Just Take A Minute: Feb. 22-26
Just Take A Minute: Feb. 22-26


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Friday, Feb. 26, 2010

Busy day on tap for Friday when it comes to the UMass teams. The nationally-ranked softball team is slated for two games in Georgia, starting with an 11 a.m. tilt vs. Mississippi State. The track teams will compete in the New England Championships during the day. At 7 p.m., at night, the hockey team looks to get back on the winning track at #7 Boston College. The men's hoops and men's lacrosse teams will be traveling to Ohio by plane.

No UMass student-athlete birthdays today.


  • Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on the hockey team and its fight for a spot in the Hockey East playoffs.

  • In the Springfield Republican, Dick Baker has a look at the UMass-BC game tonight.

  • Here is the Daily Collegian's preview of tonight's UMass at BC hockey game.

  • Inside College Hockey and USCHO.com both have a look at the Hockey East playoff race.


  • The women's hoop team finished with a win on Senior Night at the Mullins Center. Here are the recaps: Daily Hampshire Gazette, Daily Collegian, The Examiner, Philadelphia Daily News.


  • The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on how UMas might possibly play in a revamped Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic in 2010-11.

  • Matt Vautour has a quick look at UMass hoops "magic number" of 1 to qualify for the Atlantic 10 Tournament on GazetteNet.com.

  • In the Springfield Republican Ron Chimelis has a look at the evolution of the the team's offense.

  • Masslive.com has a few more stories including Ricky Harris eyeing 2,000 career points. There is also a story on the return of Javorn Farrell.

  • The Daily Collegian has a preview of the UMass at Dayton men's hoop game. The game is soldout at UD Arena.

  • The Dayton Daily News has a look at the Flyers and looking to get back on the winning track against UMass on Saturday night.


  • The men's lax team is hopeful of making it to Columbus, Ohio for Saturday's game at Ohio State. The Daily Collegian has a preview.


  • The Daily Collegian has a preview of Saturday's UMass-Harvard game. The Crimson are playing their season opener. They are the fifth team to open their season against UMass.

  • The The Crimson has an outlook on Harvard's team, set to face UMass on Saturday.


  • With the NFL Combine underway in Indianapolis, UMass' Vladimir Ducasse is garnering a lot of attention. Here are mentions in the Indianapolis Star, Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Washington Post, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and Seahawks.com.

  • On Sporting News.com, Dennis Dillon mentions Ducasse as a low profile player who has high hopes. "If he gets through the drills OK and handles himself in interviews, he'll have a chance to help himself."

  • From the combine, here is a quote from San Francisco 49ers General Manager Scot McCloughan: "The kid out of UMass Ducasse caught my eye."


  • The Daily Collegian has a preview of the softball team's Leadoff Classic.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Pick up your favorite UMass photo as a gift in the UMass Photo Store.

  • Don't Miss This: Its an action packed day for UMass events. The softball team kicks off the schedule with an 11 a.m. game vs. Mississippi State in Columbus, Ga. The track teams compete in the New England Championships starting at 1:30 p.m. At 6:30 the softball is back in action vs. NC State and finally at 7 p.m., the hockey team faces #BC at Conte Forum.


    Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010

    The Bud Light UMass Basketball Show returns to Derek Kellogg's hometown tonight. Join us at 350 Grill in Springfield, located at 350 Worthington Street tonight at 7 p.m. Also at 7 p.m., at the Mullins Center, the women's hoop team hosts Senior Night as Saint Joseph's comes to town for the final home game of 2009-10. Also, listen to the UMass Lacrosse Show at 5 p.m., on WMUA 91.1.

    Hashim 'Big City' Bailey (Basketball),
    Andrew Erwin (Cross Country),
    Conor Megee (Track & Field),
    Tim O'Neill (Swimming)


  • In the Springfield Republican, Dick Baker takes a look at how the absence of injured defenseman Doug Kublin has been a big part of UMass hockey difficulties over the last few games.

  • SeaCoastOnline takes a look at how New Hampshire can clinch the Hockey East regular-season title this season. It mentions many of the postseason scenarios in Hockey East.


  • The Daily Collegian has a preview of the women's hoop team's Senior Night where Kim Benton and Diatiema Hill will be recognized after the game vs. Saint Joseph's.


  • UMass' Saturday opponent Dayton, suffered a 49-41 loss at Temple last night. The Flyers stand 18-9 overall and 7-6 in the A-10 after the defeat. In the first half, the Flyers went 8 1/2 minutes without a point. The Dayton Daily News takes a deeper look at the Flyers' struggles. Dayton also had a school-record low for points in a half with 13 at halftime.


  • SeaCoastOnline has a story on former UMass lacrosse player Vinny LoBello, who has been named the new head coach of the Kennebunk High School boys' lacrosse team, taking over for longtime coach Charlie Burch. LoBello and Burch are longtime friends and LoBello has been an assistant coach under Burch on two different occasions.


  • The Minutewomen rallied late, but fell to No. 10 Boston University, 10-8. Here are the recaps: Daily Hampshire Gazette, Lacrosse Magazine, Daily Collegian and Springfield Republican.

  • The Daily Collegian also has a sidebar on how the first-half results have indicated the lacrosse team's success.


  • Masslive.com has a look at Vladimir Ducasse and how he can improve his stock at the NFL Combine.

  • The San Francisco Chronicle mentions Vladimir Ducasse with the following line: Other guys to look at the combine include UMass tackle Vladmir Ducasse, who's a high-risk raw player with Michael Oher-type talent.

  • In a story of speculation, the Blue Gold News wonders if UMass could move to FBS Football. The story focuses on what might happen should a team leave the Big East for the Big Ten.


  • The Washington Post has a look at the Washington Nationals pitching staff including UMass Hall of Famer Ron Villone.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Do you have kids? Are they in the UMass Kids Club? If not signup now, here's all the latest in on the UMass Kids Club.

  • Don't Miss This: Here's the evening schedule: 5 p.m., listen to the UMass Lacrosse Radio Show on 91.1 WMUA. At 7 p.m., come to Senior Night for women's basketball vs. St. Joe's .... and be sure to bring a radio to listen to the Bud Light UMass Basketball Show from the 350 Grill in Springfield at 7 p.m.


    Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010

    Hello snow! Waking up to a white morning? The UMass campus is opening at 5:30 PM, today due to the weather conditions. Today's UMass Sports Luncheon has been postponed due to the delayed opening. The women's lacrosse team is still scheduled to play Boston University this afternoon, but stay tuned to UMassAthletics.com for more details. JTAM also has updates on the national softball polls which include the Minutewomen.

    Jony Menozzi (Swimming & Diving),
    Dominic Skrajewski (Soccer)


  • After a weekend off, in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll, UMass is No. 20 after being 18th last week. UMass hangs at 24th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 for the second week in a row.


  • The four-game-home-stand/">Daily Collegian has a preview of the women's lacrosse game vs. BU today, which begins a four-game homestand.

  • The Daily Collegian also has a story on the weekly honors garnered by Alexis Venechanos' squad.


  • USA Today has its look at the Top 64 NFL Draft Prospects including UMass' Vladimir Ducasse. Writer Frank Cooney ranks him No. 51 with the following synopsis: There is little doubt Ducasse has rare size and skills, but there is no consensus on where his talent might be best used in pro football. At the Senior Bowl, scouts delighted in watching him line up at all of the offensive line positions and then even take a shot on the defensive side. His natural strength and athletic ability give him tremendous upside.

  • The Dallas Morning-News cites NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, who says Ducasse could be drafted in the first round.

  • The Miami Herald has a story on the Hurricanes' quarterbacks including former UMass QB Spencer Whipple.


  • The Worcester Telegram & Gazette has a great feature story on former staffer Brian Gorman, who is the head coach at Becker College. When Gorman entered the Elms College gym in Chicopee a couple of weeks ago, he looked up and saw UMass coach Derek Kellogg sitting a few rows behind the Hawks' bench. Gorman, who served under John Calipari at UMass when Kellogg played there, thought it was pretty cool Kellogg was spending his night off watching the Hawks.

  • UMass' next foe Dayton takes on Temple tonight in a huge battle for top seeding in the A-10. The Dayton Daily News has a preview.

  • The St. Louis Globe Democrat has a look at Saint Louis after the Billikens topped UMass last Sunday, as they make a push for a A-10 Tourney top seed.

  • The Daily Collegian has its weekly A-10 basketball notebook.


  • Junior Ryan Hantverk earned a mention in the Springfield Republican's "Hitting to All Fields," Garry Brown's longtime column.

  • The Springfield Republican has its weekly college wrap-up with a nice section on the men's lacrosse team. Dick Baker focuses on Bobby Hayes, who already has seven goals after scoring only 14 last year. "He's in a different spot on the extra man now," UMass coach Greg Cannella explained because of graduations. "He's a real leader for us on the extra man, he had one (Saturday) and three last week, so that's helping him."

  • Former UMass assistant coach Jake Coon enters his first season as the head coach at RIT. Check out the season preview on the Tigers website.


  • The Worcester Telegram has a mention in its "Campus Notes" of UMass junior Stephanie Aguguo of Shrewsbury finished fourth in the long jump and fifth in the triple jump while achieving personal bests in both events.


  • The Daily Collegian has a look at Hockey East with a notebook.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: The Compliance Office has a refurbished website. Check it out today for all the latest rules and information.

  • Don't Miss This: Women's lacrosse is slated to host #10 Boston University this afternoon at 4 p.m., at McGuirk Stadium. Come on out and support the rising Minutewomen.


    Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010

    The UMass For Haiti Auction ends this evening at 6 p.m. Be sure to get your last bids in on items including several Vladimir Ducasse signed jerseys. Ducasse will take part in the NFL Combine this weekend in Indianapolis. JTAM also has a look at the national polls where UMass continues to garner national attention. Kudos to alum Tony Barbee and his UTEP Miners for being ranked for the first time. Plus news on hockey and more.

    Claire Pettit (Cross Country),
    Shane Viveiros (Football)


  • The es-for-nfl-future-while-helping-native-haiti/">Daily Collegian has a great feature story on UMass' Vladimir Ducasse and his chances to play in the NFL, while at the same time, helping his native land of Haiti in this time of need.

  • Sports Illustrated.com has a look at non-BCS players invited to the NFL Combine led by UMass' Vladimir Ducasse. The tackle's picture is featured in this article with the following analysis: Vladimir Ducasse, UMass, T: Ducasse, mentioned by us as one of the top tackles in the nation last September, heads into the combine as the highest rated non-BCS prospect. He played well at the Senior Bowl but did not wow scouts. Ducasse's ability to turn in a good overall workout will affirm he is an offensive lineman capable of playing in a variety of systems at the next level.

  • The Worcester Telegram & Gazette has a story on Holy Cross' quarterback Dominic Randolph which mentions how he will throw at UMass' Pro Day on March 25 at McGuirk Stadium.


  • Check out the nice feature from Javorn Farrell and Raphiael Putney.

  • Congrats to UMass alum Tony Barbee and his UTEP Miners, who are ranked No. 25 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Also of note Michigan State is No. 14, Temple is 18th and Richmond 24th. Baylor, Cornell and Xavier also receive votes. In the AP Poll, UTEP is first in others receiving votes. Ranked UMass foes include: No. 14 Michigan State, No. 20 Temple, No. 23 Richmond and No. 24 Baylor.

  • WEEI.com has a look at the tremendous season for the Atlantic 10 conference. The Atlantic 10 has been somewhat of a forgotten conference over the past several years. However, 2010 has brought some national attention, and respect, back to the A-10. The piece has a retro 1996 picture of UMass led by John Calipari.

  • The Daily Hampshire Gazette has the latest on the Atlantic 10 and the league's push for postseason berths.

  • The Providence Journal has a look at Rhode Island's chances for a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

  • The Cincinnati Enquirer has a quick blog entry on some random A-10 items.


  • In the Springfield Republican, Dick Baker has a story on how UMass hockey has broken its all-time single-season attendance record. The final figures are in, showing a total of 79,690 fans attending 15 home dates for an average of 5,313.

  • UMass' Jon Quick, who is serving as a back-up goalie for Team USA in the Olympics, is mentioned in this story in the Enterprise News.

  • The Eagle Tribune has a bit on Merrimack goalie Joe Cannata who was named Hockey East Pure Hockey Defensive Player of the Week. Cannata led Merrimack to a sweep over UMass, making 42 saves for his first shutout of the season in a 3-0 win and stopped 63 of 64 shots on the weekend.

  • In the newest hockey polls, UMass is not ranked. Here is the USCHO.com Poll with Hockey East squads: No. 7 Boston College, No. 11 New Hampshire, No. 16 Maine, No. 18 Vermont and No. 20 BU. The Mass Attack is getting seven votes.


  • The Daily Collegian has the complete recap of the swimming and diving A-10 Championships as UMass took their 12th men's title.


  • The Daily Collegian has the recap of the A-10 track and field championships at Rhode Island.


  • UMass is up to No. 14 in the USILA Coaches Poll. UMass opponents in the poll include: No. 11 Hofstra, No. 12 Georgetown, No. 13 Delaware, No. 17 Harvard and No. 19 Brown. In the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, UMass hangs at No. 18. Foes comes in at No. 11 Hofstra, No. 12 Harvard, No. 13 Georgetown, No. 16 Brown, No. 17 Delaware and No. 20 Albany.

  • Stories on UMass' freshman attacker Will Manny being named the CAA Rookie of the Week come from Lacrosse Magazine.


  • In the php?cat_id=1">USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll, UMass is No. 18. UMass is 24th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25.

  • 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: The UMass For Haiti Auction ends this evening at 6 p.m. Be sure to get your last bids in on items including several Vladimir Ducasse signed jerseys.


    Monday, Feb. 22, 2010

    Welcome back to Just Take A Minute this Monday morning. It was a mixed bag over the weekend for UMass' teams. Congrats to men's swimming team for winning the Atlantic 10 Championship! The hockey and basketball squads had a tough time. The freshly-started spring teams had a solid weekend as the lacrosse teams both won while the tennis team picked up a pair of victories.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Feb. 21: Mike Gedman (Baseball).
    Feb. 22: Gabriella Jannotta (Tennis),
    Megan Connolly (Lacrosse).


  • The hoopsters dropped a 69-56 game to the Mullins Center on Sunday afternoon. Here are the recaps: Springfield Republican, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Daily Collegian, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Globe Democrat, NBC22, The Examiner.

  • The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a notebook leading off with how UMass will have the week off to prep for Dayton next Saturday.

  • The Daily Collegian has a hoop sidebar on the absence of Javorn Farrell and how it impacted UMass in the loss.

  • The Boston Herald has a piece on how Derek Kellogg is trying to preach patience with his young Minutemen.

  • In the Berkshire Eagle's Howard Herman has column on the possible expansion of the NCAA Basketball Tournament to 96 teams. Herman touches on UMass and UConn no longer playing.


  • Here are some recaps from Saturday's 3-0 loss to Merrimack on Senior Day at the Mullins Center: Springfield Republican, Masslive.com, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Eagle-Tribune, The Examiner, Boston Globe, Daily Collegian, Boston Herald, ABC40, and NESN.com.

  • The Daily Collegian has a look at UMass' Senior Class, which has had much success.


  • The women dropped a 75-41 decision at No. 6 Xavier on Saturday. Here are the reviews: Daily Collegian, Cincinnati Enquirer, Daily Hampshire Gazette, CBS Sportsline, network.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=cbask-w/news/news.aspx?id=4291246">Sports Network, Boston Globe.


  • Look back at Saturday's 20-10 shootout win over Hartford in the Daily Collegian, Springfield Republican, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Annapolis Capital, WWLP NBC 22.

  • The Daily Collegian also takes a look at the record-setting day for the Gorillas. UMass scored its most goals in eight years and tied the school record for man-up goals with six.


  • Recaps for the 18-8 win at UConn and former assistant Angela McMahon come from Daily Collegian, Lacrosse Magazine.


  • College Swimming.com has the recap of the UMass men winning the A-10 crown.


  • The Eagle-Tribune has a mention of former UMass assistant coach Mike Cassano who was hired under former UMass head coach Mark Whipple at the University of Miami.


  • Former UMass assistant Raynie Theis has been named the tennis head coach at Southern Mississippi. The Hattiesburg American has the story.


  • The Bristol Press in Connecticut has a bit on Sara Plourde being named the A-10 Pitcher of the Week last week.


  • The Examiner has a look at the UMass baseball team. The season begins on March 12 at Oklahoma State.

  • 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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