Huge Friday for the UMass Athletics Family. The baseball team gets its 2010 season underway at 5 p.m., at Oklahoma State. The hockey team begins its best-of-three Hockey East series at No. 2 seed Boston College at 7 p.m. Wrapping up the night, the basketball team takes on No. 3 seed Richmond, a probable NCAA Tournament team, in the Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals at 9 p.m. JTAM has news and info on all the teams.
Congrats to former UMass star and Team USA goalie Jonathan Quick. His wife, Jaclyn, gave birth to a daughter early Thursday morning. Madison Mychal Quick was born at 7 pounds, 9 ounces. Quick is expected to miss Friday's game against the Dallas Stars but should be back in uniform Sunday when the Kings host Nashville.
The Daily Collegian has a look at the team's six-game road stretch starting Saturday at Stony Brook.
The Daily Collegian has a preview of the UMass lacrosse games vs. Harvard and Providence over the next five days, on Saturday and Tuesday.
The sites for the 2011 NCAA Quarterfinals have been announced. The NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Committee selected Harvard and Hofstra to serve as hosts. Harvard will host two quarterfinal games at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., on May 22, 2011, while Hofstra's Shaurt Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y., will host quarterfinal matchups May 21, 2011. Two teams will advance from each site to play in the semifinals at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md., the following weekend.
UMass alum and pro lacrosse star Jeff Zywicki has been traded in the outdoor Major League Lacrosse to the Chesapeake Bayhawks (formerly Washington Bayhawks) from the Toronto Nationals. The Annapolis Capital has a mention of "Z" , an attackman who has scored 87 goals in 39 career games since joining the MLL in 2006.
Also on Zywicki, he is third in the indoor National Lacrosse League in scoring with 55 points. Here is a preview on Our Sports Central as his Washington Stealth take on the Calgary Roughnecks on Saturday.
Read the story in the Daily Collegian about the UMass Minuteman Marching Band. Sports news web site bleacherreport.com's Geoffrey Tanner named the Minuteman Marching Band among the six best college athletics bands in the nation. The Minuteman Marching Band was ranked alongside some fairly steep competition. The other five schools included on Tanner's list were Ohio State University, the University of Michigan, Purdue University, the University of Texas, the University of California and West Carolina University.
Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: The Throwback Jersey Auction is underway. Pick up your favorite jersey number for the uniforms worn during the 2009-10 season by the Minutemen against Memphis, La Salle and Xavier.
Don't Miss This: Full day of action starting at 5 p.m. The baseball team starts its season at Oklahoma State. At 7 p.m., listen to the hockey team in its Hockey East Quarterfinal on KIX 97.9FM. Finally at 9 p.m., follow the basketball team in the A-10 Quarterfinals vs. Richmond. The game is on TV and Radio.
Welcome back to Just Take A Minute! Its a day of travel for several UMass teams. The hockey team and birthday boy Chase Langeraap will be heading over to Beantown to take on Boston College on Friday night. The baseball is heading to Oklahoma to open its season in Stillwater on Friday. Check out recaps of the women's lacrosse win over Yale on Wednesday.
The Salem News has a mention of Toot Cahoon, who starred at Marblehead High School in the 1960s. At 20-2-3 this season, Marblehead tied the mark for second-most wins in school history with the 1984-85 MHS club (20-5) that reached the Division 1 state final before falling to St. John's Prep. This year's Headers can still equal the all-time single season mark for wins set by the 1966-67 squad captained by Cahoon, which finished 22-1-1.
What a night for the basketball team! The Minutemen got the monkey off their backs, breaking an eight-year drought in the Atlantic 10 Tournament with a 59-56 win at Charlotte last night. JTAM has all the recaps and news on the big win for Derek Kellogg and the Minutemen. Today's UMass Sports Luncheon at 12:15 p.m., is hockey-centric with Toot Cahoon, John Hennessy and Justin Braun featured. Also, check out reviews of the men's lacrosse win over Albany, 11-6, at Garber Field.
The baseball team gets its season underway in Oklahoma later this week. Check out the Daily Collegian's preview of the 2010 campaign.
The Daily Collegian has a look at the baseball team how it survived budget issues.
The UMass softball team, coming off a 5-0 weekend in Clearwater, Fla. at the USF Under Armour Invitational, is ranked No. 25 in the latest USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll. The Minutewomen received 63 votes after receiving 75 last week when they ranked No. 24.
Sophomore pitcher Sara Plourde was mentioned as one of six "Top Performers" from across the country last week by the NFCA. The Bristol, Conn. native was 5-0 with 51 strikeouts and a 0.93 ERA last week.
The Daily Collegian has a look at women's lacrosse and how the Minutewomen made some practice adjustments.
The Inside Pulse has a look at Vladimir Ducasse and his draft potential, listing him 56th in a mock draft. 56. Vladimir Ducasse OG, Massachusetts- Was supposed to dominate at Senior Bowl, but couldn't break through. Still a very solid prospect, hoping to go in the mid 2nd.
The men's basketball team seeks its first Atlantic 10 Tournament win since 2002 tonight as the Minutemen take on No. 6 seed Charlotte in the North Carolina at 7 p.m. On campus, the No. 19 men's lacrosse team hosts Albany at 3 p.m., at Garber Field, so come on out and support Coach Cannella and his Minutemen. JTAM also has news on the women's basketball program's future.
The UMass baseball program recently received a donation of 35 gloves from Spalding that the Minutemen will put to good use this spring, a gift facilitated by former UMass outfielder Doug Clark. Clark, who has been in professional baseball since 1998, is a Spalding endorser and utilized his relationship with the company to give back to his former team.
UMass alum Matt Torra pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks in his spring training debut on Sunday and had a tough time against the Rockies giving up three runs in an inning. Torra is wearing No. 73 in camp.
TRACK & FIELD
The Daily Collegian takes a look at the final event of the indoor track and field season.
The Daily Collegian has a story on the tennis team prepping to take on Brown.
The Daily Collegian has a story on 103 UMass student-athletes named to Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Don't Miss This: Two games today, one home, one away. At 3 p.m., the No. 19 men's lacrosse team hosts Albany at Garber Field. Tonight at 7 p.m., the men's basketball takes on Charlotte in the Atlantic 10 First Round.
The basketball and hockey teams won the games they needed to win and both qualified for their conference tournaments on Saturday. It was a thrilling weekend for both squads with exciting wins. Be sure to listen to the Bud Light UMass Basketball Show tonight at 7 p.m. It will be broadcast from Charlotte, N.C., when UMass takes on the 49ers tomorrow at 7 p.m. Also, kudos to the softball team for sweeping five games in Clearwater, Florida.
Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Visit the UMass Auctions Page where there is an auction for items including the actual "MASSACHUSETTS" banner from the 1996 Final Four hung at the Meadowlands.
Don't Miss This: Special edition of the Bud Light UMass Basketball Show comes to you from Charlotte tonight at 7 p.m., Be sure to listen to the preview for this week's Atlantic 10 Tournament. Weekly league honors will be handed out on Monday.