Just Take A Minute: March 8-12, 2010
Just Take A Minute: March 8-12, 2010


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Friday, March 12, 2010

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.


  • Here are some previews of the UMass vs. Richmond Atlantic 10 Quarterfinal: Daily Hampshire Gazette, Springfield Republican, Daily Collegian. "I think my team is in a good frame of mind," UMass coach Derek Kellogg.

  • From the Richmond Times-Dispatch, here is the preview from the Spiders' point of view.

  • The Daily Collegian has a look at Ricky Harris, who has keeping his senior year going with a win in the regular-season finale and the A-10 First Round.

  • The Associated Press and Draft Express have previews of the A-10 Tournament. Temple is seeking its third tournament title in a row.

  • Here's a preview of the A-10 Tournament from the St. Bonaventure perspective in The Bona Venture.

  • The Bleacher Report has a look at the Dribble Drive Motion Offense Vs. Zone. It includes references to UMass, assistant coach Vance Walberg, who was pictured.


  • The Daily Hampshire Gazette, Springfield Republican, Daily Collegian, NESN.com and The Heights all have a look at tonight's UMass at Boston College Hockey East Quarterfinal.

  • New England Hockey Journal, USCHO and College Hockey News have a look at the Hockey East Quarterfinals, which start on Friday.

  • The Boston Globe has a Hockey East preview and playoff capsules.

  • Here is the Boston Herald's looks at the Hockey East playoffs.

  • 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 game at Stony Brook will represent a homecoming of many Long Islanders this weekend. Check out the Daily Collegian story on freshman Megan Connolly and junior Jackie Lyons, as it will be a homecoming.


  • 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.


  • Check out Oklahoma State's preview of the weekend series vs. UMass.


  • 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.


    Thursday, March 11, 2010

    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.

    Meredith Kearney (Rowing),
    Chase Langeraap (Hockey)


  • The Richmond Times-Dispatch has a look at the UMass-Richmond matchup set for Friday night.

  • The Dayton Daily News has a story on Atlantic 10 teams that are eyeing NIT berths including Dayton and Charlotte.

  • The Providence Journal looks at the Tournament hopes for the URI Rams.


  • 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.


  • In the Springfield Republican, Ron Chimelis has a column about the decision to not extend the contract of Marnie Dacko at UMass.


  • Here are recaps from the solid 9-5 win over Yale at McGuirk Stadium on Wednesday: Daily Collegian, Daily Hampshire Gazette and Lacrosse Magazine.

  • The Daily Collegian also looks ahead to Saturday's game at Stony Brook. Maryland alums will coach against each other with Alexis Venechanos and Allison Comito on the sidelines.


  • The Daily Collegian has a CAA Lacrosse notebook.


  • Jets Confidential has a story mentioning UMass' Vlad Ducasse.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: With the postseason here for basketball and hockey, show your spirit by purchasing some new gear from the Official Online UMass Store.

  • Don't Miss This: On Thursday look for ticket information for the Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament to be posted on UMassAthletics.com.


    Wednesday, March 10, 2010

    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.

    No student-athlete birthdays today.


  • Here are the recaps from the stirring win last night in Charlotte: Daily Hampshire Gazette, Springfield Republican, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Charlotte Observer, Daily Collegian, ABC40, Philadelphia Daily News, Gaston Gazette, College Hoops.net.

  • Here are some more sidebars from the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Chralotte Observer.


  • Come on out to the Bud Light UMass Hockey Radio Show at the Hangar at 7 p.m. Ask Coach Cahoon | Listen To Wednesday's Hockey Radio Show.

  • In the Springfield Republican, Dick Baker looks at the return of Doug Kublin in giving the Mass Attack a shot in the arm.

  • ESPN.com leads off Inside College Hockey's notebook with a look at National Player of the Year Justin Braun.


  • Check out the recaps from UMass' 11-6 win over Albany, the most lopsided win in the series in more than six years. Read about it in the Daily Collegian, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Lacrosse Magazine, Troy Record.


  • 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 previews today's UMass vs. Yale game at McGuirk.

  • 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 Washington Post takes a look at some possible Washington Redskins draft picks including Vladimir Ducasse.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Visit the traditions page to find out all about Sam The Minuteman and the Minutemen nickname.

  • Don't Miss This: Two teams in action, both at 4 p.m. The women's lacrosse team welcomes Yale to McGuirk Alumni Stadium while the tennis team travels to Brown for a match.


    Tuesday, March 9, 2010

    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.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY on March 9:
    Jamar Smith (Football)


  • Here are previews of the basketball team as it heads into action at Charlotte on Tuesday night for the A-10 First Round. Springfield Republican, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Daily Collegian have previews.

  • The Sports Network, Press of Atlantic City, Daily Collegian and Philadelphia Inquirer have complete previews of the 2010 Atlantic 10 Tournament.

  • Marty Dobrow from the Boston Globe has a tremendous feature on senior Ricky Harris and his run to the A-10 Tournament.

  • The Baltimore Sun has a brief of local hero Ricky Harris after he led the team to the A-10 Tournament with his big game on Saturday.

  • UMass alum and current UTEP coach Tony Barbee is listed as a leading candidate for the head coaching job at DePaul according to ESPN.com.

  • WEEI.com has a look at the New England teams in the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

  • Fox Sports.com mentions UMass' upset win over Rhode Island is the Rams are now on the wrong side of the NCAA Tournament bubble after the loss.


  • The women's basketball team will have a new coach next season as the contract of Marnie Dacko will not be extended. Here are stories from the Springfield Republican, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Boston Herald, Boston Globe, Daily Collegian, Masslive.com, Sports Network.


  • Inside College Hockey has a look around Hockey East and how UMass rose up to earn the seventh seed in the Tournament.


    Amanda Belichick with her dad Bill Belichick celebrating a Super Bowl title.

  • The Boston Globe has a photo gallery of Amanda Belichick and other children of reknown coaches.

  • FanHouse.com and Sporting News have follow up stories on the Boston Globe's nice feature on Amanda Belichick.


  • The Daily Collegian previews the UMass-Albany game on Tuesday at Garber Field.

  • The USILA Coaches Top 20 has the Minutemen in at No. 19 after losing to new No. 17 Yale. Saturday's opponent Harvard comes in at No. 13.

  • In the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, UMass is listed among "Others Receiving Votes." Harvard is 15th.


  • 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.


  • 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.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Looking for the perfect gift for a UMass fan? Buy a Sam The Minuteman Bobblehead now!

  • 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.


    Monday, March 8, 2010

    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.


  • The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on UMass heading to Charlotte for the A-10 First Round game on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

  • Here are the recaps from Saturday's dramatic win over Rhode Island, which damaged the Rams' chances to make the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row: Springfield Republican, Boston Globe, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Daily Collegian, Providence Journal, Boston Herald, The Examiner, Associated Press and Bleacher Report.

  • In the Daily Collegian, David Brinch has a story on how Ricky Harris willed UMass to the win over URI on Saturday and how the senior is looking to prolong his college career.

  • Ron Chimelis also looks at Ricky Harris' and his play in the Springfield Republican.

  • Ricky Harris' hometown paper, the Baltimore Sun has a story on the senior, who played his high school ball at Calvert Hall.


  • The hockey team faces No. 2 seed Boston College in a best-of-three series starting Friday night at Conte Forum after sweeping Maine in Orono. Here are stories from the Springfield Republican, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Boston Herald, Bangor Daily News, The Heights, ABC40, The Examiner, WABI.com and the Maine Campus.

  • The Boston Herald has a story on the wild weekend finish for Hockey East. The story lists UMass is the big winner moving from ninth to seventh with two wins at Maine over the weekend.

  • College Hockey News looks at how UMass and Vermont made the Hockey East Tournament.

  • Metrowest has a nice feature story on senior hockey player Will Ortiz.

  • The Daily Collegian brings you a story about how the hockey team played their best with their backs against the wall.

  • ESPN.com has a story on how Boston College -- UMass' Hockey East opponent -- is playing its best hockey right now.


  • The softball team swept the Under Amour Invitational in Florida, here are some reviews: Daily Collegian, Daily Hampshire Gazette.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY - MARCH 8: Eric Harries (men's lacrosse),
    Nazy Kerr (women's lacrosse)


  • The Daily Collegian has a full recap of the hoop loss in the A-10 First Round to Richmond on Friday afternoon, 54-47.


  • The Boston Globe has a great feature story on UMass assistant coach Amanda Belichick and how she is succeeding on her own in the coaching ranks with the Minutewomen.


  • The Daily Collegian has a recap of UMass' first loss of the season, 13-12, at Yale on Friday night.


  • The Bleacher Report lists Vladimir Ducasse as one of the nation's top FCS prospects to be drafted high in the NFL Draft.

  • 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.

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