Just Take A Minute: Feb. 8-12, 2010
Just Take A Minute: Feb. 8-12, 2010


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Friday, Feb. 12, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY on Feb. 12: Sam McDonough (Baseball),
Ben Hart (Baseball),
Dee Montgomery (WBB),
Pat Kuehne (Men's Swimming)

What a great come-from-behind effort for the Men's Basketball team last night at Duquesne! A great way to get the weekend started. Today's JTAM has recaps from the game plus previews for tonight's hockey game against Northeastern, a weekend slate of home hoops, and much more. Don't forget to where your white tonight at the Mullins Center for Bright Out Night - The first 3,000 students will receive a free t-shirt so get there early!


  • Here are recaps from last night's dramatic 84-80 overtime win at Duquesne after UMass trailed by as much as 16 points in the second half: Springfield Republican, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Daily Collegian, Examiner.com, BleacherReport.com, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

  • Looking for something romantic for Valentine's Day this Sunday? Nothing says "I-Love-You, You're-The-Most-Special-Person-In-The-World-To-Me" than tickets for Sunday's game against Saint Joseph's at the Mullins Center (4 PM). You can buy tickets here


  • The women's basketball team will host Dayton on Saturday afternoon at the Mullins Center with a 2 PM tip-off. You can get tickets here. The game will be televised by CBS College Sports.


  • Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican checks in with a preview of this weekend's game and UMass having a new goalie in cage for the first time in four years.

  • The Daily Hampshire Gazette previews the weekend with a specific look at some of the new starters including in goal.

  • The Daily Collegian has a video interview with head coach Greg Cannella.


  • The Daily Hampshire Gazette looks at UMass' pitching rotation and who will take over after the graduation of Brandice Balschmiter.

  • The Daily Egyptian, the student news paper of Southern Illinois, previews the Salukis who will be one of the teams UMass faces in Miami this weekend.

  • The softball season gets underway and Friday and the Daily Collegian has a look at the young team.


  • The Springfield Republican and Daily Hampshire Gazette both have pieces on the passing of football great Garry Pearson.


  • It's a critical hockey weekend with a home-and-home series against Northeastern starting tonight at the Mullins Center (7 PM). Matt Vautour has a preview for the Daily Hampshire Gazette as does Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican. The Daily Collegian also has a feature of this weekend's action.

  • USCHO.com has its weekly Hockey East notebook up which includes a look at Northeastern and the recent success they have had as well as a look at how the Hockey East Play-Off race is shaping up.

  • USCHO.com also has its new Bracketology weekly feature up. See what they think the Minutemen's post-season fate could be.

  • James Marcou fell from the top spot on InsideHockey.com's Hobey Watch from No. 1 to No. 3 - still not too shabby. A good weekend could put him back on top and give him another UMass program record as he needs just one assist to break the single-season mark.

  • Don't forget there are still three award's that fans can vote on: Hobey Baker (Marcou, Braun) | Lowe's Senior Class Award (Nolet) | UMass & Hockey East All-Decade Teams

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Looking for some great St. Patrick's Day Gear? Check out the UMassAthletics.com Online Store.

  • Don't Miss This: It's a big weekend at the Mullins Center! Show the love and come support the hockey team tonight (7 PM), the women's basketball team on Saturday (2 PM), and the men's basketball team on Sunday (4 PM). Added bonus - both basketball games will be televised and the hockey game is Bright Out Night!


    Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY on Feb. 11: Ke'Mon Bailey (Football),
    Bryan Leigh (Baseball)

    The Minutemen hoop team made it safely to Pittsburgh for tonight's basketball game at Duquesne. Watch on Comcast SportsNet New England starting at 7 p.m. The women suffered a tough loss at Temple and were stranded in Philly overnight as many highways were closed in the mid-Atlantic Region. Listen to the first UMass Lacrosse Radio Show today at 5 p.m., on WMUA.


  • UMass Athletic Director John McCutcheon has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Athletic Director position at San Diego State. Coverage comes from the Springfield Republican, Daily Hampshire Gazette and the San Diego Union-Tribune.

  • Former Mullins Center Director of Marketing Scott Sasenbury has been named the Facilities Operations Manager for the athletic department at RPI. Here is the release from the RPI Website.


  • Here are previews of the UMass-Duquesne hoop game: Springfield Republican, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Daily Collegian, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

  • Also the Examiner has an inside look at Duquesne's Melquan Bolding and his view of UMass.

  • The Daily Collegian has a feature on how Javorn Farrell, Freddie Riley and Gary Correia have filled the void of the injured David Gibbs.

  • The Dayton Daily News has a mid-season Atlantic 10 honor roll.

  • SI.com has a nice feature on Xavier's Jordan Crawford, who showed UMass fans his prowess last week.


  • The Daily Hampshire Gazette, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer and Temple News have recaps from UMass' hoop loss at Temple on a snowy day in Philly. Despite making seven-of-11 3-point attempts, the University of Massachusetts women's basketball team lost 66-54 to Temple in Philadelphia. Diatiema Hill led the Minutewomen (9-15, 3-6 Atlantic 10) with 18 points, five assists, four rebounds, and three steals.


  • The Daily Collegian has a preview of the men's lacrosse team and how the squad is very young heading into 2010.

  • The Daily Collegian also has a story on UMass being a part of a new league, the CAA.

  • Lax Power.com has a preview of Friday's UMass at Sacred Heart meeting. Its the earliest game in the history of the men's lacrosse program.

  • Lacrosse Magazine has a preview of Friday's UMass at SHU game with mentions of some Pioneers who will miss the game.

  • Also in lacrosse, UMass has been picked as the preseason favorite among New England teams. Lax Power also has that story.


  • The Daily Collegian chronicles the squad as it seeks its 23rd A-10 title.

  • The softball season gets underway and Friday and the Daily Collegian has a look at the young team.

  • The Daily Collegian has a column on how fans should come out and support the UMass softball.


  • Check out this feature story on UMass football signee Dom Wooten from his hometown newspaper, the Norwell Mariner.


  • Some UMass alums in the AHL may be playing in new cities next season as the affiliation shuffle for the NHL's top minor league has begun. Stories from the Worcester Telegram and Springfield Republican. Albany is off to Charlotte, and Oklahoma City is in as a transfer of the mothballed Edmonton franchise. It is possible that Albany will get a team -- there are several franchises in New England near the bottom of the attendance standings. One candidate would be Lowell, which will have to negotiate a new lease with UMass-Lowell, which purchased Tsongas Arena. Springfield has lost the Oilers affiliation.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Looking for some great St. Patrick's Day Gear? Check out the UMassAthletics.com Online Store.

  • Don't Miss This: Hoop action at the Palumbo Center as UMass takes on Duquesne in Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. Listen on the UMass Sports Network or watch on CBS College Sports Regional's TV broadcasts.


    Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY - FEB. 10: Justin Braun (Hockey),
    Christine Della Vecchia (Softball).

    The snow is falling and New England is finally getting its share of this winter wonderland. The campus is closed today due to the weather so the UMass Sports Luncheon has been cancelled. The women's hoop team left on Tuesday for Philly and takes on Temple at 7 p.m. While the men's team will attempt to fly to Pittsburgh tonight for Thursday's game at Duquesne.


  • Former UMass star receiver Brandon London has signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. London was an undrafted rookie when he signed with the New York Giants in 2007. He appeared in 14 games with the Miami Dolphins in 2008 but was released before the 2009 season.

  • In the Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami Dolphins beat writer David Hyde lists Vladimir Ducasse as a player the Phins might target. He writes, "Ducasse has reportedly received a good deal of attention from Miami scouts during his senior season at UMass."


    Jon Quick's Team USA Goalie Mask.

  • At Friday's hockey game vs. Northeastern, the U.S. Census will have a presence as the Mass Attack take on the Huskies. With the 2010 U.S. Census close by, the largest civic awareness campaign in U.S. history is making stops in Western Massachusetts.

  • Check out the new goalie mask of former UMass All-American Jonathan Quick as he preps for the 2010 Olympics.

  • The Meredith News has another story on UMass alum Scott Crowder and the first annual New England Pond Hockey Classic. Around 77 teams from across New England and the country gathered in front of the Inn at Bay Point Friday through Sunday for the first in what is proposed to be a series of annual tournaments.


  • The Gainesville Sun has an update on Ocala, Florida native Freddie Riley and the start to his college career at UMass in 2009-10.

  • The Daily Hampshire Gazette's Matt Vautour has his college hoops column focusing on the A-10. He writes about how both ESPN's Bracketology and CBSSports.com's Projecting the Field have picked six Atlantic 10 teams earning bids to the NCAA Tournament.


  • Checking in on some UMass alums in the National Lacrosse League. Washington Stealth forward Jeff Zywicki leads the NLL in points with 43 on 17 goals and 26 assists in just SIX games, that's seven points per game. He is also tied for the league lead in goals with those 17. The Stealth are undefeated with a 6-0 record after a 12-9 win over the Minnesota Swarm last weekend. "Z" had four goals and four assists in the win.

  • With the Boston Blazers, Jack Reid has played in four games and had his first assist of the season last Saturday along with seven groundballs on the year. Also on the Blazers is Boston native Sean Morris has two assists in two games.


  • Former UMass women's lacrosse star Kaitlin McCormick has been named an assistant coach at Siena College.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Looking for some great St. Patrick's Day Gear? Check out the UMassAthletics.com Online Store.

  • Don't Miss This: The UMass Sports Luncheon is cancelled due to the bad weather. But, at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Athlete of the Week Jasmine Watson will be back in action with the Minutewomen at Temple..


    Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010

    Welcome back to Just Take A Minute on Tuesday. We invite you to join us for the Bud Light UMass Hockey Show at 7 p.m., tonight at the Hangar Pub & Grille in Amherst. JTAM has lots of UMass news from various teams as the spring season for softball and men's lacrosse gets underway this Friday.

    No student-athlete birthdays on Feb. 9


  • On USCHO.com Elliot Olshansky has some tidbits on the Mass Attack. UMass has one of the most dynamic one-two punches in the nation in the tandem of junior James Marcou and sophomore Casey Wellman. Marcou, with his nine goals and 32 assists in 27 games, is No. 3 in the nation in scoring average at 1.52 points per game, while Wellman is 11th, his 19 goals and 16 assists averaging out to approximately 1.30 points per game.

  • Former NHL scout Kyle Woodlief mentions Casey Wellman in his "Red Line" report in USA Today. Woodlief gives this scouting report on Wellman: "Casey has an NHL-caliber snap shot and slap shot with very good accuracy. He has great speed and quickness for a guy his size and uses it to beat defenders to the outside. He's also really good at finding the seams in the defense and getting open for his shot, and he's always at the ready with his stick on the ice for an immediate release."

  • Fans can vote for Martin Nolet for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Fan voting counts for 1/3 of the total ballot. You can see Nolet's official Senior CLASS Award nomination here..

  • Don't forget you can also vote for the UMass All-Decade Team at Hockey East Online. The UMass All-Decade Team will be announced during the final home game against Merrimack on Feb. 20.

  • UMass stands 18th in the newest USCHO.com Poll. Joining the Minutemen from Hockey East are: No. 10 BC, No. 12 Maine, No. 15. UNH, No. 17 Vermont and No. 20 UMass-Lowell. Here's a look at the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll where UMass is now the first team "receiving votes." From Hockey East: BC is No. 10, Maine is No. 12 and UNH is No. 15.

  • This weekend's foe Northeastern handled Harvard, 4-1, in the Beanpot Consolation on Monday night. The Boston Globe has this recap.

  • Boston College continues to roll as the Eagles captured the Beanpot title with a 4-3 win over Boston University. The _the_lid_on/">Boston Globe, Inside College Hockey, NESN have coverage.

  • The Daily Collegian has a Hockey East notebook with updates on the polls.


  • In the latest AP Poll, UMass has faced three ranked foes: No. 10 Michigan State, No. 21 Temple and No. 24 Baylor. Cornell, Charlotte and Rhode Island are also inching up in the "others receiving votes."

  • From URI, the student paper, the Good 5 Cent Cigar has a recap from Saturday's men's hoop game at the Ryan Center.

  • The Springfield News Sun in Ohio has its weekly A-10 notebook looking at how weather impacted this past weekend's slate of games.

  • The Daily Collegian also has a notebook on Atlantic 10 basketball with a look at Dayton pounding Xavier on Saturday.


  • Former UMass assistant coach Mike Cassano has been named running backs coach with the University of Miami, where he will work under former Minuteman head coach Mark Whipple. The Miami Herald has the story. Cassano returns to UM, where he was a graduate assistant from 2005 through 2006. He was on the staff at UMass when the Minutemen won the 1998 FCS crown.

  • The Bleacher Report mentions Vladimir Ducasse as a possible draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks.

  • UMass rival New Hampshire has released its 2010 football schedule. The Wildcats FBS game is at Pitt. UNH has won five straight games over FBS teams with victories over the likes of Rutgers, Northwestern, Marshall, Army and Ball State since 2004.


  • In approximately a week and a half, the Massachusetts men's swimming and diving team will attempt to win an unprecedented fourth-straight Atlantic 10 title. But as the race gets closer, the Minutemen continue to simply prepare themselves one day at a time. The A-10 Championships will be held in Buffalo, N.Y., on Feb. 17-20. The Daily Collegian has the story.


  • The Daily Collegian takes a look at the results from the Giegengack Invite.


  • From over the weekend, Inside Lacrosse has this recap of UMass' scrimmage loss to Army at West Point, 7-5.


  • The Minutewomen returned to Amherst Monday morning after a red-eye airplane flight back from San Diego, where they lost to No. 1 Northwestern. Here's a recap from NU's paper, the Daily Northwestern.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: The Game Promotions Page has all the latest on this weekend's events as the Mullins Center hosts three games in three days. Friday's hockey game is Bright Out Night - The first 3,000 students will receive white t-shirts. Saturday's women's basketball game is Pink Zone Day -Breast Cancer Awareness game.

  • Don't Miss This: Tonight, join us at the Hangar Pub & Grille for the Bud Light UMass Hockey Radio Show at 7 p.m. Come out and meet Coach Toot Cahoon and members of the Mass Attack.


    Monday, Feb. 8, 2010

    Congratulations to the New Orleans Saints and the state of Louisiana for their first-ever Super Bow title. Here in Western Mass, there will be a special Bud Light UMass Basketball Show tonight at 7 p.m. Come on out to the Rumbleseat in Chicopee to meet Derek Kellogg and listen to his radio show. Just Take a Minute has a look back at the weekend of events for UMass teams.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY - FEB. 7: Matt Silver (Football)

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY - FEB. 8: Josh Boone (Track),
    Steve D'Amario (Lacrosse),
    Ashley Hamel (Soccer).


  • Things came unhinged in a hurry for the hockey team in the first period Friday night. The No. 15 Minutemen spotted No. 14 Boston College a four-goal lead before the first intermission and stumbled to a 7-1 loss in front of a record-tying crowd of 8,389 at a sold out Mullins Center. Here are the reviews: Springfield Republican, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Daily Collegian, USCHO, Boston Herald, NBC22, NESN.com.

  • Former UMass hockey player Scott Crowder organized the the first-ever New England Pond Hockey Classic in Meredith, New Hampshire this weekend. "I knew the fan base was there, the hockey community is tight knit so one guy gets an e-mail and forwards it to a few buddies and asks them, all of a sudden we have seventy-seven teams and 450 participants," said tournament director Crowder. "This is what hockey's all about, when you grow up playing hockey this is how you play. The Lakes Region was a great spot to host this tournament. It's a perfect for it." Read more in the Laconia Citizen.

  • The Boston Globe and New England Hockey Journal look at today's Beanpot final between UMass foes Boston College and Boston University.


  • Check out the recaps from Saturday's loss at rival Rhode Island: Daily Hampshire Gazette, Springfield Republican, Providence Journal, Boston Herald, Daily Collegian, Boston Globe, ESPN.com, ABC40.

  • The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a notebook leading with Ricky Harris moving to fourth in career scoring at UMass.

  • Another UMass alum will be joining the D-League as Luke Bonner is going to sign with the Austin Texas, according to the Springfield Republican. At Saturday's Toros 114-98 win at the Springfield Armor (with UMass' Maurice Maxwell and Dante Milligan), Bonner was traveling with the Toros after being released from the Manchester Millrats last week. He also played six games in Hungary for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar.


  • The women's basketball team distributed 19 assists on 20 field goals in its 60-50 win over Fordham at the Mullins Center on Saturday. Freshman center Jasmine Watson scored a career-high 21 points and added eight rebounds, three blocks and one assist to lead the Minutewomen (9-14, 3-5 Atlantic 10). Here are recaps: Daily Collegian, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Boston Globe, Springfield Republican, The Examiner.

  • The Daily Collegian also has a sidebar on the impressive play of thr frontcourt led by Watson.


  • The New Haven Register has a mention of UMass' Vladimir Ducasse as the NFL Combine nears, starting on Feb. 25.


  • The Bristol Press in Connecticut mentions No. 20 UMass softball and the start of the season on Friday in Florida. Two Bristol products, junior outfielder Audrey Boutin and sophomore hurler Sara Plourde, both Bristol Eastern graduates, can help raise that ranking soon after their season begins just a few days from now.


  • Top-ranked Northwestern scored the first seven goals and went on to an 18-6 win over the women's lacrosse team in the season opener Saturday at Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego. The Daily Hampshire Gazette, Daily Collegian and LaxPower have a look back.

  • 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: Tonight, its a special Bud Light UMass Basketball Radio Show at the Rumbleseat in Chicopee at 7 p.m. Come out and meet Coach Derek Kellogg. Weekly league honors will be handed out on Monday. Derek Kellogg also has his weekly A-10 teleconference at 11 a.m., check back for the transcript.


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