Just Take A Minute: March 9-13
Just Take A Minute: March 9-13

   Friday, Mar. 13

Friday The 13th Again! Second month in row that we have the day to beware. A month ago, softball star Whitney Mollica was proposed to be announcer Matt Goldstein. Well on Friday you can listen to Goldstein call the action with Mollica on the field as the UMass softball team plays Central Michigan (at 1 p.m.) and South Florida (at 6 p.m.) down in Clearwater, Florida. Friday is also a big day as UMass the UMass hockey team begins play in the Hockey East playoffs at No. 4 Northeastern at Matthews Arena in Beantown. JTAM has stories on these teams and news from men's basketball as well as snipets on women's and men's soccer.

  • In the Springfield Republican, Dick Baker previews the UMass-Northeastern hockey playoff set. Baker focuses on Springfield native T.J. Syner in his article.

  • The Easton-Journal Enterprise has a preview of the Hockey East playoffs as well. It has this quote: This is the only matchup in which the lower seed won the season series, so "they are probably thrilled they drew us," said NU coach Greg Cronin.

  • On USCHO.com Dave Hendrickson has his look at the second season in Hockey East. He mentions: Seventh-seeded Massachusetts took two-out-of-three this year from Northeastern. Why can't the Minutemen do it again? Check out his complete breakdown of the games.

  • Also from USCHO.com columnist Dave Starman has his look at the Hockey East playoffs. The CBS College TV colorman, writes: UMass has a ton of speed and James Marcou has been a great player to watch since he was about nine years old.

  • Here's a look at four college coaches with connections to UMass who picked up big wins in Thursday's Championship Week action: UMas alum and Louisville downed Providence, 73-55 in the Big East Quarterfinals; UMass alum and Al Skinner and Boston College beat Virginia in the ACC First Round; Former UMass coach Travis Ford and his Oklahoma State Cowboys secured a spot in the NCAA Tournament with a 71-70 upset of No. 7 Oklahoma in the Big 12 Tourney and finally UMass legendary coach John Calipari and his Memphis Tigers are eying their fourth Conference USA Tournament crown in a row, as the Tigers topped Tulane, 51-41 in the C-USA Quarterfinals.

  • A great feature on UMass alum and current Louisville Coach Rick Pitino, mentions about the Long Island native, signing his National Letter of Intent to play at UMass on the Garden floor after watching Julius Erving and the Minutemen lose to Marquette in the NIT.

  • Lacrosse Magazine has a story on Albany, who beat UMass on Tuesday. It mentions the Great Danes were able to run in their 12-9 win over the Minutemen.

  • Several UMass football players including quarterback Liam Coen took part in Boston College's Pro Day on Thursday.

  • The Miami Herald has a story on outstanding kickers in the South Florida region which mentions: UMass All-American Christian Koegel out of Deerfield Beach, Florida.

  • Former UMass men's soccer Ptah Myers is in the news with his indoor team the Philadelphia KiXX which is playing its final games at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. Myers is well on his way to becoming Philadelphia's Ironman. The Columbus, OH native has now appeared in 113 consecutive contests including playoffs (107 regular-season and six playoffs). The UMass product has played in every game each of the last three seasons.

  • On March 26, the UMass women's soccer team will take on a Japanese All-Star team at Mount Holyoke College at 7 p.m. in a spring game outside on the Turf Field.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Fans, you have asked for it and now they are available! Game-worn official UMass men's basketball jerseys are now up for Official Auction. Bid on the jerseys of Dante Milligan, Brandon Thomas, Matt Pennie, and James Life. Bidding starts at $75.

  • Don't miss this: Two UMass teams in action today, softball with a pair in Florida. The hockey team starts its postseason at Northeastern tonight at 7 p.m. On Saturday, there is a lacrosse doubleheader with the women's team hosting Stony Brook at 12 Noon at McGuirk Stadium. The men's team plays Brown at 2 p.m. at Garber Field, in a match-up of two Top 20 teams.

       Thursday, Mar. 12

    Tough loss for the men's basketball team, but give it props for the valiant comeback attempt. In the end, the Minutemen seemed to run out of gas. Wednesday also marked a tough loss by women's lacrosse at the hands of Yale. Now we turn our attention to the final winter sport, hockey, which starts its Hockey East Quarterfinal series against Northeastern tomorrow night. Check out JTAM for all the recaps of the Duquesne hoops contest, and much more.

  • The following media outlets ran stories on the 91-81 defeat to Duquesne: Daily Hampshire Gazette, Springfield Republican, Daily Collegian, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, The Associated Press, New York Times, WWLP TV, Ashbury Park Press, and WXPI.com.

  • Looking ahead, Ron Chimelis of the Republican says Springfield is still in the running as the Atlantic 10 Tournament site.

  • Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a nice story on Tony Gaffney's sensational season.

  • The Collegian has this sidebar on Anthony Gurley's great performance off the bench.

  • An Atlantic 10 Tournament Notebook from the Charlotte Observer mentions Tony Gaffney's feat of 100+ blocks and 50+ steals in its "Did You Know" section.

  • Field hockey's Courtney Mayerick is noted in her hometown newspaper, the Greenwich Time, for making the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Academic team.

  • The women's lacrosse loss at Yale is covered in the Collegian.

  • The Collegian also has a number of stories previewing the weekend's hockey series with Northeastern: UMass/N'Eastern preview, Hockey East Tournament preview, and a feature on how critical goaltending will be.

  • Quick AHL Update (more extended update to come in a future JTAM). Greg Mauldin of the Binghamton Senators was named the #1 star of the game in a 5-2 win over the Worcester Sharks on Wednesday night. He finished with a goal and assist. Another Mass Attack alum, P.J. Fenton, had an assist for the Sharks.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Have you seen the UMass wallpapers available via UMassAthletics.com? If not, then click here! There are some great options to download for your computer. You won't be disappointed!

  • Don't miss this: Big weekend for hockey at Northeastern! For tickets to the games at Matthews Arena, click here.

       Wednesday, Mar. 11

    The Atlantic 10 Tournament is here! The UMass men's basketball team starts its quest toward an A-10 Title tonight at approximately 6:30 p.m. against the Duquesne Dukes in Atlantic City. Men's lacrosse was the only team in action on Tuesday as it dropped a tough 12-9 decision to Albany. Check out this JTAM focused on the A-10 Hoops Tourney.

  • The Springfield Republican's Ron Chimelis has this story on how the men's basketball team feels no pressure in Atlantic City.

  • Andy Katz mentions Tony Gaffney in his column and says, "Saint Joseph's Ahmad Nivins, the A-10 player of the year, URI's Jimmy Baron and UMass' Tony Gaffney are three seniors who have had stellar careers and are all capable of giving the A-10 a memorable send-off with a star performance in the tourney."

  • The Sports Network has a 2009 Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Preview with numerous mentions of the Minutemen.

  • The Daily Collegian also has stories on the upcoming tournament: Atlantic 10 Tournament Preview, UMass feels primed to end Atlantic 10 Tournament woes, and Commentary on A-10 Awards.

  • The following sources had stories on the men's lacrosse defeat at Albany: Inside Lacrosse and Lax Power, and Springfield Republican.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Want information on the Maroon Platoon? Then click here for more information.

  • Don't miss this: Big game coming up vs. Duquesne! Follow all the action right here on UMassAthletics.com. You can watch live, listen live, and/or follow via GameTracker!

       Tuesday, Mar. 10

    Tuesday marks the eve of the Atlantic 10 Tournament as the Minutemen face Duquesne in Round One. First thing's first though. Today feature a big tilt as the 13th ranked UMass men's lacrosse team heads to Albany for a 4 p.m. showdown with the Great Danes. There is also a postseason edition of the Bud Light UMass Hockey Show set for 7 p.m. at the Hangar. Check out this JTAM for stories on A-10 men's basketball postseason awards, highlighted by Tony Gaffney being named A-10 Defensive Player of the Year!

  • Here are some stories on Gaffney's honor, the third time in the last four years a UMass player has been named Defensive Player of the Year: Springfield Republican, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Boston Globe, and ABC 40.

  • The URI student newspaper has a story on the Atlantic 10 Tournament and mentions the possibility of a UMass/URI rematch on Thursday, if the Minutemen advance past Duquesne.

  • Joe Sullivan mentions UMass and the Atlantic 10 in his blog. He says, "Nice win by UMass over Rhode Island Saturday...Should be a wide-open affair with a lot of close games in AC."

  • The Daily Collegian has a preview of this afternoon's lax game. Also find a good sidebar feature on hard-hitting defenseman Diogo Godoi.

  • The Collegian also has stories on tennis, skiing, and track.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: If you can't make it to Albany for the lax game or to the Hangar for the Bud Light UMass Hockey show, don't miss any of the fun! Click here to tune into both the game and show!

  • Don't miss this: Men's lacrosse plays rival Albany at 4 p.m. while the hockey show is set for 7 p.m. Two great events on one busy Tuesday.

       Monday, Mar. 9

    What an impressive weekend for UMass Athletics highlighted by a 5-0 Saturday. Two teams learned their postseason matchups as head men's basketball coach Derek Kellogg and his squad faces Duquesne in the first round of the A-10 Tournament (Wednesday) while the Mass Attack is set for the Hockey East Quarterfinals vs. Northeastern (starting Friday). Check out this jam-packed Monday edition of JTAM which includes coverage from basketball, hockey, baseball, men's lacrosse, and much more!

  • Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican has this analysis of the A-10 Tournament first round matchup with Duquesne.

  • Check out these stories of men's basketball's last-second 72-71 thriller over Rhode Island on Saturday, which was the No. 1 play of the day on ESPN's SportsCenter: Springfield Republican, Boston Globe, Boston Channel, South Coast Today, Woonsocket Call, and Providence Journal.

  • Chimelis writes this sidebar on Gary Correia who had a monster game in his return to his home state of Rhode Island.

  • Jim Donaldson of the Providence Journal has this piece on how Saturday's game affects URI's NCAA Tournament hopes.

  • The Boston University win over Providence on Sunday propelled the Terriers to the regular season league title, meaning the Mass Attack will play Northeastern in the Hockey East Quarterfinals next weekend.

  • Check out the following stories on the hockey team's weekend split with Merrimack: SATURDAY: Springfield Republican, WWLP TV, Boston Globe, Boston Herald | FRIDAY: Springfield Republican.

  • The Arizona Desert Storm, Arizona Daily Store, and Daily Wildcat have stories on Saturday's baseball game, a 9-8 UMass win. The win also found its way into the Springfield Republican's local roundup which also included mentions of men's lacrosse and women's tennis victories.

  • Annapolis Capital includes a mention of UMass men's lacrosse's 7-3 win on Saturday in its College Men's Lacrosse Roundup. Lacrosse Magazine and Lax Power ran the game recap as well.

  • NBADraft.net has a story on former UMass coach and his red-hot Memphis Tigers who are on fire and stand at 27-3.

  • Former UMass star Gary Forbes has continued to impress with the Tulsa 66ers of the NBDL. On Sunday, he scored 21 points, added eight rebounds, and four assists in a 124-101 loss.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Click here to reserve tickets for the men's basketball banquet hosted by the UMass Court Club on Wednesday, Apr. 8 at 6 p.m.

  • Don't miss this: Derek Kellogg is scheduled to have his weekly Atlantic 10 Teleconference on Monday. Check back for a full transcription. Also look for the announcement of the UMass Athlete of the Week and other conference honors during the day.