNBC, SUN
 Friday, April 18
 MTL at TBL 7 p.m. | CNBC, FS-F
 Sunday, April 20 TBL at MTL 7 p.m. | CNBC, SUN
 Tuesday, April 22 TBL at MTL 7 p.m. | NHLN, FS-F
 Thursday, April 24 MTL at TBL (If Nec.) 7 p.m. | TBD
 Sunday, April 27 TBL at MTL (If Nec.) TBD
 Tuesday, April 29 MTL at TBL (If Nec.) TBD

 
Matt Vautour had this piece in today's Daily Hampshire Gazette on former UMass pitcher Jeremy Demers, who is currently battling cancer.

When he's got a baseball in his hand, it's hard to tell Jeremy Demers has cancer.

Most of the weight he originally lost from his 6-foot, broad-shouldered frame has come back and so far his hair has been unaffected by chemotherapy.

When his right arm reaches back and sends the ball toward the plate, it's not hard to see the standout pitcher he was at Easthampton High School, the University of Massachusetts and the New England College Baseball League.

He has a beard now, and at 31, Demers still looks ready to battle hitters.

Read more: Former Easthampton, UMass pitcher Jeremy Demers stares down fight with cancer

Herald: Doyle, UMass Football In Transition

Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald has a story on the transition UMass football has undergone with Mark Whipple back as head coach. At not other position is the transition more evident than at quarterback with the switch from a spread, shot gun offense to a pro-style scheme.

Gazette: Mark Whipple, UMass set for spring football game

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a preview of Wednesday night's UMass Football Spring Game which kicks off at 7 PM. The format of the game will be the first string offense vs. the first string defense followed by the second team units.

Republican: Five questions with wide receiver Tajae Sharpe

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican includes Tajae Sharpe in today's edition of "5 Questions With..." Sharpe is one of the top offensive skill position players returning in 2014 and is expected to be a big playmaker for the Minutemen in Mark Whipple's new pro-style offense.

After wins over George Washington and George Mason last week, the UMass women's lacrosse team (13-1) moved to No. 11 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll and No. 12 in the Brine Media Poll. The new Lacrosse Magazine rankings have the Minutewomen checking in at No. 9 overall. In the newest RPI report from the NCAA, UMass ranks No. 9 as well.


Arthur Hayden of the Daily Collegian has a recap of the UMass tennis team's weekend versus Fairleigh Dickinson and Sacred Heart. Hayden states that several nagging injuries have forced adjustments to the lineups throughout the season and came into play during the 4-3 loss at FDU last Thursday.

Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has a preview of tonight's UMass football Spring Game which starts at 7 PM. Canelas breaks down the format of the game and what fans should look for from the Minutemen as spring camp concludes tonight.

NCAA.com: Women's Lacrosse RPI At No. 10 In Latest NCAA Report

With three games left in the regular season, the UMass women's lacrosse team holds a No. 10 RPI in the latest report released by the NCAA. UMass has a 13-1 overall record and is looking to make its fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. UMass is the highest ranked Atlantic 10 team and could finish among the top 11 programs for the third straight year.

Following a strong end to his 2012 season as a freshman, kicker Blake Lucas experienced some disappointed on the field last season. With renewed confidence this spring, the rising junior is looking forward to making a strong comeback according to Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican.

Quick Headlines NHL's Top 10 Saves Of The Season

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The NHL posted its "Top 10 Saves of the Season" video on YouTube this afternoon. Spoiler alert: former UMass netminder Jonathan Quick holds the No. 1 spot.

The publication Stadium Journey has released its list of rankings of the arena experience for 57 of the 59 collegiate men's hockey teams that compete in Division I and UMass' Mullins Center makes the list at No. 11.

Click here to see the entire list and to read the review for the Mullins Center.

ESPN: Look back, look ahead: Atlantic 10

ESPN.com writer Eamonn Brennan (@eamonnbrennan) has a quick look back and look ahead of the Atlantic 10 men's basketball season. He doesn't mention a ton about UMass, but says the team "looks solid moving forward." I tend to agree. But you can read what he has to say using the link below...


The Daily Collegian spoke with UMass rowing head coach Jim Dietz following a successful weekend at the Knecht Cup in West Windsor, N.J., where the Minutewomen took home three gold medals. Check out Dietz's thoughts on the performance below:

"The Massachusetts rowing team spent hours upon hours in training, checked the forecast for the weekend and spent time creating the best possible lineups; but they still encountered a one condition they had not prepared for: food poisoning.

"At least six of the women on the team got food poisoning before the event," said UMass coach Jim Dietz, who also suffered from the illness. "We were all up in the middle of the night in really bad shape, but by the time they got to the finals this afternoon they had recovered pretty well and we did well."

Despite the illness, the Minutewomen were still achieved three first-place finishes at the Knecht Cup in West Windsor, N.J., this weekend, earning gold in the varsity eight, varsity four and varsity pair..."

Read the remainder of the recap through the Daily Collegian website. More on the rowing program is available on UMassAthletics.com.

Robert Rigo/Daily CollegianMatthew Zackman has a preview article in the Daily Collegian on today's UMass softball game at Boston University. The Minutewomen are looking to continue their strong play of late, especially on the road, where they have won their last two after dropping their first five.

This is the third game in an eight-game road trip. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. and will be broadcast online at UMassAthletics.com and available on the Atlantic 10 Conference mobile app. Live stats are available via this GameTracker link.

The weather forecast calls for a 80-100 percent chance of rain from midday through the rest of the night in Boston, so we'll keep you posted the status of the game.


Collegian: Minutewomen continue to show offensive improvement

Jason Kates of the Daily Collegian has an article in Tuesday's paper talking about the offensive strides the UMass softball team has made in the recent weeks.

Did you know the team is second in the A-10 in hitting with a .283 avg. But in their 6 conference games, the Minutewomen are converting at the plate with a .357 rate - more then 40 points head of the No. 2 squad Fordham at .313.


The Daily Collegian had this recap of UMass' Atlantic 10 series victory over Saint Louis. UMass took games one and two by the scores of 7-1 and 3-2 before dropping game three, 2-1 in 11 innings.

Quick, Kings, Win NHL's Jennings Trophy

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Congratulations to former UMass goaltender Jonathan Quick who won the NHL's Jennings Trophy with the Los Angeles Kings upon the conclusion of the 2013-14 regular season on Sunday. The Jennings award goes to "the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it."

Quick is the first member of the Kings to capture the Jennings Trophy and won it outright when the Boston Bruins allowed three goals Sunday in their final game of the season, bringing their total to 177. Los Angeles allowed 174 goals this season.

Read more: Los Angeles Times - Kings' Jonathan Quick wins NHL's Jennings Trophy

TreyVision - See A UMass Football Practice From TDG's Perspective

As part of our Spring Football coverage, the UMass Sports Network wanted to see what life is like from one UMass' most explosive players - Trey Dudley-Giles. Check Out The MinuteCam to see practice from TDG's perspective as he goes through drills, talks to teammates and even returns punts.

Chris McCosky of the Detroit News has a story on UMass alum James Ihedigbo and his impact on the Detroit Lions during the offseason. Ihedigbo has won a Super Bowl, played in another, and has been to multiple division title games during his NFL career.

Republican: Five questions with wide receiver Shakur Nesmith

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a profile piece on wide receiver Shakur Nesmith who returned this spring after missing much of last season due to injury. Malone also goes 5 questions with Nesmith about spring camp, the upcoming season and returning from injury.

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Republican: Five questions with running back Shadrach Abrokwah

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Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a profile piece on running back Shadrach Abrokwah who had a break-out end of the year last season as the primary back for the final two games of the season.
Marc Jean-Louis of the Daily Collegian has a recap of Saturday's doubleheader sweep at St. Bonaventure. The Minutewomen dominated game one with a 17-2 win, which included a school-record-tying four home runs, before erasing a 5-run deficit in game to secure a 10-8 victory.


Jim Kinney of the Springfield Republican has a story on the Champions Center which includes its updated completion time-table of Spring 2015. The 53,000 square foot facility is expected to be a huge asset for both the men's and women's programs.

Gazette: Kassan Messiah, UMass linebackers get fresh start

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a feature story today looking at the UMass football linebackers. The group may be one of the more athletic groups on the roster and with the switch to a 3-4 defense will have a chance to make a big impact in 2014.

Jesse Mayfield Sheehan of the Daily Collegian has a preview of this weekend's lacrosse games as the Minutewomen head to George Washington on Friday before returning to McGuirk Stadium to host George Mason on Sunday. Prior to Sunday's game, UMass will honor its 2014 senior class.

Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has a story on new defensive coordinator Tom Masella and his 3-4 defensive scheme. Senior linebacker Stanley Andre says the move is good because it gives more freedom to the linebackers and defensive backs to be aggressive.

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse At Drexel

UMass men's lacrosse takes to the road with a trip to Drexel in Philadelphia, Pa., for a Saturday, April 12 game at Vidas Field. The Minutemen are 7-3 overall and 1-1 in CAA games while the Dragons hold a 7-4 mark this year and won two of their first three conference matchups. All your game information is available here:

  University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
 Game 11 #14/16 Massachusetts (7-3, 1-1 CAA) at [RV/RV] Drexel (7-4, 2-1)
 Date | Time Saturday, April 12, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
 Location Vidas Field | Philadelphia, Pa.
 Live Statistics Drexel GameCenter
 Listen WMUA 91.1 FM
 Watch Drexel GameCenter
 Series History Massachusetts leads, 3-2. Last meeting: #17 Drexel 15, Massachusetts 14; April 13, 2013
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Drexel
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Drexel
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse  
 Tickets Available through the Drexel Athletics Ticket Office

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

Peter Cappiello of the Daily Collegian staff spoke with head coach Greg Cannella, midfielders Connor Mooney and Ryan Izzo and attackman Grant Whiteway ahead of the men's lacrosse matchup with Drexel scheduled for Saturday, April 12.

"Massachusetts men's lacrosse coach Greg Cannella can be sure of one thing when he looks ahead to Saturday's matchup with Drexel - a fast game.

Cannella expects a fast-paced duel between the Dragons (7-4, 2-1 Colonial Athletic Association) and his own speedy team. UMass (7-3, 1-1 CAA) is looking to pick up the pace after a 6-5 home loss to Towson, who successfully slowed down the game to suit its style of play on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Drexel.

Drexel (11.6 goals per game) won last year's series meeting with the Minutemen, 15-14, in a game reminiscent of a shootout. Midfielder Ben McIntosh and attack Nick Trizano, both seniors with 42 and 35 points respectively, return to give the Dragons' offense teeth..."

The conclusion of the story is available through the Daily Collegian website. More on the Minutemen can be found on UMassAthletics.com.

Reaction To Derrick Gordon Announcement

Massachusetts sophomore Derrick Gordon announced he was gay on Wednesday, becoming the first openly gay Division I men's basketball player.


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Jonathan Quick Surprises Big Fan On "Ellen" TV Show

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Check out this awesome clip from "Ellen" where UMass' own Jonathan Quick surprises young fan Daniel Clarke Bouchard, a 12-year-old Montreal native and piano prodigy who already has played Carnegie Hall.

Men's Lacrosse vs. Towson Weekend Roundup

UMass men's lacrosse suffered a hard-fought one-goal loss to Towson on Saturday, April 5 to fall to 7-3 on the season and 1-1 in conference play. Below are links related to the contest and reaction following it, including postgame interviews, highlights and national rankings updates:

USILA Coaches Poll - Week 8
Inside Lacrosse Media Poll - Week 8
UMass falls to Towson despite strong defensive performance | Daily Collegian

More on the men's lacrosse program is available on UMassAthletics.com.

Yoni Monat of the Daily Collegian was in attendance at Sortino Field Tuesday for the softball team's convincing 11-0 win over UConn. You can read his recap here...


Matthew Zackman of the Daily Collegian has a preview of today's home softball game against Connecticut. UMass defeated our neighbors to the south in February down in Tampa for its first win of the season. The teams will get after it today at Sortino Field with a 5 p.m. first pitch.


Collegian: UMass softball takes two, sweeps Dayton

Daily Collegian softball writer Marc Jean-Louis spent the day at Sortino Field on Saturday and took in UMass' doubleheader sweep of Dayton as the Minutewomen completed a 4-0 week and evened their A-10 record to 2-2.

     After picking up a convincing 9-4 win in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, the Massachusetts softball team continued its stride in Game 2. Thanks to a five-run rally in the bottom of the fourth inning, highlighted by a pinch-hit two-run home run by Tiffany Meeks, the Minutewomen completed the doubleheader sweep of Dayton with a 5-2 win at Sortino Field Saturday afternoon.
     "Our staff has worked really hard (on) getting us prepared (in) pitching, hitting, and fielding," UMass coach Kristi Stefanoni said. "We took the day off on Thursday and practiced really hard (Friday). Our underclassmen stepped up big time (Saturday)."
     Following a complete game performance by Caroline Raymond in the first game, freshman Tara Klee got the start in the circle for second game, allowing two runs on five hits with five strikeouts in a complete game effort.

Read the complete article here...

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse Hosts Towson On Saturday

The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse squad returns to Colonial Athletic Association competition when Towson heads to Amherst, Mass., for a Saturday, April 5 contest on Garber Field. The Minutemen are 7-2 overall and 1-0 in CAA games following their bye week while the Tigers are 7-3 this year, including a 1-1 mark in the conference. Check out more in this week's UMassAthletics.com men's lacrosse preview below:

 University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
 Game 10 #11/12 Massachusetts (7-2, 1-0) vs. [RV/RV] Towson (7-3, 1-1)
 Date | Time Saturday, April 5, 2014 | Noon
 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, 4-3. Last meeting: Towson 9, Massachusetts 5; April 6, 2013
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Towson Get Acrobat Reader
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Towson Get Acrobat Reader
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse  
 Tickets Available through the UMass Athletics Ticket Office at 866-862-7784

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

Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian staff spoke with head coach Greg Cannella, senior midfielder Matt Whippen and redshirt-sophomore goalie Zach Oliveri as the UMass men's lacrosse prepares to face Towson at home on Saturday, April 5. Read his preview ahead of the contest below.

"It's crunch time for the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team.

With only four games remaining on its schedule, No. 12 UMass (7-2, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) looks to make one final push toward having the CAA championship come through Amherst.

However, the Minutemen aren't looking that far down the road just yet. Instead they are focusing all of their attention to Saturday's matchup against Towson after a 14-day layover between games.

'It's been a while since we've played,' senior Matt Whippen said. 'These past two weeks we took a step back to focus on our individual skills, but now we are getting ready for Towson because they're going to be a good team (and) ready to play us.'

The Tigers (7-3, 1-1 CAA) are one game behind UMass in the standings, so Saturday's game has the potential to shake up the landscape in the CAA..."

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

SB Recaps From Wednesday's DH Sweep Over Yale

Here are a few recaps and a photo gallery from Wednesday's doubleheader sweep of Yale in the 2014 home opener. The Minutewomen defeated the Bulldogs 3-1 and 6-1 behind its best offensive output of the season, pounding out 23 hits in the two games and six extra-base hits.


Quick Named ECHL Alumnus of the Month

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Congratulations to former UMass hockey goaltender and current Los Angeles King Jonathan Quick who has been named the MeiGray Group ECHL Alumnus of the Month for March.

Quick appeared in 38 games for the Reading Royals in the 2007-08 season going 23-11-3 with one shutout, a 2.79 goals-against average and a save percentage of .905. He became the ninth goaltender in ECHL history to score a goal on Oct. 24, 2007 against Pensacola.

Read the ECHL's full release here.

VIDEO: Football Spring Camp Spotlight On The Offensive Line

The UMass football offensive line is looking to fill the voids left by seniors Anthony Dima, David Osei, and Vincent Westcarr. Offensive line coach Shane Waldron and returning starters Matt Sparks and Tyrell Smith break down the unit's progression during spring practice following the Minutemen's workout on April 1.


Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has an in-depth story with UMass defensive coordinator Tom Masella on his return to Amherst. Masella was previously on Mark Whipple's staff during their first tenure with the Minutemen. Masella also discusses what he's seen so far from the defense in spring camp and how he thinks the team has and will improve in the coming months.

UMass Women's Lacrosse Ranked 11th/12th In This Week's Polls

After last Tuesday's narrow loss to No. 7 Northwestern, the UMass women's lacrosse team dropped just a bit in the national polls. The Minutewomen enter Atlantic 10 play this week ranked 11th in the IWLCA Coaches Poll and 12th in the Brine Media Poll. UMass remains a top 10 team in the newly formed Lacrosse Magazine rankings as they come in at No. 9 overall.
Matt Vautour has a story on UMass' all-time great running back Marcel Shipp who now paces the sidelines at McGuirk Stadium as a first-year assistant coach under Mark Whipple. Lorenzo Woodley and Jordan Broadnax both speak about the relationships they've formed already with Shipp and the knowledge they've gained in just a short time.

UMass tennis senior Yuliana Motyl contributed a piece to the Amherst Wire, a student-run online magazine by the journalism department, where she gives an insider's view of the conflict involving Ukraine, Russia and Crimea. Motyl was born in Ukraine before moving to Toronto when she was nine.

Collegian: Jessica Podlofsky breaks UMass tennis singles record

Arthur Hayden of the Daily Collegian has a story on Jessica Podlofsky who recently set the UMass tennis program's career record for singles victories. According to Hayden, it was an unorthodox route that led Podlofsky to UMass, but says that her goal from day one was to break the record.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story focusing on rising sophomore linebacker Shane Huber who is recovering from a knee injury last season. While he has not been cleared yet for physical practice, Huber has been preparing for the season by working on his upper body strength, learning the playbook and being at practice each day.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on Marken Michel who has rejoined the Minutemen after spending the 2013 season out of football. Michel figures to add depth to a wide receiving corps which was hurt by injury last year.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette had a story on Saturday about incoming transfer quarterback Blake Frohnapfel and how he is preparing for next season while still in school at Marshall. Frohnapfel is able to study the UMass play book, watch practice film online and has been working on his own.

Josh Alper of NBCSports.com has a story which talks about UMass alum James Ihedigbo who just signed with the Detroit Lions and how he and Glover Quin have already begun working out together. The duo live in Texas and Ihedigbo is projected to play strong safety while Quin moves over to free safety for the Lions.

Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has a story on UMass football running back Lorenzo Woodley who says he is excited about playing in head coach Mark Whipple's new offensive scheme which will be better suited to the rising sophomore's running style.

Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has a story on UMass football quarterback A.J. Doyle and how he is using spring camp to adjust to Mark Whipple's new offensive system.

Collegian: UMass men's lacrosse embraces extended time off

UMass men's lacrosse focused on improving the basics that have helped the team open the season with seven wins through nine games, writes Daily Collegian staff reporter Andrew Cyr.

"Rest is something that's often hard to come by in the middle of a lacrosse season.

But the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team, which is in the midst of a 14-day layover, has made the most of the time to improve and reflect on the season thus far.

'We got to focus on the nicks that we really haven't done too well this year and worked on what we struggled with,' short stick defensemen Ryan Izzo said. 'It was a good chance for us to look back on previous games and understand what we need to do better for the upcoming part of the season.'

The No. 12 Minutemen (7-2, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) currently are in second place in the CAA, after an 8-6 victory over Penn State earlier in the season. UMass, which has four games remaining on its schedule, is entering the roulette of conference play with the race for first wide open..."

The conclusion of Cyr's article is available on the Daily Collegian website. More on the men's lacrosse program can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

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