Just Take A Minute: May 25-29, 2009
Just Take A Minute: May 25-29, 2009

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   Friday, May 29
Friday brings some action for UMass athletes as a pair of tracksters are in action in the NCAA East Regional held in Greensboro, N.C. Redshirt senior Kristen Bakanowski will compete in the pole vault, in which she holds the UMass record at 12 feet, 7.5 inches. Junior Lisa Wilson will throw the discus. Check the live results & information. Just Take A Minute has various stories the UMass football game set for 2010 against Michigan at the Big House. Also check JTAM for some tidbits on new hockey announcer John Hennessy and football alum James Ihedigbo. There's also a nice feature on senior softball star Whitney Mollica. Have a great weekend!

  • Here are the stories on UMass' football game at Michigan set for Sept. 18, 2010: Daily Hampshire Gazette | Springfield Republican | Boston Herald | ABC40 | Detroit Free Press | News 9 & 10 in Michigan.

  • NESN.com has a story on the addition of new hockey play-by-play man John Hennessy, a veteran of NHL, AHL and Hockey East broadcasts.

  • From up in Maine, the Bangor Daily News has a story on the Black Bears 2009-10 hockey schedule including two home dates with UMass.

  • The Eagle-Tribune has a nice feature on senior softball star Whitney Mollica. With a slew of school records and all-Atlantic 10 honors to her credit, former Salem High standout has plenty to look back on now that her terrific college career is over.

  • According to a LaxPower.com formula, the UMass men's lacrosse team had the second-biggest improvement from 2008 to 2009. Only Villanova was better, but just one point.

  • Here is an interesting online video of former UMass star, Amherst native and current New York Jet James Ihedigbo. The defensive back is shown test driving a brand new 2010 Camaro SS Burnout on the streets of New York City. Don't try this at home!

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: A detailed feature story on UMass' first bigman in basketball, Ted Bokina, has been written by UMass alum Michael Shelton '91. Its a very interesting read.

  • Don't miss this: The final UMass athletes in action for 2008-09 compete on Friday at the NCAA East Regional in Greensboro, N.C. Check the live results & information from North Carolina A&T with Kristen Bakanowski and Lisa Wilson competing.

       Thursday, May 28
    The big news of day was Jim Rudy's retirement after 21 years as UMass' head women's soccer coach. There are various stories in Just Take A Minute. UMass All-American lacrosse goalie Doc Schneider was the highest-drafted netminder in the 2009 Major League Lacrosse Draft held last night in New Jersey. Schneider was picked by the Toronto Nationals with the 13th overall selection, in the second round. He joins fellow UMass All-American Jeff Zywicki with the new Canadian entry of the pro outdoor lacrosse league. JTAM also has some other interesting tidbits from baseball, hockey and softball.

  • Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a very nice and long story on Rudy along with audio of his interview. Vautour has comments from plenty of former Minutewomen in addition to Rudy himself. Additionally, Vautour has more info on Rudy in his blog.

  • More on Rudy from: Springfield Reublican and WWLP TV 22.

  • Check out the complete selections from Major League Lacrosse as well as Inside Lacrosse's draft blog.

  • More coverage on the draft from Daily Hampshire Gazette and WWLP TV 22.

  • During the Mets-Nationals broadcast last night, when UMass Hall of Famer Ron Villone entered to pitch for the Nats, SNY announcer Gary Cohen pointed out that Villone was a two-sport star for the Minutemen also starring as a football tight end. Villone, who is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA this year for Washington, did not allow a run in his 1/3 of an inning.

  • UMass hockey assistant coach Red Gendron is quoted in a story in the Schnectady Gazette on the passing of former hockey star Peter Zezel, who played for Gendron with the Albany River Rats.

  • The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has an extensive feature on Washington's Danielle Lawrie with several more mentions of the epic game against UMass two weeks ago.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Looking for some summer fun and activities for children? Visit the summer camps page here on the site to find out more info on the numerous camps at UMass' campus.

  • Don't miss this: Look for some more news on the UMass Sports Network broadcasting crew here on UMassAthletics.com.

       Wednesday, May 27
    Wednesday's Just Take A Minute brings some news from various sports including football, basketball and both men's and women's lacrosse. Be sure to watch the Major League Lacrosse draft tonight at 8:30 p.m., televised on ESPNU. UMass' Jim Connolly, Doc Schneider and Tim Balise are among the top college players who could get drafted.

  • In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a UMass notebook toughing on various items including the 100 Seasons of UMass Basketball Viewing Party, Rene ingoglia joining the UMass football broadcast crew and Stephane Lasme helping his team to the Serbian championship in basketball.

  • Former UMass tight end Brad Listorti was released by the New England Patriots on Tuesday. Here are a few stories on it: Boston Globe, Boston Herald and Patriots.com.

  • Tonight, Major League Lacrosse holds its annual draft and several Minutemen are expected to be picked. Major League Lacrosse has this preview which includes goalie Doc Schneider as one of the top three draft prospects.

  • This blog mentions UMass lacrosse as one of the top teams in the decade of the 2000s when its comes to NCAA men's lacrosse achievements.

  • Also in the news, future Minuteman lacrosse player Kyle Smith, son of former UMass All-American Norm Smith, had four goals and three assists for Longmeadow which beat South Hadley, 9-7 in a pivotal high school lacrosse game on Tuesday.

  • The Jewish Tribune, the largest Jewish weekly in Canada, has a wonderful feature on UMass women's lacrosse player Jackie Rosenzweig.

  • In his weekly column, "Hitting to All Fields" the Springfield Republican's Garry Brown mentions UMass' baseball coach Mike Stone.

  • Washington softball pitcher Danielle Lawrie, who UMass fans now know well was named the National Softball Player of the Year by Amateur Softball Association of America on Tuesday. The story mentions her battle with UMass' Brandice Balschmiter in what was "one of the greatest pitcher's duels in NCAA history."

  • 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: Major League Lacrosse holds its college player draft tonight live from Stevens Tech in New Jersey at 8:30 p.m. It will be broadcast on ESPNU. Check it out to see which Minutemen get selected.

       Tuesday, May 26
    Welcome back to "Just Take A Minute" after a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Hope you had a nice time. Here at UMass all of the teams have finished competition with the baseball team's great run finishing after two wins at the A-10 Tournament. There are several individuals who will compete in the NCAA Track & Field Championships. A pair of UMass' lacrosse opponents defended their NCAA championships as Northwestern's women won another title beating North Carolina, 21-7, on Sunday. At Gillette Stadium, Syracuse's men won its second title in a row with a dramatic 10-9 overtime comeback to beat Cornell on Monday. Many UMass alums were in the news of the weekend and JTAM has updates.

  • Men's basketball coach Derek Kellogg will be a guest speaker at the Tribute to Larry O'Brien (the former NBA Commissioner) luncheon to be held at the Basketball Hall of Fame on June 8 at noon. Like O'Brien, Kellogg is a native of Springfield and a graduate of Cathedral High School.

  • In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a nice column on the super senior class of UMass athletes from 2008-09 and a sidebar on five UMass players to "keep an eye on in 2009-10" check out the interesting list of possible future stars.

  • Ron Chimelis had a recap of Tony Gaffney's two NBA workouts with the Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks last week.

  • Check out the Inside Lacrosse recaps of the NCAA lacrosse championship games with Northwestern's women beating North Caroina, 21-7 on Sunday for its fifth title in a row. Syracuse's men rallied for an amazing 10-9 win over Cornell, on Monday for the Orange's 11th overall crown.

  • UMass lacrosse alum Sean Morris had a goal and assist as his Boston Cannons lost to the Denver Outlaws, 15-14, last Friday. In a game pitting all-time lacrosse greats, Chicago's Kevin Leveille piled up six goals and assist for seven points while Toronto's Jeff Zywicki had a goal and two assists as the Machine fell to the Nationals, 15-11 Jake Deane, who plays for Chicago had an assist and three groundballs.

  • Kevin Leveille is tied for the MLL lead in scoring with nine goals (one two-pointer) and assist for 11 points in two games. Jeff Zywicki is fifth in the league scoring race with four goals and three helpers for seven points.

  • In the NCAA Softball Championships, No. 3 seeded Washington, which held off UMass in the Amherst Regional two weeks ago, made quick work of Georgia Tech in the Super Regionals, with 7-1 and 7-0 wins in Atlanta. The Huskies are on to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. Check out the bracket as seven of the eight WCWS teams are top 10 seeds. Only Missouri, which beat No. 2 UCLA is unseeded.

  • In this story from The Daily (UW's student paper) head coach Heather Tarr comments how, "Any time you get battle tested, you're prepared for the next battle. UMass prepped us for the super regional battle with Georgia Tech." She goes on to say: "I think UMass was the best team we've played so far in the postseason. When you face a team that doesn't have that kind of pitching, you'll have a good advantage."

  • The NCAA Baseball bracket was released on Monday and only one Atlantic 10 made the field, the post-season tournament champ Xavier, which eliminated UMass last Friday. Rhode Island, the regular-season champ was on the bubble for an at-large but didn't make it. Other 2009 UMass baseball opponents to make it were Boston College (first time since 1967), George Mason and Monmouth.

  • UMass Hall of Fame pitcher Ron Villone moved to 2-0 with the Washington Nationals on Sunday in an 8-5 win.

  • 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: Look for some news on the UMass Sports Network this week with some new talent joining the crew.

  • Look Back To The Week Of: May 18-22 | May 11-15 | May 4-8, 2009 | April 27-May 1 | April 20-24 | 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