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Charley Molnar To Be Guest Speaker At Today's Sports Luncheon

Football head coach Charley Molnar will be the guest speaker at today's UMass Sports Luncheon which will begin at Noon in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center.

Coach Molnar will speak about the 2013 recruiting class which was officially signed last week and will give updates on the upcoming spring season.

Chaz Williams of the men's basketball team and Matt Whippen of the men's lacrosse team will also be honored as the Co-Athletes of the Week.

The UMass Sports Luncheon features an all-you-can-eat buffett for just $11 and parking behind the Mullins Center is free. The Luncheon is held every Wednesday throughout the school year.

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.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has an in-depth piece looking at the upcoming year with Athletic Director John McCutcheon and several major projects being undertaken by the UMass Athletic Department.

Fall officially arrived for John McCutcheon last week as he had the Game Tracker for the University of Massachusetts women's soccer team's 2-1 win over New Hampshire open on his computer as he worked in his office.  

"It got my blood flowing a little bit," McCutcheon said.  

After a tough year for the department in 2010-11, the University of Massachusetts athletic director was glad to have 2011-12 under way.  

"I can't wait. I think we have improved. We want to see the effects of that on the court, on the field and on the ice. I think the coaches are excited about it, too," he said. "A lot of things probably didn't go the way they wanted it to last year and they probably have a bad taste in their mouths and they can't wait to get it out of there. I think everybody is looking forward to getting this year started."

Spots Still Open For Two UMass Golf Tournaments

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If you would like to hit the links with some of UMass' finest coaches, administrators, and fans, then be sure to sign up for one of the two upcoming golf tournaments.

First up is Friday's Sports Medicine Golf Outing (June 10) at the Ledges Golf Club in South Hadley. Click here for info on how to register.

Next on the docket will be the UMass Hockey Pond Club Golf Tournament on Monday (June 13) at The Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley. Click here for info on how to register.

Aside from a great outing of golf, proceeds from these golf tournaments go to each program to help improve the student-athlete experience at UMass. 
Jason Yellin was announced as the Assistant Athletic Director of Media Relations at Tennessee yesterday after serving for seven years at UMass. Jason worked with the football, basketball and men's lacrosse teams during his tenure in the Bay State. In addition to overseeing the media relations office, Jason will be tasked with serving as a member of the football communications team handling one of the highest profile football programs in the country.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette: Matt Vautour Blog - Jason Yellin departing

Coverage Of Hockey's Weekend At No. 15 Minnesota

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The Mass Attack's weekend at #15 Minnesota was covered by several media outlets in recent days. The Daily Collegian's Dan Gigliotti discussed the positives that Coach Don Cahoon can take from the past weekend's games as well as things that need to be worked on and improved. "I was pleased with the way we responded to the adversity of being down three goals," Cahoon said. "I don't like the idea that we were down three. There's a lot to work on."

Jake Ford of the Springfield Republican wrote about the 10 freshman that made their collegiate debuts as well as the adversity that the Minutemen needed to overcome last weekend when the odds were stacked against them.

Collegian: Rowing Solid In Opener

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Stephen Hewitt of the Daily Collegian covered UMass Rowing's season opener at the Head of the Housatonic last weekend in Shelton, Conn. "The 16th annual event, which covers a 2.7 mile strip as the course, attracted rowers of all ages, from novice high school students to veteran masters, in one of the biggest races in New England has to offer"

The Minutewomen will host the Pumpkin Head Regatta this Saturday at 8 AM on the Connecticut River.

Collegian Recaps Cross Country's New England Champs.

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Ben Lambert of the Daily Collegian had a nice story today about UMass Cross Country's performance at last weekend's New England Championships. The men finished 30th overall while the women placed 11th.

The Minutewomen will be back in action to compete in the Rothenberg Race next weekend in Warwick, R.I. while the Minutemen will head to the University of Arkansas for the Chili Pepper Festival.

Busy Weekend For UMass Athletics

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While the main focus of this weekend has been the football game at Michigan, Gazette writer Matt Vautour highlights some of the other action going on for the Maroon & White. The women's soccer team will be playing at Michigan as well, while the men's soccer team hosts UCF today at 3:30 and #24 Indiana on Sunday (1 PM). The men's and women's cross country teams will host a home meet on Saturday (11:15 AM). The No. 20 field hockey team will head to American and No. 2 Maryland this weekend as well.
Former UMass All-American water polo player Greg Trayer will be hosting the sixth annual Man-Up for Life charity water polo tournament next Saturday, Aug. 14. Trayer, a Pennsylvania state MVP and All-American water polo player at Gov. Mifflin, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2002 shortly after he finished his career at the University of Massachusetts. He went into remission a year later and, with the help of his family, has raised more than $88,000 to help find a cure for blood-related cancer.


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