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Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican takes a look at this weekend's match-up at Toledo for the UMass football team. Malone says this will be the most challenging game of the year for the Minutemen amongst MAC teams, but predicts a shootout on the scoreboard between UMass' high-powered pass game and the Rockets run game which is the best in the league.

Andrew MacDougall of the Boston Globe has a feature on Shadrach Abrokwah and his journey with UMass football from a walk-on to a starter. After joining UMass as a walk-on in 2013, Abrokwah started the final two games of the season turning in almost 100 yards a game. In the win over Eastern Michigan, the Worcester native had four rushing touchdowns and 135 yards to pace the Minutemen.

In today's Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a preview of UMass hockey's weekend matchups at Northeastern and Boston College.

Read: UMass hockey confident heading to Boston for weekend matchups with NU, BC

Dan Malone of MassLive talked with Derek Kellogg about what lengths the seventh-year UMass coach is going to during the preseason to figure out which lineups and combinations he may use to begin the season.

Kellogg mentions that playing in more 5-on-5 situations helps develop the players' conditioning into the type of defense and offensive pace he is looking for.

Derrick Gordon has spent a good deal of time in the offseason working on his outside shooting and free throw attempts. And Dan Malone of MassLive has an in-depth look at DG's shot practice routine and the counsel he sought from head coach Derek Kellogg.

Sports Illustrated Hoops Preview: Atlantic 10

Sports Illustrated writer Dan Greene has a preview of the upcoming Atlantic 10 men's basketball season. He also mentions a collaboration on a statistical projection system developed between economist Dan Hanner and writer Luke Winn that can predict the leading scorer and rebounder for any team in the country.

They pick UMass to finish tied for third (with GW) and an 11-7 league mark. VCU and Dayton are 1-2, with Richmond and Rhode Island tied for fifth at 10-8, and La Salle and St. Bonaventure tied for seventh at 9-9.

Their outlook on UMass in 68 words (or less) is as follows...
Shooting guard Derrick Gordon, who became D-I's first openly gay men's player when he came out in April, will likely take on a bigger role in the Minutemen's uptempo attack, which lost relentless star Chaz Williams. And keep your eyes on the frontcourt, where senior Cady LaLanne provides strong rebounding and shot-blocking and athletic classmate Maxie Esho should take kindly to his first starting role.

(Cade Belisle/The Massachusetts Daily Collegian)

Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian takes a look at Saturday's game at Toledo for the UMass football team with a specific focus on the Rockets' run game which is one of the best in the nation. The challenge he says will be for the UMass front seven to contend with a talented and experienced Toledo offensive line and a trio of running backs that all have different styles.

In today's Daily Collegian, Tom Mulherin previews women's soccer's final two home games of the season. The Minutewomen host St. Bonaventure on Friday and Duquesne on Sunday.

Read: Minutewomen look to continue their season in weekend game against Saint Bonaventure

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on the UMass offensive line and the recent play of Josh Bruns who played center in place of the injured Matt Sparks the last two games. Bruns, normally a guard, played well in the transition and the depth is seen as a good sign for the Minutemen as the season comes down the home stretch.

PREVIEW: Field Hockey at La Salle

The field hockey team has a one-game weekend ahead of it as the Minutewomen travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to face La Salle (8-6 overall, 4-2 Atlantic 10) at DeVincent Field on Friday, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. Check out all the game information for this weekend below:

 University of Massachusetts Field Hockey Game Notes
 Game 17 Massachusetts (8-8, 5-1) at La Salle (8-6, 4-2)
 Date | Time Friday, Oct. 24 | 3:00 p.m.
 Location DeVincent Field; Philadelphia, Pa.
 Series History UMass leads, 18-1-0. Last meeting: UMass 7, La Salle 1; Oct. 18, 2014
 Live Statistics Sidearm Sports
 Game Blog Cover It Live
 Team Information Massachusetts | La Salle
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