Just Take A Minute: July 5-9, 2010
Just Take A Minute: July 5-9, 2010



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Friday, July 9, 2010


Happy Friday everyone! Maybe thinking about hockey will help cool you off on this hot and sticky July day. As seen in this ad (pictured) from the latest Hockey News, Jon Quick is a new spokesperson for Vaughan. Today's edition of Just Take A Minute has news on several former Minutemen who are current pros in their respective sports.


  • Tony Gaffney had a chance to win the game for the Boston at the buzzer, but the Celtics suffered a one-point loss to the Pacers, 86-85. Gaffney's shot was mentioned in The Providence Journal. He started his fourth straight of the week and had two points, two rebounds and three assists, playing 17 minutes.
  • Celtics Town has this nice piece on Gaffney, as well.


  • In front of a professional lacrosse record crowd of 11,771, the MLL All-Stars suffered a dramatic 13-12 loss to Team USA. Former Minuteman Kevin Leveille had two goals for the MLL squad.


  • Bryan Leigh's first professional save is mentioned in the Herald News. Leigh teamed up with another Atlantic 10 product, Rhode Island's Tim Boyce, in the winning effort for the Pulaski Mariners.
  • Chad Paronto, currently relieving for the Pawtucket Red Sox, is mentioned in this column in the Pawtucket Times.

  • Don't Miss This: Tony Gaffney and the Celtics will be in action today at noon against the New Jersey Nets. Catch the summer league action live online or watch on NBA TV.


    Thursday, July 8, 2010


    Brett Newgaard (Men's Lacrosse)

    Hello to all on this Thursday morning. Congratulations to Vladimir Ducasse on his signing with the New York Jets yesterday. Today is a big day for another former Minuteman as well. Kevin Leveille will take part in the 2010 MLL All-Star Game against the US Men's National Team at 7 p.m. tonight in Harvard Stadium, which will air on ESPN2. Just Take A Minute has news on several UMass alumni, plus more.


  • News of Vladimir Ducasse's signing with the New York Jets is covered by multiple outlets: USA Today, ESPN, MassLive, NBC, The Newark Star-Ledger, Stamford Advocate.


  • Tony Gaffney's game-opening dunk got the Celtics off to a good start last night in a 92-71 win over the Bobcats. Gaffney is mentioned in several recaps of Boston's first Summer League victory: Boston Herald, WEEI, SBNation.


  • Greg Canella's Lacrosse School is featured in this piece from the Daily Hampshire Gazette about camps coping with the heat this week.


  • Oakland announced its 2010 Schedule yesterday, which includes a home game against UMass on Sept. 19.


  • In this article about Michigan State losing its third player to early departure to the NHL, UMass is mentioned as being one of four other teams to have three players sign NHL deals this offseason.


  • DC Pro Sports Report mentions that Mitchell Clegg, at 8-1, has the best win-loss record of any pitcher in the Nationals' minor league system.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com The 2009 field hockey highlight video has been posted. Keep an eye out for more 2009-10 highlight videos for other UMass teams in the coming weeks.
  • Don't Miss This: Watch the 2010 MLL All-Star Game tonight on ESPN2 in HD.



    Wednesday, July 7, 2010


    It's Wednesday and the heat wave continues on the East Coast. Crank up the AC and check out what Just Take a Minute has for you today. NBA Summer League news, some great stuff on past and present UMass football players, as well as a few baseball alumni updates.

    Cerie Mosgrove (Women's Basketball)


  • With summer league play continuing last night, more Tony Gaffney coverage. Chris Forsberg talks about the Celtics giving Gaffney a good look for a roster spot.
  • Gaffney had 10 points and five boards in an 86-69 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers last night. In this piece, which focuses on Gaffney's defensive abilities, Celtics coach Austin Ainge praises Gaffney, saying ""Tony's unbelievable in the open court. If we can get stops and run, he's really good. He's a gazelle. He can run and jump. And he works hard."
  • The Boston Herald's Celtics Notebook talks about Gaffney's play improving from game one, as he continues to recover from an eight-month layoff with a broken foot.
  • In other summer league news, this look at the Houston Rockets' summer league roster mentions Gary Forbes, calling him "s an intriguing player because he has good size for a two-guard."


  • The sports Network has this column on transfers to watch in FCS and mentions UMass' John Griffin.
  • Turning to the pros, KCChiefs.com has this great Rookie Spotlight Q&A with Jeremy Horne.
  • Vladimir Ducasse is one of NFL blogger Josh Alper's AFC players to watch. Athlon Sports has a 2010 Jets Preview, which mentions Ducasse.
  • Former Minutman defensive tackle and later assistant coach Ben Albert, currently on staff with the Jacksonville Jaguars, is profiled by Keith Idec on NorthJersey.com.
  • James Ihedigbo's charitable works along with fellow NFL players leads off this piece from the Associated Press. Through his Hope Africa charitable foundation, Ihedigbo aided in the Haiti relief efforts back in March.
  • UMass grad Neal Brown, the offensive coordinator at Texas Tech, is No. 4 on a list of top 10 impact assistant coaches at new schools in SportingNews.


  • Former Minuteman Nick Serino earned his first professional win for the Gulf Coast League Nationals yesterday against the Gulf Coast League Cardinals. Serino allowed just one hit in 2.2 scoreless innings of relief and struck out three.
  • In his start, Matt Torra earned a no-decision in Reno's 14-13 slugfest loss to Sacramento. Torra allowed six runs on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts in five innings on the hill.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: In a little over a month from now, the women's soccer team will begin its 2010 campaign at home against Washington. Check out the team's schedule for this upcoming fall season.
  • Don't Miss This: Check out the highlights of Tony Gaffney and the Celtics from last night's game vs. the 76ers here, including Gaffney's "monster slam".



    Tuesday, July 6, 2010


    Hello to all on this hot and sticky July morning. Hopefully everyone who had off on Monday enjoyed the holiday weekend. Today's Just Take a Minute has some news on Tony Gaffney, who opened play in the Orlando Summer League with the Celtics on Monday, as well as several baseball alumni who were in action over the long weekend.

    Sean Duncan (Cross Country/Track & Field)


  • The NBA Summer league began on Monday as Tony Gaffney and the Celtics opened up with an 87-82 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. NBA.com has the recap and box score. Looking at Gaffney's stats, he contributed three points in 25 minutes, going 3-for-4 at the free thow line, to go along with three assists, two steals and one block.
  • Gaffney is also mentioned in this blog posting on Celticshub.com.


  • Several former Minutemen were in action on the diamond over the long weekend. Ron Villone was on the mound in three straight games. He threw a scoreless inning in a 5-3 loss to the Sranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on Saturday, but gave up runs in back-to-back games against the Buffalo Bisons on Sunday and Monday.
  • Chad Paronto worked 1.2 innings in a combined 8-0 shutout of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Saturday.
  • Nick Serino threw a scoreless inning in his relief stint against the Gulf Coast League Astros on Saturday, picking up a strikeout for the third time in his three professional appearances.
  • Recent UMass grad Bryan Leigh, who began his professional career less than two weeks ago, had his most successful outing on the mound yet as he tossed three hitless innings in a 9-7 win over the Bristol White Sox, striking out three and picking up the save.
  • Matt Torra is slated to take the hill tonight as Reno faces the Sacramento River Cats.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: With the summer well under way, check out the the camps page to see all the great camps offered at UMass in the coming weeks.



    Monday, July 5, 2010


    Welcome back to Just Take A Minute. Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July weekend and what a great weekend it was! Today's big news is the start of the NBA Summer League as UMass' Tony Gaffney finally gets to suit up in Celtics green and play for his favorite team. The C's take on Oklahoma City at 5 p.m. Watch on NBA.com. JTAM has updates on many UMass alums in action over the weekend.

    Emily Cota (Soccer), Karen Roa (Cross Country)


  • The Orlando Summer League starts on Monday. UMass' Tony Gaffney is mentioned as a player to watch by several outlets: Boston Herald, Opposing Views, Ridiculous Upside, Boston Globe, NESN.com and Springfield Republican.

  • Former UMass point guard Anthony Anderson continues to play basketball. The Lynn Item has a story on Anderson and his brother Antonio playing in the All-City Hoops League.


  • The Boston Globe has a great July 4th story on the Gedman family including sons Mike and Matt, who play baseball for the Minutemen.

  • Current Minuteman Eric Fredette is mentioned in the New Britain Herald as he is playing summer league ball for Bristol.

  • Interesting nugget from the Toronto Sun connecting two UMass Hall of Famers. Future big-league pitcher Mike Flanagan played on the UMass freshman basketball team, where he often got to scrimmage against a varsity forward named Julius Erving. "I really didn't know much about Dr. J until I came down on a fast break and pulled up to take a jump shot," Flanagan once told the Toronto Sun. "Dr. J was nowhere in the area but, out of nowhere, he blocked the shot and nine players were running the other way. First thing I thought? Better work on my slider, because this is a whole different level of play."


  • In MLL action, UMass alums met up on Saturday as Long Island topped Chicago, 13-12. With the Lizards, Chris Fiore had a goal and assist. With the Machine, Kevin Leveille had a goal while Brett Garber was kept off the scoreboard.

  • Toronto knocked off Boston 15-13 as alum Jack Reid was on the losing end, but scooped three groundballs.


  • CFL action got underway this weekend. UMass alums Anton McKenzie and Keron Williams helped the BC Lions to a 25-10 win over Edmonton. Williams had four tackles while McKenzie had three stops along with a sack and a forced fumble.

  • UMass product Neal Brown and new Texas Tech offensive coordinator is the subject of a feature in the AM News. At age 29, Brown, who spent the last two years as offensive coordinator at Troy, is youngest person to hold that position at a Division I school. Brown talks about how a former UMass coach got him his start in coaching.

  • The Providence Journal has a column on Rhode Island moving from the CAA to the NEC in football.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Two new Auctions run through July 13 including an autographed baseball from Red Sox star Kevin Youkilis.

  • Don't Miss This: 5 p.m., be sure to watch Tony Gaffney is No. 27 with the Celtics as they take on Oklahoma City in the NBA Summer League.

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