Just Take A Minute: April 27-May 1
Just Take A Minute: April 27-May 1

May 3, 2009

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   Friday, May 1

Happy May to everyone out there! Today is the start of an action-packed weekend for UMass teams. At 3 p.m., the softball team, fresh of a 9-0 win over UConn yesterday, hosts La Salle and the baseball team takes on St. Bonaventure at Earl Lorden Field. The men's soccer team will host defending NCAA Champion Maryland in a spring game at Rudd Field as part of SoccerFest. Saturday is "Pack The Park" for the softball team starting at 12 Noon. The football team has its annual spring game at 1 p.m. at McGuirk Stadium. On the road, the men's lacrosse team seeks its fourth ECAC Championship at Rutgers, starting at 1 p.m. The track teams compete in the A-10 Championships in Charlotte. Keep tabs on UMassAthletics.com all weekend for action from all these games and more!

  • The softball team's win over UConn is covered in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Springfield Republican, and Daily Collegian.

  • Matt Vautour also has an overall look at the weekend of UMass action in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

  • The NCAA men's lacrosse selections will be announced at 9 p.m. on Sunday night. A lot of teams are anxious. The Washington Times has a nice round-up of many of the scenarios. Inside Lacrosse also has an updated Bracketology to reflect the upset of Hofstra in the CAA Semifinals. The site still pegs UMass to be heading to Cornell in the first round. Also, ESPN/Inside Lacrosse analyst Quint Kessenich has a breakdown of the possibilities heading into the final regular-season weekend.

  • In men's lacrosse, WWLP NBC22 has a preview of the UMass-Rutgers game on Saturday.

  • The baseball team's weekend series with St. Bonaventure is previewed in the Daily Collegian.

  • The track and field teams will head to Charlotte to compete in the A-10 Championships. The Daily Collegian has a look ahead to the huge event.

  • The rowing team competes in the ECAC Championships this weekend. The Daily Collegian has a full preview.

  • Here is a very interesting football story from legendary writer Tony Barnhart in the Atlanta Constitution Journal. He writes about five assistant coaches in ACC Football who will make a difference this season, citing two former UMass head coaches Mark Whipple, now at Miami and Don Brown, now at Maryland.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Follow all the games with times and locations on the Master Calendar on the website.

  • Don't miss this: Hard to pick just one thing to watch this weekend. But looking ahead to Sunday night, the NCAA lacrosse selection shows take place late. The men's bracket will be unveiled at 9 p.m. on ESPNU and the women's at 10 p.m. on CBS College Sports TV.

       Thursday, Apr. 30

    The final day on April is here! On this final day of the month, the softball team hosts UConn in its final regular-season non-conference game at 5 p.m. Just Take A Minute has a complete update on UMass alums in the AHL and ECHL hockey playoffs as well as stories on baseball, men's lacrosse and others.

  • As we approach May, the hockey playoffs continue to heat up in the NHL, AHL, and ECHL. Good news to pass along as Mass Attack alums are still alive in their quest for the AHL's Calder Cup ... Mark Matheson, Stephen Werner and the Milwaukee Admirals have advanced to the West Division Finals. They face Houston tonight (Thursday) in Game 1. The only other UMass alum who's team is still playing is P.J. Fenton and the Worcester Sharks. The Sharks fell in overtime to the Providence Bruins in Game 1 of the Atlantic Division Finals on Tuesday night. Also of note, Mike Kostka scored Portland's only goal in the Pirates' 2-1 series-ending loss to Providence in Round 1. In the ECHL, both Chris Capraro's Charlotte Checkers and David Leaderer's Trenton Devils lost in Round 1. Keep tabs on the Admirals and Sharks in the Calder Cup Playoffs by clicking here.

  • Check out this very interesting blog about Tony Gaffney working out for the IMG Basketball Academy.

  • The Daily Collegian has a preview of today's softball game against UConn, a team UMass had to rally to beat last week in Storrs.

  • The baseball team fell to Vermont, 10-4 on Wednesday as Coach Mike Stone lost to the team he began his coaching career with. The Daily Collegian has a recap.

  • As the men's lacrosse gets down to its final regular-season game, the Minutemen need a win against Rutgers to secure their 18th NCAA Tournament berth. The Daily Collegian has a preview is this all-important game.

  • Inside Lacrosse has its updated NCAA Bracketlogy with UMass expected to play at Cornell in the first round. Of course that bracket was released prior to Wednesday's shocker in the CAA Semifinals as Hofstra lost to Villanova 9-7, setting up a CAA final between Villanova and Towson for the CAA's Automatic Qualifier. This isn't good news for teams on "the bubble." Also in the America East final, its will be UMBC against Stony Brook on Saturday after the teams beat Binghamton (in 2OT) and Albany.

  • Finally in the Daily Collegian there is a story on the women's lacrosse team waiting to hear its NCAA Tournament opponent while enjoying a week off from game action.

  • In his column Thursday, the Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy mentions the "UMass Minutemen" right at the top as a writes about the Celtics and "minutes" in their amazing postseason series with the Bulls.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Big weekend for the swimming and diving programs as they host their Alumni Weekend where men's coach Russ Yarworth will be honored. Al of the details can be found here.

  • Don't miss this: The start of a big weekend of UMass events gets underway with the softball team hosting rival UConn at 5 p.m., today at the UMass Softball Complex.

       Wednesday, Apr. 29

    Wednesday means its time for the UMass Sports Luncheon. Join us today at 12 Noon at the Cape Cod Lounge in the Student Union to hear a preview of Saturday's Spring Football Game from head coach Kevin Morris. Softball coach Elaine Sortino will also speak about her Minutewomen after they pounded Rhode Island yesterday. Women's lacrosse star Jackie Lyons will be honored as the UMass/Dinn Brothers Athlete of the Week as well. JTAM also has stories on men's lacrosse, which stands at No. 11 in the NCAA RPI heading into the final weekend of the regular-season.

  • Coverage of the softball team's 21-0 combined shelling of Rhode Island is in Daily Hampshire Gazette, The Good 5 Cent Cigar (URI's student newspaper).

  • Here's a great feature on softball's Davina Hernandez in the Bristol Press, her hometown paper.

  • The baseball team's 11-10 thrilling extra-inning win at Siena is chronicled in this round-up in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

  • The Springfield Republican has a round-up with blurbs on both softball and baseball.

  • UMass lacrosse senior star Jimmy Connolly has been named the No. 2 Mr. Clutch player in the country, according to Inside Lacrosse. Here's the snipet on the North Andover native: "Connolly's Late Goal Gives No. 14 UMass Win Over Penn State." "Connolly's OT Goal Lifts No. 14 UMass Past Hobart." While the Minutemen also have a pair of one-goal losses to Hofstra and Brown, Connolly's big ECAC performances could be called even more clutch as a result because they've given UMass the chance to beat Rutgers for an automatic bid Saturday and get back to the NCAA Tournament.

  • The lacrosse team hangs tight at No. 11 in the NCAA RPI, which is used in determining the NCAA Tournament field and seedings. But NCAA Chair Tim Pavlechko, says in this story, there is a human element in picking the field.

  • Saint Joseph's school newspaper, The Hawk has a story on the women's lacrosse A-10 title game from Saturday, where UMass downed SJU in OT, 15-14.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: The soccer team will take on defending national champion Maryland this Friday at 5 p.m. at Rudd Field. Here is a preview and information on the game which is part of SoccerFest on campus.

  • Don't miss this: In addition to the Sports Luncheon at 12 Noon, the baseball team hosts Vermont at 3 p.m. at Earl Lorden Field, join us for some exciting baseball action.

       Tuesday, Apr. 28

    Did summer get here already? A scorcher is expected today, into the 90s! The softball team looks to begin a new win streak this afternoon in Rhode Island as the nationally-ranked Minutewomen play a doubleheader at URI. The baseball team hits the road for a nonconference tilt at Siena. JTAM has stories on those teams as well as track, rowing, men's lacrosse and football.

  • The softball doubleheader at URI is previewed in the Daily Collegian.

  • The Daily Collegian has a preview of the baseball team's game at Siena this afternoon.

  • The Philadelphia Eagles signing of UMass cornerback Courtney Robinson is covered in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Daily News, Delaware Journal News, Bulletin of Philadelphia.

  • The men's lacrosse team is up to No. 15 in the USILA Coaches Poll which also has a new No. 1 in Syracuse. The Orange are also the new No. 1 in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, where UMass hangs at No. 15.

  • ESPN's lacrosse guru Quint Kessenich has the Minutemen at No. 13 in his Power Rankings saying the Minutemen won a mid-week game in conference against Fairfield 12-6 on Tuesday and then suffered a power outage against Syracuse on Saturday, only scoring three goals in defeat. UMass is at Rutgers on Saturday - if they win they're the ECAC champs and receive the league's AQ.

  • Check this interesting blog from the Baltimore Sun where ECAC foe Loyola is anxious for the NCAA Tournament pairings as they ready for Johns Hopkins in its final game.

  • UMass can clinch the ECAC Lacrosse NCAA Automatic QUalifier with a win at Rutgers on Saturday. Take a look at the ECAC in the Daily Collegian.

  • The Daily Collegian has a recap of the track and field teams finish at the Pre-Conference Meet held at UMass this weekend.

  • The rowing team's win over MIT is written about in the Daily Collegian.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Its a big weekend for softball coming up. Check out this webpage for all the details on "Pack The Park" and "Softball Fanfest."

  • Don't miss this: The softball polls will be released today, check to see where the Minutewomen stand midday. On the field, the softballers are at Rhode Island for a twinbill starting at 2:30 p.m. Also, the baseball team is at Siena for a 4 p.m. contest.

       Monday, Apr. 27

    It was a big weekend for history for UMass' teams. The women's lacrosse team won the A-10 Tournament to clinch a berth to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1985 (24 years). The men's lacrosse team played for a UMass record 13,722 fans at McGuirk Stadium, the 24th-largest regular-season lacrosse crowd in NCAA history. Finally, on a tough note, the softball team saw its 49-game conference win streak end at Charlotte. Kudos to the Minutewomen for such an amazing achievement dating to 2006. JTAM has stories on all of these teams and much more.

  • Check out the stories on the women's lacrosse team reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1985: Daily Hampshire Gazette | Daily Collegian | LaxPower | WWLP TV.

  • The Daily Collegian has a nice sidebar feature on the A-10 Tournament MVP Jackie Lyons.

  • UMass' men's lacrosse defeat to soon-to-be New No. 1 Syracuse in front of 13,722 fans is covered in the Daily Hampshire Gazette | Springfield Republican | WWLP | Syracuse Post-Standard | Watertown Daily Times | Daily Orange | Lacrosse Magazine | Inside Lacrosse | Lax Power

  • Speaking of lacrosse, check out this great feature on UMass alum and former All-American Jake Deane in the Peoria Journal Star. Deane, a defenseman with the Chicago Machine of Major League Lacrosse, led a clinic Saturday for members of the Washington Capitals youth program.

  • The softball team's 49-game conference win streak ended by the Charlotte 49ers is covered in the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Daily Collegian.

  • With the NFL Draft in the book, two CAA football players were selected : Darren Cox of William & Mary (Jacksonville) and Lawrence Sidbury of Richmond (Atlanta). UMass' Liam Coen is hopeful of a free agent deal saying "I'm still waiting. A lot of quarterbacks didn't get picked up, so a lot of people got pushed back. It's one of those things. That's what I'm hoping. We'll see." to the Boston Herald. Coen is also mentioned in the Providence Journal.

  • The baseball team dropped its last two games at La Salle after a nice winning streak. The Daily Hampshire Gazette also has this coverage of the game.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Its a big weekend for softball coming up. Check out this webpage for all the details on "Pack The Park" and "Softball Fanfest."

  • Don't miss this: Monday will bring the announcement of league players of the week and the UMass Athlete of the Week. Additionally, the men's lacrosse polls will come up late Monday morning, check to see where UMass moves to.

  • Look Back To The Week Of: April 20-24, 2009 | April 13-17 | April 6-10 | March 30-Apr. 3 | March 23-27 | March 16-20 | March 9-13 | Mar. 2-6 | Feb. 23-27 | Feb. 16-20 | Feb. 9-13 | Feb. 2-6 | Jan. 26-30 | Jan. 19-23 | Jan. 12-16 | Jan. 5-9 | Dec. 29, 2008-Jan. 2, 2009 | Dec. 22-26 | Dec. 15-19 | Dec. 8-12 | Dec. 1-5 | Nov. 24-28 | Nov. 17-21 | Nov. 10-14 | Nov. 3-7 | Oct. 27-31 | Oct. 20-24, 2008 | Oct. 13-17, 2008 | Oct. 6-10, 2008 | Sept. 29-Oct. 3, 2008 | Sept. 22-26, 2008 | Sept. 15-19, 2008 | Sept. 8-12, 2008 | Sept. 1-5, 2008 | Aug. 25-29, 2008 | Aug. 18-22, 2008