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Jane Havsy with the Daily Record caught up with members of the Tripucka family for an article highlighting the family's athletic success, especially UMass alum Travis Tripucka, who was a student-athlete on the Minutemen football and lacrosse teams and is now competing for a spot with the NFL's New York Jets.
FLORHAM PARK -- Kelly Tripucka didn't think about his children becoming professional athletes. No matter that Tripucka was a two-time NBA All-Star, and his father, Frank Tripucka, had his No. 18 retired as the Denver Broncos' quarterback in the 1960s.

Now Kelly and Janice Tripucka's sons are following the family tradition.

Jake Tripucka was scheduled to debut with the Charlotte Hounds in Major League Lacrosse on Saturday night, just a couple of weeks after winning his second NCAA title at Duke. Travis Tripucka, who played both football and lacrosse at the University of Massachusetts, is trying to catch on with the New York Jets as a long snapper.
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With the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Quarterfinals set there are several connections to the UMass program including several alums on the coaching sidelines and Minutemen relatives still in action.

• No. 1 seed Syracuse will be playing Maryland at Gillette Stadium after a 10-4 win over Siena on Sunday night. The Orange got a huge effort from Tom Palasek, the brother of UMass sophomore Matthew Palasek. Tommy had a goal and four assists for five points in the win. 

• The other game at Gillette on Sunday will feature many connections to UMass. In a rematch of the 2010 NCAA Championship game, No. 4 Notre Dame takes on No. 5 Duke. Both teams feature defensive coordinators that are UMass alums. Gerry Byrne '86 for the Irish and Chris Gabrielli '01 for the Blue Devils. Gabrielli also served as an assistant with the Minutemen from 2003-05.

• On the field between Duke and Notre Dame will be a pair of Tripuckas. The brother of UMass' defenseman and football long snapper Travis Tripucka -- Jake Tripucka had a goal in Duke's 15-14 win over Delaware on Saturday. The Irish come off a 13-6 win over Penn as Travis' cousin Taylor Tripucka is a senior midfielder for Notre Dame.

• One more connection with Notre Dame is senior Colin Igoe, who had three goals in the win as part of a career-high four points. Igoe began his career at UMass but transferred to ND be a closer to his native Ohio.


On May 3, we wish Happy Birthday to two-sport athlete Travis Tripucka, who plays defense for the lacrosse team and serves as long snapper for the football team. Also women's lacrosse player Paige Morelli celebrates today.

Travis Tripucka  Paige Morelli

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