UMass Athletics

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.


Republican: Five questions with running back Shadrach Abrokwah


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

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