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UMass field hockey begins the 2014 Atlantic 10 Tournament as the No. 1 seed for competition when the Minutewomen face No. 4 Lock Haven on Friday afternoon. Massachusetts is on the hunt for its third consecutive Atlantic 10 title. Daily Collegian reporter Jamie Cushman discussed the history of postseason success for UMass field hockey with head coach Carla Tagliente, senior Renee Suter and sophomore Hailey Cockrum and also talked to the trio about the approach each is taking to preparing for Lock Haven:

UMass field hockey is no stranger to postseason success

The University of Massachusetts field hockey program begins Atlantic 10 Tournament competition with a semifinal matchup against Lock Haven. Tyler Fiedler of the Daily Collegian staff has a preview of the contest for MinuteFans:

UMass field hockey prepares to face Lock Haven in Atlantic 10 tournament

Ross Gienieczko has a preview of UMass' hockey's Friday matchup with AIC in today's Daily Collegian. Finally back at the Mullins Center following a six-game road trip, the Minutemen will be taking on the Yellow Jackets tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

Read: Minutemen prepare for Friday matchup with non-conference foe American International College

In today's Daily Collegian, Jason Kates takes a look at some of the story lines from Friday's UMass Hockey-AIC matchup. Western, Mass., native redshirt sophomore Frank Vatrano will be facing his older brother Greg's former team and redshirt senior captain Troy Power will square off against an old friend and former teammate from back home in California, AIC captain Steven Hoshaw.

Read: Familiarity surrounds UMass hockey matchup with AIC

Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports published his list of 20 players he feels are 'under the radar' guys who will have breakout seasons this year. With the amount of Atlantic 10 games he sees in person, there are a fair amount of players from other league schools on his list (Mo Allie-Cox of VCU, Shawn'Dre Jones of Richmond and Scoochie Smith of Dayton), along with a trio of players who UMass will see in non-conference play this season (Zack Auguste of Notre Dame, Jarquez Smith of Florida State and Rich Williams of Manhattan).

Here's what he had to say about Trey:
Trey Davis, UMass: Derek Kellogg is going to need everyone on his perimeter to do more this season following the departure of Chaz Williams. Now a junior, the 6-foot Davis showed moments of promise last season as a sophomore and scored in double figures in four consecutive games from Feb. 21-March 5. If UMass is to have a chance to return to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season, it needs 12-14 points a night from Davis.

Check out the entire list here...

Daily Hampshire Gazette writer Matt Vautour spent some time with Tyler Bergantino earlier this week and talked about his role on this year's team, his timeline at UMass and how his body has changed over the course of his career.

     AMHERST -- Few players in college basketball are as secure in their specific role as Tyler Bergantino.
     Barring an injury, the 6-foot-9 Floridian is unlikely to unseat Cady Lalanne as the starting center and as it is looking less and less likely that either freshman Malik Hynes or Rashaan Holloway gets eligible, there's nobody else on the roster physically capable of taking his backup spot.
     "I was about 250 and solid. Now I'm back to 235, trying to get lean muscle," Bergantino said. "I worked on my body over the summer. I'm more explosive, I'm faster. I'm in better condition. I think that's what my game was really lacking the past couple years. My problem was knowing how hard to go at the tempo we would play."

Read the entire article here...

In today's Daily Collegian, Tom Mulherin has a women's soccer preview in advance of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The Minutewomen will open tournament action on Thursday morning, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. in Dayton, Ohio.

Read: UMass women's soccer opens A-10 tournament against top-seeded La Salle

Blueshirts United: Going One-on-One with Kostka

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Over the weekend, New York Rangers' blog, Blueshirts United, had this video interview with UMass hockey alum Mike Kostka:

Victor Pusateri of the Daily Collegian has a recap of the swimming and diving teams' sweep of Binghamton over the weekend.

In today's Daily Collegian, Anthony Chiusano has a column that focuses on the contributions of UMass hockey's underclassmen through the team's first seven games of the season.

Read - Chiusano: UMass hockey needs consistent performance from upperclassmen