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Bud Light UMass Football Show - 9/22

Join us tonight from 7-8 p.m. at The Hangar Pub & Grill on University Drive in Amherst for the Bud Light UMass Football Show with head coach Mark Whipple. Player guests include wide receiver Marken Michel and linebacker Stanley Andre. Coach Whipple and host Josh Maurer look back at the Penn State game and preview the Minutemen's return to McGuirk Stadium on Saturday for homecoming against Bowling Green.

Listen to the Bud Light UMass Football Show live on 105.5 FM (Springfield) and 1440 AM (Worcester). Fans can also listen live online at or on mobile devices by downloading the TuneIn Radio app. A podcast of the show will be available on Tuesday morning.

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University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham (2003-07) and Team Canada completed a pair of exhibition games over the weekend to close out their precursor play to the 2014 FIBA World Championship.

Tatham had nine points, eight rebounds and four assists during 69-66 overtime loss to Cuba on Friday evening. She followed that performance up with five points, three rebounds and one assist against Spain in a 66-46 defeat the next day.

Canada is in Group B with France, Mozambique and host-Turkey. The first game for the Canadian side is on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Canada Loses To Cuba In Overtime, 69-66 | Canada Basketball
Cuba 69, Canada 66 (OT) | Box Score
Canada Falls To Spain In Exhibition, 66-46 | Canada Basketball
Spain 66, Canada 46 | Box Score
Team Canada FIBA World Championship Schedule

Ross Gienieczko of the Daily Collegian has a sidebar from Friday's win over Fairfield about the unsung hero of the game... sophomore midfielder Luke Pavone. Pavone assisted on both goals in the Minutemen's improbably, 2-1 overtime victory over a team that ranked fifth nationally in goals-against average.

   Several players stood out in the Massachusetts men's soccer team's dramatic 2-1 overtime win against Fairfield on Friday.
   Senior captain Matt Keys was a monster on defense and scored the game tying goal on a header in the 87th minute. Fellow senior Josh Schwartz scored the game winner in the fifth minute of overtime.
   But the real x-factor for the Minutemen was sophomore midfielder Luke Pavone. In addition to making several defensive stops on each wing, Pavone assisted on both goals and injected the team with energy throughout the game. He played with emotion, and even mixed it up after the whistle with several Fairfield players early in the game.
   "I'm not surprised that he was the spark plug today," interim coach Devin O'Neill said. "He's just that type of player. He loves to play the game and he just gets after it."
   Pavone, to his credit, was quick to deflect praise.
   "It was a hard fought game, the whole team fought real hard," he said. "Once we went down one, we kept our heads up and kept fighting. It was a group effort."
   A group effort it was, but anyone could see that Pavone played a big role in the UMass win. He played well throughout the game, but in the 87th minute, with the Minutemen down 1-0, he still had nothing to show for it.

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Jason Kates of the Daily Collegian has a recap of Friday's thrilling and emotional 2-1 overtime victory over Fairfield in the home opener at Rudd Field.

   That was the word interim Massachusetts men's soccer coach Devin O'Neill used to describe his team's first win of the season, a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Fairfield Friday afternoon in the Minutemen's home opener at Rudd Field.
   UMass played with heavy hearts Friday. It was the Minutemen's first home game without longtime coach Sam Koch, who died in July after a two-year battle with cancer, in 23 years. And senior Josh Schwartz delivered the knockout blow for the Minutemen, finding the back of the net after being flicked on by junior Luke Pavone. Pavone assisted on both of the Minutemen's goals.
   "It could've been anybody and I would've been happy," Schwartz said said after scoring his second goal of the year. "We've been working really hard for a couple of weeks now and it's good to finally get a win." O'Neill said his team played well despite a slow start.
   "I thought it was a really good performance for most of the game," he said. "I thought we were a little bit tentative at the beginning, but we kind of grew into it after the first 15-20 minutes. "I'm really happy for the guys. It's been five games without a win and they've worked really hard. You want them to get rewarded so they get reinforced for the positive things, but they've been wonderful in terms of their day-to-day approach and how they've practiced."
   It seemed like UMass (1-5) would remain winless after falling behind 1-0 in the 78th minute courtesy of a beautiful free kick by Stags (2-2-1) senior Jake Zuniga. But the Minutemen battled back and were rewarded when senior Matt Keys was moved up top and headed in the tying goal at the 86:38 mark.

UMass men's lacrosse alumnus Will Manny (2010-13) was chosen for the 24-man Team USA roster set by the national organization for the Seatown Classic. Manny will play with the U.S. side at the event hosted in Seattle, Washington, on Saturday, Oct. 18 as one of six attackman chosen.

Team USA Roster Set For Seatown Classic vs. Notre Dame | Inside Lacrosse

Frank Bodani of the York Daily Record has a feature on Nick Berus that recounts his heroic actions in high school where he and his friend saved two lives when a flash flood swept away their car.

Anthony Chiusano from the Daily Collegian has a preview of today's home opener against Fairfield.

PREVIEW: UMass Field Hockey vs. Connecticut

UMass field hockey is home for a pair of games this weekend! The Minutewomen host Connecticut first with a Friday, Sept. 19 game beginning at 4 p.m. on Garber Field. Admission is free!

 University of Massachusetts Field Hockey Game Notes
 Game Seven Massachusetts (2-4) vs. No. 5 Connecticut (4-1)
 Date | Time Friday, Sept. 19 | 4:00 p.m.
 Location Richard F. Garber Field; Amherst, Mass.
 Series History UConn leads, 33-13-3. Last meeting: #3 UConn 4, #7 UMass 1; Sept. 18, 2013
 Live Statistics GameTracker
 Live Video Atlantic 10 Digital Network
 Team Information Massachusetts | Connecticut
 Twitter @UMassFH   | @UMassAthletics  
 Instagram UMass Field Hockey

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