Just Take A Minute: June 15-19, 2009
Just Take A Minute: June 15-19, 2009

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   Friday, June 19

UMass soccer All-American and Academic All-American Zack Simmons has retired from the New England Revolution and will enter Yale Law School. Tony Gaffney had a great workout with the Charlotte Bobcats, who have two second-round draft picks in next Thursday's NBA Draft. The Women's World Cup of lacrosse is underway and UMass players Merritt Cosgrove and Jackie Rosenzweig were part of Team Ireland's 22-0 win over South Korea on Thursday. Also assistant coach Acacia Walker and Team USA rallied to beat England, 17-8. On Friday, USA plays Canada and Ireland takes on the Netherlands. Finally on Friday, Mitchell Clegg makes his first appearance as a pro with the Vermont Lake Monsters, who play at Lowell. JTAM also has some football news.

  • News on Zack Simmons decision to retire from pro soccer to enter Yale Law School comes from the New England Revolution, who signed new goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.

  • Check out coverage of Tony Gaffney's workout with the Bobcats. Here is a photo gallery with shots of Gaffney. Here is the Bobcats' recap of the day.

  • Here are two stories on 2009 UMass football recruits, who will be in camp in August: Sean Unterkoefler in the Reading Eagle and Christian Birt in the Laconia Citizen. Both sites feature pictures of the players in their prep days.

  • Also in the football world, Josh Buchanan of Draft Daddy lists UMass' left tackle Vladmir Ducasse as the No. 3 "Small School" prospect for 2009. Safety Jeromy Miles is No. 19 and receiver Jeremy Horne is No. 32.

  • In the Women's World Cup of lacrosse in Prague, Czech Republic, Team USA featuring UMass assistant coach Acacia Walker beat Team England, 17-8 after being tied 6-6 at halftime. Also, Team Ireland with Merritt Cosgrove and Jackie Rosenzweig thumped South Korea, 22-0. You can watch the games online from Prague. Check the entire schedule for the games that go through June 27.

  • The Vermont Lake Monsters open play in the New York Penn League Friday at the Lowell Spinners, UMass' Mitchell Clegg will be in uniform wearing No. 37. Vermont has a three-game set at Lowell this weekend.

  • Random mention in the Pioneer Press in Minnesota of UMass baseball. The brother of Twins standout Joe Mauer, Jake, now managing the Twins' Gulf Coast rookie league club in Fort Myers, Fla., began the 2001 season with nine straight hits in a doubleheader against Massachusetts in Florida. In his final at-bat that day, he hit a line drive that the UMass right fielder dived to catch, denying a 10-for-10 performance.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Link to all the UMass sport camps can be found here.

  • Don't miss this: On Monday, the UMass Friends of Football hosts its

       Thursday, June 18

    A big Thursday is on tap for many athletes connected with UMass. First off basketball's Tony Gaffney has his workout with the Charlotte Bobcats and their team executives including Michael Jordan. Read JTAM to find out Tony's thoughts heading into his fourth NBA workout. In Prague, the Women's World Cup of lacrosse gets underway with UMass players Merritt Cosgrove and Jackie Rosenzweig in action for Team Ireland. Also assistant coach Acacia Walker plays for Team USA. Check out what women's hoop recruit Jasmine Watson scored in an All-Star Game in Indiana. JTAM also has some CAA football news and baseball news on several Minutemen.

  • Tony Gaffney arrived in Charlotte on Wednesday to workout for the NBA's Bobcats as his stock continues to rise with the NBA Draft one week away. Gaffney is very excited for this chance to be seen by head coach Larry Brown and the Bobcats' staff. "This is a good opportunity. I will be going against Earl Clark from Louisville, James Johnson from Wake Forest and Sam Young from Pitt. Its a good chance to increase my draft stock with a good workout and have the Bobcats consider me with one of their two second round picks. I'm looking forward to having a great workout. We went to dinner with the coaching staff last night. I miss everybody in Amherst and all the fans of UMass. I'm proudly trying to represent UMass the best I can." Check back for more on Friday.

  • Women's basketball recruit Jasmine Watson is mentioned in this story from WSBT TV about the Indiana All-Star Game. Watson scored 22 points for the Metro All-Stars.

  • The Virginian Pilot has a story on CAA Football expansion. The story looks at Fordham and Stony Brook as possible additions down the road and what might become of the league.

  • The Providence Journal has a very interesting look at URI President Robert L. Carothers, who is leaving the school after 18 years. The story mentions UMass alum and former football player Thorr Bjorn, the Athletic Director for the Rams and some comparison of UMass and URI.

  • In the Women's World Cup of lacrosse in Prague, Czech Republic, Team USA featuring UMass assistant coach Acacia Walker plays Team England today. Also, Team Ireland with Merritt Cosgrove and Jackie Rosenzweig plays against Team South Korea. Check the entire schedule for the games that go through June 27.

  • The Vermont Lake Monsters open play in the New York Penn League Friday at the Lowell Spinners, UMass' Mitchell Clegg will be in uniform wearing No. 37. Vermont has a three-game set at Lowell this weekend.

  • In his debut with the North Shore Navaigators, UMass' Glen Misho threw a scoreless inning of relief with two strikeouts at the Holyoke Blue Sox on Wednesday as the Navs beat the Blue Sox, 5-2 in NECBL action.

  • More baseball news takes us to the Salem News were the paper looks for its all 2000s decade team in the region. For Peabody, the list is highlighted by UMass stars Bryan Garrity and Kyle Multner.

  • In Hockey East coaching news, UMass Lowell has hired former Niagara assistant Jerry Forton to join Blaise MacDonald's staff.

  • in lacrosse coaching news, Princeton continues its search for a head coach after Bill Tierney left to take the helm at Denver. On Wednesday, 20-year Associate Head Coach Dave Metzbower turned down the offer to become the Tigers new head coach.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Link to all the UMass sport camps can be found here.

  • Don't miss this: On Monday, the Friends of UMass Football Golf Classic at Wachusett Country Club in West Boylston, Mass.

       Wednesday, June 17

    Welcome back to Just Take A Minute on Wednesday, which is also Bunker Hill Day in Massachusetts. Today's JTAM has news on basketball's Tony Gaffney, who continues to rise as the NBA Draft nears; football's James Ihedigbo, with the New York Jets; men's lacrosse's Doc Schneider, with the MLL's Toronto Nationals; women's lacrosse's Merritt Cosgrove and Jackie Rosenzweig, playing for Team Ireland; baseball's Mitchell Clegg, just signed by the Washington Nationals and recently graduated softball star Whitney Mollica.

  • The website MyNBADraft.com has UMass' Tony Gaffney going 41st overall to the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round.

  • ESPN.com's Chad Ford has moved Tony Gaffney up to No. 70 in his overall listing of NBA Draft prospects.

  • Former UMass football player James Ihedigbo enters his third season with the New York Jets. his profile page has been updated for 2009.

  • In the Major League Lacrosse Rookie Report UMass All-American Doc Schneider is mentioned towards the end of the column. He was the first goalie selected in the 2009 Draft and the first to play this season.

  • In her Prague Blauge, Lacrosse Magazine Online's Clare Lochary mentions UMass pair of Irish National Team members at the Women's Lacrosse World Cup in Merritt Cosgrove (a rising senior defensive midfielder at UMass), and Jaclyn Rosenzweig (recent UMass grad) to do some wearin' o' the green.

  • Mitchell Clegg is taking part in the Vermont Lake Monsters minicamp after signing with the Washington Nationals. He will suit up for the opener at Lowell on June 18.

  • UMass softball great Whitney Mollica is mentioned prominently in this story from the Eagle Tribune in a tribute way as the paper awarded the "Whitney Mollica Award." This goes to the best pure hitter, in honor of the three-time UMass all-leaguer out of Salem High. The winner was North Andover infielder Krissy Whitley.

  • Off the sports topics, UMass alum Class of 2006 Zach Ducharme will be starring in the world premiere of the television pilot "Destination Matters" on Monday, June 29.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: The 2009 UMass field hockey schedule has been posted.

  • Don't miss this: A week from today on June 24, check out MTV's new "Real World Cancun" featuring former UMass All-American punter Christian Koegel.

       Tuesday, June 16

    Hello Tuesday. Today's Just Take A Minute features lots of baseball news including a great start to the minor league season for UMass alum Chad Paronto. Also, Mitchell Clegg has inked his contract with the Washington Nationals and will join the Vermont Lake Monsters. UMass' Tony Gaffney continues his NBA workouts, as he will be under the eye of Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Bobcats executives on Thursday, June 18. JTAM also has news on UMass All-American goalie Doc Schneider, who was named the Major League Lacrosse Rookie of the Week after his first action with the Toronto Nationals.

  • Here is news on Mitchell Clegg's signing with the Washington Nationals. He will make his pro debut with the Vermont Lake Monsters later this week on ABC40 and in the Boston Globe.

  • Recent UMass grad and All-American goalie Doc Schneider was named the Major League Lacrosse Rookie of the Week after his first game with the Toronto Nationals. In his first professional game ever, Schneider took advantage of spotlight by making 11 huge saves in just the first half. He allowed only 5 goals from the Bayhawks, giving Toronto a 10-5 lead at the half. Schneider, a 2009 Tewaaraton Award finalist, was the highest drafted goalie in MLL's 2009 Collegiate Draft.

  • Check out the roster for Team Ireland at the Women's Lacrosse World Cup which starts in Prague on Thursday. There are updated bios for UMass assistant coach Kristin Blanchette, along with Minutewomen Merritt Cosgrove and Jackie Rosenzweig.

  • UMass baseball alum Chad Paronto has 14 saves and a 2.00 ERA for the Round Rock Express in the Pacific Coast League (AAA).

  • Former UMass outfielder Nick Gorneault is playing for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA) Eastern League. He had two homers and 18 RBIs in 51 games.

  • UMass' Glen Misho recently joined Kyle Multner and Jared Freni as a member of the North Shore Navigators in the NECBL. The Navigators are currently in first place in the Eastern Division with a record of 7-2. Jared Freni is currently one of the top pitchers in the league with a 2-0 record in two starts with a 0.69 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 13.0 innings pitched.

  • The Cape Cod League just got underway this past weekend. UMass catcher Tom Conley is on the Falmouth Commodores roster .

  • Mike Gedman was hit by a pitch to bring in the winning run in the 11th inning of the Brainerd Area Lunkers 6-5 win over the St. Cloud River Bats, last Friday. He has been throwing every seven days and both starts have fallen on a Monday. He is 2-0 thus far.

  • ESPN.com's college football guru Bruce Feldman lists UMass' initial football opponent in 2009, Kansas State as being tied for the fourth-softest non-conference schedule in the nation in FBS. Feldman, gives UMass a bit of credit "On the positive side, UMass is a pretty good FCS team."

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: If you haven't seen it, check out the amazing story of former field hockey player Amy Novak.

  • Don't miss this: This Thursday is a big day as Tony Gaffney tries out with the Charlotte Bobcats, Mitchell Clegg puts on a pro baseball uniform for the first time and the World Cup of Women's Lacrosse starts in Prague.

       Monday, June 15

    Hope you enjoyed your Flag Day on Sunday. Welcome back to Just Take A Minute. Lots of news on UMass basketball's Tony Gaffney, who along with Chris Lowe took part in a workout with the Sacramento Kings on Saturday. JTAM also has plenty of info on former lacrosse stars at UMass including 2009 Athlete of the Year Doc Schneider, who made his pro debut with the Toronto Nationals on Saturday. Doc made made 11 saves in his first start, playing the first half. Also, Class of 2005 All-American Jeff Zywcki received a great honor in his hometown of Nepean, Ontario. There is also a nice feature on current long-pole starter Casey Rahn.

  • Check out the coverage on the Sacramento Kings predraft workout on Saturday where UMass' Tony Gaffney and Chris Lowe took part: Sacramento Kings website (with video), Sacramento Bee and SacTownRoyalty blog.

  • On ESPN's Top 100 NBA Draft Prospects, UMass' Tony Gaffney has moved up to No. 73 on the list. In the previous listing, Gaffney was at No. 84. Among the notable players, the A-10 Defensive Player of the Year has moved past are: Boston College's Tyrese Rice (No. 75), Oklahoma's Taylor Griffin (No. 83), UAB's RObert Vaden (No. 86), Memphis' Antonio Anderson (No. 94) and Memphis' Robert Dozier (No. 97).

  • HoopsWorld has an update on Gaffney with a nice write-up on the Berkley, Mass. native. "UMass forward Tony Gaffney has blown a few teams away with workouts, word is the Milwaukee Bucks had a long interview with Gaffney and he could be their man in the 2nd round. The odds Tony can jockey himself into the first round are slim, but the odds he's not drafted in two weeks now seem remote, the question for Gaffney is can he break into the 30's."

  • The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has an extensive personality feature on former UMass coach John Calipari with many mentions of Cal's time at UMass from 1988-96. Calipari is a native of Moon Township near Pittsburgh.

  • UMass softball players Carly Normandin, Bailey Sanders, and Jessica Serio led their summer team, the Stratford Brakettes, 590751">to a 3-0 weekend. Sanders earned two victories in the circle, while Normandin and Serio helped lead the way at the plate.

  • In Major League Lacrosse action, UMass alums faced off in Boston at Harvard Stadium on Saturday as the Cannons defeated the Chicago Machine, 22-11. For Boston, UMass' Sean Morris had a goal and assist for two points. Defenseman Jack Reid kept Boston fans entertained by diving from behind the crease and scoring with a reach-around goal along with three groundballs. For Chicago, the Machine tallied four goals in the second, two of which came from UMass' Kevin Leveille (2 g, 1 a), who lengthened his historic streak of consecutive-game scoring streak to 58. Also for Chicago, Jake Deane had eight groundballs.

  • For the Washington Nationals' UMass alum Jeff Zywicki had two goals in a Nats 19-12 win over the Washington Bayhawks (Zywicki is pictured in the article). Also for Washington, Doc Schneider made his debut, starting and playing half of the game and making 11 saves, giving up just four goals. This live blog has lots more info on the game.

  • Speaking of Zywicki, the 2005 UMass alum was honored by being named to his hometown's Sports Wall of Fame in Nepean, Ontario. Zywicki has just completed his fourth season in the NLL (indoor lacrosse), and has built a reputation as one of the games best scoring threats. The Nepean Wall of Fame is maintained at the Nepean Sportsplex. Nepean is a suburb of Ottawa. The Wall of Fame includes such notable athletes as former NHL great Steve Yzerman, and former NFL quarterback Jesse Palmer.

  • In Princeton, the Town Topic newspaper has a nice feature on UMass sophomore long-pole Casey Rahn. The local native was a starter all season for the nationally-ranked UMass lacrosse team.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Again, you can purchase your copy of the 100 Seasons of UMass Basketball today for only $29.99.

  • Don't miss this: We are one week from today, the Friends of UMass Football Golf Classic next Monday, June 22 at Wachusett Country Club, West Boylston, Mass.

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