Just Take A Minute: June 7-11, 2010
Just Take A Minute: June 7-11, 2010




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Friday, June 11, 2010


The UMass Sports Medicine Golf Invitational takes place today at the Ledges Golf Course in South Hadley. Come on down this morning if you would like to join the fun. Just Take A Minute wishes you a great Friday and weekend, enjoy watching the World Cup. JTAM has a story on a UMass connection to the Cup. The Celtics evened the NBA Finals last night 2-2 with Tony Gaffney on the sidelines. Several UMass lacrosse players have been recognized by Inside Lacrosse including All-Freshman team member Will Manny.

Julie Magyar (Swimming & Diving)


  • Tough night for UMass alum Matt Torra with the Reno Aces, as he lost 8-5. Torra (3-4) allowed eight runs, all earned, on 12 hits in 41/3 innings, his shortest start of the year.


  • The Boston Celtics -- with UMass' Tony Gaffney on the bench -- evened the NBA Finals at 2-2 last night, beating the Los Angeles Lakers, 96-89. Game 5 is Sunday night.

  • Check our new feature on Tony Gaffney in the NBA Finals.

  • Former UMass All-American basketball player Stephane Lasme was released by Maccabi Tel Aviv according to Ha'aretz.

  • WEEI.com has a list of NBA Coaches who got their starts in New England. Among the coaches mentioned is John Calipari, who left UMass to coach the NBA's New Jersey Nets.


  • 2009 All-CAA fullback Chris Zardas was released by the Philadelphia Eagles. Here are stories from the Delaware County Times.


  • UMass' freshman sensation Will Manny was named to Inside Lacrosse's All-Freshman Team. A small but quick player, Manny led the Minutemen in goals and assists, carrying an offense that ranked 12th in Division I.

  • Also Inside Lacrosse had its Positional Rankings where UMass' All-American Diogo Godoi was named the sixth-best defenseman in the country. A takeaway defender, Godoi didn't have his most consistent season, but his impact during the Minutemen's best stretch can't be ignored.


  • A UMass alum is in South Africa for the World Cup, working for ESPN. The Salem News has a story on 1990 UMass grad Mike Feinberg, who is a producer for the World Wide Leader.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Pick up the perfect Father's Day Gift in the UMass Photo Store. Custom Frame Your Favorite Picture. Gifts starting at $69.99.


  • Don't Miss This: Golf outings are the order of the day for the next few days at UMass. The Sports Medicine event takes place today and the UMass Hockey Pond Club event is n Monday at the Orchards in South Hadley.


    Thursday, June 10, 2010

    Rafael Cabral (Soccer),
    Isaac Oakley (Baseball),
    Trevor Ziegler (Swimming)

    Two big news items in the papers and blogospheres on this Thursday morning as Nick Serino was drafted by the Washington Nationals yesterday and hockey's Martin Nolet was named the program's first-ever Academic All-American. JTAM has plenty of updates on those and other stories; also don't forget, Monday is going to be a great day for golf with Hockey's Pond Club Tournament at the Orchards in South Hadley. If you haven't voted for your top plays of the year, do so today and relive some of the magic from 2009-10 as we gear up for the upcoming seasons!




  • UMass lefty Nick Serino was selected in the 37th Round of the MLB Draft yesterday by the Washington Nationals. The story is covered in The Examiner, the Daily Hampshire Gazette, and the Springfield Republican.
  • In NECBL action last night, Nick's brother Anthony Serino along with Matt Gedman and Leif Sorenson helped the Lowell All-Americans down the Newport Gulls 6-4. Sorenson picked up the relief win, while Gedman and Serino were both 1-for-2 at the plate. Gedman also scored a run and had an RBI.


  • James Ihedigbo will be doing some good things for the community on Saturday at New Rochelle High School in New York. Saturday is Ray Rice Day at the school where children in grades 3-8 can play on McKenna Field from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with pros including Rice's Ravens teammates Joe Flacco and Michael Oher, former Rutgers twins Devin and Jason McCourty, and Ihedigbo, among others. In conjunction, Steiner Sports will conduct an online auction to benefit the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, featuring a Rice-signed football and an Eli Manning autographed helmet.
  • Training camp in the CFL continues its march towards the start of the season. A pair of UMass alums are with the British Columbia Lions: Keron Williams and Anton McKenzie. McKenzie is listed on the "Watch List" after yesterday's practice with a hamstring.


  • Jon Quick is the centerpiece of Rory Boylen's feature in The Hockey News. Boylen says that Quick is an example of how the L.A. Kings built up from within by developing talent instead of going out to purchase free agents.
  • Spots are still available in next Monday's Pond Club Golf Tournament! Call the Hockey Office to sign up at 413-545-5175.


  • The New England Mutiny of the WPSL tied the Connecticut Passion last night 1-1. UMass has two current players, Sydney Stoll and Therese Smith, on the team along with former standout and assistant coach Vanessa Patry. Patry and Smith have played in four games this season, while Stoll has played in two. Smith currently has a goal to her credit.


  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Vote for your Top 10 Plays of the Year today! You can watch each of the nominated plays from all UMass sports here.

  • Don't Miss This: Football season tickets are now on sale! Check out the Season Ticket Page to get all the information you need. Fans can call 1-866-UMASS-TIX for more information and to order.




    Wednesday, June 9, 2010


    Scott Duggan (Football),
    Katherine Finnegan (Track & Field),
    Sarah Mullen (Lacrosse),
    Julian "Showtime" Talley (Football)

    Another beautiful day in the Pioneer Valley as Wednesday brings us updates on hoops, hockey, football, baseball and soccer and four birthdays today as well. Don't forget to vote for the Top 10 Plays of the Year. You can watch each of the nominated plays or watch the combined piece in the front page video player. Following the hugely successful UMAA Golf Outing, another round on the links is coming up shortly as the Pond Club Hockey Outing will be next Monday at the Orchards - space is still available for golfers to sign up .



  • Former UMass standout Rashaun Freeman has been back stateside playing for his hometown Albany Legends IBL team, but suffered a setback two weeks ago when he re-injured his right foot in a win over the Holland (Mich.) Blast. Freeman had initially broken the foot while playing in Germany over the winter. His Albany coach hopes Freeman can heal in time to join with a NBA Summer League Team.
  • Tony Gaffney's Boston Celtics suffered a 91-84 loss to the L.A. Lakers last night in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. The Lakers, who initially signed Gaffney, now lead the series 2-1 heading into Game 4 on Thursday night in Boston.


  •  Tracy Belton and the Milwaukee Iron are already nine games into the Arena Football League season. Belton ranks 7th in the AFL in tackles with 61 (41 solo). He also has three interceptions which is among the most in the league.
  • Also in the AFL is Brandon Freeman who has 21 tackles in six games play with the Arizona Rattlers.
  • The Canadian Football League is in preseason with Shannon James playing for a new team. Earlier this summer, James was signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats after playing the last four seasons with the Calgary Stampeders where he was the team's Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2007 and 2008.


  • Incoming freshman Mike Pereira had a strong showing at the NHL combine where he finished among the top 10 in four tests. He was second overall in the combine in the vertical jump and percent body fat tests. Overall, he is evaluated as the No. 63 ranked North American skater this year by the Central Scouting Service.
  • HockeysFuture.com ran a series of articles evaluating picks from the 2005 Entry Draft. Included in the stories are Alex Berry, P.J. Fenton, and Jon Quick.
  • Tim Vitek has retired from professional hockey and is looking to following in his father's footsteps as a policeman.
  • Spots are still open in the Pond Club Golf Outing on Monday, June 14 at The Orchards in South Hadley. To sign up, call the hockey office at 413-545-5175.


  • Shane Curran-Hays continues to be the No. 1 keeper for the Western Mass Pioneers of the Premier Development League. Curran-Hays has played in six games with a 2-1-1 record. In 540 minutes, he has allowed just six goals while making 40 saves.


  • Three Minutemen were in action last night as the Lowell All-Americans fell 6-4 to the Laconia Muskrats in NECBL action. Nick Serino earned the start for the All-Americans allowing three runs on five hits in six innings of work with six strikeouts. Fellow Minuteman Leif Sorenson pitched one inning of relief with a walk and a strikeout. Matt Gedman struggled at the plate going 0-for-5 as the DH. 


  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Vote for your Top 10 Plays of the Year today! You can watch each of the nominated plays from all UMass sports here.

  • Don't Miss This: It's never to early to start thinking football! Sign up here to make your travel plans to see UMass play at Michigan. This is certainly a football experience like no other!




    Tuesday, June 8, 2010


    Rob Blanchflower (Football),
    Sean Carter (Basketball),
    Kyle Jennings (Swimming)

    Hello and welcome back on this beautiful Tuesday in Amherst. Big Happy Birthday wishes to several UMass athletes today including Sean Carter from basketball, Rob Blanchflower from football and Kyle Jennings of the swimming & diving squad. Just Take A Minute has various stories on alums in hockey, lacrosse and baseball.



  • Former University of Massachusetts hockey captain Peter Trovato started a multimillion-dollar fund that helps children of veterans killed in war from his Brett dorm room with a $50 donation. Read this great story in the Springfield Republican The Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund has grown to more than $3 million, and the need is not going away. Trovato, who was one of five finalists for the 2005 Hockey Humanitarian Award, has received all kinds of attention for the work of the legacy fund he founded, and was featured on a segment on the "Today" show on Memorial Day.



  • More stories on tailback Tony Nelson signing with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL: Sports Network.



  • UMass hoop headman Derek Kellogg will be the keynote speaker at the annual George "Big Will" Williams Fruits of Labor scholarship dinner will be held Sunday at the Knights of Columbus, 1559 Memorial Drive, Chicopee. The event, scheduled from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., will mark the 10th anniversary of the dinner recognizing the legacy of Dr. Anthony L. Brown, Springfield's first black physician and surgeon. Read about it in the Springfield Republican.


  • The website Real GM has a page about the possibility of the Toronto Raptors being interested in signing UMass All-American and current Maccabi Tel Aviv forward Stephane Lasme. The story his links to the original news out of Israel on the website ONE, which is in all hebrew. Check it out! There is a picture of Lasme at the top in No. 12.



  • Two UMass alums are among the top scorers in Major League Lacrosse. 2003 grad Kevin Leveille is tied for sixth with 14 points on nine goals and five assists. 2007 alum Brett Garber is 17th with 10 points on seven goals (with a two-pointer - the game-winner this past weekend) and two assists.

    Ron Villone in action last night (Syracuse Post-Standard).


  • UMass Hall of Famer Ron Villone is quoted in the Washington Post in talking about sensation Stephen Strasburg, who will make his Major League debut tonight for the Washington Nationals. Villone played with Strasburg for the last month with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs. "This kid is hungry to go up there and be let go," said Ron Villone, a Chiefs teammate and a veteran of 15 big league seasons. "It's like a horse. He wants the reins to come off. It's building. He's getting motivated, more than ever. I see that hunger in his eyes."


  • Villone has had his own struggles with the Chiefs as they lost to the Durham Bulls, 12-3 last night. This page has a nice photo of Villone in action.


  • Chad Paronto suffered the loss as his Pawtucket Red Sox fell to the Louisville Bats, 4-3 on Sunday. He is now 2-4 overall with the PawSox.



  • The UMAA Golf Invitational was a great event with more than 125 UMass Supporters taking part. Check out the wrap-up video.


  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Relive some of the great moments from the year on the Podcasts Page.


  • Don't Miss This: The NBA Finals resume with the Boston Celtics and UMass' Tony Gaffney seeking to take a 2-1 lead. Watch tonight at 9 p.m., on ABC.





    Monday, June 7, 2010


    The UMAA Golf Invitational takes center stage today. More than 100 supporters of the UMass Athletics Department will be on hand to golf at Crumpin Run in Bernardston. Also as part of the event, the UMAA is holding its live UMAA Golf Auction. Among the items is a ball signed by the 2009-10 Boston Celtics, who won Game 2 in the NBA Finals last night at L.A. Other items include a signed Randy Moss football, Kevin Youkilis baseball, Marcus Camby shorts and James Marcou jersey. JTAM has lots of lacrosse news with the MLL Draft and games over the weekend.

    Cedric Gonnet (Football)


  • With Tony Gaffney on the bench, the Boston Celtics evened the NBA Finals at 1-1 last night, beating the L.A. Lakers, 103-94. Game 3 is Tuesday night in Boston.


  • The Boston Globe has a feature on Gaffney from over the weekend. "It was pretty cool, especially being an undrafted rookie and it's your first year out and having an opportunity to play with some of those guys, and now to be here is kind of a surreal story,'' Gaffney said.


  • The Columbia Daily Herald has a story on John McGraw, who has been hired as the women's basketball coach for Columbia State Community College. McGraw graduated with a bachelor's degree in sports management from the University of Massachusetts in 1996. During his time at UMass, he was a manager for John Calipari's storied Minutemen.



  • UMass All-American lacrosse players Diogo Godoi and Jim Connolly were drafted back-to-back in the MLL Draft last night, held at Yale. Godoi joins the Chicago Machine while Connolly stays close to home going to the Boston Cannons. Here are various stories: ABC40, Boston Globe, Lacrosse Magazine, Our Sports Central.


  • Prior to the draft, the MLL Warrior Challenge was held and UMass' Jim Connolly scored three goals -- all in the second quarter -- to lead the College All-Stars to a 12-11 rain-shortened win over the USA All-Stars. Read a recap in the New Haven Register and Lacrosse Magazine. Diogo Godoi also played for the College All-Stars while 2003 grad Kevin Leveille played for Team USA.



  • UMass' starting tailback for the last two seasons found a home with the Toronto Argonauts as Tony Nelson signed with the team on Saturday. Here are stories on the addition of the two-time All-Conference selection: ABC40 and SportsNet in Canada.


  • Jets Green & White Report has a story on UMass alum Vladimir Ducasse and his impact on the New York Jets in OTAs. "I'm still improving, there is a lot of things for me to work on, little things," Ducasse said. "But the more reps I get, the more comfortable I feel and the more confident I get."



  • Central Florida soccer will be playing at UMass on Sept. 17.



  • Alum Matt Torra had another quality start for the Triple-A Reno Aces, but his team suffered an 8-6 loss to Colorado Springs over the weekend. He scattered three runs over six innings.


  • The Boston Globe has a lengthy feature on Amherst Regional pitcher Kevin Ziomek, is the top high school baseball prospec t in New England. The strapping 6-foot-3-inch lefthanded pitcher with low-90s heat and a sharp-breaking slider has a scholarship waiting for him at Vanderbilt. The story has a connections to UMass, as Marty Dobrow writes: "His grandfather, sitting with longtime friend (and long ago UMass coach) Dick Bergquist, was amazed. Both had watched thousands of games in person, but neither had witnessed a perfect game."


  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Pick up the perfect Father's Day Gift in the UMass Photo Store. Custom Frame Your Favorite Picture. Gifts starting at $69.99.


  • Don't Miss This: The UMass UMAA Golf Auction ends this evening including a 2009-10 Boston Celtics autographed basketball, Randy Moss signed football and Kevin Youkilis signed baseball.


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