Just Take Minute: Feb. 15-19, 2010
Just Take Minute: Feb. 15-19, 2010


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Friday, Feb. 19, 2010

Happy Birthday to Hobey Baker Award Candidate James Marcou! The hockey scoring star leads the Minutemen into a crucial two-game series with Merrimack starting tonight on the road. The A-10 Championships for the winter are in full stride with the swimming & diving and track & field titles up from grabs. JTAM has all the latest.

James Marcou (Hockey)


  • During Team USA's 6-1 win over Norway in the Olympics, UMass' Jon Quick served as the back-up goalie and dressed for the Americans. During the NBC broadcast, color analyst Ed Olczyk (father of UMass' freshman of the same name) had a great spotlight on Quick. During an iso of the Connecticut native, he mentioned that Quick played at UMass for Toot Cahoon and how Cahoon has made UMass into a top team in the country. Can't ask for a better recruiting segment than that right?

  • Here are previews or tonight's UMass at Merrimack game: Springfield Republican, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Eagle-Tribune.

  • Also from the Springfield Republican, Dick Baker has a quick hit on how UMass' is looking to duplicate its season ending run similar to 2007.

  • The Eagle-Tribune has a feature on Merrimack's Stephane Da Costa as the Warriors prep for the two-game set with the UMass starting tonight at Lawler Arena.


  • The Explore Howard County website has a piece on UMass' Baltimore natives Ricky Harris and Terrell Vinson being limited in Wednesday's loss at George Washington.

  • UMass' Marcus Camby will make his Portland Trailblazers debut against the Boston Celtics tonight at 10:30 p.m. Watch the game on ESPN. Here is a preview from CBS Sportsline.


  • Last year's UMass head coach Angela Napoli and former star goalkeeper for the Minutewomen has been named an assistant coach at the University of Michigan. Here is the Web story.


  • Gladly returning home, the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team will play Hartford this weekend at Garber Field. The No. 17 Minutemen are coming off of their 15-12 win over Sacred Heart in their season opener. Here is the Daily Collegian's outlook.

  • The Daily Collegian has a sidebar on the laxers. In order to create more shot opportunities this season, Massachusetts men's lacrosse coach Greg Canella has instituted an offensive strategy built on extra passing. The style of play paid off against Sacred Heart in the first game of the season when the Minutemen came back from a deficit to win, 15-12.


  • Having already played its season opener and home opener, the Massachusetts women's lacrosse team has already gained on-field experience this spring. After defeating Holy Cross in its season opener, the Minutewomen will face Connecticut this weekend in the Huskies' first game of the spring. Here is what the Daily Collegian has to say.


  • College Swimming.com has a recap of Day 2 of the Atlantic 10 Championships in Buffalo. UMass' men continue to lead while the Fordham win are on top on the other side.


  • After receiving over a week of rest since last weekend's Valentine Invitational in Boston, the Massachusetts men's and women's track and field teams are ready to compete in the Atlantic 10 Championships. The tournament is a two-day event beginning Friday, Feb. 19 at 9:30 a.m. and continuing through Saturday, Feb. 20 in Kingston, R.I. The Daily Collegian has the preview.


  • Looking to keep its three-game home winning streak alive, the Massachusetts tennis team will face a pair of opponents this weekend in Saint John's and Army. Since 2003, the Minutewomen are 1-5 against the Black Knights, including two 4-3 losses in the last couple years. Check out the Daily Collegian's preview.


  • The New Haven Register has a feature story on Chris Antonetti, who has been promoted to General Manager of the Cleveland Indians. Antonetti, who graduated from Georgetown in 1996 and received a master's in sports administration from UMass, is certainly familiar with the Indians' history. He is entering his 12th season with the team after joining the baseball operations department as an unpaid intern in 1999.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: For all the latest on following teams at UMass with video, audio and live stats links visit the Watch & Listen Page.

  • Don't Miss This: Birthday boy James Marcou and the Mass Attack begin a home-and-home with Merrimack tonight at 7 p.m. Tomorrow's game will be televised on NESN with a 7:30 p.m. start.


    Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY - FEB. 18: Kim Benton, Women's Basketball
    Ashley Dress, Women's Swimming
    Joe Doyle, Men's Track

    Catch up on all the action of Wednesday as several UMass teams were in action. The women's lacrosse and women's basketball teams each picked up wins yesterday, while the men's basketball team took a tough loss down in Washington, D.C. The swimming & diving teams opened up the A-10 Championship Meet yesterday and are got off to great starts. Thursday brings more swimming & diving action along with previews of what is sure to be a great weekend of UMass athletics!


  • The Minutemen suffered a tough 66-60 loss at George Washington last night. Here are recaps from the game: Springfield Republican, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Daily Collegian, ESPNBoston.

  • The trade of Marcus Camby from the Clippers to the Portland Trailblazers has received attention nationally: 0Deadline%20Buzz">CBSSports.com, Fox Sports, LA Times, CBS News, Boston Herald. Camby's first game with his new team will be this Friday at the Boston Celtics.


  • The Minutewomen rallied back for a 62-57 win at La Salle last night thanks to an old-fashioned three-point play from Diatiema Hill with 46.3 seconds to play, while Jasmine Watson led UMass with 20 points. Coverage of the win can be found in the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Daily Collegian.


  • The U.S. hockey team will be in action today with Jon Quick dressing as the back-up goalie against Norway. The game will be televised live on the USA Network at Noon EST. Helene Elliott of the L.A. Times confirms that Quick will be the back-up today.

  • The UMass hockey team returns to action this weekend with a home-and-home series against Merrimack starting in North Andover on Friday. Saturday night's game will be Senior Night, televised live on NESN starting at 7:30, and will feature the announcement of the UMass All-Decade Team. The Daily Collegian has a preview of the game and a sidebar on how head coach Don "Toot" Cahoon is looking for more physical play from the team.


  • It was a great start to the home season for UMass as the Minutewomen put together a 15-6 win over Holy Cross on Wednesday at McGuirk Stadium. The Daily Collegian has a recap and a sidebar on the team's success in draw controls to pick up the win.

  • The Daily Hampshire Gazette, WomensLax.com, InsideLacrosse.com and The Springfield Republican all have recaps as well. The Republican also has a photo gallery - see what special guest was in attendance at yesterday's game.

  • Here are some highlights from yesterday's win including several of Jesse O'Donnell's career-high five goals.


  • The Atlantic 10 has a recap of the first day of the Atlantic 10 Swimming & Diving Championships in Buffalo. The UMass men's team is currently in first with 149 points - 60 more than second place St. Bonaventure. The Minutewomen are tied for third heading into Day Two - just two points shy of second place. Jason Cook and John Clark went first and second, respectively, in the 1-meter dive, while the men's 800 free relay team won gold as well.


  • Ron Villone signed a one-year minor league contract with the Washington Nationals as reported by article.jsp?ymd=20100217&content_id=8087358&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb">MLB.com, The Associated Press, TSN.com, and the The Washington Post.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: The UMass Auctions For Haiti has about 15 new items, visit it to today. Proceeds go to benefit relief efforts in Haiti.

  • Don't Miss This: Two exciting coaches radio shows for your listening pleasure tonight. First, at 5 PM you can listen to the Greg Cannella Men's Lacrosse show on 91.1 FM WMUA. As you are listening to that, make sure to drive over to the Harp for the Derek Kellogg Basketball Show at 7 PM on 100.9 FM WRNX.


    Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY - FEB. 17: Kellie McHugh (Women's Track & Field)

    Lots of action on Wednesday for UMass athletics. Start with the Sports Luncheon at 12:15 in Room 1009 of the Campus Center. Lacrosse coach Greg Cannella and Professor Glenn Wong will be the guest speakers. At 3 p.m., head over to McGuirk Stadium for the women's lacrosse home opener vs. Holy Cross. Tonight at 7 p.m., the men's hoops team plays at George Washington and the women are at La Salle. Both games are huge in the A-10 standings race.


  • The Minutemen are in Washington, D.C., tonight. Here is the preview on the game from the Springfield Republican, as Jeff Thomas touches on the team's connections to the Mid-Atlantic region. In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour writes about how Ricky Harris gets to play one final game near his homewotn of Baltimore.

  • In the Springfield Republican's Garry Brown's "Hitting To All Fields," he has a mention of UMass.

  • UMass legend Marcus Camby was traded to the Portland Trailblazers from the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday. The Oregonian reports that Camby is happy to be reunited with former UMass assistant and player Bill Bayno, who is an assistant coach with the Trailblazers. Camby will have a press conference today at 8 p.m. ET. Bayno recruited Camby out of Hartford Public High School. Bayno said when he discovered Camby, it was before Camby had become the center of a national-recruiting battle. When it came time to chose schools, Camby remembered Bayno and chose UMass.

  • In the Springfield Republican, Ron Chimelis has a look back at Marcus Camby's career at UMass. The Republican re-ran its story, which was published May 9, 1997 in the Union-News, the forerunner of The Republican.

  • The Daiily Collegian has a story on UMass' rebounding prowess and how the Minutemen are among the top teams in the country in offensive rebounds (sixth at 15.4).

  • In Florida, Freddie Riley's hometown newspaper the Ocala Star-Banner has a mention of the UMass freshman sharpshooter.


  • Both major softball polls were released on Monday with the Minutewomen (4-1) moving up in both. In the USA Today/NFCA Poll, UMass moved up to No. 18 from No. 20 in the preseason poll. In the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll, the Minutewomen moved up a spot to No. 24 from No. 25 in the preseason poll.


  • Read the Daily Collegian's preview of tonight's UMass at La Salle basketball game in Philly. It is a huge game for the race to finish in the Top 12 of the A-10 and make the postseason tournament.

  • Last night the team spent dinner at the home of senior Kim Benton in Springfield, Pa., the Bentons cooked a wonderful homemade meal for the Minutewomen the night before their big game.


  • The U.S. hockey team picked up a 3-1 win over Switzerland on Day 1 of action in the Olympics. UMass' Jon Quick didn't dress as the third goalie behind Ryan Miller and Tim Thomas. But the Boston Globe reports Quick may dress as the back-up tomorrow.


  • The Daily Collegian has a preview the home opener vs. Holy Cross today at 3 p.m., at McGuirk Stadium.

  • The Daily Collegian also has a story on how teamwork will be key to the Minutewomen's success this season.


  • The Vancouver Sun has a story on UMass alum Keron Williams signing as a free agent with the BC Lions. He joins fellow UMass alum Anton McKenzie, who has been starring with the Lions. "This is a great signing for our club and for our fans," said Lions general manager and head coach Wally Buono. "Keron is quick, athletic and brings a lot of skill to his position. He was one of the top free agents available and we're excited to have him join us." Williams, who began his career with the Calgary Stampeders in 2006, will enter his fifth CFL season with his third club after spending the past two years with the Montreal Alouettes, winning the Grey Cup this past season.

  • The Dallas Morning-News lists Vladimir Ducasse as one of the Dallas Cowboys potential draft picks in the early rounds.


  • The Daily Collegian has a preview of the Atlantic 10 Swimming & Diving Championships in Buffalo.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: The UMass Auctions For Haiti has about 15 new items, visit it to today. Proceeds go to benefit relief efforts in Haiti.

  • Don't Miss This: Its a full day for the UMass sports fan. Starting at 12:15 p.m. come to the UMass Sports Luncheon where the guest speakers are lacrosse coach Greg Cannella and professor Glenn Wong. At 3 p.m., the women's lacrosse team hosts Holy Cross at McGuirk Stadium in the home opener. The A-10 swimming and diving championships get underway in Buffalo today. Tonight the basketball teams are in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., for games at La Salle and George Washington, respectively.


    Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY - FEB. 16: Riley Perry (Women's Lacrosse)

    The Bud Light UMass Hockey Show returns tonight at 7 p.m., live from the Hangar Pub & Grille. Come on out and visit with Toot Cahoon. Both basketball teams will be traveling today. The men to Washington, D.C., and the women to Philadelphia. Also, Happy Birthday to women's lacrosse defender Riley Perry.


  • In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a story on how UMass has played better of late with the players understanding their roles better.

  • Richmond has broken into the rankings at No. 25 in the AP Poll. Temple stands 21st and 20th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Other UMass opponents Michigan State (11th in both) and Baylor (22nd in both) are ranked. Others foes receiving votes are: Cornell, Rhode Island, Charlotte and Xavier.

  • In ESPN.com's Bracketology, Joe Lunardi - who broadcast from the Mullins Center on Sunday with St. Joe's radio - has SIX Atlantic 10 teams in the NCAA Tournament: Temple, Dayton, Xavier, Richmond, Rhode Island, Charlotte (last four in).

  • The Press of Atlantic City has an Atlantic 10 Notebook, with a large lead about UMass' Ricky Harris. "It takes time when you have so many new players," Derek Kellogg said Monday in the conference's weekly conference call. "Everyone comes into college thinking they can be that guy. You have to temper their expectations a little bit. The last couple of weeks they have really nestled in what are trying to do. It's a learning process on both ends."


  • In the latest hockey polls, UMass is still getting attention. In the USCHO.com Poll, UMass is still No. 18. Also in the poll from Hockey East are: No. 8 Boston College, No. 13 New Hampshire, No. 15 Maine, No. 17 Vermont and No. 19 Boston University. The Minutemen have 10 points in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll. From Hockey East the ranked teams are: No. 9 Boston College, No. 13 New Hampshire and No. 15 Maine.

  • As the Olympics continue, the men's hockey team will be in action to start play today. UMass' Jon Quick will be a back-up to named started Ryan Miller. The Boston Globe has a story, as he competes with the Boston Bruins' Tim Thomas for that seat on the bench.


  • After the first full weekend of lacrosse action, a new poll is out and UMass stands 18th in the Inside Lacrosse/Nike Media Poll. A new USILA Coaches Poll was not issued. So UMass will be 17th heading into the opener with Hartford on Saturday.


  • Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray led over 50 male students in a pledge to help end domestic violence during a special halftime ceremony at Saturday's University of Massachusetts women's basketball home game against Dayton. The Daily Collegian has the story.

  • From Dayton, Flyer News has a look back at the Flyers win at UMass on Saturday.


  • In his ESPN.com Softball Blog, Graham Hays asks "5 Burning Questions" for the 2010 season. In "Three players that deserve a brighter spotlight", senior outfielder Carly Normandin is one of his three. Hays says, "I've never seen a better outfielder."


  • The Daily Collegian has a recap of last Friday's win at Sacred Heart. "Our guys persevered," UMass coach Greg Canella said about the game. "They tied it up, and it's good to see how our guys handled the adversity in that game."


  • The man entrusted with repairing the Jaguars' anemic pass rush has been the object of much derision, both in water-cooler conversation and cyberspace. Joe Cullen understands a lot of the skepticism about Jacksonville hiring him last month as its defensive line coach. The Florida Times-Union has the story on a UMass alum.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: The UMass Auctions For Haiti continue to gain more items check back today for plenty of awesome new choices. Proceeds go to benefit relief efforts in Haiti.

  • Don't Miss This: The UMass Athlete of the Week will be announced on Tuesday. Plenty of top candidates. Come on out toe Hangar Pub & Grille for the Bud Light UMass Hockey Show tonight a 7 p.m.


    Monday, Feb. 15, 2010

    Happy President's Day! Hope yesterday's Valentine's Day was a sweet one for you as well. Just Take a Minute has a look back at a weekend chock full of events involving UMass teams. The men's basketball team won its second in a row and moved to eighth place in the A-10, beating Saint Joseph's yesterday. The softball team went 4-1 to open its season in Miami. The hockey team had it tough, losing a pair to Northeastern.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY - FEB. 15: Julian Colarusso (Football).

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY - FEB. 14: Alex Reinhard (Lacrosse).

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY - FEB. 13: Kristina Danella (Basketball),
    Elaina Zizza (Track & Field).


  • Here are the recaps from Sunday's afternoon win over Saint Joseph's, 70-62: .com/sports/index.ssf/2010/02/ricky.html">Springfield Republican, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Boston Globe, Berkshire Eagle, Boston Herald, Philadelphia Daily News, Daily Collegian, Philadelphia Inquirer, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, ABC40 and Associated Press.

  • On Sunday, the Springfield Republican's Ron Chimelis took a look at how hockey has been drawing bigger crowds than basketball this season.


  • In the Springfield Republican, Dick Baker writes about how some line changes could help the struggling Minutemen.

  • Seacoast Online in New Hampshire has a look at the Hobey Baker race. With UMass' James Marcou mentioned along with UNH's Bobby Butler.

  • Saturday's 6-3 loss at Northeastern is covered in the: Daily Hampshire Gazette, Boston Globe, Examiner.


  • Saturday's Pink Zone game, a loss to Dayton, is covered in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Boston Globe.


  • The Daily Hampshire Gazette look back at UMass' 4-1 weekend down at FIU.


  • The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a feature on UMass alum Mike Corey, who is in Vancouver broadcasting speed skating at the Winter Olympics.

  • Here is an interesting look at Universities and name changes in Bleacher Report. It touches a number of topics including athletics.

  • 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. Derek Kellogg also has his weekly A-10 teleconference at 11 a.m., check back for the transcript.

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