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In today's Daily Collegian, Anthony Chiusano has a great profile of UMass hockey assistant captain Zack LaRue.

Read: Years of dedication lead to breakout senior campaign for Zack LaRue

Join head coach John Micheletto tonight at 7 p.m. the Hangar Pub & Grill in Amherst for the Bud Light UMass Hockey Show. Coach Micheletto and host Brock Hines preview this weekend's best-of-three Hockey East first round playoff series at Notre Dame. Seniors Oleg Yevenko and Steve Mastalerz are the player guests.

The live radio show airs from 7-8 p.m. on WHMP (AM 1400/1240, FM 96.9) in the Pioneer Valley. Additionally, fans can listen online at WHMP.com or by downloading the TuneIn Radio app on their mobile devices.

To interact with the broadcast team, tweet your questions for Coach Micheletto @UMassSportsNet or click here to "Ask the Coach". For additional information and a complete show schedule, visit our hockey radio information page.
After a 5-0 start to the season, the UMass women's lacrosse team is listed as receiving votes in both the Lacrosse Magazine/Nike Weekly Poll and the InsideLacrosse.com Media Poll. The Minutewomen host Drexel this Friday at McGuirk Stadium.
Matthew Zackman of the Daily Collegian has a recap of Saturday's 11-3 win at Holy Cross for the women's lacrosse team which improved to 5-0 on the season. With the scored tied 2-2 at halftime, the Minutewomen broke the game open with an 8-to-0 run during the second half and held the Crusaders scoreless for a stretch of 41 minutes.

Join us tonight from 7-8 p.m. at Nathan Bill's (110 Island Pond Rd. in Springfield) for the Bud Light UMass Basketball Show. Head coach Derek Kellogg and host Josh Maurer will be joined by player guest Maxie Esho as they recap the win over Fordham and preview the final week of the regular season.

Listen live on 105.5 FM (Springfield) and 1440 AM (Worcester). Fans can also access the broadcast at WEEI.com/UMass or on mobile devices by downloading the TuneIn Radio app. A podcast of the show will be available on UMassAthletics.com following the show.

Submit a question for Coach Kellogg by tweeting @UMassSportsNet or by clicking here. Selected questions will be used during tonight's show.

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MBB Recaps From Saturday's 82-74 Win Over Fordham

The UMass men's basketball team snapped a three-game losing skid with a solid 82-74 win over Fordham on Saturday. Four players reached double figures and the team used a 13-0 run that epitomized Derek Kellogg's definition of 'UMass Basketball,' grabbing six steals and forcing seven turnovers in a part of the game that the Minutemen took control of the game.

The Minutemen are tied for fifth place with Richmond in the Atlantic 10 standings, meaning Wednesday's Senior Night title with the Spiders in Mullins is going to be a big one.

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PREVIEW: Women's Basketball vs. Rhode Island

The Minutewomen host Senior Day at the Mullins Center with a 2 p.m. game against Rhode Island on Sunday, March 1. Here is how to follow along with the action if you can't make it to town:

University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
Game 28 Massachusetts (10-17 Overall, 4-11 Atlantic 10) vs. Rhode Island (16-11, 8-7)
Date | Time Sunday, February 28, 2015 | 2:00 p.m.
Location Mullins Center (9,493) | Amherst, Mass.
Live Statistics GameTracker
Watch Atlantic 10 Digital Network
Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM | Available on mobile devices through TuneIn Radio app
Series History UMass leads, 41-33. Last meeting: Rhode Island 70, Massachusetts 58; Feb. 4, 2014
Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Rhode Island Get Acrobat Reader
Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Rhode Island Get Acrobat Reader
Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassWBB  
Buy Tickets Available through the UMass Athletics Ticket Office

Scouting Rhode Island Women's Basketball
Rhode Island women's basketball has sustained its resurgent season since the last meeting between these sides, as the Rams hold a 16-11 overall record and 8-7 mark in Atlantic 10 games. Standout freshman Charise Wilson leads the charge with a team-best 16.0 points per game, the most among rookies in the league and the only Ram currently scoring in double-figures.

Wilson is 149-of-402 from the field (37.1 percent), including 54-of-173 on threes (31.2 percent). She has gone 80-of-108 at the foul line (74.1 percent) through 27 games as well and leads the team in assists (72) and steals (50). The Rams have earned their positive record despite being outscored and outrebounded by slim margins. Foes hold a 58.3-to-57.4 margin in the points column and 42.1-to-37.1 edge on the boards.

Daynia La-Force is in her first season with the program after eight years spearheading the Northeastern women's basketball team. La-Force is 128-172 as a head coach, which also includes one season at NCAA Division II-level New Haven in 2005-06.

Last Meeting: Rhode Island 70, Massachusetts 58; Feb. 4, 2014
Emily Mital knocked down five three-pointers and Cierra Dillard scored a team-high 16 points, but the Minutewomen was unable to keep pace with Rhode Island in the second half during a 70-58 loss at the Ryan Center.

UMass started the second half with makes by Dillard and Rashida Timbilla to extend the Minutewomen lead to 34-26, but the Rams rallied with 10 straight points - all of which came from Tabakman and Wilson as the duo alternated conversions.

The Maroon and White went back in front, 39-38 with nine minutes, 41 seconds left in the game after a Kim Pierre-Louis put-back layup and Dillard trey, one of the season-high 10 three-pointers UMass made. Those 10 triples represent the most recorded in a single game since UMass also had 10 against Kent State on Nov. 10, 2012 - a span of 79 games between the outings.

However, Rhode Island replied with an 11-0 run for a 49-39 lead at the 6:48 mark - again spearheaded by Tabakman and Wilson. The Minutewomen could not move closer than within six of tying the remainder of the way.

More on the squad is available through UMassAthletics.com.

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse vs. Brown

UMass men's lacrosse hosts Brown at McGurik Stadium in Amherst, Massachusetts, for a Saturday afternoon game on Feb 28. First faceoff is set for 1 p.m., and ways to follow along are provided below:

University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
Game Four Massachusetts (0-3 overall) vs. [RV/-] Brown (1-0)
Date | Time Saturday, February 28, 2015 | 1:00 p.m.
Location Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium (17,000) | Amherst, Mass.
Live Statistics GameTracker
Watch UMass All-Access
Listen WMUA 91.1 FM
Series History Brown leads, 27-25-1. Last meeting: #13 Massachusetts 15, Brown 2; March 1, 2014
Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Brown
Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Brown
Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse  
Buy Tickets Available through the UMass Athletics Ticket Office

Scouting Brown Men's Lacrosse
Brown men's lacrosse had an up-and-down 2014 season that ended with an 8-6 overall record and stands at 1-0 in 2015 ahead of its Feb. 28 contest at Massachusetts. In 2014, Brown used a midseason three-game winning streak to improve 6-3 overall, but lost three of its last five to fall out of competition for the Ivy League title as the squad dropped consecutive games to Penn, Yale and Cornell before the Bears bounded back to cap the campaign with victories over Bryant and Dartmouth.

Lars Tiffany is in his ninth season leading his alma mater. The 1990 graduate of Brown started on defense for Dom Starsia, now the head coach at Virginia, and is 86-61 overall as a collegiate head coach, including two seasons at Stony Brook.

Dylan Molloy, who had 39 points as a freshman in 2014, scored five goals in Brown's lone game so far in 2015, a 17-6 drubbing of Quinnipiac. Molloy's points and goals (29) totals a year ago led the Bears ahead of the graduated Sam Hurster (34 points, 26 goals) and now-junior Kylor Bellistri (20, 30).

Last Meeting: #13 Massachusetts 15, Brown 2; March 1, 2014
UMass held Brown to just a pair of goals while 11 Minutemen notched at least one point in a 15-2 victory over the Bears at Stevenson Field in Providence, R.I. The game marks the first since the 2001 season that the Minutemen limited an opponent to just two goals. UMass last accomplished the feat against Boston College on March 21, 2001 in a 23-2 win.

Massachusetts scored four consecutive goals in the first quarter and led 4-0 into the final minute of the frame before Kylor Bellistri got one back for Brown with 47 seconds left in the opening stanza. However, Bellistri's goal would be the only one for the Bears until less than seven minutes remained in play.

Grant Whiteway pushed it back to a four-goal advantage in the fifth minute of second quarter and started a streak of 11 consecutive goals by the Minutemen - including 10 scored during even-strength competition. Nick Mariano scored each of his game-leading five goals during the decisive run, which was capped by now-senior Chas Robino's first collegiate score.

More on the Minutemen is available through UMassAthletics.com.

Coverage Of @UMassFootball 2015 Schedule Announcement

The Mid-American Conference announced yesterday the conference dates for the 2015 football season including eight games for the Minutemen. The biggest news of the release was that UMass would have no bye weeks during the season with an official start of Sept. 12. That means all games will be played in a 12 week span and will be on Saturday's with the exception of the season-finale at Buffalo on Black Friday.


GAME DAY INFO: @UMassLacrosse Heads To Holy Cross For Morning Tilt

Coming off Wednesday's 7-2 win at Boston University, the women's lacrosse team concludes its non-conference slate against Bay State teams on Saturday morning at Holy Cross. Live stats and twitter updates via @UMassAthletics will be available to keep up with the action if you can't be there in person. 

Massachusetts (4-0) at Holy Cross (0-3)
 Date Saturday, February 28 - 11:00 AM (ET) 
 Location Holy Cross Field | Worcester, Mass.
 Watch Online None
 Live Stats Live Stats
 Twitter Updates @UMassAthletics



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