UMass Athletics

Recapping UMass' 2014 A-10 MBB Media Day

UMass head coach Derek Kellogg was among the 14 head men's basketball coaches from around the Atlantic 10 who participated in the annual media day at the Barclays Center on Tuesday. The day began with the Minutemen being picked to finish fourth in the preseason poll for the second-consecutive year. Here are some stories from UMass beat writers, along with some national articles and from writers in other member schools markets.

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Collegian: Kreusch, Hawkshaw stepping up for UMass field hockey

Daily Collegian reporter Jamie Cushman stopped by field hockey practice on Tuesday and spoke with head coach Carla Tagliente, senior Lauren Allymohamed and freshmen Sarah Hawkshaw and Melanie Kreusch for a story on the immediate impacts made by Hawkshaw and Kreusch.

Hawkshaw and Kreusch on international students from Ireland and Belgium, respectively, and have combined for 22 points via nine goals and four assists through the opening 14 games played.

Kreusch, Hawkshaw stepping up for UMass field hockey | Daily Collegian

Collegian: Q&A With Rowing Head Coach Jim Dietz

Christopher Martinez of the Daily Collegian staff took time yesterday to speak with UMass rowing head coach Jim Dietz for a Q&A session regarding Dietz's life-long involvement in the sport. Martinez and Dietz touched on what Dietz expects from the Minutewomen following their run to the 2014 NCAA Championships, how he became the coach he is now and his favorite memories of leading this team.

Q&A with UMass rowing coach Jim Dietz | Daily Collegian

Former UMass defenseman had a two-goal night last night to help the San Jose Sharks to a 6-5 overtime win over the Washington Capitals to improve their record to 3-0 to start the year.

Irwin became just the second former Minuteman to post a multi-goal effort in the NHL, joining Greg Mauldin who had four points (2g, 2a) against Minnesota on Nov. 27, 2010, while playing for the Colorado Avalanche.

Check out the video of Irwin's goals below:

Today in the Daily Collegian, Frank Corona takes a look at UMass women's soccer's start to the Atlantic 10 season.

"However, based on their play so far, the Minutewomen are showing that they can be a serious force in conference play in the upcoming weeks."

Read: UMass Women's soccer elevates play against Atlantic 10 opponents

In today's Daily Collegian, Jason Kates has a piece on UMass hockey senior forward Zack LaRue who was named one of the Minutemen's alternate captains last Friday.

Read: UMass hockey's LaRue ready for increased responsibility

USA Field Hockey Begins New Zealand Test Match Tour

University of Massachusetts field hockey alums Alesha Widdall (2008-11) and Hannah Prince (2010-13), as well as volunteer assistant Melissa Gonzalez, made the nearly 9,000 mile trip from the USA Field Hockey training center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to New Zealand where the U.S. National Team is set to play a six-game test series with the hosts.

Take a look behind the scenes of the early days of the trip courtesy of the U.S. National Team.

ESPN: 10 observations on UMass Hoops

Jeff Goodman has 10 observations on his ESPN Insider Blog. Goodman was at practice last week to watch the Minutemen as they get ready for 2014-15. His main question - can UMass sustain the success it had last season.

Nicholas Casale of the Daily Collegian has a feature story on UMass men's soccer midfielder Luke Pavone who is finding success on the pitch despite facing several adverse moments over the past year.

Marc Jean-Louis of the Daily Collegian has a recap of the men's cross country team's performance at the New England Championship meet last week in Boston at Franklin Park.