Also check out the highlights (below) and the photo gallery from the senior ceremony
The University of Massachusetts women's basketball team is winding down its regular season slate and takes to the road for the next-to-last time with a trip to VCU's Verizon Wireless Arena for a Sunday, Feb. 22 contest at 1 p.m. Ways to follow along with the action follow below:
|University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes|
|Game 26||Massachusetts (10-15 Overall, 4-9 Atlantic 10) at VCU (14-12, 5-8)|
|Date | Time||Sunday, February 22, 2015 | 1:00 p.m.|
|Location||Verizon Wireless Arena (7,500) | Richmond, Va.|
|Live Statistics||GameTracker (provided by VCU)|
|Watch||Atlantic 10 Digital Network (provided by VCU)|
|Radio Broadcast||WMUA 91.1 FM | Available on mobile devices through TuneIn Radio app|
|Series History||VCU leads, 2-1. Last meeting: VCU 81, Massachusetts 51; Jan. 18, 2014|
|Team Records||Massachusetts | VCU|
|Social Media||@UMassAthletics | @UMassWBB|
|Buy Tickets||Available through VCU Ticket Office|
Scouting VCU Women's Basketball
Virginia Commonwealth University sits at 14-12 overall and 5-8 in Atlantic 10 Conference play ahead of hosting UMass women's basketball for a Sunday, Feb. 22 contest in Richmond, Va. VCU is guided by first-year head coach Beth O'Boyle, who brought six years of experience as a program leader with her to the Rams, including three seasons at NCAA Division-I Stony Brook (2011-14) and three more at D-III Montclair State (2004-07).
Balanced offense, with seven from VCU averaging at least five points per game, helps the Rams in 2014-15. Isis Thorpe spearheads the team effort with 11.8 points per game and Adaeze Alaeze scores 10.9 more. Alaeze also provides a squad-best 6.7 rebounds on average. VCU only outscored opponents by a combined five points, 1,629-1,624, through 26 games. Foes put up more points in the first half, 801-778, but the Rams rebound in the second stanza for a 851-823 margin.
VCU started the season 12-5 and won three of their opening four league contests, but the Rams have struggled since their 62-53 win over Davidson. After that victory, Virginia Commonwealth University dropped seven of the following nine contests, including five consecutive entering play against UMass.
More on the Minutewomen can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
|Game Info||Saturday, Feb. 21, 12:00 p.m. ET|
|Location||Richmond, Va. (Seigel Center)|
|Online Video||Watch ESPN|
|Listen||UMass Sports Network | Affiliates | Desktop Stream | Mobile TuneIn App|
|Game Notes||UMass Game Notes | VCU Game Notes|
|Social Media||Game Day Blog|
The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse program faces No. 12 nationally ranked Harvard for the 46th time in as many consecutive seasons with a Saturday, Feb. 21 contest at the Crimson's Soldiers Field Soccer & Lacrosse Stadium. If you can't make it to Cambridge, Massachusetts, for the 3 p.m. game you can use the following means to keep track of the game:
|University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes|
|Game Three||Massachusetts (0-2 overall) at #12/13 Harvard (0-0)|
|Date | Time||Saturday, February 21, 2015 | 3:00 p.m.|
|Location||Soldiers Field Soccer & Lacrosse Stadium (2,500) | Cambridge, Mass.|
|Live Statistics||PrestoSports (provided by Harvard)|
|Watch||Ivy League Digital Network (provided by Harvard)|
|Listen||WMUA 91.1 FM|
|Series History||Massachusetts leads, 32-13. Last meeting: #14 UMass 8, Harvard 4; Feb. 22, 2014|
|Game Notes||Massachusetts | Harvard|
|Team Records||Massachusetts | Harvard|
|Social Media||@UMassAthletics | @UMassMLacrosse|
|Buy Tickets||Available through the Harvard Ticket Office|
Scouting Harvard Men's Lacrosse
Harvard, the No. 12 team in the nation according to the USILA Coaches Top-20 Poll, begins its 2015 season with a Feb. 21 contest at Soldiers Field Soccer & Lacrosse Stadium in Cambridge, Mass., against the University of Massachusetts. The Crimson are coming off of a 10-7 finish to the 2014 campaign, when the squad reached the Ivy League Championship Game and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The squad returns three of its top four scorers from a season ago, including leading points producer Devin Dwyer (47 on 12 goals, 35 assists). Back alongside Dwyer are Will Walker (39 points on 35 goals, four assists) and Deke Burns (24-18-6) after the Crimson put up 298 points in 17 games last year, an average of 17.5 per game.
Jake Gambitsky served as the starting goalkeeper one season ago and helped the Crimson defense with a 9.87 goals-against average and .506 save percentage in nearly 1,009 minutes in the cage. Gambitsky played all but 12 minutes in goal last year and had 170 of the team's 174 stops and all 17 decisions.
Head coach Chris Wojcik, a 1996 graduate of Harvard, is in his fifth season leading the team and 10th as a member of the coaching staff overall as he was also an assistant with the Crimson from 2002-07. Wojcik is 32-29 overall as the head coach at Harvard with one win over the Minutemen in four chances, an 11-9 Crimson victory on March 29, 2011.
Last Meeting: #14 UMass 8, Harvard 4; Feb. 22, 2014
Spurred on by second-half offense and a stifling defensive performance, No. 14/15 Massachusetts defeated Harvard in the 2014 home-opener for the Minutemen, 8-4. Nick Mariano earned his second consecutive hat trick as the freshman led both sides with three goals against the Crimson.
Tied at the half, 3-3, after Harvard scored back-to-back to close the second quarter, the Minutemen tallied the next four goals to secure the win. Mariano had his second of the game to put the team in front for good, 4-3 with two minutes, nine second left in the third. Grant Consoletti added his second strike of the year on a feed from Vincent Travaglini with four ticks left on the scoreboard to push the lead to 5-3.
Andrew Sokol and Grant Whiteway notched goals five seconds apart from one another during the second minute of play in the fourth to push the lead to 7-3. Zach Oliveri made 14 saves for the win while the Minutemen caused 12 Harvard turnovers, led by two apiece from James Fahey, Dylan Gruder, Connor Mooney and Austin Spencer.
More from the Minutemen is available on UMassAthletics.com.