Just Take A Minute: May 11-15, 2009
Just Take A Minute: May 11-15, 2009

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   Friday, May 15

  • Amherst Regional Tournament Central | Regional Bracket & Schedule | NCAA Bracket
    Its a big game day on campus today with four games at two locations. The NCAA Softball Regional gets underway tonight at 5 p.m. with No. 3 seed Washington taking on Sacred Heart at 5 p.m. followed by UMass against Cornell at 7:30 p.m., in what will be the first-ever home softball game under the lights. Over at Earl Lorden Field, the baseball team hosts a pair of games against Duquesne, starting at Noon. With a win, UMass will clinch its first A-10 Tournament berth since 2003. Come and make it a full day of balls and strikes in both baseball and softball.

  • Ron Chimelis has a story on the UMass softball pitcher Brandice Balschmiter and Washington's Danielle Lawrie as the Minutewomen's tall task in the Amherst Regional of the NCAA Softball Tournament.

  • Check out the NCAA pitching win leaders where two of the top four pitchers are in Amherst this weekend. No. 3 Danielle Lawrie with a 32-6 record for Washington and No. 4 Brandice Balschmiter of UMass with a 31-4 mark. Kristen Wadwell, Louisville of Louisville has a 40-8 record to top the nation in wins.

  • ESPN.com's Graham Hays was in Amherst on Thursday for the press conferences for all four NCAA Softball teams. Hays has breakdown of the regionals.

  • In the football world, Dave Coulson of The Sports Network has a column on the lack of FCS players in the College Football Hall of Fame. It mentions former UMass star and Cleveland Browns end Milt Morin as being very deserving.

  • Temple's 15-6 baseball loss helps UMass' cause for getting into the A-10 Tournament. Temple is now 11-13 in the league and must win both of its final two games to have any chance at the postseason. It would also require last place Duquesne to sweep Massachusetts and Rhode Island to win at least two games at Saint Louis.

  • UMass Hall of Famer Ron Villone has not allowed an earned run with the Washington Nationals, his 12th major league team. On MASN.com, Debbi Taylor has a column which talks about Villone. Included in the piece is: One thing I've noticed about 39-year-old southpaw Ron Villone is how calm he is when he takes the mound. He goes out there and breathes. That's a lesson the younger members of the relief corps should learn.

  • ESPN's David Thorpe who works for Scouts Inc. has high praise for UMass' Tony Gaffney in his recent chat on ESPN.com Thorpe says: If (Gaffney's) not an NBA player I might just quit and become a shepherd. He's almost Tyrus-like as an athlete with a 7'2 wingspan with skills and a super hot motor that never stops.

  • Gary Forbes time in the Philippines was short-lived as this team Talk-N-Text replaced him with Rashad Bell of Boston University (who was playing in Hungary) after two games.

  • Slamonline.com has an interview focusing on Pittsburgh basketball's rise with UMass '97 alum and former assistant coach Daryn Freedman playing a key role.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: With final exams underway at UMass, check out the academic services page.

  • Don't miss this: Four games on campus on the diamonds. You can make it wall-to-wall action starting at 12 Noon and into the night with two baseball games starting at 12 Noon followed by the NCAA Softball Regional games starting at 5 p.m.

       Thursday, May 14

    The baseball team can move one step closer to clinching its first A-10 Tournament berth this afternoon as the Minutemen hosts Duquesne in the first of a three-game series at Earl Lorden Field at 3 p.m. Thursday also showcases the four softball teams in the NCAA Regional who will take part in practices and press conferences at the Softball Complex. The lights have arrived and are ready to shine down on the softball stars.

  • The football team will play two night games and at lest four games on television as the initial times and TV have been announced. It is mentioned in Matt Vautour's blog.

  • In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a story on the softball team's "second chance" in this year's regional in Amherst.

  • The Boston Herald's Rich Thompson has a great story on UMass softball standout Carly Normandin and how she was "found" by coach Elaine Sortino.

  • The newspaper Town Topics has a very nice follow-up story on UMass' sophomore long-stick Casey Rahn, who returned to his hometown Princeton, when the Minutemen and Tigers battled last Sunday.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: An extensive photo gallery from the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament game at Princeton has been completed. Check out the close to 100 pictures.

  • Don't miss this: Lots of action on the diamonds as the baseball team hosts the first of three with Duquense at 3 p.m., today. The four NCAA softball teams have arrived in Amherst and will practice and take part in press conferences all afternoon and evening as well.

       Wednesday, May 13

    Wednesday means its time for the UMass Sports Luncheon. Today is an event you don't want to miss at Room 1009 in the Campus Center. The luncheon will honor the Spring scholar-athletes Tim Balise from the men's lacrosse team and Laura Danai from the tennis squad. Also, the men's lax, women's lax and softball teams will be recognized for winning their conference championships. Athletic Director John McCutcheon will be the featured speaker. The Athlete of the Week will also be presented to baseball's Jim Macdonald. JTAM also has updates on former UMass stars in the pro ranks of hockey and lacrosse.

  • In his classic column Hitting To All Fields Garry Brown leads off with the UMass softball team, writing: Just sitting and wondering how far UMass can go in NCAA softball.

  • The Worcester Telegram & Gazette has a great feature on Carly Normandin, the A-10 Player of the Year.

  • LaxPower has the complete release on the All-New England Lacrosse Teams.

  • We are now deep into the hockey postseason and a few Mass Attack alums are still alive in the quest for the Calder Cup. Two HUGE games set for tonight as Mark Matheson, Stephen Werner and the Milwaukee Admirals host Houston in Game 7 of the West Division Finals with the winner advancing to face Manitoba in the Western Conference Finals. P.J. Fenton and the Worcester Sharks host archrival Providence in a must-win Game 6 at the DCU Center in Worcester as Providence leads the series three games to two. If the Sharks win, Game 7 would be Thursday night in Providence. Click here for more info on the Calder Cup Playoffs via theahl.com.

  • The UMass lacrosse season may be over, but there are a number of Minutemen alums still playing professionally. In the NLL (indoor lax), Sean Morris and Jack Reid each are on the Boston Blazers, who fell in their postseason game to Buffalo. Meanwhile, talk about a monster postseason for Jeff Zywicki with the San Jose Stealth. In two games, he led the team with 10 points (5g, 5a), but the squad was ousted by Calgary this past Saturday. New York and Calgary are set to play in the Championship Game this Friday.

  • Meanwhile, the outdoor lacrosse season is set to get underway this weekend. The league's official rosters were announced on Monday with a ton of former Minutemen making the cut. Some names include Zywicki (Toronto), Sean Morris (Boston), Jack Reid (Boston), Brett Garber (Boston), Kevin Leveille (Chicago), Jake Deane (Chicago), and Chris Fiore (Long Island).

  • Gary Forbes is mentioned in this Cebu Daily News article as a player this his coach, Chot Reyes, hopes to get another huge game out of him for the Texters.

  • Reference to made to UMass all-time great Julius Erving in this web column about great upsets. The original story ran in the New Yorker magazine last week.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: The Tournament Central for the softball games this weekend has been launched online. Check it out.

  • Don't miss this: Come on up to the UMass Sports Luncheon at 12 Noon at the UMass Campus Center. The event features the Spring scholar-athlete presentations along with recognition of the men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse and softball teams. Be there!

       Tuesday, May 12

    Good morning on this beautiful Tuesday! To all students at UMass, enjoy your last day of classes. This afternoon the hot UMass baseball team hosts Quinnipiac in its final non-conference game of the season so come on out to Earl Lorden Field and support the Minutemen. The diamond nine are seeking their first A-10 Tournament since 2003. JTAM also has stories on softball and lacrosse. Check out the Daily Collegian's AWESOME look at the top sports stories and people of the year. Its a must read.

  • The Springfield Republican has a great feature on th baseball team, which is having its most successful season in years.

  • Here's a preview of the UMass-Quinnipiac baseball games from the QU perspective.

  • The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a notebook on the NCAA Softball Regional at UMass.

  • Today is the last day of printing of the Daily Collegian. Here are their Top stories and moments of the year.

  • Also from the Daily Collegian, the final senior columns for sports editor Eli Rosenswaike.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: The Tournament Central for the softball games this weekend has been launched online. Check it out.

  • Don't miss this: Check UMassAthletics.com this afternoon for a new special feature focusing on the softball team and their NCAA Regional this weekend here in Amherst. Its pretty cool, hope you like it.

       Monday, May 11

    Hope all Mothers had a great day on Sunday! The softball team is back in the NCAA Tournament and will host a regional with No. 3 overall seed Washington (41-10). The baseball team continues its march to a possible Atlantic 10 Tournament berth with the first series win by an A-10 team against first-place Rhode Island this season. Two UMass teams seasons came to an end on Sunday as the men's team battled back, but lost at No. 4 Princeton, 10-7. The women lost at No. 1 Northwestern, 23-6 to end their season. Kudos to both lacrosse teams for great campaigns and reaching the postseason.

  • Here are stories on UMass hosting Washington, Cornell and Sacred Heart in the Amherst Regional of the NCAA First Round in softball: Daily Hampshire Gazette | Daily Collegian | WWLP Channel 22.

  • The Bristol (Conn.) Press has a nice story on its local players on the softball team winning the A-10 Championship.

  • Check out the game recaps from the UMass-Princeton NCAA First Round game in the: Springfield Republican | Daily Hampshire Gazette | Lacrosse Magazine | Daily Collegian | Newark Star-Ledger | Daily Princetonian | LaxPower | Boston Herald.

  • The women's lacrosse team's loss at Northwestern is covered in: Daily Hampshire Gazette | Chicago Tribune | Inside Lacrosse | Lacrosse Magazine | LaxPower | Daily Northwestern.

  • The baseball team continues to surge towards the A-10 Tournament with a weekend series win against first-place Rhode Island. Here is a story in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. UMass stands tied for fifth currently with Fordham.

  • Former UMass baseball pitcher Jeff Puleri is now the head coach at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and was named the state coach of the year, which is covered in the Berkshire Eagle. He completed his seventh season at MCLA by winning his second Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference coach-of-the-year award. Puleri led the Trailblazers to a 20-15 record, their best season since 2002.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Join us for the UMAA Golf Invitational For Scholarships on June 1, Sign up now!.

  • Don't miss this: Monday means the announcement of weekly awards, including the UMass Athlete of the Week. Also at night, UMass holds its annual Senior Sports Awards. Check back to see who takes home the Male and Female Athlete and Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

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