Just Take A Minute: March 1-5, 2010
Just Take A Minute: March 1-5, 2010


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Friday, March 5, 2010

A huge weekend of action gets underway early on Friday with the women's basketball team taking on Richmond in the first round of the A-10 Women's Hoop Tournament in Upper Marlboro, Md., The softball teams plays two games in Clearwater, Florida starting at 12:30 vs. Chattanooga. The hockey team fighting for its Hockey East postseason berth is at Maine at 7 p.m. The No. 12 men's lax team play at Yale at 7 p.m.

No student-athlete birthdays today


  • The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a great feature story on Raphiael Putney and his year of sitting out waiting for the 2010-11.

  • In the Daily Hampshire Gazette blog by Matt Vautour, he confirms Terrell Vinson will play on Saturday after suffering an ankle sprain at La Salle.

  • Derek Kellogg took part in the press event to promote the Division II Basketball Elite Eight held in Springfield later this month. The Springfield Republican has the story.


  • The Springfield Republican has a preview of the UMass at Maine game tonight and how the Minutemen need some wins and some help to make the Hockey East playoffs.

  • The University of Massachusetts hockey team needs points and help to still be playing when the Hockey East Tournament begins next weekend. Those points won't be easy to come by as UMass closes its regular season tonight and Saturday with 7 p.m. games against Maine at Alfond Arena. Daily Hampshire Gazette has the story.

  • The Daily Collegian has a look at the UMass at Maine two-game set this weekend at Alfond Arena and NOT the Hockey East Tournament. Here is the preview from the Daily Collegian.

  • The Eagle-Tribune has a look at Merrimack, who is just ahead of UMass in the standings, and how they are prepping for their weekend action vs. Providence.

  • The Boston Globe has a look at the final weekend of regular-season action in Hockey East.



  • The Daily Collegian has a preview of UMass game at Yale on Friday night. Its the team's first night game since 2004.


  • The Garden City News has a note on a family matchup. Last Wednesday, the Boston University woman's lacrosse team traveled to Amherst, to play UMass. The game set up a family feud with sisters Caitlin Defliese (BU) and Dayna Defliese (UMass) playing directly against each other. Caitlin, a senior defenseman, matched up directly against her younger sister, Dayna, a sophomore midfielder, many times through out the match.


  • The Daily Collegian has a preview of the action this weekend at the ECAC and IC4A Championships.


  • The Dartmouth newspaper has a recap of the Big Green's win over UMass earlier this weekend.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Saturday's men's basketball game is "Maroon Mania" be sure to get to the Mullins Center early to get your free T-Shirt.

  • Don't Miss This: Here's the rundown of games on Friday:
    12 p.m. - Women's Basketball vs. Richmond in A-10 Tournament at Upper Marlboro, Md.
    12:30 p.m. - Softball vs. Chattanooga at Clearwater, Fla.
    3 p.m. - Softball vs. Loyola (Chicago) at Clearwater, Fla.
    7 p.m. - Hockey at Maine
    7 p.m. - #12 Men's Lacrosse at Yale


    Thursday, March 4, 2010

    It was an offensive showcase between the two top scorers in the Atlantic 10, but La Salle got the better of UMass last night 89-78 in Philadelphia. That means UMass must win against Rhode Island on Saturday or get help from a St. Joe's loss to make the league tourney. JTAM also has stories on hockey, women's hoops, softball and women's lacrosse. Come out to tonight's Bud Light Basketball Radio Show at McCaffrey's at 1171 Main Street in Springfield, starting at 7 p.m.


  • Despite an 89-78 loss at La Salle last night, the Minutemen's A-10 Tournament hopes are still alive. Ricky Harris scored a game-high 31 points, while La Salle's Rodney Green poured in 30 in a match-up of the league's top active scorers. UMass needs to win against Rhode Island at the Mullins Center on Saturday or get help with a Saint Joseph's loss to get a spot in the A-10 Tournament. The Springfield Republican, Daily Hampshire Gazette, and The Daily Collegian all have recaps from last night.

  • The Good 5 Cent Cigar has a recap of Rhode Island's win over Charlotte last night.


  • Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican has a story on UMass' second half struggle and a changing in program mentality being instituted by Coach Don Cahoon. The Minutemen head to Maine for a pair of must-win games if they are to make the Hockey East Tournament.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY - MARCH 4: Brittany Bakanowski (Track & Field),
    Eric Dickson (Football)


  • The Daily Collegian has a preview of the USF Invitational where UMass will face Chattanooga, Loyola Chicago, Virginia Tech, host USF, and Robert Morris down in Clearwater, Fla., starting Friday afternoon.


  • It was a tale of two halves yesterday for the women's lacrosse team as the Minutewomen controlled the first half against No. 19 New Hampshire leading 6-4 at halftime. However, the Wildcats roared back in the second half with a 5-0 run to start the frame and left McGuirk Stadium with an 11-8 win. The Daily Hampshire Gazette and The Daily Collegian both have recaps.

  • The Daily Collegian also has a sidebar looking at scoring problems for UMass. After scoring over 15 goals in two of the first three games this year, UMass has been held to eight goals in each of the last three games - all losses.


  • The women's basketball team will open its portion of the A-10 Tournament on Friday against Richmond. The Daily Collegian has a look at the first round match-up against Richmond and a look at the tournament overall.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Need to find your way to campus for a sporting event? Your travels have never been easier thanks to the redesigned Directions Page. Each sporting venue now has its own GoogleMap which you can click on to get point-by-point directions to each of our facilities. You can even download the directions to your GPS!

  • Don't Miss This: No sports today as many of the team's will be traveling in preparation for the weekend. However, we will have the UMass Basketball Show with Derek Kellogg tonight at 7 PM so join us to hear about the all-important home finale against Rhode Island on Saturday.


    Wednesday, March 3, 2010

    Another day chock full of action for UMass. The Sports Luncheon takes place at 12:15 p.m., in the Campus Center Room 1009 with hockey coach Toot Cahoon and baseball coach Mike Stone the guest speakers. The women's lacrosse team hosts New Hampshire at 3 p.m. at McGuirk Stadium. Tonight men's basketball seeks to clinch an A-10 Tourney berth, with a win at La Salle. Tip is at 7 p.m.


  • As part of "Read Across America Day" and Dr. Seuss' birthday, UMass student-athletes celebrated by reading to elementary school students in South Hadley. Men's soccer players Sam DeNormandie and Brodie Steigerwald along with softball's Carly Normandin and Whitney Williams read Dr. Seuss books to second and third graders at Mosier School.

    Ryan Cusick (Baseball),
    Mike Donnellan (Hockey),
    Jesse Hunt (Football),
    Brian Tino (Track & Field).


  • It's not quite a playoff game but both teams need a victory at 7 tonight when the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team plays La Salle at Tom Gola Arena. Here is the preview from the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

  • In the Springfield Republican, Ron Chimelis has a story on UMass' fight to avoid 20 losses this season.

  • Here is La Salle's preview of the UMass at the Explorers game.

  • The Ocala Banner has an update on Freddie Riley's season performance at UMass.

  • The Daily Collegian takes a look at the NCAA Tournament projections, saying it became "clearer" after last weekend.


  • The softball team is ranked 24th in the newest ?cat_id=1">USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll, standing at 6-4 overall. In the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25, UMass is listed fifth among others receiving votes to stand "30th."

  • The Daily Collegian provides and A-10 notebook with a look around the softball world.


  • The Bleacher Report has this analysis of the linemen at the NFL Combine including Vladimir Ducasse.


  • Check out the CAA Weekly Release as UMass has moved to No. 12 in the USILA Poll after having its game at Ohio State postponed.

  • The Daily Collegian has a look around the world of the CAA in men's lacrosse.


  • The Daily Collegian has a preview of today's women's lacrosse New England match-up with UNH.

  • The Daily Collegian has a second story on UMas getting back to basics after a pair of 10-8 losses.


  • At the New England Championships, UMass junior Stephanie Aguguo won the triple jump with a personal-best of 39-8.75. Aguguo, who was named the school's co-Athlete of the Week, qualified for this week's ECAC Championships. The Worcester Telegram & Gazette has a mention.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Visit the new UMass Compliance website, complete with all your needs in the world of NCAA rules and regulations.

  • Don't Miss This: Here's the rundown for Wednesday: 12:15 p.m., UMass Sports Luncheon at the Campus Center Room 1009 ... 3 p.m., Women's Lacrosse vs. New Hampshire at McGuirk Stadium ... 7 p.m., listen to Men's Basketball at La Salle, on the UMass Sports Network statewide.


    Tuesday, March 2, 2010

    Tuesday brings us the UMass Hockey Radio Show at the Hangar Pub & Grill tonight at 7 PM so be sure to join us there for some wings and hockey talk. Several media outlets take a look at possible tournament scenarios for men's basketball and hockey and the implications of the final regular-season games for both teams. We also have an update on Vladimir Ducasse and a look at this week's lacrosse polls for both the men and women.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY on March 2:
    Conor Dunn (Swimming),


  • Erik Gallant of MassLive.com has a look at how the Minutemen are still fighting for an A-10 Tournament spot with two games remaining on the regular-season schedule and who UMass could potentially face in the A-10 Tournament.

  • In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour predicts the A-10 postseason awards. His pick for league player of the year is Jordan Crawford from Xavier.

  • The Daily Collegian also takes a look at the unfolding A-10 Tournament.


  • With the regular-season finale upcoming this weekend at Maine, Dick Baker looks at several possible play-off scenarios for the Mass Attack. His number one option is a Providence sweep over Merrimack and at least one win for UMass at Maine.

  • The Daily Collegian has its outlook on what the Hockey East field of eight could potentially be.


  • The Daily Collegian has a recap from Saturday's loss to Boston College which snapped a four-game win streak for the Minutewomen.


  • The Boston Herald looks at several Bay State NFL hopefuls listing Vladimir Ducasse as the best pro prospect from the state.


  • UMass is ranked 16th in this week's edition of the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and 12th in the USILA coaches poll.


  • The Daily Collegian has a recap of the New England Championships where Tyler Cotto and Stephanie Aguguo were each New England Champions. Both the men's and women's teams finished sixth out of 30.


  • The Minutewomen fall out of the top-25 this week after back-to-back losses, but Wednesday's opponent New Hampshire has jumped to 14th after a 2-0 start to the season.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Visit the UMass Auctions Page where there are three new auctions including the actual "MASSACHUSETTS" banner from the 1996 Final Four hung at the Meadowlands.

  • Don't Miss This: The Hockey Radio Show will be at the Hangar Pub & Grill tonight so stop by at 7 PM to have some wings and talk hockey with us.


    Monday, March 1, 2010

    Hello March! Lots of student-athlete birthdays today including softball's Michelle Libby (pictured) and lots of news on UMass teams from a full weekend of action. Plenty of ups and downs including the highlights of Vladimir Ducasse performing well at the NFL Combine and Sara Plourde's no-hitter and 18K performance on Saturday. JTAM has recaps from basketball, hockey and more.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY on March 1:
    James Carven (Football),
    Jennifer Corriveau (Swimming),
    Michelle Libby (Softball),
    Ryan Smith (Lacrosse)


  • Recaps of the UMass loss at Dayton, 96-68, come from the Daily Hampshire Gazette, 8.html">Springfield Republican, Dayton Daily News, Daily Collegian, Boston Herald and ABC40.

  • UMass connections from the 1970s run deep as Julius Erving sat behind the Boston College bench where fellow alum Al Skinner coached the Eagles at Georgia Tech on Saturday. BC lost 73-68.

  • The Springfield Armor continued its losing ways but UMass alum Dante Milligan had 12 points and 13 rebounds in a loss to the Austin Toros on Sunday, 111-108. The Springfield Republicanhas the recap of the Armor, which is now 5-27 overall.

  • More from the D-League on the site Ridiculous Upside as UMass grad Luke Bonner gets a plug as he is part of the Austin Toros. Here's what the site has to say: Welcome to the D-League Luke aka "Big Hugga" Bonner. Many of you know him as the younger brother of San Antonio Spurs Forward Matt Bonner, but to me he is quite the rapper. I was fortunate to play with "Big Hugga" one year at West Virginia before he transferred to UMass. But let me tell you! "Big Hugga" and Fort Wayne Assistant Coach Steve Gansey used to have some classic freestyle battles back in the day.

  • UMass' finale opponent next Saturday -- Rhode Island is in a free fall. Here's a story from the 1-10_N7HK46P_v3.3015810.html">Providence Journal on the Rams tough times.


  • The Detroit Free-Press has a look at the NCAA Hockey Tournament field and teams that are hot and cold as Ford Field prepares to host the Frozen Four.

  • The hockey team has fallen out of the Hockey East playoffs after losing to BC last Friday. The Daily Collegian has the story on the state of the Mass Attack.


  • The team's 85-51 loss to Charlotte on Sunday is covered in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Boston Globe, Charlotte Observer.


  • The Daily Collegian and The Crimson have recaps of the 10-8 loss to Harvard on Saturday at McGuirk Stadium.


  • The New York Daily News has a great feature story on UMass' Vladimir Ducasse and his journey from Haiti to the United States and possibly the NFL.

  • The blog Arrowhead Pride has a lengthy interview with Vladimir Ducasse as the Kansas City Chiefs look at drafting him.

  • ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss has an entry on Vladimir Ducasse and his performance in the drills at the Combine.

  • The website Patriots.com has a great segment on Vlad Ducasse after his NFL Combine performance.

  • WEEI.com has a story on Boston College's Mike McLaughlin, who has several connections to UMass. His father (Mike McLaughlin) and uncle (Joe McLaughlin) both started their football careers at UMass before going to play professionally; his Dad was a member of the USFL's Boston Breakers for five years, while his uncle played with Green Bay and the New York Giants.


  • The Daily Collegian and Daily Hampshire Gazette have recaps of the softball team's 2-3 weekend in Columbus, Georgia.


  • UMass alum Caitlin Snow of Brockton with a won the women's half marathon in Hyannis with a time of 1:19.57.


  • The Examiner has a look at the baseball team's opening opponents Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Visit the UMass Auctions Page where there are three new auctions including the actual "MASSACHUSETTS" banner from the 1996 Final Four hung at the Meadowlands.

  • 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. Also the polls for many sports come out including lacrosse. See if the Minutemen move after not playing his weekend as the game at Ohio State was postponed.

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