Just Take A Minute: Feb. 1-4, 2010
Just Take A Minute: Feb. 1-4, 2010



 

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Friday, Feb. 5, 2010

Will it be a sellout? Tonight's Operation 8K is looking like it will be a full house at the Mullins Center as UMass hosts BC in a Top 15 match-up. Just a few tickets remain this morning for the game that will be televised live on NESN. Come on out early and enjoy the festivities before the 7:30 face-off. Also the tennis and track teams return to action today.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY - FEB. 5: Juan Moliere (Swimming), Natalie Muka (Women's Soccer), Liz Sullivan (Swimming) and Ana Tocco (Rowing).


HOCKEY

  • Previews from tonight's UMass-BC hockey game come from the: Daily Hampshire Gazette, Daily Collegian, Inside College Hockey.

  • In the Springfield Republican, Dick Baker has a preview of the game with a focus on Eddie Olczyk. Olczyk is the son of former NHL star Ed Olczyk. Dad scored 342 NHL career goals in his star-filled career that began in 1984 and ended in 2000.

  • This weekend's matchup between the Massachusetts hockey team and Boston College will place one team by itself for second place in the Hockey East. Currently, the Minutemen and the Eagles stand tied with 22 total points, though UMass has recorded one more win. The Daily Collegian has the story.

  • The Boston Globe has its weekly college hockey notebook with several UMass mentions.

    MEN'S BASKETBALL

  • The men's basketball team rounds out its tough three-game stretch against Rhode Island on Saturday after losses to Atlantic 10 foes Charlotte and Xavier. The Minutemen will look to capture some of the magic from last season's game at the Ryan Center, when senior Chris Lowe scored to take the lead with .6 seconds remaining. The Daily Collegian has the story.

  • URI's student paper, The Good 5 Cent Cigar has a preview of the hoop game.

    FOOTBALL

  • More tributes to former UMass football coach and administrator Bob Pickett continue. In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has comments from former AD Bob Marcum, former football coach Jim Reid and former Voice of the Minutemen Bob Behler.

  • In New Hampshire, Seacoast Online has its story on Pickett's passing with more stories from the likes of Harry Clark, Bill Murphy and Ray Cotillo, who all played for him.

  • UMass alum and former assistant coach Ben Albert has been hired by the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars to serve as assistant defensive line coach.

  • WEEI.com has a story on six New England players being invited to the NFL Combine including UMass' Vladimir Ducasse. He was reportedly outclassed at the Senior Bowl by elite level pass-rushers like Michigan's Brandon Graham, but held his own against much of the competition and could eventually be drafted higher than any player from that Football Championship Series school since 1968, when quarterback Greg Landry was chosen in the first round by the Detroit Lions.

    WOMEN'S LACROSSE

  • Merritt Cosgrove will return home to play in California for the first time in her collegiate career against five-time defending national champion Northwestern to begin the 2010 season. The senior from Carlsbad is excited for the chance to play in front of her family and friends on Saturday night. The Daily Collegian has the story.

    WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

  • When it hosts Fordham on Saturday at the Mullins Center, the Massachusetts women's basketball team will look to grab its third home win of the season. The game will be played on National Girls and Women in Sports Day and the Minutewomen, along with other UMass women's teams, will offer a free clinic at Boyden Gymnasium beforehand. The Daily Collegian has the preview.

    TRACK & FIELD

  • After impressive finishes last weekend at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games, the men's and women's track and field team will look to keep it going this weekend in New Haven, Conn. in the Giegengack Invitational. The Minutemen will attempt to add to their total number of members qualifying for the New England championship after qualifying seven last week. Here is the Daily Collegian's preview.

    SWIMMING & DIVING

  • The men's and women's swimming and diving team will travel to Chestnut Hill on Saturday to compete in the New England Open. This weekend will be a good opportunity for both teams to gain experience before the Atlantic 10 Championships. Read the Daily Collegian for more info.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Sign up for the Bus Trip To Rhode Island on Saturday to see hoops take on the Rams. For just $20 you get a ride and a ticket - doesn't get much better than that!

  • Don't Miss This: Probably the most talked about game in the state will happen in the Mullins Center tonight as the No. 15 Mass Attack hosts No. 14 Boston College. A state rivalry, nationally ranked teams tied for 2nd in the league, and televised live on NESN - it doesn't get much better than that! Help sell-out the Mullins Center tomorrow night as the Minutemen continue their quest for home ice in the Hockey East playoffs.

      

    Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010

    Come out and join us at Rafters in Amherst tonight for the Bud Light UMass Basketball Show at 7 p.m. Coach Derek Kellogg will be on hand to meet fans and answer questions. Lots of news from the world of UMass football including the sad passing of former coach Bob Pickett. JTAM has a look at National Signing Day and more.

    MEN'S BASKETBALL

  • Tough loss for the Minutemen last night against Xavier in the Mullins Center. After the Minutemen rallied to take a two-point lead late in the second half, the Musketeers went on a big run for a 87-79 win. The game was covered by The Springfield Republican, The Daily Hampshire Gazette, The Boston Globe, The Daily Collegian, and ESPN Boston.

  • On MassLive.com Scott Coen has a feature on the youth of the Minutemen and how UMass responded to Xavier which gives fans a bright outlook for the future.

  • Matt Vautour has a sidebar in The Daily Hampshire Gazette about how coach Kellogg has issued a challenge to the freshman class.

    HOCKEY

  • Hockey East has unveiled an Online Fan Vote for team and league All-Decade Teams. Fans can vote now through March 9. UMass will announce its All-Decade Team on Feb. 20 against Merrimack.

  • Brett Watson is one of 18 nominees for the Hockey Humanitarian Award. The finalists will be announced later this month. Watson and defenseman Martin Nolet are both nominees for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award as well. The finalists for that award should be announced tomorrow.

  • USCHO.com has released its second installment of its Bracketology where they look at the top teams in the PairWise rankings to determine the NCAA Tournament. See where they think the Minutemen have a chance to go.

  • Tickets are going fast for tomorrow night's game against Boston College. #15 UMass and the #14 Eagles are both tied for second in the league. Tickets are still available but be sure to get yours today!

    FOOTBALL

  • The passing of former football coach and broadcaster Bob Pickett is covered by several media outlets including The Springfield Republican, The Daily Hampshire Gazette, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, and ESPN Boston.

  • Yesterday was signing day for NCAA fall sports and the UMass football team picked up some great commitments with 11 signees. The Springfield Republican, The Daily Hampshire Gazette, and The Boston Herald.

    WOMEN'S LACROSSE

  • The 2010 Women's Lacrosse season officially gets underway this Saturday as the Minutewomen look for a return trip to the NCAA Tournament. Up first, however, will be a major challenge as UMass faces five-time defending NCAA Champion Northwestern in San Diego. The Daily Collegian has its preview as well as a roster breakdown.

  • InsideLacrosse.com has a conference break-down feature and lists UMass as one of its favorites to win the Atlantic 10. Junior Jackie Lyons is listed as its top "Player To Watch".

  • Speaking of Jackie Lyons, she has had a busy start to the season already after helping the U.S. Developmental Team to a pair of wins at the U.S. Lacrosse Champion Challenge last weekend as the Disney Wide World of Sports in Florida. On Saturday, she scored a goal and added an assist in a 17-8 win over Florida. On Sunday, the team defeated Duke, 9-5.

  • From the San Diego Tribune: The Surfside Lacrosse Cup, a weekend of competition and clinics, will be held Saturday and Sunday at Rancho Bernardo High. Highlighting the event will be a women's match between collegiate powers Northwestern and UMass at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 (discounts for children). The Sunday schedule features a club tournament and clinics for high school players, youth players and coaches. Information at womenslax.com or e-mail Rancho Bernardo girls lacrosse coach Laura Fortney at lfortney11@gmail.com.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Sign up for the Bus Trip To Rhode Island on Saturday to see hoops take on the Rams. For just $20 you get a ride and a ticket - doesn't get much better than that!

  • Don't Miss This: Probably the most talked about game in the state will happen in the Mullins Center tomorrow night as the No. 15 Mass Attack hosts No. 14 Boston College. A state rivalry, nationally ranked teams tied for 2nd in the league, and televised live on NESN - it doesn't get much better than that! Help sell-out the Mullins Center tomorrow night as the Minutemen continue their quest for home ice in the Hockey East playoffs.

      

    Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010

    Big day at UMass! It all gets underway with NLI Signing Day. Football coach Kevin Morris will chat with fans at 10:30 a.m. At 12:15, the Sports Luncheon takes place in the Campus Center. At 7 p.m., come see UMass in its throwback uniforms as the Minutemen host Xavier in the Leaman Legacy Game.

    No student-athlete birthdays today.

    MEN'S BASKETBALL

  • The basketball team will take on Xavier without one of its starters as David Gibbs suffered a broken left foot on Monday. Preview on the game come from the: Springfield Republican, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Daily Collegian, Cincinnati Enquirer.

  • Freshman forward Javorn Farrell has earned a new nickname not only from his teammates on the Massachusetts men's basketball team, but from UMass coach Derek Kellogg: J.Y.D. - the Junkyard Dog. The Daily Collegian has the story.

    HOCKEY

  • On Masslive.com, Scott Coen has his blog column with a preview of UMass hockey's huge game vs. BC this Friday night.

    FOOTBALL

  • The Buffalo Bills Bleacher Report says the squad may tab Vladimir Ducasse in the second round of the NFL Draft.

    WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

  • The women's basketball loss last night to St. Bonaventure is covered in the: Daily Collegian, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Boston Globe.

    BASEBALL

  • UMass alum Matt Torra was among 17 non-roster invitees of the Arizona Diamondbacks announced earlier this week. Pitchers and catchers will report to Tucson on Feb. 19, with the first workout on Feb. 20.

    WOMEN'S LACROSSE

  • From the San Diego Tribune: The Surfside Lacrosse Cup, a weekend of competition and clinics, will be held Saturday and Sunday at Rancho Bernardo High. Highlighting the event will be a women's match between collegiate powers Northwestern and UMass at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 (discounts for children). The Sunday schedule features a club tournament and clinics for high school players, youth players and coaches. Information at womenslax.com or e-mail Rancho Bernardo girls lacrosse coach Laura Fortney at lfortney11@gmail.com.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: The Auctions Page has nine auctions that come to an end tonight. Place your bid now!

  • Don't Miss This: Again, here's the UMass schedule: 10:30 a.m. - Chat Live with Kevin Morris to learn all our the new Minutemen football players; 12:15 p.m. - UMass Sports Luncheon at the Campus Center featuring speakers Derek Kellogg, Toot Cahoon and Marnie Dacko; 7 p.m. - Leaman Legacy Game tonight at the Mullins Center vs. three-time defending A-10 regular-season champion Xavier.

      

    Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010

    Its Groundhog's Day! Hopefully winter is coming to an end ... we shall see. Happy Birthday to today's student-athletes: Sam Laorenza (track & field), Makaela Potts (field hockey) and Chelsea Wakeham (rowing). Join us for the Bud Light UMass Hockey Show tonight at 7 p.m. Also, the women's hoop team hosts St. Bonaventure tonight at 7 p.m. Just Take A Minute also has stories on alums Scott Crowder and Jeff Zywicki.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY - FEB. 2: Sam Laorenza (track & field),
    Makaela Potts (field hockey - pictured),
    Chelsea Wakeham (rowing)


    ATHLETICS

  • In the Springfield Republican, Ron Chimelis has a praise piece on UMass Athletic Director John McCutcheon. It mentions many of the positives that have occurred under McCutcheon's watch over the last six years here in Amherst.

    FOOTBALL

  • In this version of the Bleacher Report, this mock draft has the Kansas City Chiefs selecting Vladimir Ducasse in the second round with the 50th overall pick.

  • The National Football Post has some nice comments about Vladimir Ducasse. Included in the story is this snipet: "One guy who continues to intrigue is Massachusetts offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse. Ducasse exhibits good range off the edge for his size with the flexibility and base strength to sit into his stance and anchor. He consistently generates good power on contact and can really deliver a nasty punch at the point."

    MEN'S BASKETBALL

  • The Press of Atlantic City has its weekly Atlantic 10 hoop notebook. On UMass, the story has his nugget: On Jan. 27, Massachusetts coach Derek Kellogg took the Minutemen to the Philadelphia Museum of Art before their game against Saint Joseph's. UMass ran up the stairs, emulating the famous scene from "Rocky". The Minutemen won their first road game that night, 87-80.

  • The Dayton Daily News also mentions UMass' trip to the Rocky statue in its weekly A-10 round-up.

  • Also, the musketeers-pummel-rams-saunders-helps-dukes-in-win/">Daily Collegian has its weekly A-10 notebook.

  • In his Daily Word, ESPN.com's Andy Katz focuses on the team that just beat UMass on Saturday, the Charlotte 49ers.

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    Scott Crowder is having success off the ice since graduating from UMass.


    HOCKEY

  • In the USCHO.com Poll, UMass sticks at No. 15. In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll, UMass fell from 14 to 15. In the most important Pairwise Rankings, UMass is tied for 7th.

  • Mass Attack forward James Marcou is among the finalists for the Walter Brown Award for the third year in a row, USCHO.com has the story. The award is presented to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. Casey Wellman is also on the list.

  • The Nashua Telegraph has a nice feature on former hockey player Scott Crowder. The 24-year-old is putting his sports management and marketing degrees to good use. Rather than wait for somebody else to hire him, he decided to create his own job. Read about it.

  • The Daily Collegian has a Hockey East notebook.

  • Checking in on the Beanpot at the TD Garden. Hockey East foes BU and BC will meet in the finals after dispatching Northeastern and Harvard. Coverage comes from NHL.com, the Boston Herald, the Boston Globe, and a column from the Globe's Dan Shaughnessy.

    WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

  • The Daily Collegian has a preview of tonight's women's basketball game vs. St. Bonaventure.

  • The Buffalo News mentions tonight's UMass-St. Bonnies game.

  • Also in the Daily Collegian is a feature on UMass' improved field goal percentage.

  • From Tennessee, Bristol Herald has an update on local star Dee Montgomery, who is a freshman at UMass. The former Tennessee High star is averaging 2.9 points per game.

    MEN'S LACROSSE

  • The Nike Inside Lacrosse/Media Poll was released on Monday and UMass is No. 17. As part of the Inside Lacrosse analysis is this bit on UMass: A lot of question marks with most of their scoring gone. A rough start could see the Garber Gorillas plummet off the rankings, but Greg Cannella usually gets things together.

  • UMass is also No. 17 in the USILA Preseason Coaches Poll.

  • UMass alum Jeff Zywicki continues to lead the National Lacrosse League in scoring after he had nine points (three goals and six assists) in the Washington Stealth's 12-11 win over Colorado this weekend. On the scoring charts he leads with 35 points on 13 goals and 22 assists.

    WOMEN'S LACROSSE

  • UMass opens its 2010 season against the preseason No. 1 team in the nation and defending national champion: Northwestern. Check out the Inside Lacrosse Preseason Media Poll.

    SWIMMING & DIVING

  • The Minutemen and Minutewomen gave impressive performances against Fordham this past Saturday, led by Jason Cook and a handful of seniors. Check out the Daily Collegian's review.

    TRACK & FIELD

  • In their biggest meet of the season thus far, the Massachusetts men's track and field team finished fourth overall out of 18 teams in Boston over the weekend. The Minutemen were led by junior Sean Busch, who took first place in the pole vault, while setting a UMass record in the process. Busch reached a height of 15 feet, five inches, good for second-all time in school history, ensuring himself a trip to the New England championship in the pole vault event. The Daily Collegian has the recap.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Visit the UMass Basketball Archive Page. It now includes all-time results from every season in history.

  • Don't Miss This: At 7 p.m. tonight, take your pick: Bud Light UMass Hockey Show at the Hangar Pub & Grille or a women's basketball game at the Mullins Center.

      

    Monday, Feb. 1, 2010

    Welcome in February! Today's Just Take A Minute has a look back at the busy weekend for the UMass teams. Vladimir Ducasse held his own in the Senior Bowl on Saturday. Also in JTAM is a story from the Worcester Telegram where Marcus Camby gives his thoughts on Derek Kellogg, including: "I told him whatever he needs me to do." Also find out Kobe Bryant's thoughts on UMass' Tony Gaffney

    FOOTBALL

  • ESPN also a Video on Vladimir Ducasse's thoughts about playing in the NFL.

  • Sports Illustrated mentions Ducasse in its wrap-up on the Senior Bowl: • After an up and down week Vladimir Ducasse of Massachusetts had a solid game. The small school prospect did a terrific job protecting the quarterback from his left tackle position.

  • The Bleacher Report has a St. Louis Rams mock draft with Ducasse possibily in the third round.

  • The Press-Register grades every player who saw action in the Senior Bowl including Ducasse.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY - FEB. 1: Ryan Gorman (Women's Lacrosse),
    Patrick McAllister (Track & Field)


    MEN'S BASKETBALL

  • Here are stories on UMass' loss to Charlotte on Saturday: Boston Globe, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Charlotte Observer, The Examiner, Daily Collegian.

  • The Daily Collegian also has a sidebar on UMass' tough shooting game.

  • Also on Massiive.com, Scott Coen leads his column with the UMass-Charlotte game.

  • Here is a story on UMass hoops' next foe Xavier, from the Cincinnati Enquirer. For the second straight game Xavier enjoyed a blowout victory. They pasted Fordham, 108-60.

  • The Cincinnati Enquirer also has a weekend A-10 round-up.

  • From the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Bill Doyle named UMass' Marcus Camby as the MVP of the "All Unnoticed Team" this season. Also in the story are some key quotes from Camby about UMass head coach Derek Kellogg, Camby's former teammate with the Minutemen. "I told him whatever he needs me to do," said Camby, winner of several NBA community services award, "just give me a call. I'll be right there to do my best to help him out." Kellogg hasn't called for help yet, just to chat.

    "I think Derek," Camby said, "is going to get a player or two in there to help them get over that hump, but everyone's expecting to be back in the days when I was there and we were constantly going to the tournament and the Final Four. It's going to take some time."

  • More in UMass connections from the 1990s. The Berkshire Eagle has a great column by Howard Herman on former Minuteman coach Bruiser Flint, who has stayed in close touch with Derek Kellogg.

  • One more note from the 1990s era, two 1996 Final Four members Dana Dingle and Carmelo Travieso were in attendance at the UMass-Charlotte game on Saturday at the Mullins Center.

  • A note from the Boston Herald on Tony Gaffney, who was at the Lakers-Celtics game at the TD Garden on Sunday. Gaffney was the last player cut from the Lakers this preseason and he managed to make an impression on Bryant during training camp. Gaffney, a Berkley, Mass., native and former UMass star, went to Israel to play professionally after being cut, but is home rehabbing a broken foot. Kobe Bryant said he hadn't been in touch with Gaffney, but he was happy to hear from teammate Luke Walton that Gaffney planned to attend the game.

    "I liked Tony," Bryant said. "Tony's a good dude."

    HOCKEY

  • In the Springfield Republican, Dick Baker has a great feature on freshmen defenseman Darren Rowe.

  • Take a look back at Saturday's 4-1 win at Providence: Springfield Republican, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Boston Globe, WWLP, and the Providence Journal.

  • On Sunday, Jonathan Quick helped his L.A. Kings to their first-ever 5-0 east coast road swing with a 3-2 win at the New Jersey Devils on Sunday. The UMass product made 26 saves.

  • In his return to Massachusetts, Jon Quick and the L.A. Kings topped the Boston Bruins, 3-2, in a shootout on Saturday. The Boston Globe, L.A. Times, and Springfield Republican have the story.

  • The Boston Globe has its weekly notebook with a bit on a former UMass star goalie. - Former UMass star and Connecticut native Jonathan Quick has a career-best five straight wins. "I had my family in town for the game,'' said Quick, who will join Thomas in Vancouver for the Olympics. "It makes it a little more special when you get to play in front of people you know.''

    WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

  • Recaps from Saturday's 10-point win at Rhode Island come from the Daily Collegian, Daily Hampshire Gazette, The Examiner and Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

    BASEBALL

    Doug Clark on adjusting to Korean baseball

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  • In the Springfield Republican, there is a great feature on UMass alum Doug Clark, who is continuing his baseball career in Korea.

    LACROSSE

  • Inside Lacrosse has a look at UMass' lacrosse scrimmage against St. John's on Saturday. "I thought we hustled and competed," UMass coach Greg Cannella said. "Both teams are pretty young, but I thought both teams played fairly well, a little sloppy."

    GYMNASTICS

  • UMass alum Brett Nelligan is featured in a story in the Diamondback, the student newspaper at Maryland, where he coaches the women's gymnastics team. Bob Nelligan, the team's coach for 31 years, retired at the end of last season. His son, Brett Nelligan, took over May 1. The younger Nelligan is now at the helm of the program after six seasons as an assistant coach.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Sign up for the weekly Maroon & White e-newsletter for all the latest news on UMass Athletics.

  • Don't Miss This: Weekly league honors will be handed out on Monday. Check out the latest hockey polls on Monday. See if UMass moves up after splitting with Vermont this weekend. Derek Kellogg also has his weekly A-10 teleconference at 11 a.m., check back for the transcript.



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