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With the team heading into the final weekend of the regular season with an Atlantic 10 Tournament berth on the line, Arthur Hayden takes a look at UMass women's soccer's recent success and the play of junior co-captain Jackie Bruno, who leads the team with six goals on the season.

Read: UMass women's soccer hitting its stride just in time

Nick Casale of the Daily Collegian delves into the recent play of redshirt freshman goalkeeper Taylor Culp and freshman defender Matthew Mooney.

     Success in the sports world is calculated by the number in the wins column opposed. However, the formula used to calculate the future success of any team requires a far more sophisticated, yet inexact science.
     By looking strictly at the Massachusetts men's soccer team's record (2-12-1) it's easy to overlook how those individual components are gelling within the larger context of the team.
     In Sunday's game against Fordham, the synergy of the young team was apparent as two freshmen - goalkeeper Taylor Culp and defender Matthew Mooney - stepped up and proved to be instrumental in the win.
     Since arriving at UMass, Mooney has stepped into the starting lineup and played predominantly at left fullback. While his duties are mainly defensive, he also gives the Minutemen an option on the wing from overlapping runs and intelligent movement when UMass is in possession.
     Against the Rams on Sunday, he found himself near goal in the 20th minute when ball bounced outside the box. He settled it and fired a shot off the post for his first collegiate goal, and put the Minutemen up 2-0.
     "It was a good feeling and it was definitely a confidence booster for me," Mooney said. "To be honest, the goal came as a surprise, but I just found myself in a good position and I was able to finish."

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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette spoke with UMass sophomore Seth Berger on Tuesday after practice and has an update on how the wing from Seattle is feeling after shin and wrist injuries.


Join head coach John Micheletto and player guests Oleg Yevenko and Shane Walsh tonight at 7 p.m. the Hangar Pub & Grill in Amherst for the Bud Light UMass Hockey Show. Coach Micheletto and hosts Brock Hines and Adam Frenier recap last weekend's games against Northeastern and Boston College and preview this weekend's two-game Hockey East series at Maine as the Minutemen wrap up a six-game road trip.

The live radio show airs from 7-8 p.m. on WHMP (AM 1400/1240, FM 96.9) in the Pioneer Valley. Additionally, fans can listen online at WHMP.com or by downloading the TuneIn Radio app on their mobile devices.

To interact with the broadcast team, tweet your questions for Coach Micheletto @UMassSportsNet or click here to "Ask the Coach". For additional information and a complete show schedule, visit our hockey radio information page.
Victor Pusateri of the Daily Collegian has a feature story on junior freestyle specialist Alessandro Bomprezzi.

     The Massachusetts men's swimming and diving team's season is underway and one swimmer that looks to carry over success from last year is Alessandro Bomprezzi.
     Entering his junior season, Bomprezzi looks to add to his impressive resume that includes being named team MVP last year and owning the school record in three different freestyle events.
     Last season was a coming out party for Bomprezzi, who emerged as one of UMass' strongest swimmers. The junior finished toward the top in the majority of his events, including winning gold in the 50-meter freestyle and bronze in the 1650-meter freestyle events at the Atlantic 10 Championship and breaking his own school record in the 1000-meter freestyle event against Fordham on Feb. 1.
     Bomprezzi joined the Minutemen as a freshman in fall 2012 from his hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona. When asked why he chose a school on the opposite side of the country he said, "Well UMass offers everything I need both academically and athletically. The engineering program has been growing in the past few years and that caught my attention."
     Now a veteran, Bomprezzi said it is important to him and his team that he continues to emerge as a leader. According to men's swimming coach Russ Yarworth, Bomprezzi has done just that.
     "He's worked hard in practice and has stepped up for this team," Yarworth said. "He's setting a good example for the younger guys."

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Collegian: UMass men's and women's swimming & diving both lose to BU

Tyler Fiedler of the Daily Collegian has a recap of the men's and women's swimming & diving teams' dual meet at BU from Saturday.


Collegian: UMass men's soccer tops Fordham for second win of season

Adam Aucoin of the Daily Collegian has a recap of men's soccer's 2-0 victory at Fordham on Sunday afternoon.


Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has an article on the progress of freshman guard C.J. Anderson.

     AMHERST -- C.J. Anderson was about a stride behind Trey Davis when he hit midcourt in a 5-on-5 drill at UMass men's basketball practice.
     Anderson was on defense when a teammate deflected a pass sending the ball bouncing quickly toward the opposite end of the floor.
     By the time Anderson passed Davis it was too late to secure the ball, which bounced over the baseline out of the bounds. In one motion, the freshman leapt, grabbed the ball and caromed it off Davis to give his team possession.
     Watching from the sideline, UMass coach Derek Kellogg smiled quickly, before resuming the action.
     Anderson's "best attribute is he wants to win," Kellogg said. "Every drill we've done that's competitive he tries to win."

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University of Massachusetts field hockey alumnae Hannah Prince (2010-13) and Alesha Widdall (2008-11) helped Team USA finished a six-game test series in New Zealand with three wins, two losses and one draw against the host squad. The duo, along with volunteer assistant coach Melissa Gonzalez clinched the series with a 3-1 victory in the final game.

More is available on the series and Team USA here.

The University of Massachusetts field hockey team won its sixth consecutive Atlantic 10 Conference game as the squad took a 3-1 win from La Salle on the road at DeVincent Field in Philadelphia. Jamie Cushman has a recap of the action:

UMass field hockey continues win streak with victory over La Salle | Daily Collegian

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