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Freelance writer Dave Cunning has an in-depth Q&A with former Minuteman, current San Jose Sharks' defenseman, Matt Irwin on The Score:

"He may not be a household name just yet, but San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt Irwin may work his way into your mental NHL player directory yet. Now in his second NHL season, the 26 year old British Columbian is continuing a trend from his amateur career that has seen his point totals, ice-time, and contributions to his team's success dynamically increase every year.

Irwin spoke with me at length about his long road to the NHL and what he'll have to do to stay there, the tough decisions he was required to make and small window of opportunity he had to live out his dream, past teammates that helped get him where he is now, current ones that help make him better, what the San Jose Sharks will have to do to win their first Stanley Cup, what it takes to be consistently inserted into a lineup full of Olympians, All-Stars, and Stanley Cup champions, and more.

Read more: Getting to know San Jose Sharks' defenseman Matt Irwin

Matthew Zackman of the Daily Collegian wrote an article on the team chemistry that the softball team develops and fosters on its early-season trips to Florida each season.

    For most New Englanders, a trip to Florida is the epitome of a well-deserved break.
    Some enjoy relaxing on the beach, others like to play golf on Florida's finest courses and there are even those who will attempt to ride each roller coaster at all five of Disney World's parks.
    But for the Massachusetts softball team, a visit to Florida is all about business.
    On Feb. 21, the Minutewomen flew to Clearwater, Fla., for their first five games of the season. Despite being within driving distance to both Busch Gardens and Adventure Island, UMass opted to focus on being student-athletes.
    Although they were 1,315 miles away from their classrooms in Amherst, the team "is a very well rounded group of players that take their academics very seriously," UMass coach Kristi Stefanoni said.
    Stefanoni emphasized that her players attend UMass for academics and are aware that schoolwork is their first priority. They are in constant contact with their professors and their professors even work to accommodate the team's demanding travel schedule.

Read the entire article here...

Daily Collegian softball writer Jason Kates has a feature article on Interim Head Softball Coach Kristi Stefanoni. They talk about her love for the game of softball, her high school and college playing days and her first year in charge of the Minutewomen program.


George 'Trigger' Burke: The dean of Quincy hoops

The Patriot Ledger in Quincy has a nice feature on former UMass basketball great George "Trigger" Burke.

    QUINCY - It was no surprise to see Quincy lawyer George "Trigger" Burke at Friday's Boston Amateur Basketball Club tournament at Quincy High, checking out the ninth-, 10th- and 11th-grade talent, just as Quincy High coach Dave Parry and North Quincy High coach Kevin Barrett were.
    After all, if any man's name is synonymous with Quincy hoops, it is Burke, and as he is quick to point out, he's been happy to donate money to both high schools' programs, even though he is a 1950 Quincy High grad. But it might have been a little surprising to find Burke at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn two weekends ago, although he thoroughly enjoyed the trip to the new arena.
    "What a beautiful arena," Burke said from his Hancock Street office. "And out front they had these giant pictures of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce!" Burke wasn't there to catch up on former Celtics, although he is one himself, but rather to receive yet another honor for his own basketball exploits. In conjunction with the Atlantic 10 Tournament, the conference honored a select few former players from its schools with the Atlantic 10 Legends Award.
    "They asked the schools to nominate people from their past, and UMass nominated me," Burke explained. "Of course, in those days there was no A-10 - we played in the Yankee Conference - but it was nice recognition from the school and the A-10."

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VIDEO: Highlights From UMass Football's NFL Pro Day

The UMass Sports Network was on hand as UMass football pro day drew 21 NFL scouts to McGuirk Alumni Stadium on March 25, 2014.
Lacrosse Magazine listed their mid-season leading candidates for several major awards and picked their first-team All-America squad as if the season were to end today. In naming the award winners, they also mentioned who else was in top consideration for the award.

Kelsey McGovern earned the nod for First Team All-America and was one of the considerations for the Most Outstanding Defender in the nation.

Rachel Vallarelli was a top consideration for the Kelly Award going to the Most Outstanding Goalie.

Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has a story today on how the UMass football team is responding to new head coach Mark Whipple during Spring Camp. Canelas writes that a new attitude as a result of a fresh start is helping to change the culture of the program.

Coverage Of UMass Football Leaving The MAC Following 2015 Season

ILGear.com: UMass Minutemen Warrior Regulator Helmet

Inside Lacrosse contributor Casey Vock featured the UMass Minutemen Warrior Regulator Helmet on ILGear.com on Wednesday, showing off its sleek, crisp white look and prominently featured Massachusetts Minuteman logo. Check it out:


Get the whole scoop on the helmet from Vock through ILGear.com. The most up-to-date information on the Minutemen is available on UMassAthletics.com.

Coverage Of Vladimir Ducasse Signing With Minnesota Vikings

Vladimir Ducasse has signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings after playing for four years with the New York Jets. He was a second round draft pick with the Jets after having a standout career with UMass. In Minnesota, he joins fellow UMass alum and offensive lineman Josh Samuda who signed a reserve/future contract with the Vikings in January.


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