Just Take A Minute: Feb. 2-6, 2009
Just Take A Minute: Feb. 2-6, 2009

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   Friday, Feb. 6

  • BUY TICKETS: Hockey Vs. Lowell (Sat.) | MBB Vs. Saint Joe's (Sun.)

    Big weekend on tap at UMass. The No. 24 softball team opens with two games down in Florida. The Minutewomen take on Maryland at 4 p.m. and then Florida Atlantic at 6 p.m. Tonight, the hockey team travels to Boston College for a 7 p.m. face-off. On Saturday, the Mass Attack hosts UMass Lowell at 7 p.m. The final big event and its biggest for UMass, is the men's basketball game against Saint Joseph's on Sunday at 3 p.m. Close to 30 former players will be on hand for 1990s Celebration.

  • The Gazette has a preview of this weekend's hockey action at BC and home vs. Lowell.

  • In Friday's Republican, Ron Chimelis has a story on Chris Lowe reaching his 1,000th point, as he writes about Lowe's knowledge of UMass hoops history.

  • The Daily Collegian has a preview of the men's hoop game against St. Joe's and Ahmad Nivins on Sunday.

  • From the D-League, Gary Forbes will be taking part in the league's 3-Point Shootout as part of All-Star Weekend. The NBA Development League Dream Factory Friday night, an innovative skills competition modeled after the popular NBA All-Star Saturday Night, returns for the second straight year to Center Court at NBA Jam Session presented by adidas on Friday, Feb. 13, at 7:15 p.m. MT. in Phoenix.

  • Matt Vautour has this list of his Top 16 games at the Mullins Center in honor of the 16th Anniversary of the first game on Feb. 4.

  • The Bleacher Report has a story on Dayton and the Flyers' successful season It mentions their two losses in a 21-2 season to Creighton and UMass.

  • Former UMass All-American goalie Jon Quick was sensational on Thursday night with 41 saves as the Kings beat the Capitals, 5-4. Quick made 41 saves including facing 22 shots in the third period alone.

  • The Daily Collegian previews the women's basketball game at Dayton on Saturday afternoon. For three players from the midwest its a semi-homecoming.

  • The Daily Collegian has a story on men's lacrosse's final tune-up on Saturday against Army at Garber Field at 1 p.m.

  • UMass Hall of Fame pitcher Paul "Lefty" Wennick is featured in the Salem News as he is working to help the Salem schools with his role in producing and directing the CD "I Wonder."

  • NLI football signee Christian Birt was selected to play in the 56th annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl as part of the New Hampshire team. The summer classic will be played August 1 in Windsor, Vermont.

  • The tennis team takes on Fordham on Sunday in Amherst and the Daly Collegian has a preview.

  • The diving squad is prepping for its final event prior to the A-10 Tournament in the Army Diving Invitational on Saturday.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Sign up for the Maroon & White e-newsletter. All you latest news can be emailed to you weekly.

  • Don't miss this:The big game over the weekend is the men's basketball game against St. Joe's on Sunday at 3 p.m. Buy tickets to the game.

       Thursday, Feb. 5

  • Ask Coach Kellogg, Dacko A Question | Listen Live
  • BUY TICKETS: Hockey Vs. Lowell (Sat.) | MBB Vs. Saint Joe's (Sun.)
    Very solid win for the men's basketball team last night to pull even with Richmond in the A-10 standings. Thursday marks the Bud Light UMass Basketball Show, so be sure to listen in at 7 p.m. Check out this JTAM for a wide variety of stories, including basketball recaps, news about football signing day, and more!

  • The following publications ran recaps of men's basketball's win against Richmond: Springfield Republican, Worcester T&G , Boston Herald, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Staunton News Leader, and Associated Press.

  • The Republican's Ron Chimelis spoke to all-time men's basketball great (from the 1990s) Jim McCoy. Click here to read the story.

  • Locksmith Sports Picks puts Xavier at No. 10 in its power rankings and references the Musketeers' scare against the Minutemen from Saturday.

  • Jeff Thomas of the Republican has a piece on football's signing day. It stresses the signing of community college transfer quarterback Kyle Havens, who is a three-star recruit. The Worcester Telegram & Gazette also has a story on Worcester area players who signed on with the Minutemen football program. John Connolly of the Boston Herald covers the local area signings, including UMass.

  • Christian Birt's hometown newspaper, the Laconia Citizen, has coverage on his signing as does the Press & Sun Bulletin (N.Y.) about Jamar Smith.

  • The softball team is set to begin its season Friday against Maryland. Check out this season preview from the Daily Collegian.

  • UMass men's soccer alum Ptah Myers is mentioned in game notes for the Philadelphia Kixx' National Indoor Soccer League. It reads: "Myers is well on his way to becoming Philadelphia's Ironman. The Columbus, OH native appeared in his 102nd consecutive regular-season game in Baltimore on January 31 and has now appeared in 108 consecutive contests including playoffs." To read more, click here.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Did you get a chance to see the great interview with voice of the Minutemen Josh Maurer and head football coach Kevin Morris? The topic was all about signing day. It's a must-see, so be sure to watch it through UMass All-Access by clicking here.

  • Don't miss this: Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Hangar is the Bud Light UMass Basketball Show. Be there for another great show, or listen in! Don't forgot to submit your questions for Coach Kellogg and Dacko and they could be answered tonight!

       Wednesday, Feb. 4

  • BUY TICKETS: MBB Vs. Richmond (Wed.) | Hockey Vs. Lowell (Sat.)

    Today is National Signing Day. Look for the announcement of Kevin Morris' first class as head football coach.

    Happy Anniversary Mullins Center! It's a basketball Wednesday as the Minutemen return home to host the Richmond Spiders at 7 p.m. exactly 16 years to the day after the Mullins Center hosted its first basketball game (the Minutemen beat West Virginia in OT in case you were wondering). The weekly UMass Sports Luncheon is also set for noon, so be sure to make a day of it in Amherst! The women's basketball team was in action last night, topping rival URI, 70-53 for a very impressive road victory. Check out JTAM for a preview of tonight's game along with updates from Mass Attack alums playing professionally, and much more!

  • Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican previews the men's basketball game against Richmond. Matt Vautour from the Gazette also has this preview. The Daily Collegian also has a preview of the game. Finally from Richmond, here is a preview from the Spiders perspective.

  • Also in the Collegian, Scott Feldman writes about how the men's hoop team is buying into coach Derek Kellogg's system.

  • The Gazette has a recap of the women's basketball win at Rhode Island, 70-53. From Rhode Island, the URI student paper - The Good 5 Cent Cigar as this rrick.Says.Game.Was.Huge.Disappointment-3611804.shtml">recap.

  • The Collegian has an Atlantic 10 round-up from women's basketball.

  • The softball team is set to get under way this weekend and the Republican has a short preview, focusing on senior pitcher Brandice Balschmiter.

  • The Hoops Report had a recap of last weekend's college basketball games, including UMass' near upset of #10 Xavier on Saturday.

  • P.J. Fenton has been sensational for the Phoenix RoadRunners of the ECHL in his bid to return to the AHL's Worcester Sharks. In nine games thus far (not counting Tuesday night's game vs. Ontario), he has nine points (8g, 1a). All those nine points came in a span of seven games, including two 2-goal games.

  • Fellow alum, Chris Capraro, has also been on fire for the Charlotte Checkers. In six games this season, he has seven points (3g, 4a). His breakout game was on Jan. 23 when he had two goals and two assists in a win at Mississippi. Defenseman David Leaderer is also up to six goals and 16 assists in 42 games for the Trenton Devils.

  • Updating other Mass Attack alums in the AHL: Matt Anderson (Chicago Wolves) (36 gms: 4g, 10a), Mike Kostka (Portland Pirates) (47 gms: 3g, 8a), Mark Matheson (Milwaukee Admirals) (47 gms: 9g, 14a), Greg Mauldin (Binghamton Senators) (44 gms: 2g, 13a), Stephen Werner (Milwaukee Admirals) (35 gms: 7g, 8a).

  • Gary Forbes has continued his solid play, now with the Tulsa 66ers. Despite a 102-88 loss to Austin last Saturday, he did net 16 points. In five games with Tulsa, he has averaged 13.6 points/game and 5.6 rebounds/game, but combined with his time with Sioux Falls, he is averaging 16.0 points/game and 4.9 rebounds/game. For more info on Forbes, check out his bio.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: The Mullins Center is the place to be tonight! But if you can't make it, be sure to follow it with live audio, video, and Gametracker. Just click here!

  • Don't miss this: Look for the football signing class be announced in the late afternoon. Tonight's game vs. Richmond is a can't miss. As is the Weekly Sports Luncheon while will be held at 12 noon at the Amherst Room (1009 Campus Center). Guest speakers include men's basketball coach Derek Kellogg, women's tennis coach Judy Dixon, and men's lacrosse coach Greg Cannella.

       Tuesday, Feb. 3
  • Listen To The Hockey Show | Ask Coach Cahoon
    A major winter storm averted, just some small accumulations as Tuesday begins. Be sure to join us at the Bud Light UMass Hockey Show tonight at 7 p.m. from the Hangar Pub & Grill. Just Take A Minute has stories on various teams including basketball, hockey, soccer's Zack Simmons and a men's lacrosse feature on the return of Jimmy Connolly. The women's basketball team takes on Rhode Island tonight at 7 p.m. We are also a day away from the men's basketball team hosting Richmond at 7 p.m. at the Mullins Center, on the 16th Anniversary of the building's opening.

  • In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has his weekly look at the Atlantic 10 and how UMass may be the scariest team for opponents to face.

  • UMass basketball signee Javorn Farrell has been on fire and Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican has this feature on the Maryland native.

  • Masslive.com's Minute Blog has the listing of 1990s players who will be at Sunday's celebration for the Saint Joseph's game.

  • In the newest men's basketball polls, three UMass opponents are ranked: Xavier (9th in AP, 9th in ESPN/USA Today Coaches), Memphis (14th, 15th) and Kansas (21st, 24th). The team first in both polls in receiving votes is Dayton, who UMass beat back on Jan. 10.

  • Remember when UMass lost to the Green Bay Phoenix back in November? Well that team pulled off a 75-66 upset win over No. 11 Butler last night to improve to 18-6 overall.

  • Also, UMass hoop victim Kansas is now 7-0 in the Big 12 after dumping Baylor 75-65 in Waco.

  • The new Lacrosse Magazine online has a feature story on UMass' Jimmy Connolly and his return to action after missing last season. Connolly is pictured on the front cover of the site.

  • The Daily Collegian has a preview of the women's basketball game at Rhode Island tonight.

  • The Portsmouth Herald News in New Hampshire has a feature story on native son Zack Simmons and his signing with the New England Revolution.

  • The New England Revolution training camp update features news on the team's signing of UMass goalkeeper Zack Simmons.

  • The Daily Collegian has news on the UMass skiing teams and their finish in their host event at Pat's Peak in New Hampshire.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out:: The Watch & Listen On-Line webpage is updated for this week with tons of links to UMass' many events as the softball team begins its season late in the week.

  • Don't miss this: If you can't make it to Kingston, Rhode Island for tonight's UMass-URI women's basketball game, you can watch it here on UMassAthletics.com via UMass All-Access.

       Monday, Feb. 2

    Happy Groundhog's Day! Two tough losses for UMass, both on ESPNU this weekend. The men's basketball narrowly upsetting No. 10 Xavier on Saturday, 82-80 and then the hockey team suffering a crushing last-second loss at Maine on Sunday, 2-1. The hockey team did pick up the biggest win of the weekend as they Mass Attack knocked off No. 3 Northeastern on Friday night at the Mullins Center, 6-4, before a rousing crowd. JTAM has stories on all of these games as well news on the other UMass teams in action this weekend. Congrats to UMass alum and diehard Steelers fan Jason Germain after his Steel City boys pulled off the comeback to win the Super Bowl.

  • Coverage of the hockey team's loss at Maine on Sunday: Boston Globe, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Daily Collegian, Springfield Republican, WWLP, Boston Herald, Maine Morning Sentinel, and the Maine Campus.

  • Check out these stories on UMass hoops near upset of No. 10 Xavier: Springfield Republican, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Boston Globe, Daily Collegian, Boston Herald, Cincinnati Enquirer, Associated Press, Bleacher Report, Sports Network,

  • Here is the weekly Atlantic 10 Notebook.

  • From Friday, here are the stories on the UMass hockey upset of No. 3 Northeastern: Springfield Republican, Daily Hampshire Gazette

  • The women's basketball 70-67 loss to Saint Louis at the Mullins Center is covered in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Daily Collegian and Boston Globe.

  • The Collegian also has coverage of the swimming and diving teams as the men beat Fordham and the women lost to the Rams.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out:: With students back on campus, check out the Maroon Platoon the student support group of UMass Athletics.

  • Don't miss this: Derek Kellogg will have his weekly Atlantic 10 Teleconference on Monday morning. Look for the announcement of the UMass Athlete of the Week and other conference honors during the day.

  • Look Back To The Week Of: Jan. 26-30 | Jan. 19-23 | Jan. 12-16 | Jan. 5-9 | Dec. 29, 2008-Jan. 2, 2009 | Dec. 22-26 | Dec. 15-19 | Dec. 8-12 | Dec. 1-5 | Nov. 24-28 | Nov. 17-21 | Nov. 10-14 | Nov. 3-7 | Oct. 27-31 | Oct. 20-24, 2008 | Oct. 13-17, 2008 | Oct. 6-10, 2008 | Sept. 29-Oct. 3, 2008 | Sept. 22-26, 2008 | Sept. 15-19, 2008 | Sept. 8-12, 2008 | Sept. 1-5, 2008 | Aug. 25-29, 2008 | Aug. 18-22, 2008