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Daily Collegian reporter Matthew Zackman spoke with head coach Carla Tagliente and sophomore midfielder Hailey Cockrum after UMass field hockey defeated VCU, 4-1 on the road Sunday. Check out his recap of the game's action below:

UMass field hockey earns first Atlantic 10 win with 4-1 victory over VCU

Collegian: Walking through a week of practice with UMass field hockey

Daily Collegian staff reporter Matthew Zackman discussed the practice structure used by UMass field hockey recently - an aspect of the team's daily activity that often goes unnoticed in the public eye. Read about how head coach Carla Tagliente prepares the Minutewomen for each weekend's games below:

Walking through a week of practice with UMass field hockey | Daily Collegian

Collegian: Catching Up With Sha-Ki Holines

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Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian staff took five minutes at the end of UMass football practice this week to catch up with redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Sha-Ki Holines (pronounced: SHAH-key holy-ness). Check out Holines' thoughts on camp, the new defensive scheme and working with a young group of lineman among other topics as fall practice rolls toward the season-opener against Boston College at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 30.

Catching up with Sha-Ki Holines | Daily Collegian

Peter Cappiello of the Daily Collegian staff spoke with head coach Greg Cannella, midfielders Connor Mooney and Ryan Izzo and attackman Grant Whiteway ahead of the men's lacrosse matchup with Drexel scheduled for Saturday, April 12.

"Massachusetts men's lacrosse coach Greg Cannella can be sure of one thing when he looks ahead to Saturday's matchup with Drexel - a fast game.

Cannella expects a fast-paced duel between the Dragons (7-4, 2-1 Colonial Athletic Association) and his own speedy team. UMass (7-3, 1-1 CAA) is looking to pick up the pace after a 6-5 home loss to Towson, who successfully slowed down the game to suit its style of play on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Drexel.

Drexel (11.6 goals per game) won last year's series meeting with the Minutemen, 15-14, in a game reminiscent of a shootout. Midfielder Ben McIntosh and attack Nick Trizano, both seniors with 42 and 35 points respectively, return to give the Dragons' offense teeth..."

The conclusion of the story is available through the Daily Collegian website. More on the Minutemen can be found on UMassAthletics.com.

Men's Lacrosse vs. Towson Weekend Roundup

UMass men's lacrosse suffered a hard-fought one-goal loss to Towson on Saturday, April 5 to fall to 7-3 on the season and 1-1 in conference play. Below are links related to the contest and reaction following it, including postgame interviews, highlights and national rankings updates:

USILA Coaches Poll - Week 8
Inside Lacrosse Media Poll - Week 8
UMass falls to Towson despite strong defensive performance | Daily Collegian

More on the men's lacrosse program is available on UMassAthletics.com.

Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian staff spoke with head coach Greg Cannella, senior midfielder Matt Whippen and redshirt-sophomore goalie Zach Oliveri as the UMass men's lacrosse prepares to face Towson at home on Saturday, April 5. Read his preview ahead of the contest below.

"It's crunch time for the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team.

With only four games remaining on its schedule, No. 12 UMass (7-2, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) looks to make one final push toward having the CAA championship come through Amherst.

However, the Minutemen aren't looking that far down the road just yet. Instead they are focusing all of their attention to Saturday's matchup against Towson after a 14-day layover between games.

'It's been a while since we've played,' senior Matt Whippen said. 'These past two weeks we took a step back to focus on our individual skills, but now we are getting ready for Towson because they're going to be a good team (and) ready to play us.'

The Tigers (7-3, 1-1 CAA) are one game behind UMass in the standings, so Saturday's game has the potential to shake up the landscape in the CAA..."

More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found here. The conclusion of Cyr's preview is available on the Daily Collegian website.

Collegian: Men's lacrosse upsets Penn State in CAA opener

Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian caught up with UMass men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella after the No. 14 Minutemen traveled to No. 5/7 Penn State and earned an 8-6 victory over the Nittany Lions in University Park, Pa., on Saturday afternoon. Check out what Cannella had to say about the win in Cyr's recap below:

"Going into Saturday's game, the No. 15 Massachusetts men's lacrosse team knew its matchup against preseason Colonial Athletic Association favorite Penn State would be one of its biggest games of the season.

UMass responded with an 8-6 win against the No. 7 Nittany Lions in State College, Pa., behind a solid performance from goalkeeper Zach Oliveri..."

The conclusion of the story is available through the Daily Collegian website. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

Daily Collegian staff writer Andrew Cyr spoke with men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella and junior attackman Grant Whiteway following Tuesday's 16-11 win over Providence, during which Whiteway tallied a career-high seven goals to lead the team to victory. Cyr highlighted Whiteway's big day with his game wrap-up below:

"To say Grant Whiteway had a good game is an understatement.

The attackman finished with a career-high seven goals and an assist as the No. 14 Massachusetts men's lacrosse team defeated Providence 16-11 on Tuesday at Garber Field.

'It feels good,' Whiteway said of his performance. 'The offense was moving good today and I was on the receiving end of a lot of stuff. My teammates were finding me when I was open and everyone was moving off ball so it made it easy.'

Whiteway entered Tuesday's game with just five goals on the season to go along with three assists. He was the Minutemen's leading returning scorer this season after finishing his 2013 campaign with 26 goals.

Whiteway received a pass from Connor Mooney in front of the cage just two minutes, 27 seconds into the game. He snuck it past Friars goalkeeper Tyler Hines, who was pulled after the first quarter, and from that point forward the Minutemen never looked back..."

Read the conclusion of Cyr's story through the Daily Collegian website. Keep up to date with the men's lacrosse program through UMassAthletics.com.

Collegian: Grant Whiteway's seven goals propel UMass

UMass men's lacrosse was supported in its 16-11 win over Providence by strong offensive showings from junior Grant Whiteway and senior Connor Mooney, who combined to total 15 points in the victory. Peter Cappiello of the Daily Collegian was at the game and wrote a recap of the action.

"Massachusetts men's lacrosse senior Connor Mooney flung a desperation shot through traffic from 15 yards out in the dying seconds of the first quarter. The buzzer to end the frame provided a soundtrack to his goal celebration. No. 14 UMass (5-1) led Providence, 6-2.

The tone was set.

UMass junior attack Grant Whiteway took advantage of the energy tilt and totaled seven goals in a 16-11 win over the Friars (3-3) on Tuesday at Garber Field. Whiteway had five goals heading into the game..."

Read the conclusion of Cappeiello's story here. More on the men's lacrosse program is available through UMassAthletics.com.

Anthony Chiusano of the Daily Collegian spoke with women's basketball head coach Sharon Dawley, forward Kiara Bomben and guard Jasmine Harris for a preview of the UMass-Saint Joseph's game scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. The Minutewomen will celebrate Senior Night before the game to honor the lone competitor of the 2014 senior class, Bomben, as well as graduating team manager Steve Baruffi.

"Backed up by an aggressive offense and active press defense, the Massachusetts women's basketball team defeated Rhode Island on Sunday, to pick up its first victory since Dec. 17.

Now, the Minutewomen (4-24, 1-13 Atlantic 10) are heading into Thursday's game against Saint Joseph's (20-7, 9-5 A-10) with the potential for a winning streak on their minds.

Prior to Sunday's game, UMass coach Sharon Dawley said that the team had decided to implement a press defense from early on in the game against the Rams. As a result, the Minutewomen scored 18 points off of 19 caused turnovers. Heading into Thursday's matchup against the Hawks, Dawley said that early pressure will once again be part of the game plan.

'We pressed early to get everyone aggressive, and we'll do the same thing (on Thursday),' Dawley said. 'We just have to not get exhausted and stay out of foul trouble. But we'll throw it in there to get everyone going again.'

Dawley added that maintaining similar aggression on offense will be important in attacking Saint Joseph's "smart" defense..."

Read the conclusion of Chiusano's article through the Daily Collegian website. More on the women's basketball program can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

Collegian: UMass lax preps for match with reshaped Harvard


Peter Cappiello with the Daily Collegian caught up with UMass men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella, midfielder Matt Whippen, goalie Zach Oliveri and attackman Nick Mariano to preview the home-opening game against Harvard on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. The Minutemen have won both of their games this year but face a tough test in the Crimson squad that looks to open its 2014 season strong at Garber Field.
 

"Massachusetts men's lacrosse freshman Nick Mariano has totaled six goals between his first two collegiate games, both wins for UMass (2-0). The attacker was also named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week and Co-Rookie of the Week on Monday.

But as far as Chris Wojcik, the coach of Harvard--the Minutemen's opponent on Saturday--is concerned, Mariano is simply playing to his ability. Wojcik, entering his fourth season with the Crimson, scouted the teen at Yorktown High School in Mohegan Lake, N.Y., during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

He said that Mariano's capability to have multi-goal games at the Division I level is a threat that Harvard will look to stop in its season opener. The Crimson will also utilize Devin Dwyer (43 points) and Peter Schwartz (34 points), their top returning scorers..."


Read the rest of Cappiello's story through the Daily Collegian website here. More on the men's lacrosse squad can be found on UMassAthletics.com.


Collegian: UMass lax heads to Florida for contest with OSU


UMass men's lacrosse takes a break from the weather in New England to take a trip to Jacksonville, Fla., to face Ohio State as part of the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic, hosted on Sunday, Feb. 16 at EverBank Field. The game will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 9:15 p.m. Daily Collegian staff writer Andrew Cyr spoke with head coach Greg Cannella, midfielder Aaron Madaisky and attackman Nick Mariano to preview to event.

"Spring sports in the Northeast aren't always pleasant to deal with. With temperatures still in the teens and snowfall constantly on the horizon, it's difficult for coaches to plan their practice schedules.

Luckily for the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team, a weekend trip to Florida is just what the Minutemen need to escape the harsh playing conditions of New England.

But this is no vacation..."


Read the entirety of Cyr's story through the Daily Collegian website. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through UMassAthletics.com.



Peter Cappiello of the Daily Collegian has a recap of how UMass men's lacrosse started its 2014 season with a hard-fought 6-5 victory over Army at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y., on Saturday, Feb. 8. Freshmen Nick Mariano, Grant Consoletti and Jeff George combined for the first four UMass goals before junior Grant Whiteway stepped up to net the final two and the defense stifled a late Army rally attempt.


"Greg Cannella entered his 20th season as Massachusetts men's lacrosse coach unsure of where his team's points would come from.

Cannella got an unlikely answer in Saturday's season opener at Army, as three freshmen combined for four goals in the Minutemen's 6-5 win over the Black Knights.

Freshmen Grant Consoletti, Nick Mariano and Jeff George all scored in their collegiate debuts for UMass (1-0), with Mariano scoring twice. Consoletti started the attack exactly five minutes into the game when he popped out from the crease to beat Army goalkeeper Sam Somers..."


Read the entirety of Cappiello's story on the Daily Collegian website. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through UMassAthletics.com.


Daily Collegian staff reporter Andrew Cyr put together a story discussing the UMass men's lacrosse team's mentality entering 2014 as the squad embraces its status as an underdog in the battle for the CAA Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.


"It's been a while since the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team has been an afterthought in the Colonial Athletic Conference and the NCAA.

But coming off their first losing season since 2008, the Minutemen enter 2014 unranked in the NCAA national rankings, and predicted to finished fourth in the CAA preseason coaches poll.

The departures of Kyle Smith and Will Manny, the team's top two scorers from a season ago, don't help the cause either.

"This is the first time in a long time we're going to be the underdog in almost every game we play," said UMass coach Greg Cannella, who is returning for his 20th season in Amherst. "But sometimes the underdog role is a good place to be in."

In fact, the underdog role is something the Minutemen embrace. And with their sights set on bouncing back from a disappointing season, preseason polls are the least of their concerns..."


Read the conclusion of Cyr's story through the Daily Collegian website. More on the men's lacrosse program can be found on UMassAthletics.com.



UMass men's lacrosse goalie Zach Oliveri will look to be an anchor for the Minutemen in 2014, writes Peter Cappiello of the Daily Collegian. Oliveri is in his third year with the program and second competing after redshirting the 2011 season.

"It was an accidental epiphany. Zach Oliveri, redshirt sophomore for the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team, was looking through the DVR in his Ronkonkoma, N.Y., home in June, when he found last year's game against Hofstra, a 9-8 win on April 20.

The goalkeeper is academically a junior, but has two more seasons of eligibility after this year's campaign due to redshirting his true freshman year. Still, he became introspective watching the old matchup, hyper-aware that his college lacrosse days are numbered....

The conclusion of the story is available on the Daily Collegian website. Follow along with the men's lacrosse program as it begins the 2014 season at Army on Saturday through UMassAthletics.com.


Jesse Mayfield-Sheehan previews UMass women's basketball's midweek meeting with Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., as the Minutewomen look to defend their two-game winning streak against an undefeated Crusaders team.

The Massachusetts women's basketball team is heading into Tuesday's game against Holy Cross with a feeling it hasn't had in a long time: the momentum of a winning streak.

After defeating Rutgers on Wednesday and following it up with a win over Hartford on Saturday, the Minutewomen achieved their first two-game winning streak since Feb. 22, 2012.

"It really builds our confidence," junior guard Emily Mital said. "Starting off 0-3, we obviously were kind of in a little slump there, and so this two-game winning streak kind of picked us up and now we're feeling pretty confident."

Holy Cross (3-0) comes into the contest with a strong offense that currently averages 83.7 points per game, with all five starters averaging at least 10 points a game...


Fans can read the rest of the preview through the Daily Collegian website. More information on the women's basketball team can be found on UMassAthletics.com.


Joey Saade with the Daily Collegian took a look at what UMass women's basketball did to win each of the previous two games, speaking with head coach Sharon Dawley to gain input on where the team has grown.

Don't look now, but the Massachusetts women's basketball team is riding a two-game winning streak.

Following Wednesday's upset win over a Rutgers team coached by Vivian Stringer, the Minutewomen battled a cold start against Hartford on Saturday and came out with a 63-59 come-from-behind victory.

For UMass coach Sharon Dawley, winning consecutive games for the first time in two seasons is a nice accomplishment. But the more vital aspect is how the Minutewomen pulled out those two games: in two different ways.

UMass (2-3) held a double-digit lead for the majority of the second half against Rutgers before they had to hold off a furious rally.

On Saturday, the Minutewomen's offense didn't find its rhythm until the second half, when they overcame a 12-point deficit and came out of another nail-biter on top...


The finish to Saade's story can be found on the Daily Collegian website. More information on the women's basketball squad is available through UMassAthletics.com.


Daily Collegian reporter Andrew Cyr followed up with head coach Sharon Dawley and junior forward Kim Pierre-Louis after UMass took a 63-59 win from Hartford on the road Saturday afternoon. Pierre-Louis provided a career day with single-game personal bests of 19 points and nine rebounds in leading the team to the win.

Massachusetts's women's basketball coach Sharon Dawley knew that with a young roster it was going to take some time for her team to get acclimated to playing at such a competitive level.

However, just five games into the season, with back-to-back nail biting wins only three days apart, this Minutewoman team is gaining confidence quickly, and showing no signs of slowing down after a 63-59 win against Hartford on Saturday.

"I was really happy with our team's performance on the defensive end," Dawley said. "We had a couple big shots from [Jasmine Harris] and [Emily Mital] late in the second half, but it was our ability to defend and get to loose balls that kept us in this game."

Trailing 51-46 with 9:23 remaining, Rashida Timbilla dished the ball out to an open Harris, who buried a deep 3-pointer to cut the Hawks' lead down to just two. Less than two minutes later, Harris drilled another straightaway three to give UMass a 52-51 lead, its first lead since the 14:44 mark of the first half...

For the entire recap of the game, check out the Daily Collegian website here. More information on UMass women's basketball is available through UMassAthletics.com.


Coverage of UMass' Upset Win Over Rutgers Women's Basketball


The University of Massachusetts women's basketball earned its first win of the 2013-14 season in stunning fashion with an upset victory over national powerhouse Rutgers, 64-63 on Wednesday evening. UMass led by five at halftime and held off a late charge by the Scarlet Knights for the win. Below are a few links for MinuteFans to check out regarding coverage of the contest:

Joey Saade covered the game for the Daily Collegian and highlighted the overall team effort that led the Minutewomen to earn the decision over Rutgers.

Thom Kendall was on-hand to snap photos of the game's progression and provided a gallery on UMassAthletics.com here.

J. Anthony Roberts stopped by to capture the contest for the Springfield Republican. His photo album is available through their website here.

Postgame reactions from head coach Sharon Dawley, junior guard Emily Mital and sophomore forward Rashida Timbilla and highlights of the contest can be found on UMass Athletics' YouTube page.



Daily Collegian staff writer Jason Kates previews the UMass field hockey NCAA Tournament First Round game against Virginia for MinuteFans. UMass is making its 24th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and second in head coach Carla Tagliente's three seasons leading the program. The Minutewomen will face the Cavaliers on Saturday afternoon with a chance to advance to the second round on the line.

After winning its second consecutive Atlantic 10 championship, the No. 10 Massachusetts field hockey team will make its 24th appearance in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday when it faces No. 7 Virginia in the first round.

The Minutewomen (18-4, 7-0 A-10) enter the contest riding an 11-game winning streak dating back to Oct. 2, when they defeated Northeastern 2-0. The Cavaliers (15-5, 3-3 ACC) have lost two straight, most recently losing to Duke in the ACC quarterfinals.

UMass has prior experience playing ranked opponents this season, so Minutewoman coach Carla Tagliente doesn't believe the challenge of playing a top 10 team will overwhelm her squad...


Check out the rest of Kates' story on the Daily Collegian website. More information on UMass field hockey can found through UMassAthletics.com.

The University of Massachusetts field hockey squad wrapped up its second consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship with a 2-1 victory over Richmond at Garber Field on Saturday afternoon. Jesse Mayfield Sheehan was at the game and has a recap of the action for MinuteFans.

Now that she's in her senior season, the playoffs no longer mean "do or die" for University of Massachusetts field hockey co-captain Hannah Prince. They now mean "do or your college career is over."

"It was an exciting day for us, knowing this could be my last game on Garber (Field)," Prince said.

But Prince's career isn't over yet, and the season isn't over for UMass, as the Minutewomen defeated Richmond again this year by a score of 2-1 to win their second straight A-10 Championship.

For UMass, it was the first set of back-to-back championships since the 2007 and 2008 seasons. For coach Carla Tagliente, it was her second championship in just three seasons with the team...

Read the rest of Mayfield Sheehan's story through MassLive.com here. More information on the Minutewomen can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

Jason Kates with the Daily Collegian spoke to head coach Carla Tagliente in anticipation of the Minutewomen hosting the Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championship at Garber Field on Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9. UMass enters the event as the No. 1 seed.

On Friday  afternoon, the No. 12 Massachusetts field hockey team begins its quest for back-to-back Atlantic 10 titles as it takes on Virginia Commonwealth at Garber Field for the semifinal round of the conference tournament.

The Minutewomen (16-4, 7-0 A-10), who received the No. 1 seed after going undefeated in conference play for the first time since the 2010-11 season, already beat the Rams (10-9, 4-3) at home, 3-1, in their first meeting this year. And will do it on an even bigger stage Friday.

UMass coach Carla Tagliente believes playing at home is advantageous for her team, especially in the playoffs...

Read the rest of Kates' story on the Daily Collegian website. More information on UMass field hockey and the Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championship is available through UMassAthletics.com.




Daily Collegian staff reporter Joey Saade stopped by UMass women's basketball practice this week to speak to members of the team in advance of the season. The Minutewomen are getting set to open the season at home in the Mullins Center on Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m.

The Massachusetts women's basketball team is ready to turn the page.

After a disappointing 3-26 finish to last season--their worst in 23 years--the Minutewomen are focused on flipping the switch and reversing their fortunes.

If they plan on doing so, they will have to get contributions from the younger players on their roster.

Entering the season, nine out of the 13 players on the roster are entering either their first or second year in collegiate athletics. Three of those players are freshmen Alyx Stiff, Meredith Tarver and Kymber Hill. Another newcomer is redshirt sophomore Amber Dillon, who sat out last season after transferring from Maine.

UMass coach Sharon Dawley is looking forward to coaching these young players as the season gets underway...

Read the rest of the story through the Daily Collegian website. More information on the women's basketball program is available through UMassAthletics.com.

Collegian: UMass women's basketball seeks redemption

Andrew Cyr with the Daily Collegian talked to head coach Sharon Dawley and sophomore Rashida Timbilla practice this week to preview the upcoming season, which begins on Friday at the Mullins Center against Western Michigan.

No team is more excited to start fresh this winter than the Massachusetts women's basketball team.

The Minutewomen ended the 2012-13 season with 13 straight losses and an overall record of 3-26, which was UMass' worst record since the 1990-91 season.

"Last year is over with and we can't do anything about it," said sophomore forward Rashida Timbilla. "We are a new team this year and that's how we are going to approach every situation. We want to bring a new attitude to this team."

This year's squad, which includes 12 underclassmen, has already brought a new identity to the women's basketball team in just a few short weeks of practice...

The remainder of Cyr's story can be found in the Daily Collegian website. More information on the women's basketball program can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

UMass field hockey used a late rally and clutch overtime goal to defeat Saint Francis (Pa.) 4-3 on the road to clinch an undefeated A-10 regular season on Sunday. Freshman Izzie Delario provided two goals to spur the offense as UMass reached 16-4 overall and 7-0 in Atlantic 10 games. Jason Kates recapped the game for the Daily Collegian.

The No.12 Massachusetts field hockey team concluded its regular season with a come from behind victory against St. Francis 4-3 in overtime.

With the win, the Minutewomen finish undefeated record in A-10 play for the 12th time in school history and now set their sights on a second consecutive A-10 title on Friday at Garber Field for the conference semifinals.

"Going undefeated in conference play is something this team set out to do since day one, and they should be very proud of themselves," UMass coach Carla Tagliente said. "Getting back at home on our surface for the tournament is a huge advantage, so it's important that we recover physically and continue to push forward."

Izzie Delario led the way with a pair of goals, including the game-winner at the 79:35 mark during the extra period...

The remainder of Kates' story can be found on the Daily Collegian website. More information on UMass field hockey is available through UMassAthletics.com.


Daily Collegian staff writer Jason Kates caught up with UMass field hockey head coach Carla Tagliente, senior defender Hannah Prince and sophomore goalkeeper Sam Carlino for a weekend recap. The Minutewomen won a thriller, 2-1 over Richmond on penalty strokes following double-overtime on Friday before taking a 3-1 victory from VCU on Sunday.

Just two days after defeating conference rival Richmond in a penalty shootout, the No. 12 Massachusetts field hockey team was victorious once again, this time defeating Virginia Commonwealth 3-1.

The Minutewomen (14-4, 5-0 Atlantic 10) used three different goal scorers to get the better of the Rams (8-9, 2-3 A-10), with senior Hannah Prince scoring the eventual game winner just two minutes into the second half.

Although her team got the win, UMass coach Carla Tagliente said the outcome of the game left a lot to be desired...

The rest of Kates' story can be found on the Daily Collegian website. The most up-to-date information on the field hockey program can be found through UMassAthletics.com.


Jason Kates with the Daily Collegian spoke to UMass field hockey junior midfielder Renee Suter and head coach Carla Tagliente recently to discuss Suter's emergence as a scoring threat for the Minutewomen as Suter has provided 11 points on five goals and an assist in the previous four games.

It all started for sophomore midfielder Renee Suter on Oct. 6 in a non-conference game against in-state rival Boston University.

With the No. 10 Massachusetts field hockey team trailing 1-0 in the second half, Suter stepped up and smashed two penalty corner goals to give her team the 2-1 lead, and eventually the win.

Suter, who has started 12 out of 16 games this season, now has five goals in four games and hopes to extend this offensive display well into Atlantic-10 play...

MinuteFans can read the rest of the story through the Daily Collegian website. More information on UMass field hockey can be found through through UMassAthletics.com.

Collegian: Second-half surge leads UMass to victory over BU

Daily Collegian staff writer Jason Kates caught up with UMass field hockey head coach Carla Tagliente and junior midfielder Renee Suter to recap the 3-1 victory at Boston University on Sunday. With the win, UMass improved to 9-4 on the season at the conclusion of the non-conference portion of the 2013 schedule. Suter produced two goals, including the game-winner, to lead to charge against the Terriers.

The No. 13 Massachusetts field hockey team scored three unanswered goals in the second half to defeat in-state rival Boston University 3-1 on Sunday afternoon in the final non-conference game of the season.

A two-goal performance from junior midfielder Renee Suter led the way for the Minutewomen (9-4), tallying her first collegiate multi-goal game. UMass coach Carla Tagliente was proud of the way her midfielder stepped up and played a crucial part in the victory...

The conclusion of the story can be found through the Daily Collegian website. More information on UMass field hockey is available on UMassAthletics.com.

Collegian: UMass field hockey hopes to continue success at home

Daily Collegian writer Jason Kates has a weekend preview covering UMass field hockey, which hosts New Hampshire on Friday at 4 p.m. and No. 2 Maryland on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Minutewomen will look to defend Garber Field during the two-game slate as the squad is 4-0 at home this season.
 

With two games remaining in a three-game homestand, the seventh-ranked Massachusetts field hockey team continues to find success at Garber Field, as it has started out the season 4-0 at home.

The Minutewomen (7-2), coming off of a 5-1 win over Hoftra on Sunday, hope to make Garber Field a place where opponents dread going into conference play. UMass coach Carla Tagliente believes that the level of familiarity a home field brings to a team is one of the main reasons for her team's great start...

Read the rest of Kates' story on the Daily Collegian website here. More information on the field hockey program can be found on UMassAthletics.com.

Collegian: UMass begins homestand with 5-1 victory over Hofstra

Jason Kates of the Daily Collegian recapped UMass' 5-1 victory over Hofstra on Sunday afternoon, highlighting the success of the offense, especially the penalty corner unit...

In its two losses this season, the No. 7 Massachusetts field hockey team was done in by a lack of shot attempts offensively.

Brooke Sabia wouldn't let it happen again on Sunday.

The sophomore scored two goals on 11 shots to lead the Minutewomen to a 5-1 win over Hofstra at Garber Field in the first leg of a three-game homestand...

The remainder of Kates' story is available through the Daily Collegian website. More information on the UMass field hockey program can be found on UMassAthletics.com.

Collegian: Defense continues to be key for UMass field hockey

UMass field hockey opened the 2013 season with a 6-1 record and jumped to the No. 7 spot in the national rankings thanks in part to the strong play of the defensive unit. Daily Collegian reporter Jason Kates takes a closer look at the defense and examines how the group has fared and what has made it successful through seven games.

The No. 7 Massachusetts field hockey team is off to a 6-1 start, and it has its defense to thank for the early success.

Senior Hannah Prince (six points) and Lauren Allymohamed (four points) have served as the anchors of the defense, which has held their opponents to one goal per game.

One of the things that UMass coach Carla Tagliente is looking for from her defense is organization.

"I think it's very important to be organized early on and for each player to find out their marking responsibilities right away," Tagliente said. "Early pressure on the ball is also very important, and just making sure our defenders are mobile and not standing still. We just try and use every ounce of athleticism that we can."

Putting pressure on the opponent's offense has always been a part of Tagliente's style, and is one of the key components of UMass' strong start...


The rest of Kates' story can be found on the Daily Collegian website here. Fans can also keep up with the team through UMassAthletics.com.


Collegian: UMass field hockey to take on regional rival UConn

UMass field hockey (6-1 overall) continues its challenging non-conference schedule with a game at regional rival and No. 3 nationally ranked Connecticut (5-0). Daily Collegian staff writer Jesse Mayfield-Sheehan previews the contest while highlighting the successes of both programs this season.

The 7th-ranked Massachusetts field hockey team will be taking on one of its toughest opponents so far on Wednesday when the team travels to 3rd-ranked Connecticut.

The Huskies (5-0) come into the matchup with one of the strongest defenses in the nation, allowing just one goal per game through their first five games...

The remainder of the article is featured on the Daily Collegian website here. More information on UMass field hockey can be found through UMassAthletics.com.


Collegian: Field Hockey Weekend Recap

Daily Collegian reporter Jason Kates spoke to UMass field hockey head coach Carla Tagliente as part of a weekend recap covering participation at the Syracuse Invitational. The Minutewomen fell to No. 6 Syracuse, 2-1 on Friday before defeating Ohio State, 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.

An early second half goal by sophomore Brooke Sabia gave the No. 7 Massachusetts field hockey team a 1-0 victory over Ohio State Saturday afternoon in the Syracuse Invitational.

After a scoreless first half, Sabia scored her eighth goal of the season off a penalty corner assisted by senior Alexa Sikalis and freshman Charlotte Verelst about nine minutes into the second half to give UMass (6-1) a lead it would not surrender.

Just one day after losing a hard fought battle to No. 6 Syracuse, UMass coach Carla Tagliente was happy with the way her team bounced back against the Buckeyes (2-3)...


The remainder of the story can be read on the Daily Collegian website here. More information on the Minutewomen is available through UMassAthletics.com.

Setbacks won't keep Gorham grad from goal

Portland Press Herald staff writer Steve Craig caught up with Gorham, Maine, native and UMass field hockey senior  Hannah Prince to highlight Prince's success in the college game as well as internationally. The 5-foot-3 defender has started every contest since her arrival at the University of Massachusetts in 2010 and had the opportunity to compete with the United States U-21 National Team at the Junior World Cup in Germany this summer alongside Minutewomen teammate Sam Carlino.

University of Massachusetts field hockey coach Carla Tagliente says she isn't sure how far her senior captain Hannah Prince of Gorham can go in the game.

"But she won't ever be let down by her own effort," said Tagliente, a three-time All-American at Maryland and former USFHA Player of the Year. "Nothing really deters her and there are very few players that really have that sort of drive."

A defender for No. 7 nationally ranked Massachusetts, Prince is coming off a summer stint as a member of the United States U21 team that competed in the Junior World Cup in Germany, which finished seventh among 16 teams...


The full story by Craig is available through the Portland Press Herald website here. More information on UMass field hockey, including a 2013 schedule and team statistics, can be found on UMassAthletics.com.
Daily Collegian staff reporter Jason Kates spoke with UMass field hockey head coach Carla Tagliente recently for a story highlighting the success of the program against ranked opposition during the previous two seasons and what contests against top-level foes means for the program. In that time frame, the Minutewomen have eight victories against National Field Hockey Coaches Association Top-20 team, including wins over No. 9 Michigan and No. 19 Boston College through five games of the 2013 season.


The Massachusetts field hockey team has made a habit of overcoming ranked opponents in recent years.

UMass knocked off six teams ranked in the Top 25 last season on its way to the NCAA Tournament and have already beaten two ranked opponents just five games into 2013.

The seventh-ranked Minutewomen (5-0) will have a shot at win No. 3 over ranked teams when they take on No. 6 Syracuse - a team they played twice last season, winning one at home and losing the other in the Tournament - on Friday at 3 p.m.

Why so many nationally-ranked opponents?

According to UMass coach Carla Tagliente, it's a perfect measuring stick for her team early in the season...


The remainder of the story is available on the Daily Collegian website here. Information on the University of Massachusetts field hockey program can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

UMass field hockey, which recently moved up to No. 7 in the national poll, faces a tough weekend slate, including No. 6 Syracuse and Ohio State on Sept. 13-14. Daily Collegian reporter Jesse Mayfield Sheehan previews the weekend with a focus on the early-season numbers for all sides.


The 7th-ranked Massachusetts field hockey team will have a chance for payback on Friday, as they visit No. 6 Syracuse, the team that knocked them out of the NCAA Tournament last season.

Despite the recent history between the two teams (which also includes UMass defeating the Orange, who were ranked No. 1 at the time, earlier last year), coach Carla Tagliente said that the team is focused on the present...


The entire preview can be read through the Daily Collegian website here. More information on UMass field hockey, including a season schedule, updated statistics and important team information, is available here.

Collegian: UMass field hockey continues dominance on offense

Daily Collegian staff writer Jason Kates caught up with UMass field hockey head coach Carla Tagliente this week to discuss the early production of the offense and its impact on the Minutewomen opening the season with five consecutive victories.

Despite losing several leading scorers from last year to graduation, the Massachusetts field hockey team hasn't lost a beat offensively. 

UMass has tallied 18 goals on 88 shots through the first five games of the season, 59 of which have been on goal.

Sophomore Brooke Sabia has led the Minutewomen (5-0) this season with seven goals so far. UMass is averaging 3.6 goals per game while allowing just one per game defensively.

UMass coach Carla Tagliente has attributed this great start not just to the recent performances of Sabia, but to efforts of the entire team...

Read the full story here. More information on UMass field hockey can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

Daily Collegian: Minutewomen claim inaugural Kennedy Cup

Daily Collegian staff writer Jason Kates was in attendance for the inaugural Kennedy Cup on Tuesday evening to see the Minutewomen field hockey squad defeat UMass-Lowell, 6-0 on Garber Field. Kates spoke with UMass head coach Carla Tagliente and sophomore midfielder Brooke Sabia, who scored two goals including the game-winner, as part of the recap.


AMHERST, Mass. - Fresh off an upset victory over No. 9 Michigan, the Massachusetts field hockey team dominated in its home opener on Tuesday, defeating in-state rival UMass Lowell, 6-0, and claiming the inaugural Kennedy Cup.

Paced by sophomore Brooke Sabia's second straight two-goal game, the 14th-ranked Minutewomen (3-0) didn't take long to open up the scoring.

Sabia scored her first goal of the game seven minutes and 38 seconds into the first half on a rebound over the goalkeeper after her initial shot was saved. Just under 15 minutes later, she tallied her second goal of the game on a penalty corner, set up by Alexa Sikalis and Charlotte Verelst...


Fans can read the rest of the article through the Daily Collegian website here. The Minutewomen return to the field on Friday, Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. against in-state rival Boston College. Admission to the contest is free.

Brooke Sabia leads the charge on offense for the Minutewomen

Jesse Mayfield Sheehan of the Daily Collegian noted the offensive development of sophomore midfielder Brooke Sabia and the results it has netted the UMass field hockey team through three games of the 2013 season in a recent post. Sabia tallied her second consecutive two-goal performance on Tuesday evening as the Minutewomen defeated UMass-Lowell to improve to 3-0 on the year.

AMHERST, Mass. - After the Massachusetts field hockey team lost its top three goal scorers to graduation last year, there was much speculation about who would step up for the team on offense.

Three games into this season, the team seems to have found a player who can lead the attack. Sophomore midfielder Brooke Sabia recorded her second straight multi-goal game of the season on Tuesday against UMass Lowell, bringing her season total up to a team-leading four goals...


Fans can read the entire story through the Daily Collegian's website here.The Minutewomen return to action with a home game against Harvard on Friday, Sept. 6, at 5 p.m. Admission is free of charge for all.

Recaps: UMass Wins Senior Night Contest With Delaware, 16-8

UMass men's lacrosse defended Garber Field with the Blue Hens of Delaware in town on Friday night, putting together a complete performance to double-up the visitors, 16-8 in front of 1,623 fans. Kyle Smith earned a career-high nine points (6 goals, 3 assists) while classmate and fellow starting attackmen Will Manny earned seven more (4 goals, 3 assists) to pace the offense. On the other end of the field, seniors Ryan Hollenbaugh and Jake Smith combined for six groundballs and five caused turnovers to lead an even-paced UMass defense that did not allow Delaware more than two goals in any individual quarter.

With the win, UMass remains in contention for the final seed in the CAA Tournament, needing Penn State to defeat Hofstra and Towson to claim victory over Saint Joseph's on Saturday in order to secure a postseason berth. Below are a few recaps of the contest from members of the media present for competition:

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette highlighted the connection between Smith and Manny on the field during the contest during his review of play.

Brian Foley with Inside Lacrosse provided game blog to give play-by-play action throughout the contest and caught up with a few of the Minutemen after for postgame interviews.

Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian highlighted the overall success of the offense against the Delaware defensive effort.
The Daily Collegian's Nick Canelas caught up with senior attack Will Manny of UMass men's lacrosse recently to discuss the all-American's career and the road back from a broken thumb suffered in the 2013 season-opener.

Will Manny is as comfortable as ever when he steps onto Garber Field for the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team.

He's energized, but he's relaxed. He's excited, but he's focused. Everything is the same as it ever was.

He sports his usual white jersey with the No. 1 stitched in maroon and has the No. 7 sketched in eye black facing in toward his nose under each eye.

He knows he can rely on his skills. He knows he can rely on his teammates. And he knows he can rely on the preparation of his coaches. Above all, he knows he can rely on his durability.

Manny had never suffered a serious injury in his entire athletic career and had never been kept off the lacrosse field for more than a week. He was always a fixture on the top UMass attack unit, even in the fall.

But that all changed on Feb. 10.

Read the entire article through the Daily Collegian website here. The Minutemen continue their season with a home game on Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m.



Men's Lacrosse Coverage From The Contest At Harvard

UMass men's lacrosse moved to 3-0 on the season with an 8-6 victory at Harvard on Saturday. Matt Whippen led the team with a pair of goals while six additional Minutemen notched a tally each as the squad used a balanced attack to earn the win. Zachary Oliveri, the CAA Co-Rookie of the Week, had eight saves in net while the team defense held Harvard to just 23 shots. Below are a few links related to coverage of the contest:
  • Brian Foley was also at the contest and had a recap of play for Inside Lacrosse as part of the organization's "On The Scene" report.

Men's Lacrosse Has Three Drafted By MLL

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In the annual Major League Lacrosse draft, a trio of UMass men's lacrosse standouts were taken during the eight-round event on Friday evening. 2012 Tewaraaton Award finalist Will Manny was taken by Boston in the second round (14th overall) before teammate Jake Smith was picked by the Cannons as well, going two rounds later (30th). Colin Fleming was the final Minuteman picked, with the Ohio Machine taking the 6-foot-6 senior attack in the seventh round (49th). Below are a few links related to the draft results:

Boston Cannons draft roundup
Ohio Machine draft roundup
Inside Lacrosse's team-by-team draft grades
BostonLax.com: Local flavor prevalent in MLL Draft
Daily Collegian: Three former Minutemen taken 2013 MLL Draft

The Minutemen start their 2013 campaign and CAA regular season and tournament defense at home on Garber Field against Army at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Minutewomen Open 2012-13 With 30-Point Victory

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UMass women's basketball kicked off the 2012-13 campaign with an 83-53 drubbing of Kent State at the Mullins Center on Saturday afternoon. The Minutewomen were paced by four players scoring in double-figures, including senior center Jasmine Watson's game-high 21. Watson used her final basket of the game to become the 18th Minutewoman to eclipse the 1,000-point mark in program history. Freshman Rashida Timbilla tallied a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards to help the winning effort, the only known Minutewoman to secure a double-double during her first contest as a true-freshman.

Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican focused his recap of the victory on Jasmine Watson's milestone.

Daniel Malone spoke of Watson's success throughout her tenure with the Minutewomen while covering the 30-point victory over Kent State for the Daily Collegian.

The Minutewomen continue their season with their first road trip and first midweek contest as UMass travels to New Britain, Conn., for a Tuesday, Nov. 13 contest against Central Connecticut. Full coverage of the contest can be found on UMassAthletics.com. UMass returns home the following weekend to take on Quinnipiac at the Mullins Center on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., with tickets available through the UMass Ticket Central.

Women's Basketball Kicks Off 2012-13 Season

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It's time for UMass women's basketball to start its 2012-13 season, as the Minutewomen host Kent State on Saturday at the Mullins Center to begin the campaign. Here are a couple stories regarding aspects of the current team and what they hold important and the start a new competitive slate...

Matt Vautour wrote a season preview for the Daily Hampshire Gazette, noting the wealth of young talent on the squad and an upcoming milestone for senior center Jasmine Watson.

The Daily Collegian's Peter Cappiello previews the year, with a focus on the upperclassmen expected to lead the squad.

Jeff Okerman with the Daily Collegian highlighted how important defense has been to the squad during preseason practice.

Daniel Malone of the Daily Collegian recognized the family atmosphere head coach Sharon Dawley has created in Amherst.

Live statistics and web streaming will be available for today's contest with Kent State, which begins at 2 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased here for the season-opener and every upcoming home game of the year.
With their 2-1 overtime victory vs. Rider (15-6 overall) on Tuesday, the Minutewomen field hockey team earned the right to participate in the upcoming 2012 NCAA Tournament. UMass will make its 23rd appearance in the event when the Minutewomen face #5 Syracuse (17-2) at host-Penn State University on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.

Harry Plumer recounted the dramatic final moments of UMass' NCAA Tournament Play-In Game victory over the Broncs for the Springfield Republican.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette looks forward to the NCAA Tournament First Round contest with #5 Syracuse while reviewing the nail-biting victory over Rider that secured the Minutewomen their berth into NCAAs.

Peter Cappiello recapped the play-in game for the Daily Collegian and highlighted how team unity has helped the Minutewomen to secure its recent success on the field.

Check on UMassAthletics.com to keep up-to-date on UMass' participation in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
With their 5-0 drubbing of #16 nationally ranked and #1 seed Richmond to earn the Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship on Saturday afternoon, the UMass field hockey team earned the right to host an NCAA Tournament play-in game against Rider University on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. on Garber Field.

Greg Cameron of the Springfield Republican recapped the championship victory while Harry Plumer previews the upcoming play-in contest with a look at the exceptional play of senior defender Thando Zono.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette was also present for UMass' 2012 Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship and highlighted Zono and the scoring ability the Minutewomen possess.

Peter Cappiello highlighted the impact Zono had while discussing UMass' 5-0 victory over Richmond.

More coverage of the upcoming contest with Rider can be found through UMassAthletics.com, including a link for live stats.

Field Hockey Ready To Host A-10 Tournament

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The UMass field hockey team and its home facility - Garber Field - will serve as the host for the 2012 Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament beginning Friday, Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. The Minutewomen enter competition as the No.2-seeded squad and will face No. 3 seed Temple during the semifinal round of play at 2 p.m. on Friday. Below are a few links related to the event...

The Atlantic 10 Conference has set up a page on its website with information related to the event for fans.

UMass, as the host of the event, will also provide coverage of the entire championship through UMassAthletics.com and a tournament central page, including live statistics and web streaming.

Peter Cappiello spoke to the UMass field hockey team to preview this weekend's action for the Daily Collegian.

Harry Plumer of the Springfield Republican stopped by practice this week to speak with a few members of the squad in anticipation of the championship.

Field Hockey Runs Undefeated Streak To Five Games

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The UMass field hockey team continued its strong second-half performance on the 2012 season with a pair of road victories against A-10 foes La Salle, 4-1 and Saint Joseph's, 5-1 to move the squad's undefeated streak to five consecutive games. The Minutewomen now own a 10-8 overall record and 4-1 mark in conference play entering the final regular season weekend.

As a result of the recent success, UMass has gone from unranked in to NFHCA Top-25 Poll to holding down the No. 18 spot in the current standings.

The pair of wins also netted the Minutewomen three individual honors as senior forward Nicole Cordero was named A-10 Player of the Week, freshman goalkeeper Sam Carlino totaled A-10 Rookie of the Week and senior defender Thando Zono tallied Co-UMass Athlete of the Week laurels.

Matt Levine of The Daily Collegian has the recap for this weekend's action.

Cady Lalanne has big shoes, role to fill

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Stephen Sellner of the Daily Collegian has the first feature of the year on sophomore big man Cady Lalanne. Lalanne, who is coming off a foot injury that sidelined him for most of last season, has grown an inch and seen his body fat percentage drop from 11 to nine pct. over the summer.


Three-Game Weekly Sweep Earns Praise For Field Hockey

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After three games in four days, the UMass field hockey team recorded an undefeated week that included a 2-1 come-from-behind win over No. 1 Syracuse and a pair of A-10 Conference victories. The three-game winning streak earned the team and a few of its individual players considerable praise this week...

Mike Moran covered the victory over No. 1 Syracuse for the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Peter Cappiello with the Daily Collegian recapped the hard-fought upset of No. 1 Syracuse, which included a goal for the ages from senior defender Thando Zono.

J. Anthony Roberts provided a photo gallery and Harry Plumer added a short recap for the Springfield Republican following the defeat of No. 1 Syracuse.

Matt Levine with the Daily Collegian had coverage of UMass' strong play against conference opponents this weekend.

The Atlantic 10 Conference named Zono to its players of the week listing for her efforts while sophomore defender Lauren Allymohamed was named the UMass Athlete of the Week.
Take a look at the feature story on Rachel Hilliard's success in the classroom and in athletics written by Jackson Alexander of The Dailey Collegian. The feature also includes an interview with the head coach of the women's cross country and track and field teams Julie LaFreniere.

Massachusetts women's track and field coach Julie LaFreniere received an e-mail in mid-March that perplexed her.

The e-mail, from the academic services within the athletic department, notified her that all women's sophomore track and field athletes could sign up for fall courses.

But on the list was freshman cross country and track and field athlete, Rachel Hilliard.

Read on

Collegian Recaps Thursday's Basketball Win Vs. NJIT

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Recaps Of Basketball's 83-67 Win Over Northeastern

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The men's basketball team improved to 2-0 on Monday night with a 83-67 win over Northeastern at the Mullins Center. Sophomore point guard Chaz Williams led the way again for the Minutemen, recording the first double-double of his career with 20 points and 10 assists, both tying career-highs. Terrell Vinson (14) and Sampson Carter (12) both reached double-figures for the second game in a row. Check out coverage of the game below.

  • UMass men's basketball pulls away from Northeastern - Hampshire Gazette
  • Gary Forbes checks in on Minutemen - Hampshire Gazette
  • A double-double by Chaz Williams leads a double-digit UMass win - Springfield Republican
  • Offense in full swing as Minutemen cruise to 83-67 victory - Daily Collegian
  • Sloppy play plagues UMass despite win - Daily Collegian
  • Williams points way for UMass - Boston Herald
  • UMass basketball beats Northeastern - Boston Globe
  • UMass pulls away with game on line - Worcester Telegram
  • SB Nation Boston
  • Williams scores 20, dishes out 10 assists, Massachusetts beads Northeastern 83-67 - Washington Post
  • UMass 83, Northeastern 67 - CBSSports.com
  • Collegian: New season, new feel for Minutemen

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    Check out Stephen Hewitt's headline story in the Daily Collegian's basketball preview edition previewing the Minutemen's 2011-12 season, which highlights the fact that Derek Kellogg's UMass team is a new-look squad in many ways going into the season, from style of play, attitude, new players, new roles, and more.

    "I think we're looking pretty good," said Chaz Williams. "I think we'll be better than a lot of people expect. But there's always room for improvement. I feel like we can get better every day. Every day we come to practice with an open mind. That's something that will make us and take us to another level."

    Collegian: Williams handed keys to new UMass offense

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    Stephen Hewitt of the Daily Collegian writes in Thursday's basketball preview edition about redshirt sophomore Chaz Williams, in his first season eligible to play for the Minutemen, taking over the role of point guard for head coach Derek Kellogg, someone who knows a thing or two about playing the point at UMass. The story focuses on how the 2010 CAA All-Rookie selection at Hofstra will be in charge of running the Minutemen's new up-tempo attacking style of play.

    "I expect to do some things I haven't gotten to do in the past," said Williams. "A lot of things that will make my teammates better and a lot of things that'll help us win games.

    "I want to help bring some excitement back to UMass," he added.

    Williams handed keys to new UMass offense - Daily Collegian

    Collegian: UMass a mix of returners and newcomers

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    Stephen Sellner of the Daily Collegian takes a look in Thursday's basketball preview issue at the UMass roster being a mix of old and new, and how that mix could be the right one for the Minutemen in 2011-12.

    "I'm hoping that that's what people that come in and watch us ... play see is a group of guys that are willing to give up a little of themselves," said Kellogg. "It's really more of a group effort than it'll ever have been."

    Collegian: Analyzing the "brotherhood"

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    Herb Scribner of the Daily Collegian has a story in Thursday's basketball preview edition on the new attitude the Minutemen are taking into the 2011-12 season. Scribner points out that when talking to Coach Kellogg and the players, the term "brotherhood" has been used a lot in describing this year's team. Scribner takes a look at how this new attitude and trust in one another can help the Minutemen reach new heights together this season.

    Analyzing the "brotherhood" - Daily Collegian

    Collegian: Four new Minutemen to take the floor

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    Jackson Alexander of the Daily Collegian has a story in Thursday's basektball preview issue on the four new Minutemen that will be taking the court this season. Freshman Caddy Lalanne, redshirt sophomore transfer Chaz Williams, and redshirt freshmen Maxie Esho and Andrew McCarthy all have to opportunity to contribute to the Minutemen in 2011-12 at various levels. Alexander provides some insight into how each could make a contribution.

    Four new Minutemen to take the floor - Daily Collegian
    Jay Asser of the Daily Collegian has a story on the new offense being implemented this season by UMass head coach Derek Kellogg. To better fit the athletes the Minutemen have on the court, the team is switching to more of an up-tempo style of play that will create more balanced scoring and as Asser puts it, "an exciting brand of basketball appears to await the Minutemen."

    It's time for a change in philosophy on offense - Daily Collegian
    Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has a recap of last weekend's swimming and diving sweep of Binghamton in a three-session meet on Friday and Saturday. The men won, 189-125, and the women won, 185.5-133.5. Joey Sbordon had the highlight of the meet, breaking an 11-year old pool record in the 400 IM in a time of 4:01.35. In fact, the senior smashed the old pool record by over a second and a half.

    "I was actually a little surprised the boys swam as well as they did," said Russ Yarworth. "We've been training pretty hard lately so I wasn't sure if they were going to come in fatigued. But they got their heads together and swam well."

    The Minutewomen were led by victories early on by freshmen Katie Arnott in the 200 IM (by over two seconds) and Zoe Judd in the 50 free. Chelsea Downing took first in the 500 free, leading a sweep of the top four places by UMass.

    "I'm very happy with where we are at this time of year," said women's coach Bob Newcomb. "This was a great opportunity for us to see where we were at and I think we're in a great spot being only a third of the way into the season."

    Sbordon leads way for Minutemen with record-breaking performance - Daily Collegian
    Jeffrey Okerman of the Daily Collegian has a recap of the tennis team's fall finale last weekend, the Big Green Invitational at Dartmouth. Sophomore Jessica Podlofsky continued her season-long strong play, while freshman Chanel Glasper was also very impressive. As usual, UMass' doubles teams were superb, winning several matches. Judy Dixon's squad begins its spring season on Jan. 28 when it hosts Boston College at the Bay Road Tennis Club at 12:30 p.m.

    Minutewomen face strong competition at Big Green Invitational - Daily Collegian

    Collegian: UM falls to Temple in A-10 semifinals

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    Michael Counos of the Daily Collegian has the recap of Friday's A-10 semifinal loss by the field hockey team to Temple, 4-0 at St. Joe's. It proved to be the final career game for seniors Christine Cutry, Amanda Dietz, Nikki Panciocco, and Alesha Widdall, the 2011 Conference Defensive Player of the Year. The class finishes its career with a 51-33 overall record, a 21-4 conference record, and two A-10 Championships and NCAA Tournaments.

    UM falls to Temple in A-10 semifinals - Daily Collegian
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    Cameron McDonough of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian takes a look at the UMass Women's tennis team as they prepare for an invitational despite the major snow storm. The Minutewomen will be participating in the three-day Big Green Invitational over the weekend in Hanover, N.H. This will be their first time competing as a team since the match at Fordham on Oct. 9.

    Despite snow, Minutewomen prepare for Big Green Invitational - Daily Collegian

    Collegian: Swimming Teams Sweep Stony Brook

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    Chris Corso of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian has a wrap-up on Saturday's swimming & diving sweep of Stony Brook at the Joseph Rogers Pool. The men were victorious 184-105, while the women cruised to a 181-117 win.

    Both swimming & diving teams will be home again this weekend when they host Binghamton in a two-day meet Friday and Saturday.

    UMass teams sweep Stony Brook - Daily Collegian
    Matt Strong of the Daily Collegian has a story in today's issue taking an in-depth look at Friday's field hockey home finale at Garber Field against Richmond. The Minutewomen (5-0 A-10) sit one game ahead of Temple (4-1) and a game and a half up on the Spiders (3-1) going into this final conference tilt. The UMass/Richmond game is always a good one as the two teams have combined to win the last 15 A-10 Championships.

    Minutewomen look to clinch Atlantic 10 title - Daily Collegian

    Collegian: Minutewomen playing for title, seniors

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    Michael Counos of the Daily Collegian previews UMass field hockey's big game on Friday against Richmond. The Minutewomen, 5-0 and alone in first by one game in the Atlantic 10 standings, close out conference play and their home schedule against the Spiders at Garber Field at 1 p.m. Friday will also be Senior Day, with Christine Cutry, Amanda Dietz, Nikki Panciocco, and Alesha Widdall all being honored prior to the game.

    "I think this group of seniors is just very resilient, take everything in stride and just always keep competing and understand that nothing comes easy and they have to work for it," said UMass coach Carla Tagliente.

    Minutewomen playing for title, seniors - Daily Collegian

    Collegian: Minutewomen sit atop A-10 standings

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    Michael Counos of the Daily Collegian has a story on the UMass field hockey team's 2-0 weekend that vaulted them alone into first place in the Atlantic 10 standings at 5-0. The Minutewomen defeated La Salle at home 2-0 and then went to previously unbeaten in A-10 play Temple, winning 2-1 in overtime in an impressive come-from-behind win.

    "Our confidence is pretty high right now, once A-10 play started we had a new mind-set and knew that we needed to play well to move on to the postseason," said senior All-American goalie Alesha Widdall.

    The Minutewomen close A-10 play on Friday when they host Richmond on Senior Day at Garber Field at 1 p.m.

    Minutewomen sit atop A-10 standings - Daily Collegian
    Nick Canelas of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian has a recap of last weekend's swimming and diving meet at Army where the women pulled out a tough 151-149 victory and the men fell to a very talented Black Knight's squad, 177-122.

    The swimming and diving teams will be back in action at home this weekend when they host Stony Brook at the Joseph Rogers Pool in the Boyden Building at 1 p.m.

    Men's team struggles, while women pull through at Army - Daily Collegian
    Matt Strong of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian has a preview of the the field hockey team's critical pair of Atlantic 10 Conference games this weekend. The Minutewomen host La Salle this afternoon at 3 p.m. at Garber Field before heading to Philly to face Temple on Sunday in a clash of 3-0 teams entering the weekend tied atop the A-10 standings.

    If you can't make it out to Garber for today's game, you can watch it live on UMass All-Access.

    Minutewomen take on La Salle, Temple this weekend - Daily Collegian

    Collegian: Minutewomen to compete in ITA at Yale

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    Cameron McDonough of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian has a story in Wednesday's edition on the UMass women's tennis players that have been invited to compete at the prestigious Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northeast Regional this weekend at Yale. The doubles team of Yuliana Motyl and Chantal Swiszcz will compete in addition to singles draw players Julia Comas, Sonia Bokhari, and Jessica Podlofsky. The tournament begins on Friday and runs through Oct. 25.

    "These are the best players in the region and they are excited to go," said head coach Judy Dixon.

    Collegian: Field Hockey Stays Hot

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    Matt Strong of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian has a wrap up on this weekend's two conference wins for the field hockey team, 7-0 vs. Saint Joseph's on Friday and 3-1 at Saint Louis on Sunday, keeping the Minutewomen a perfect 3-0 in A-10 play.

    This weekend UMass will host La Salle on Friday before heading to Temple on Sunday. The Owls are also unbeaten in A-10 play.

    UMass stays hot with undefeated conference record - Daily Collegian

    Field Hockey Looks To Go 3-0 In A-10

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    The Massachusetts field hockey team looks to stay undefeated in Atlantic 10 conference play as they take on Saint Joseph's and Saint Louis this weekend. UMass currently sits at 3-9 overall and 1-0 in A-10 play. The Minutewomen host St. Joe's today at 3 p.m. at Garber Field. 

    "It was important for us to come out and play strong and send a message for the rest of the conference," said Head Coach Carla Tagliente.

    Check out Michael Counos' weekend preview below.
    Minutewomen look to go 3-0 in the Atlantic 10 - Daily Collegian

    Bash At Southwest Beach This Saturday

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    The Massachusetts Daily Collegian's Jackson Alexander has a great preview in Friday's edition on the "Bash at Southwest Beach" hosted by the basketball programs this Saturday from 4-6:30 p.m. at the "horseshoe" in the Southwest Residential Area. The Midnight Madness-type event is a way for the campus and community to celebrate the beginning of basketball season and will include a DJ, iPad raffle, chance to win a trip for 2 to the Bahamas with the men's basketball team, t-shirt giveaways, and more. A tailgate party will be held across the street in Lot 33 as well.

    "I think the students are looking for some things to do on the weekends, and me being a former student and player here, I thought it'd be a great opportunity to give them one more thing," said Head Coach Derek Kellogg.

    Bash At Southwest Beach To Take Place Saturday - Daily Collegian
    Matt Strong of the Daily Collegian previews the Minutewomen's first Atlantic 10 game vs Lock Haven. The game is set for Saturday, October 8 at 12 p.m. 


    Collegian: Field Hockey Falls To Orange

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    Matt Strong of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian has a recap of field hockey's 2-0 loss at No. 5 Syracuse on Sunday. The Minutewomen played the Orange tough however, keeping the game 1-0 deep into the second half with a pair of shots of penalty corners that could have tied it. UMass begins A-10 play on Saturday when it heads to Lock Haven for a noon contest.

    Collegian: Field Hockey Falls To No. 4 UConn

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    Michael Cuonos of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian has a recap of UMass field hockey's 4-1 loss at No. 4 UConn on Wednesday night. It was a tale of two halves in Storrs, as the Huskies used a 16-1 shot advantage in the first half to build a 3-0 lead and, though UMass controlled the second half of play with a 8-2 shot advantage, the Minutewomen were unable to close the gap.

    "We were prepared but we just had a tough first half and they were more aggressive than us and it comes down to matching their aggressiveness which has been a problem for us all season," said Head Coach Carla Tagliente. "I was really happy with our play in the second half but we can't expect to win the game after the way we played in the first half."

    Field Hockey At No. 4 UConn Tonight

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    The UMass field hockey team begins a four-game road stretch tonight at No. 4 Connecticut at 7 p.m. The Minutewomen are looking for another victory over the Huskies, just as they did last season when they upset the Huskies, 1-0 at Garber Field.

    Michael Counos of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian has a preview of tonight's matchup in Storrs:

    The UMass defense will be tested against the high-scoring Huskies offense that has amassed 27 goals already this season. The scoring is spread around evenly amongst the Terriers' front line, with four players who have scored at least four goals. Hunnable, despite starting just one game, leads the team with seven goals, followed by Ali Blankmeyer and Jestine Angelini each with five.

    "It's the second and third shots that are hurting us right now," said UMass coach Carla Tagliente. "Most of the goals we're giving up are on second and third shot opportunities so it'll be important for people to make sure they are marking their person and boxing out on defense."

    Collegian: Podlofsky, Glasper Shine For Tennis Team

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    Jessica Podlofsky remained undefeated in singles play this season.Chanel Glasper has begun her collegiate career 7-1 in singles play.
    Cameron McDonough of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian has a recap in Tuesday's edition of the UMass tennis team's stellar weekend at the Eastern Collegiate Invitational at Army. Against some of the top programs in the Northeast, UMass placed five of its eight players in the semfinal round of flights and had two flight champions, Jessica Podlofsky and Chanel Glasper, who is 7-1 in her freshman campaign. 

    Podlofsky is now a perfect 8-0 on the season and was named UMass Athlete of the Week. She will be honored, along with Head Coach Judy Dixon, at Wednesday's UMass Sports Luncheon, at noon at the Cape Cod Room of the Student Union.

    "I was very pleased with the effort from everyone on the team," said UMass coach Judy Dixon. "I have felt like the last two weeks have been very positive and what coaches need this time of year is to take a look at their players and see what we need to work on," she said.

    Collegian: Recap Of Field Hockey Loss To BU

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    De'Shawn Townsend of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian writes the wrap on Friday's field hockey loss to No. 17 Boston University, 3-0 at Garber Field.

    UMass failed to recover from an early Terrier lead off-an unassisted goal by junior forward Tabi Hatch.  With forward Leslie Zules assist, Hatch scored off a corner pass from the left side. The Minutewomen (2-6) had a couple opportunities on the goal but defender Callie Sweigart and forward Nicole Cordero could not connect with the back of the net.

    "We were confident but we lost structure throughout the game" said UMass coach Tagliente.

    Michael Counos of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian writes in today's edition on the UMass field hockey team and how, despite being 0-4 against ranked opponents this season, the Minutewomen's difficult non-conference schedule will prepare them well for Atlantic 10 play. UMass (2-6) started 2010 with a 3-5 record before running the table in the A-10, winning the conference championship and advancing to the NCAA Tournament.

    "There are good teams in our conference but I think that there is a lot of pressure in these non-conference games and a lot of pressure moments so this prepares us well mentally when stepping into conference play when we need to win those games," said Coach Carla Tagliente.

    Since 2008 UMass is 16-3 in A-10 play including clean sweeps in 2008 and 2010. The next time the Minutewomen return home to Garber Field is Oct. 14 against Saint Joseph's.

    Collegian: Field Hockey's New Defensive Approach

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    A lot has been made early in the field hockey season of new head coach Carla Tagliente's attacking style of play that she has brought to the Minutewomen, but as Matt Strong of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian points out in Friday's edition, Tagliente has also brought a new style of play to the defense that the group is beginning to adjust well to. Strong mentions how assistant coach Roz Ellis has been crucial in mentoring the defense and talks to former UMass four-year-starter Jaime Bourazeris, who is helping the team this season.

    With the new defensive approach comes a new mindset, which incorporates an offensive attitude. It gives the defense a chance to push the ball up the field, thus creating more shots and scoring opportunities.

    "The biggest key as it is with any defensive structure is to communicate and stay organized," said Bourazeris.

    Collegian: Tennis Preps For Army Tourney

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    Nick Canelas of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian has a good preview of the women's tennis team's trip to the Eastern Collegiate Invitational this weekend at Army:

    Just one week after what UMass coach Judy Dixon called a, "successful weekend," in the Harvard Fall Classic, her squad is trying to repeat its formula when the Eastern Collegiate Invitational begins in West Point, NY. on Friday.

    The tournament is a popular one early in the season, and serves as another tune-up for not only the Minutewomen, but also other Atlantic 10 foes the team will face later in the season. Other A-10 teams attending the Invitational include Rhode Island and Fordham.

    DeShawn Townsend of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian today covers the field hockey team's pair of losses to ranked opponents over the weekend. On Friday, the Minutewomen dropped a tight contest with No. 20 Northeastern, 2-1 in overtime, and on Sunday, fell to defending national champion and third-ranked Maryland, 4-1.

    Field hockey returns to action on Friday with a 6 p.m. game at home against Boston University under the lights at Garber Field.
    Matt Strong of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian has a story today on the UMass field hockey team as it prepares for a challenging home weekend of non-conference games. On Friday, the Minutewomen host No. 20 Northeastern at 6 p.m., and on Sunday, UMass faces No. 3 and defending National Champion Maryland at Garber Field at noon.

    Sunday's matchup against the Terrapins will be a rematch of two UMass losses last season, including a 4-2 loss in the NCAA Tournament. Both losses came at Maryland. Strong highlights how it will also be new head coach Carla Tagliente's first game coaching against her alma mater, where she was a four-time All-American, and how she brings a more offensive-minded system to the UMass program.

    Stories On Field Hockey's Win Over Harvard

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    The UMass field hockey team played its home opener on Saturday at Garber Field, shutting out Harvard, 3-0. Not only did the team improve to 2-3 on the season as it kicked off a four-game homestand, but prior to the game a ceremony was held honoring the 30th anniversary of the Minutewomen's 1981 National Finalist team. Many players from that '81 squad came back to UMass for the occassion. Check out coverage of Saturday's win below.

  • Daily Collegian: Minutewomen pick up victory on anniversary
  • Harvard Crimson: Harvard Shut Out By UMass, Suffers First Loss
  • Boxscore News: UMass Hands Harvard First Loss Of Season
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  • Collegian: Field Hockey Preview

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    With the start of the fall semester, the Massachusetts Daily Collegian is back in business. In Tuesday's Collegian, Michael Counos previews the UMass field hockey season. The Minutewomen, off to a 1-3 start against a tough early non-conference schedule, are in their first year under head coach Carla Tagliente and were picked as the preseason favorite in the Atlantic 10 Conference. UMass has won three of the last four A-10 titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament all three of those championship seasons.

    UMass field hockey opens at home on Saturday when it hosts Harvard at 1 p.m. at Garber Field. A ceremony will be held prior to the game honoring the 30th anniversary of UMass' 1981 Final Four team.

    Previews Of UMass' CAA Semifinal At Penn State

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    The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a preview of the UMass-Penn State CAA Semifinal: UMass men's lacrosse gets shot at NCAA tournament.

    If the University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team were still in the ECAC, its season probably would be over.

    The Minutemen had a solid 2011 season at 9-4, but their resume likely falls a little short of NCAA tournament at-large bid status without enough signature wins. The ECAC has no conference tournament and the Minutemen would have been stuck waiting for next year.

    But now, as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, hope is still very much alive as the No. 3-seed Minutemen (9-4) play No. 2 Penn State (7-6) tonight at 7 in the semifinal round of the CAA tournament at State College.

    The Daily Collegian has this preview: UMass, PSU meet again for CAA Semifinals

    For the No. 15 Massachusetts men's lacrosse team, Wednesday night's game has a simple motivation: win or go home.

    The Minutemen (9-4, 4-2 Colonial Athletic Association) travel to Penn State for a rematch with the Nittany Lions in a CAA Semifinals matchup.

    UMass coach Greg Cannella hopes his team does not change a thing despite the greater stakes.


    Plourde Gets 1,000th K, Softball Tops BU, 3-2

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    It was a historic day at the UMass Softball Complex on Wednesday as junior pitcher Sara Plourde, with a 14-strikeout three-hitter, led UMass to a 3-2 win over Boston University and recorded the 1,000th strikeout of her career. She is just the third pitcher in UMass history to reach the mark, joining Danielle Henderson and Brandice Balschmiter, and the first to do it prior to her senior season.

  • Daily Collegian: Plourde becomes 3rd Minutewoman to reach 1,000 strikeouts
  • Daily Collegian: Minutewomen win behind Plourde & Matthew
  • Hampshire Gazette: Sara Plourde reaches 1,000 career strikeouts
  • Ben Lambert of the Daily Collegian has a recap of the UMass rowing team's race against Holy Cross last weekend. The Minutewomen won two of three races against the Crusaders, and will return to the water in two weeks for the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia.

    Softball Weekend Round-Up

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    The UMass softball team concluded a busy six-game week with a doubleheader split at home against Syracuse on Friday and then a twinbill sweep over George Washington on Easter Sunday which included a dramatic come-from-behind eight-inning victory in game two. The Minutewomen continue their 12-game homestand on Wednesday when they host Boston University at 5 p.m. at the UMass Softball Complex. Below are recaps from this weekend's games.

  • Daily Collegian: Minutewomen Split Two Game Set Against Orange, Sweep Colonials
  • Hampshire Gazette: UMass Softball Sweeps George Washington
  • Hampshire Gazette: UMass Softball Splits With Syracuse
  • SUAthletics.com: SU Splits Twinbill Against UMass
  • GWSports.com: Colonials Drop Pair At UMass
  • Previews Of UMass Lacrosse In ESPNU Warrior Classic

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    Check out these previews of UMass playing in the ESPNU Warrior Classic, taking on long-time rival Hofstra on Saturday at 3 p.m.



    Here are various stories from Friday that touch on UMass' elevation to FBS and the MAC

    • CBS 3 Springfield: UMass in FBS Adds Up
    • The New Hampshire: Rival UMass bolts to FBS

    Stories On UMass Hoops Playing In Bahamas

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    Here are a few stories on UMass basketball and the announcement that the team will take part in the Battle 4 Atlantic in the Bahamas this November.


    "It's an unbelievable opportunity to go against some of the top teams of the country and to be together as a family, as a basketball family, on Thanksgiving," said UMass coach Derek Kellogg. "It's a perfect opportunity. The setup they have down there rivals some of the best tournaments that are going, which is really the Maui tournament."

    Football Media Coverage On Move To FBS, MAC



    Here are various stories on UMass' elevation to the FBS and MAC.

    • Sporting News: UMass To The MAC
    • Boston Globe: Kraft rose to occasion
    • Boston Herald UMass moves up to FBS
    • Hartford Courant: UMass Makes Move To FBS Official
    • Attleboro Sun-Chronicle: Kraft: UMass to be boon
    • College Football Talk: MAC officially adds UMass as newest member
    • ABC40: McGuirk No More

    Here are video interviews from the event:

    Softball Shuts Out UConn On The Road, 2-0

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    The Minutewomen travelled to Storrs, Conn. on Wednesday and shut out the Huskies, 2-0. Stephanie Mayne hit a two-run home run in the third inning to account for all the scoring, while Sara Plourde pitched her eighth shutout of the season with a three-hitter. Playing in her home state, she struck out 13 batters, including the final three of the game with two runners on base. Below are recaps of the game.

  • Minutewomen's Streak Hits 9, Steve Levine, Daily Collegian
  • Minutewomen Softball Blanks UConn, Hampshire Gazette
  • Bristol Pair Have UMass On Upswing (with video), Paul Angilly, Bristol Press
  • UMass Edges Huskies By A 2-0 Count, The Hour

    The Minutewomen return home to host Fairfield today at 5 p.m., kicking off a 12-game homestand at the UMass Softball Complex.

  • Collegian Wrap On Softball Victory

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    Pete Vasquez of the Daily Collegian has a recap of Friday's softball win at Dayton, 9-1. Sara Plourde struck out 17 in a three-hitter, and Meghan Carta and Stephanie Mayne hit back-to-back home runs, Carta's being her second grand slam of the season. The Minutewomen have won eight in a row.

    This week will be a busy one for the softball team. It travels to Storrs on Wednesday to face UConn before returning home for five-straight to close the week. On Thursday, The Minutewomen host Fairfield, on Friday it's a doubleheader against Syracuse, and on Sunday, George Washington comes to the UMass Softball Complex for an Atlantic 10 twinbill.

    Collegian: Matthew Impress Maroon & White Staff

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    Steve Levine of the Daily Collegian has a great story on the emergence of Cyndil Matthew as a threat in the UMass softball team's offense. The story focuses on how the sophomore speedster has learned the art of slap-hitting and, as the No. 9 hitter, has got on base for the top of the lineup.

    "She's like our second leadoff [hitter]," Assistant Coach Kristi Stefanoni said. "She's someone we can depend on to get on base and use her speed and then have the heart of the order... [come up] to drive Cyndil in."

    Matthew has been getting on base with regularity as of late, batting .346 with a .433 on-base percentage and six runs scored in the last 10 games.

    Ben Lambert of the Daily Collegian has a recap of the UMass rowing team's win over Colgate last weekend on the Connecticut River. The Minutewomen swept all three races against the Raiders, and will head to Camden, N.J. for the Knecht Cup this weekend.

    "Despite the rough conditions, I thought both boats raced pretty well," said UMass coach Jim Dietz. "Normally, the Connecticut River is flat and very conducive to rowing. On Saturday, the wind was blowing big time and there were white caps, so it was very rough water."

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