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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.

Read the complete story here:

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."
** Read the complete story via the link below.

Pacers head coach Frank Vogel gives some directionUMass center Cady Lalanne recently finished a workout with the Indiana Pacers, where they concentrated on pick-and-roll help defense and closing the hole up as quick as possible.

He will join classmate Maxie Esho in Boston on Wednesday for a workout at the Celtics facility in Waltham.

Former University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse letterman Ron Dumont received recognition in Wicked Local Lexington for his contribution to scholastic lacrosse as the founding head coach of Lexington High School.

Dumont walked on to the UMass lacrosse team during his undergraduate day in Amherst and lettered as a goalie in 1971. He joined the Lexington High School staff as a teacher in 1977 and founded the varsity lacrosse program during his tenure. Read the entire story through the link below.

Coach Ron Dumont helped start boys lacrosse's winning tradition at Lexington High | James Fitzgerald, Wicked Local Lexington

Two alumni of the University of Massachusetts football program earned spots on the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame ballot, announced on Tuesday morning.

Rene Ingoglia (1992-95) and Steve Schubert (1970-72) lettered at running back and wide receiver, respectively. Ingoglia rushed for 4,623 yards and 54 touchdowns on the ground - school records at the time - while he was twice named an all-American. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards during three separate seasons with 1,505 in 1994, 1,284 during 1993 and 1,178 in 1995. Schubert was an all-American in 1972 when he tallied 902 yards receiving - the second-most in school history at the time - via 45 receptions. His nine touchdown catches that season still rank tied for fifth-most in one year in program history while his 17.72 yards per catch career average stands third among all Minutemen. Read the complete release through the link below.

2016 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot Released

Daily Collegian sports reporter Anthony Chiusano recapped UMass rowing's NCAA Championships performance Sunday evening after the squad secured 20th at the event. Read about how the squad ended the year and head coach Jim Dietz's thoughts on this team's season as well as the immediate future.

UMass rowing sees two top-20 finishes in NCAA Championships | Anthony Chuisano, Daily Collegian