The busiest weekend on campus in UMass Athletics gets underway this afternoon with three contests. The tennis team hosts Albany at 2 p.m., the No. 22 softball squad welcomes Charlotte for the first of two games and the baseball team seeks a win against Richmond also at 3 p.m. On Saturday, five teams including the No. 7 men's lacrosse team will be in action here in Amherst.
In USA TodayVladimir Ducasse is the subject of a feature by Tom Pedulla. He writes: "Why he can make the jump: Native of Haiti appears to have huge upside as he continues to learn nuances of sport after moving to U.S. in 2002. Has long arms and natural mass. Moves extremely well for his size. Determined competitor and eager student of game. Intelligence reflected in his grasp of three languages."
The Virginian-Pilot has a story centered around Ricky Harris, who is hopeful of getting a chance to play in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. Harris is an alternate awaiting an injury to one of the 64 players invited to the camp in Virginia. But Harris hasn't gotten the chance yet.
The softball team will try to solidify its hold on first place when it hosts fellow undefeated Atlantic 10 foe Charlotte at 3 p.m. today and at noon Saturday. Here is a preview from the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
The Daily Collegian previews today's game at Duquesne, which finishes as a six-game road trip, as UMass has won three in a row, all in the A-10.
The Daily Collegian also takes a look at UMass' improved defense which has been key to the team's success.
In the Baltimore Sun, ESPNU analyst Mark Dixon is the subject of a Q&A session where he mentions UMass in relation to Loyola and its chances of winning its conference this season.
The Washington Examiner mentions UMass' game with Towson on Saturday. "With one-goal loses to Harvard and Yale, the Minutemen could easily be undefeated. UMass is no fluke, ranking No. 5 in scoring margin (plus 3.9 per game)."
The Daily Collegian looks back at Towson's 10-7 win over UMBC on Wednesday night. The Tigers have now won two games in a row and stand at 3-5.
Recruit Ryan Izzo is mentioned in the preview of his Walpole H.S. team in the Walpole Times.
The Daily Collegian has a preview of UMass' tennis weekend starting with the Albany match on Friday.
The team continues action in the Knecht Cup in New Jersey. The Daily Collegian has the preview.
The Worcester Telegram has an update on the Holy Cross coaching search. The Crusaders will play at UMass next season.
Greg Mauldin made his Islanders debut in No. 62 as his squad dropped a 7-3 loss in the final regular-season game at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh. Mauldin played 10:02 and had two shots.
Casey Wellman had his third assist in 11 games played with Minnesota as the Wild defeated Calgary 2-1 last night. He logged 16 minutes of ice time and had three shots.
Jon Quick and the L.A. Kings were also in action suffering a 3-2 shootout loss to Phoenix. Quick made 25 saves.
Friday night will be College Night at the Worcester Sharks as they host the Hartford Wolfpack at the DCU Center. The Sharks sent a flyer to UMass promoting the game as fans can see Justin Braun, Matt Irwin, James Marcou and Cory Quirk in action. You can get a free buffet meal courtesy of V Amendment by showing a ticket to the game and a valid college ID.
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Don't Miss This: No shortage of games with the busiest weekend at UMass over the next three games. Today there are three games starting with tennis hosting Albany at 2 p.m., At 3 p.m., the softball team welcomes Charlotte and the baseball team takes on Richmond.
UMass will have its third player in the NHL as Greg Mauldin has been called up to play with the New York Islanders tonight at Pittsburgh.
The No. 22 softball team continued to roll with its eighth win in a row yesterday, beating BU, 3-0 in the home opener. Just Take a Minute has news on lots of teams including men's lacrosse. Rookie Will Manny was named the among the Top 3 Freshmen in the country by Inside Lacrosse at the midway point of the 2010. You can listen to coach Greg Cannella on the UMass Lacrosse Radio Show today at 5 p.m., on WMUA.
Inside Lacrosse has ranked the Top 10 freshmen in the nation at the midway point of the 2010 season and UMass' Will Manny is pegged at No. 3 by the source for all things lacrosse. IL writes: "The Minutemen's second-leading scorer, Manny got his first start and notched four points last week against Penn State. He's been instrumental to UMass's ability to reload."
The Daily Collegian looks at the UMass Senior class which will be honored on Saturday before the 1 p.m., CAA clash vs. Towson.
The Worcester Sharks aka UMass Central Mass, topped the Hartford Wolfpack 9-2 in a franchise record for goals in a game. Justin Braun was the No. 2 star as he had three assists. James Marcou also scored his first pro goal in the win. Cory Quirk had his eighth goal of the season. The game is also covered in the Hartford Courant.
All of UMass' connections with the AHL Worcester Sharks are mentioned in the Worcester Telegram. The Sharks are seeking to clinch their division as they head into the playoffs.
The team is prepping for the Knecht Cup. Check out the video preview here.
UMass' swimming brothers Ryan and Justin Brooks are featured in the Boston Globe. And the last two seasons, the duo teamed up on the men's swimming and diving team at UMass, an experience they both describe as "unforgettable.''
"It's been great,'' said Justin Brooks, a senior who will graduate as the program's record-holder in the 1,650-yard freestyle, a mark he set in winning the 2008 Atlantic-10 championship.
No student-athlete birthdays on April 8.
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Don't Miss This: No on-field action today at UMass. But, at 5 p.m., Greg Cannella will be on the UMass Lacrosse Radio Show, broadcast live on WMUA 91.1 and streamed right here on UMassAthletics.com.
Bring on the 80 degree temperatures and bring on the home games! The No. 22 UMass softball team hosts its home opener today at 5 p.m., as Boston University comes to Amherst. The baseball team hosts UConn in the second game of a home-and-home with the Huskies. JTAM has tons of news on the hiring on Sharon Dawley as the new women's basketball coach.
It's a huge day in the athletic department as the new UMass women's basketball head coach will be introduced at 2 p.m., at the Mullins Center. You can watch the event live here on UMassAthletics.com. JTAM also has the latest on the men's lacrosse team which moved up to No. 7 in the USILA Poll.
The Daily Collegian also has a story on the difficult schedule the Minutemen have faced this season leading to a rough early-season start.
Congrats to UMass' Jonathan Quick and the L.A. Kings for clinching a spot in the NHL Playoffs. Read about the Kings anticipation for the postseason in the Los Angeles Times.
Will Ortiz' signing by the ECHL's Cincinnati Cyclones is mentioned in the Cincinnati Enquirer. The Cyclones, who lost their regular-season finale 4-1 Saturday night at Wheeling, will play the South Carolina Stingrays in the opening round of the Kelly Cup playoffs. The best-of-5 series will begin at U.S. Bank Arena at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Game 2 is Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
TRACK & FIELD
The Massachusetts men's and women's track and field teams opened their seasons in Storrs, Conn. on Saturday at the UConn Invitational with third-place finishes and many athletes setting qualifying marks for the New England Championships. Check out the recap from the Daily Collegian.
The crew team's second place finish at Holy Cross is covered in the Daily Collegian.
As the Western Mass Pioneers near the kickoff of their 2010 season, West Springfield native, Chris Roswess, becomes their second official roster signing. Roswess is a standout junior at the University of Massachusetts and will be putting his gifted speed and footwork in the forward position as a Pioneer in the PDL. Check out the press release.
UMass team physician Dr. Pierre Rouzier is featured in a story in the Springfield Republican. Rouzier, a family physician and sports team doctor at the University of Massachusetts, along with his UMass colleagues, nurse Will G. Moye and pharmacist Christine H. Marsh, and Dr. Paul Gerstein from Mary Lane Hospital in Ware spent nine days in Leogane, Haiti, last month aiding the situation. Rouzier's father was born in Haiti, but fled the country in the 1940s. Rouzier had not visited the country since he was in high school.
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Great weekend for many UMass teams. The No. 9 men's lacrosse, No. 23 softball team and women's lacrosse teams combined to win four important conference games. The trio of teams have a perfect 10-0 record in conference action this season. Check back on Monday for the latest on the lacrosse polls to see if the Minutemen rise from No. 9.
Senior Tewaaraton Trophy Candidate Diogo Godoi is mentioned on Inside Lacrosse by Christian Swezey as one of the weekend's top performers. The veteran journalist wrote: "Starting defenseman had four caused turnovers and held his man scoreless in a 10-8 victory over Penn State. Godoi defended Matt Mackrides, who entered with 25 goals. Godoi's most important caused turnover came in the final minute. Penn State trailed 9-8 but had possession when Godoi intercepted a pass. The Minutemen cleared the ball and scored the clinching goal seconds later."
James Marcou played his first game in the AHL with the Worcester Sharks and racked up an assist in the team's 3-1 loss to the Providence Bruins on Friday night. Matt Irwin also made his debut in the game. Justin Braun has not played yet. The Worcester Telegram mentions Irwin and Marcou's pro debuts.
In its latest mock NFL Draft, Pro Football Weekly pegs Vladimir Ducasse going to the New York Jets with the 29th overall selection -- in the first round.
In PFW's Draft Value Chart, Ducasse is listed as a Day 2 "A" selection meaning the top of the second round.
In the Providence Journal, Bill Reynolds has an interesting column on UMass alum and former BC & URI Coach Al Skinner.
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Don't Miss This: Monday will bring conference weekly honors as well as the UMass Athlete of the Week announcement. Also check back to see where the men's lacrosse team is ranked in the USILA and Inside Lacrosse polls.