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The University of Massachusetts rowing program earned one of the 22 available bids for the 2015 NCAA Championships and begins competition at the Sacramento State Aquatics Center in Gold River, Calif., Friday afternoon. Daily Hampshire Gazette sports reporter Matt Vautour spoke with head coach Jim Dietz about the spring season that led to UMass' Atlantic 10 Championship and Dad Vail Regatta women's title and how the winter forced adjustments to the team's practice schedule.

UMass crew takes on nation's best at NCAA Division I Championship regatta | Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette

More information on UMass at the 2015 NCAA Championships is available through UMassAthletics.com.

Former UMass basketball standout and recent graduate Maxie Esho was part of a 6-person pre-draft workout for the Boston Celtics at their practice facility in Waltham. Here is some reaction and an interview from Celtics.com.



And here is the Adidas commercial that Maxie was a part of with Kevin Garnett back in 2008, along with the background of the event.

Earlier this week on TheHockeyWriters.com, Michael Pityk had a piece on UMass hockey alum, former captain Conor Sheary and the possibility of NHL success in his future with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization.

Read: Penguins' Conor Sheary: The Next Tyler Johnson?

The United States Field Hockey National Program announced its 18-woman roster for the Hockey World League Semifinals Tuesday, with former UMass standout goalkeeper Alesha Widdall and current volunteer assistant coach Melissa Gonzalez among those chosen.

Hockey World League Semifinals run from June 10-21 in Valenvia, Spain. With two pools of five teams, Team USA will match up with Germany, Ireland, Uruguay and South Africa. The USWNT is set to play Uruguay in their first pool game on Thursday, June 11 at 7: 00 a.m. EST.

Parnham Solidifies U.S. Roster for Hockey World League Semifinals | Team USA Website

MassLive: Breaking Down @UMassBasketball A-10 Home/Away Foes

Boston Herald: UMass Women rowers go after NCAA crown

University of Massachusetts rowing begins its NCAA Championships competitor Friday, May 29 at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center in Gold River, Calif. Boston Herald sports reporter John Connolly spoke with UMass head coach Jim Dietz to discuss the team's second consecutive trip to NCAAs and what the squad has accomplished this season.

UMass Women rowers go after NCAA crown | John Connolly, Boston Herald

Quick Inducted Into Avon Old Farms Hall of Fame

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Congrats to former Minuteman Jonathan Quick on his recent induction into the Hall of Fame at Avon Old Farms. The Kings 101 blog had coverage of the induction.

Read: Jonathan Quick Inducted into the Avon Old Farms Hall of Fame

Former Hoops Standout Barbee Elevated To Assistant Coach At UK

Former UMass basketball standout and assistant coach Tony Barbee was elevated to Assistant Coach at Kentucky under longtime mentor John Calipari Friday. Barbee had been the special assistant to the head coach during the 2014-15 season, following eight years as the head coach at UTEP and Auburn.

The Indianapolis native starred at UMass from 1989-93 where he helped the program to a pair of NCAA and two NIT appearances. He is currently ranks eight in school history in points (1,643), third in free throws made (477), fourth in free throws attempted (657), tenth in games played (126), fourth in starts (118) and sixth in minutes played (3,692).

After his playing career, he was a graduate assistant on the 1995-96 team before being promoted a year later to a full-time assistant during the first two years of Bruiser Flint's tenure.


Democrat & Chronicle staff writer Sean Lahman highlighted former University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse star and current Rochester Rattlers head coach Tim Soudan in a recent article covering Soudan's sustained success across all level of lacrosse, despite having never played the game before high school. Read the story through the link below:

RocJocks: Lacrosse star Tim Soudan got his start at Fairport | Sean Lahman, Democrat & Chronicle

University of Massachusetts field hockey graduate Alesha Widdall (2008-11) and current staff volunteer assistant Melissa Gonzalez provided boosts to Team USA as the national team defeated Ireland, 3-0 for the second consecutive time.

In Tuesday evening's contest, Widdall backstopped the squad with a shutdown performance in the cage while Gonzalez provided a boost on the attack. The duo, alongside U.S. teammate and UMass alumna Hannah Prince (2010-13) have one more exhibition contest against the Irish on Thursday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. Read a recap and see photos from Tuesday's game below:

Quick Start Leads Team USA over Ireland in Game Two (includes photos) | Team USA Website

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