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UMass Sports Luncheon Today At Noon In The Mullins Center

Be sure to join us today at Noon for the UMass Sports Luncheon which will be located in the Mullins Center First Floor Concourse. Field hockey's Brooke Sabia along with soccer's Sarah Pandolfi will be honored as the UMass Athletes of the Week.

The guest speakers today will be women's cross country coach Julie LaFreniere and head football coach Charley Molnar or one of his assistant coaches.

Cost of the salad-to-dessert buffet is $13 and free parking is available in the lot directly behind the Mullins Center.


This Week In UMass Athletics #PassionPridePower

It's a busy week for MinuteFans and as the first week of classes start on campus, that means more and more events to check out.

All the action starts on Tuesday at Garber Field as the nationally ranked field hockey team hosts in-state rival UMass Lowell at 5 PM.

Tuesday, Sept. 3
Field Hockey vs. UMass Lowell - 5 PM - Garber Field

Wednesday, Sept. 4
UMass Sports Luncheon - Noon - Mullins Center
Bud Light Football Coaches Radio Show - 7 PM - Hangar Pub & Grill

Friday, Sept. 6
Men's Soccer vs. New Hampshire (at Vermont) - 1:30 PM
Women's Soccer at Providence - 7 PM
Field Hockey vs. Harvard - 5 PM - Garber Field

Saturday, Sept. 7
Football vs. Maine - 2 PM - Gillette Stadium

Sunday, Sept. 8
Men's Soccer at Vermont - 1:30 PM
Women's Soccer at New Hampshire - 1 PM

Lots Of UMass Athletics On TV This Weekend

It's a busy weekend for UMass Athletics and if you can't make it to the games, we've compiled a listing of each game and where on the television you can find it.

Click the link below to find each station from you cable provider. 


You can also check the Watch & Listen page of UMassAthletics.com to see radio and live stat options. Follow @UMassAthletics on Twitter for in-game updates as well.


Friday:
Hockey at New Hampshire (7:30 PM) - WBIN/Fox College Sports

Saturday:
Men's Basketball at Xavier (2 PM) - CBS Sports Network
Women's Basketball vs. Xavier (1 PM) - CBS3 Now
Hockey at New Hampshire (7 PM) - WBIN/Fox College Sports

Sunday:
Women's Tennis vs. Binghamton (12:30 PM) - CBS3 Now

ONLINE VIDEO (UMassAthletics.com/All-Access)
Saturday:

#14 Women's Lacrosse vs. Iona (1 PM)
#5 Men's Lacrosse vs. Brown (2 PM)

Sunday:
Women's Tennis vs. Binghamton (12:30 PM)

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.

Reminder Of Special Time Today For UMass Sports Luncheon

Just a reminder for fans attending today's UMass Sports Luncheon that it will start at a special time of 10:30 AM in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center. The early start is to allow fans attending the chance to see the women's basketball game against La Salle which will tip-off at 11:45 AM as the annual Field Trip Day game for local elementary school children. Fans going to the Sports Luncheon will receive a free ticket to the game and can park in the back lot of the Mullins Center!

UMass Sports Luncheon To Be Held At Special Time On Wednesday

The weekly UMass Sports Luncheon will begin at 10:30 AM this Wednesday in conjunction with the women's basketball game against La Salle that will tip-off at 11:45 AM. The game will be the annual Field Trip Day where local school children get to attend the game thanks to the morning start.

Fans who attend the UMass Sports Luncheon will receive free tickets to the basketball game and there will be free parking in the Mullins Center Back Lot. Speakers for Wednesday's Luncheon will be hockey head coach John Micheletto along with women's basketball Director of Operations May Kotsopoulos. Additionally, this week's co-athletes of the week Becky Stoyle (women's track) and Michael Cyphers (men's track) will be honored.
An action packed UMass Sports Luncheon is on tap for today as field hockey assistant coach Shannon Taylor will speak about her time at the 2012 London Olympics with Team USA and the 2011 Dad Vail Regatta rowing champions will be honored.

The guest speakers today will also include men's soccer coach Sam Koch and hockey coach John Micheletto. Lauren Allymohamed will be honored as the Athlete of the Week after guiding the field hockey team to a 3-0 week highlighted by the scintillating win over No. 1 ranked Syracuse at Garber Field.

The luncheon begins at Noon in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center with free parking at the rear of the building (next to the tennis courts).


New UMass football head coach Charley Molnar continues his state-wide tour with a stop at MacDonald's Tavern in Worcester on Thursday, June 14 from 5:30-7:30 PM. Fans can join Coach Molnar as he lays out his vision for UMass football both on and off the field as the Minutemen prepare for their first full season as members of the Football Bowl Subdivision and the Mid-American Conference.

The evening will include a Q&A session with Coach Molnar along with time to mingle with fans and alums of the University. Complimentary food and a cash bar will be available for all guests.

The event is free, but registration suggested. To register, simply call the UMass Marketing Office at 413-545-3870 or e-mailrmccaffr@admin.umass.edu

UMass Sports Luncheon Features Kellogg, Dawley & Cahoon

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If you are around campus today, be sure to stop by the UMass Sports Luncheon at 12 PM in Room 1009 of the Campus Center. Men's basketball coach Derek Kellogg, women's basketball coach Sharon Dawley, and hockey head coach Don "Toot" Cahoon will be the guest speakers.

Freshman goalie Kevin Boyle will also be honored as 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. 

McCutcheon To Speak At UMass Sports Luncheon

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Join us for the weekly UMass Sports Luncheon as Athletic Director John McCutcheon will be the featured speaker. He will talk about UMass' upgrade to FBS and the MAC for football and be available for questions. Join us at the Campus Center Room 1009 starting at 12 Noon. Call 413-545-4290 for more information.

Women's track and field jumper Stephanie Aguguo and women's lacrosse attacker Jackie Lyons will be honored as the UMass co-athletes of the week. This is the second week in a row that Aguguo has been named an athlete of the week.

ESPN.com Blog On Basketball Fan Interest

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Check out this blog entry from ESPN.com's Diamond Leung, where he focuses on UMass basketball and its future in gaining fan interest: 

UMass tries generating student support - College Basketball Nation.


Masslive Feature On Mullins Militia

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Masslive.com has a nice feature story on the Mullins Militia, the basketball support group. Read it here: Mullins Militia leads UMass basketball student section


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:

Lots Of Honors At Today's UMass Sports Luncheon

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Senior Cerie Mosgrove of the women's basketball team and senior Sean Busch of the men's track & field squad have been named the 2011 UMass Winter Scholar-Athletes. The duo will be honored at the UMass Sports Luncheon today, Apr. 6, at Room 1009 of the Campus Center at 12:15 p.m. Also, the UMass Athletes of the Week will be recognized: Sara Plourde of the softball team, who was also named the National Player of the Week and Katie Ferris of the women's lacrosse squad, who tallied 12 points in two wins for No. 11 UMass.
You can follow the UMass men's lacrosse team on twitter @UMassMLacrosse, sign up now to get all the latest news on the Minutemen.


@UMassMLacrosse on twitter.

UMass Throwback Jerseys, Shorts Available On Auctions

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Check out the UMass Auctions which include a bunch of new items including several throwback basketball jerseys from this past season, modeled after the uniforms of the 1990s. Throwback shorts from the uniforms are also available. Other new items include black jerseys from the mid-2000s and some autographed sneakers from Stephane Lasme and Tony Gaffney. 

       

Republican: UMass Searching For Fans

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Check out Ron Chimelis' story from the Springfield Republican on UMass push to sell more tickets to see the men's basketball squad.

The University of Massachusetts men's basketball team will play Central Florida on Wednesday night, a game matching two teams with a combined 17-3 record. The unbeaten visitors include Marcus Jordan, son of Michael. But a sparse crowd is expected, because at UMass home games these days, a sparse crowd is the rule.

UMass officials are more than baffled. They are worried, because basketball is still considered the school's flagship sport, in terms of image and revenue potential.

Gazette Feature On VA Thanksgiving Visit

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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a great feature story on the UMass basketball team and its visit to the VA Hospital in Northampton.

With too little time between Wednesday's win over American International College and Saturday's 3 p.m. game against Holy Cross, most of the University of Massachusetts men's basketball players didn't go home for Thanksgiving.

Instead, the Minutemen visited and shared a turkey dinner with staff at the Northampton Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Northampton on Thursday.

UMass coach Derek Kellogg said it was a new experience for most of his players and he was proud of the way they handled themselves.

"It was an eye-opening thing for a lot of us. You want to go and have a good time and brighten somebody's day and let them know we appreciate what they've done," Kellogg said. "Some of them don't have families or can't get home to their families, so it was good to go and change the monotony."

Men To Wear Throwback Uniforms Saturday At Cage

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With a throwback game at the Curry-Hicks Cage on Saturday, the Minutemen will be sporting their new throwback uniforms for the first time in the game against Holy Cross. This year's throwback jerseys are replicas of the 1995-96 Final Four season. The style was worn from 1994-97 and will be on display Saturday. They will be worn several other times this season.

For tickets call 1-866-UMASS-TIX.

Gazette: Basketball Notes On Esho, Scrimmage

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In the Daily Hampshire Gazette Matt Vautour has a story on how the basketball team hand-delivered season tickets on Monday night. The piece also has info on the team's Sunday scrimmage at Harvard, an update on Maxie Esho and more.

Football Team Walks For JDRF At Six Flags

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On Sunday morning, the UMass football team led by head coach Kevin Morris was out in full force at Six Flags Agawam to Walk For a Cure for Juvenile Diabetes. The players and many staff members took part in the walk throughout the park to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Check out Coach Morris and his wife Rebecca -- the co-chairs of the Western Mass chapter of the JDRF -- with Mr. Six at Six Flags.



UMass Football To Walk For JDRF

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Masslive.com has a story on the UMass Football team which will participate in Sunday's Walk for a Cure, a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at Six Flags New England in Agawam. The walk begins at 10 a.m. UMass coach Kevin Morris and his wife, Rebecca, are co-chairmen of the foundation's Western Massachusetts chapter.

New Banners Hung Outside Mullins Center

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The new banners for the 2010-11 seasons have been hung outside the Mullins Center. Come check out images of men's basketball, hockey and women's basketball players.

MISSION 1000 Story On Masslive.com

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The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the complete field for the 2010 Hall of Fame Tip-Off, scheduled to take place Nov. 20-22 at the MassMutual Center. The announcement was paired with the official release of the UMass basketball program's 'Mission 1,000.'

UMass also unveiled its 'Mission 1,000' marketing initiative, aiming at selling 1,000 more season tickets to the many families, fans, business owners and corporations throughout Western Massachusetts and the state. The excitement level for both announcements is expectedly high. 


"Saying I'm excited is an understatement," said UMass head coach Derek Kellogg. "To make Springfield for a week of the year the mecca of college basketball is great. It's fitting for the national tournament to have a local flavor."

Read more on Masslive.com.



Sports Luncheon Wednesday At 12:15 p.m.

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Join us at this week's UMass Sports Luncheon Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., in the Campus Center Room 1009. Football coach Kevin Morris will be the featured speaker along with field hockey coach Justine Sowry. Athlete of the Week Jonathan Hernandez will be recognized for his big game at Michigan.

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.

Aerial Tour Of UMass

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It was an interesting start to the day as Matt Houde and I took a helicopter ride (thanks to the Marines) around campus. We were able to shoot some photos and videos of our facilities and campus in general. The landscape has certainly changed in the 7 years I've been here! On a side note, if you've never taken advantage of the free helicopter rides that happen each semester, do so. You have a pilot who is a Marine and I always say you are never safer then when you have one of those guys around!


Check out the Photo Gallery.

Sam, Football Players Help Build Record Sushi Roll

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Sam The Minuteman and many members of the UMass football team took part in the building of the longest California sushi roll in the world. Read the story in the Springfield Republican.

Volunteers wearing T-shirts that read "UMass, Amherst home of the world's longest California roll" sealed 650 sheets of nori - seaweed - then "glued" it in place with about 200 pounds of sushi rice, then laid on avocado, cucumber and Alaskan crab ... and then rolled all of it into a 422-foot long sushi roll, eclipsing the current record of 340 feet set last November at the University of California, Berkeley.

UMass-Amherst Creates World Record California Roll

Sam The Minuteman In New Big Y Commercial

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If you were watching "America's Got Talent" last night, you saw the new Big Y commercial, which features none other than Sam The Minuteman! 

If you have a link to the commercial send it to us in the tweet @UMassAthletics.com
Former UMass softball star and current UMass marketing assistant Michelle Libby was interviewed by NBC22 about the music industry and the transition from album sales to downloading music.

FANS! For every 100 new people who become fans of Sam The Minuteman on his Facebook page, FIVE lucky fans will be randomly selected to win a FREE T-shirt from UMass Athletics.

Also, for every 100 new Twitter "followers" of @UMassAthletics, FIVE lucky Twitter followers will win a FREE T-shirt. Sign up today at http://twitter.com/umassathletics.

Invite all of your friends to join the fun! Go UMass!

Sam The Minuteman At Gillette Stadium, Pats Camp

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In preparation of the UMass vs. New Hampshire football game at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 23, Sam The Minuteman took a trip to Patriots Training Camp and their home field, today. Here are some pictures of Sam in action. Check out his Facebook Page Photo Gallery.

  • Don't forget to buy your tickets online or by calling 1-866-UMASS-TIX.

  • Creeping Closer To The Start Of Another Year

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    With just two days left in July (wow, summer has moved quick), that means we are officially less than a month away from our first regular-season games of the year. First on the docket will be the field hockey team hosting Boston College and the women's soccer team hosting Washington on August 27. Several teams will begin preseason training camps in just under two weeks. Well, the downtime was nice while it lasted! Start making your plans out to Amherst by checking out the Schedule Calendar which lists everything in a nice month-by-month format. Also, you can order Football Season Tickets Online now!

    Game Promotions Webpage Updated

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    The Game Promotions Page has been updated with the 2010 season football promotions!

    Kids Club Page Information Updated

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    The Kids Club Information page has been updated. Sign up your child for a $20 membership that lasts until their 13th birthday.

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