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Cheshire vs Southington   Former UMass star Davina Hernandez (at right holding the Connecticut state championship trophy with her team) recently led Southington High School to its third-consecutive state title and extended its winning streak to an amazing 70-straight games.
   But she has lupus, it does not have her, and you can read a nice story by Jeff Jacobs (@jacobscourant) of the Hartford Courant.

Here's Davina's page from the 2014 West Hartford Walk To End Lupus:

And here are a couple of stories about the Class LL title game and where the 70-consecutive victories put Southington in the record books.

Recent Massachusetts graduate and softball extraordinaire Quianna Diaz-Patterson spent a couple of weeks in Puerto Rico playing for a semi-pro team and then trying out for the national team. Well, she did it! QDP (@QuiBaby4) made the squad that will compete this summer in the World Cup of Softball in Irvine, Calif., the Canada Cup in Surrey, British Columbia and the Pan Am Games in Toronto.

She is part of a select group of former UMass players to play for their national teams, joining Brandice Balschmiter (USA). Davina Hernandez (also with Puerto Rico in the summer of 2007), Danielle Henderson (USA), Kaila Holtz (Canada), Candice Molinari (Italy) and Sara Plourde (Canada).

She also got some love from her team on twitter:

Millon Named Inside Lacrosse MLL 15-For-15 All-Time Great

University of Massachusetts alumnus Mark Millon was featured in a recent Inside Lacrosse article by Kyle Devitte covering the top 15 players in Major League Lacrosse history spanning the first 15 years of the league's existence. Millon was spotted eighth on the list. Below is a breakdown of why:

8. Mark Millon

Career: 251G, 112A

Titles: '02

The most fundamental player in the history of lacrosse, Millon was MLL's John Stockton -- if Stockton were a better shooter. The originator (inventor?) of the question mark dodge, Millon tempered his legendary drive with a mastery of technique that allowed him to take on the most accomplished defensemen in the game and come out on top. Millon is living proof that practice makes nearly perfect.

Memorable Moment: During one of his final seasons on the Bayhawks, Millon was outfitted with a heart monitor for a TV game. The commentators monitored his heart rate throughout the game and found that even after the conclusion of the contest, Millon's heart beat was relatively even despite never leaving the field of play. The mark of a true assassin, Millon controlled everything when he was at his peak in MLL.

Read Devitte's entire list through the Inside Lacrosse website.

Recapping Cady Lalanne's Workout With The LA Lakers

2015 Lakers Draft Workouts: Day EightFormer UMass center Cady Lalanne went through another pre-draft workout Monday, this time with the Los Angeles Lakers at their training facility in El Segundo, Calif.

Other prospects in attendance included Olivier Hanlan (Boston College), Aaron Harrison (Kentucky), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Arizona), Jonathan Holmes (Texas) and Jordan Mickey (LSU).

The Lakers have three selections in this year's NBA Draft - No. 2, No. 27 (from Houston in a trade for Jeremy Lin) and a second round choice at No. 34.

.@UMassHockey's Wellman Signs KHL Deal

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Former UMass hockey forward Casey Wellman will head overseas for the first time in his career next season, inking a deal with Spartak Moscow of the KHL, the team's twitter account announced on Monday.

Wellman, who has spent the past three seasons in the Washington Capitals' organization, is the second Minuteman with NHL experience to head to the KHL as Matt Anderson '07 has played for Moscow Spartak, Zagreb Medvescak and Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik since 2013.

The Washington Post's Capitals Insider blog mentioned the signing

University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham wrapped up a successful European exhibition tour with the Canadian National Team on June 5. Tatham was paramount to the team's success as she averaged 7.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game starting over the six-game slate, which included four victories. The only losses Tatham and the Canadian side suffered were to No. 3 internationally ranked Spain and No. 4 France.

The side previously completed three contests in Spain prior to traveling to France for the remainder of the trip. Read about the first leg of the trip through Just Take A Minute here.

Women's National Team Earns Another Win, Beating Poland 73-68 | Team Canada Website
Canada Defeats Italy 67-62, Improves To 4-1 | Team Canada Website
Canada Finishes 4-2 After Falling To France, 50-42 | Team Canada Website

Box Score: Canada 73, Poland 68
Box Score: Canada 67, Italy 62
Box Score: France 50, Canada 42

The Canadian National Team is gearing up for a run at the 2016 Olympic Games and begins qualification play at the FIBA Americas Women's Championship after the squad completes its Pan Am Games slate from July 16-20. More on the team is available on Canada Basketball's official website.

John Tierney, a UMass men's lacrosse signee and native of Westfield, Mass., was named a United States Lacrosse All-American recently. In his scholastic career, Tierney provided Wilbraham & Monson Academy with 370 points on 194 goals and 176 assists.

Westfield native, Wilbraham & Monson midfielder John Tierney named US Lacrosse All-American | Jack Flagler, Springfield Republican

Stephane Lasme Leads Anadolu Efas Into Turkish League Finals

Former UMass standout Stephane Lasme (@Slasme) continues to excel in Europe, leading his team to the Turkish Basketball League championship finals. He led Anadolu Efes to a 3-0 sweep in the semis with a game three line of 24 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and a block. You can read about the series in tweet below.

Blakely: UMass' Lalanne says he'd be right at home with Celtics

A. Sherrod Blakely (@SherrodbCSN) of Comcast Sports Net also spent time with Cady Lalanne on Wednesday and the duo talked about the UMass graduate's dream of playing in the NBA.

   When you're talking about big men expected to be drafted in the second round of the NBA draft, there's usually a significant flaw or two to their game.
   UMass big man Cady Lalanne is no exception.
   Still, beyond his basketball-playing warts, he has some legit, next-level talent, which is why he is on the radar of several NBA teams, including the Celtics who had him in for a workout on Wednesday.
   With four picks in the June 25 draft, the Celtics may give Lalanne some serious consideration with their last pick, which is in the second round, 45th overall.
   One of the main factors the Celtics evaluate when it comes to prospects is production.
   Lalanne's scoring average improved each of his four years at UMass, which included a career-best 11.6 points as a senior.

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Mike Petraglian of spent some time with Cady Lalanne after Wednesday's workout at the Celtics' practice facility in Waltham.

Here's some of what he wrote and what Cady said...
   Cady Lalanne has his sights set high.
   The 6-foot-8 big man from UMass with a 7-foot-5 wingspan would love to model his game after another big man who made quite the impression during his time with the Celtics.
   "Since I started playing basketball in ninth grade, KG has been a player I love to watch," Lalanne said of Kevin Garnett after his pre-draft workout Wednesday with the Celtics. "I remember I used to always go to the park and try his fadeaway that he had when he was with the Timberwolves. When he came here and won a championship, I was really excited. Even right now, I still watch him and try to learn from him." What makes him think he can play like KG?
    "Rebound the ball and play defense, that's the strong [parts] right now," Lalanne said. "I still have a lot to work on. I'm just ready to work. I would love to [emulate him]. He can knock the 15-foot jump shot, hit the three here and there and you can always count on him on defense to get stops.
    "I can knock down the 15 to 17-foot jump shot, make threes and give a full effort on defense and offense and do everything I can to help the team win."
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