Just Take A Minute: April 13-17, 2009Look back at the week that was.
Friday, Apr. 17
UMass is the place to be for home games and beautiful weather this weekend! Eight games in three days starting this afternoon at 3 p.m. The women's lacrosse team seeks the Atlantic 10 regular-season title against Duquesne at 3 p.m. Also on campus, the softball team hosts GW and the baseball squad begins at a three-game set with Saint Joseph's, both starting at 3 p.m. Two A-10 titles will be handed out this weekend as the tennis team begins its quest this afternoon against Dayton outside of Pittsburgh. The rowing team seeks its 13th A-10 crown on Saturday in Camden, N.J. Finally, tonight is a big night for UMass men's lacrosse assistant coach Jake Coon, who will be inducted into the Nazareth College Sports Hall of Fame.
UMass men's lacrosse assistant coach Jake Coon will be inducted into the Nazareth College Sports Hall of Fame tonight in Rochester, N.Y. Coon, of Homer, N.Y., was a four-time All-American as a four-year starting goalie for the men's lacrosse team. He was named Goalie of the Year in both 1998 and 2000, and helped Nazareth win a national championship in 1997. He holds several records, including most career saves (769) and most saves in a game (32).
In Kentucky, former UMass head coach John Calipari has hired two former Wildcats for his staff at UK. He has brought on Tony Delk and Scott Padgett to assist him in Lexington. Delk helped Kentucky beat John Calipari?s UMass team in the Final Four in 1996, en route to a national title and also played with the Celtics.
UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Follow all of the action this weekend on the Watch & Listen page with links to all video, audio and gametrackers for UMass' eight home events.
Don't miss this: Just another reminder of all the action this weekend. Today at 3 p.m., women's lacrosse hosts its Senior Day and softball, and baseball are all at home. On Saturday, men's lacrosse has its Senior Day along with game twos for baseball and softball. Also the rowing team seeks its 13th Atlantic Championship on Saturday in Camden, N.J.
Thursday, Apr. 16
What a power surge by UMass baseball and softball. The baseball team had five long balls in a 12-8 win over Boston College, its second win over BC in just over a week. While the Minutemen were topping the Eagles, softball was taking care of business against Boston University, smacking three solo home runs of its own on the way to a 3-0 victory. Check out JTAM for news on a men's lacrosse player nominated for the sport's biggest award.
On Wednesday, senior lax goalie Doc Schneider was named a nominee for college lacrosse's most prestigious award, the Tewaarton Trophy given to the nation's best player. The Minutemen have already played three from the list (Jordan Burke, Jay Card, and Shane Koppens) and are set to face three more (Matt Abbott, Dan Hardy, and Kenny Nims) when Syracuse comes to town on April 25.
Wednesday marked Day One of the Stanley and Calder Cup Playoffs. A UMass connection was in action as former defenseman Mike Kostka and the Portland Pirates took a 1-0 series lead with a 3-0 win at Providence. Alex Berry's team, the Toronto Marlies, also played at Manitoba, but he did not play.
UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: April is already halfway over! Don't miss any action as the spring sports wind down, beginning with the final home women's lax game this Friday. Click here for the composite schedule.
Don't miss this: Big weekend coming up, so be sure to plan ahead! On Friday, women's lax (Senior Day), softball, and baseball are all in action at 3 p.m. while Saturday, men's lax (Senior Day), softball, and baseball all play. Also, two Mass Attack alums open their American Hockey League playoff series on Thursday. Mark Matheson and Stephen Werner (Milwaukee) host Rockford while P.J. Fenton's Worcester Sharks play at Hartford.
Wednesday, Apr. 15
Congrats to UMass pitcher Brandice Balschmiter on career win No. 109! The senior from Newark, N.Y., broke Danielle Henderson's record in style with a no-hitter against Providence on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the softball team is back in action against Boston University at 5 p.m. at home. The baseball team hosts Boston College at 3 p.m. at Earl Lorden Field. Wednesday also brings the UMass Sports Luncheon at the Campus Center Room 1009. Lacrosse coach Greg Cannella will speak about Saturday's game against Georgetown. Also, the "Voice of the Minutemen" Josh Maurer will speak about the 100 Seasons of UMass Basketball video documentary which will be out this late spring.
Here's a must read. In his Daily Hampshire Gazette blog, Matt Vautour asked Josh Maurer to write about the passing of legendary Phillies announcer Harry Kalas. Maurer grew up listening to Kalas and calls him his "idol" in and the reason why he got into broadcasting.
The Brockton Enterprise News has a great feature on baseball's Adam Tempesta. He is second in career hits at UMass with 206 and has been above .300 in all four seasons at UMass. He has had at least one hit in 121 of the 161 games he's played for the Minutemen.
UMass pitcher Charlie Benson is mentioned in this weekly column in the Voices, a Connecticut newspaper.
Two UMass basketball conference opponents have hired new head coaches. Xavier has elevated assistant Chris Mack to the head job after Sean Miller went to Arizona last week. In women's hoops, old friend Thorr Bjorn hired Cathy Inglese as Rhode Island's new women's coach.
The Los Angeles Clippers and UMass National Player of the Year Marcus Camby finishes his first season with the Clips on Wednesday night at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Check back for his final season stats on Thursday.
UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: The Hall of Fame page has been updated. Check it out to see how to nominate someone for the highest UMass athletic honor.
Don't miss this: Three events on campus today: UMass Sports Luncheon at Noon at the Campus Center Room 1009. Baseball vs. Boston College at 3 p.m. at Earl Lorden Field and softball at 5 p.m. vs. Boston University at the Softball Complex.
Tuesday, Apr. 14
The UMass softball team is back in action at home for the first of back-to-back games, taking on Providence this evening at 5 p.m. On Wednesday, UMass hosts Boston University also at 5 p.m. Just Take A Minute has news on the baseball team's 5-3 loss at the Beanpot at Fenway Park as more than 3,000 fans were on hand. More news on JTAM comes from men's and women's lacrosse
The Daily Collegian has a preview of the softball team's tilt with Providence. The Massachusetts softball team will be heading out of Atlantic 10 waters when it hosts Big East foe PC in first game of six straight non-conference matches
On Inside Lacrosse, fans can vote for Doc Schneider for the MVP of the Weekend. Schneider made a career-high 21 saves in the win over Hobart to earn his fifth ECAC Defensive Player of the Week this season.
The Collegian also has a story on the UMass rowing team as the Minutewomen prepare for the Atlantic 10 CHampionships later this month.
The Worcester Telegram & Gazette mentions two UMass stars from the 1950s, who were named to the All-Decade Team as part of the 100 Seasons Of UMass Basketball. The 1950s teams included former Classical High and Worcester Academy standout Dick Eid and former St. John's star Jack Foley.
UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: On April 25, the men's lacrosse team will host Syracuse at McGuirk Stadium. That game will use the tailgating policy for UMass football. Check out what you can and can't do.
Don't miss this: Its all about the softball team. The Minutewomen host Providence at 5 p.m. in Amherst. When they take the field, they will know their new weekly rankings. Check back for that.
Monday, Apr. 13
Another big weekend of wins for UMass teams. The No. 14 men's lacrosse team pulled off an amazing last-second rally to beat Hobart in overtime, 7-6. The No. 17 softball team swept two games from Saint Joseph's. The women's lacrosse team continued to stay unbeaten in the A-10 at 5-0 with a 16-4 win over Temple. The baseball team won two of three at Saint Louis. Monday is big for the baseball team as the Minutemen look to defend their Beanpot Championship at Fenway Park against Northeastern at 5 p.m. JTAM has news on all these teams as well as Tony Gaffney and Chris Lowe finishing up at the Portsmouth Invitational, NBA Predraft Camp. Also Jon Quick and Thomas Pock finished their biggest seasons in the NHL.
The NHL regular-season wrapped up on Sunday. UMass alums Jon Quick and Thomas Pock finished up their most extensive seasons in the NHL. In 44 games, Quick went 21-18-2 with a 2.48 GAA and 91.4 save percentage for the Los Angeles Kings. Pock played in 59 games with a goal and two assists for the New York Islanders. Neither team made the playoffs.
The tennis team's regular-season finale loss to Temple is covered in the Daily Collegian.
UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Info on the Baseball Beanpot is linked on the baseball page. Click here for information and to order tickets!
Don't miss this: The big action is in Boston as UMass faces Northeastern in the Baseball Beanpot final at 5 p.m. Check back to see where men's lacrosse moves in the polls. Also see if any UMass athletes win weekly awards, including the UMass Athlete of the Week.