The end of summer is here at UMass. This week concludes the final week without any regular-season games as the women's soccer team begins action with a "real" game on Sunday at Binghamton. Next week will see the start of the men's soccer, field hockey and football regular-seasons. Only one game will take place in Amherst as the football team hosts Albany under the lights at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30.
2007 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Stephane Lasme is looking good for a spot on the Miami Heat. The Florida Sun-Sentinel has a story about the signing of Dorell Wright which includes Lasme as one of 13 players with guaranteed contracts for next season.
UMass alum Brandon London returned to action with the New York Giants on Thursday after suffering a shoulder injury on Monday. According to several reports, he is on track to return to action for the Giants preseason game against the Jets and fellow UMass classmate James Ihedigbo.
UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: In looking forward to the start of the seasons at UMass. You can view entire monthly calendars for the rest of the season online.
What a wonderful Thursday in Amherst. It is expected to be a beautiful sunny day weather-wise. The UMass fall teams continue their training for the regular season which gets underway with a women's soccer game at Binghamton on Sunday, Aug. 24.
InsideLacrosse.com has a profile of the top-seeded Rochester Rattlers, who feature two former UMass lacrosse stars Jack Reid on defense and Jeff Zywicki at attack. Reid is featured in a large photo at the top of this feature. The Rattlers are seeking their elusive first post-season win as they face the Barrage in the NB Zip Championship weekend at Harvard.
Don't miss this on Thursday: The football team will hold its second and final scrimmage as they prepare to open the season against Albany on Aug. 30 under the lights at McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Don't forget to buy your tickets now.
Wednesday, Aug. 20
Happy Wednesday from Amherst, just 10 days from the football opener against Albany on Aug. 30. Don't forget to get your tickets. The season opener under the lights is Heroes Night and will feature fireworks following the game against the Great Danes.
Don't miss this on Wednesday:Derek Kellogg will be at Sheriff Michael Ashe's Picinic held in Agawam at the Six Flags. It is expected that Governor Deval Patrick and many other dignataries will be on hand for the event.
Tuesday, Aug. 19
Here's Tuesday's update on your UMass sports.
In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour wrote about UMass football seniors needing to step it up in their final seasons as part of the UMass football notebook.
All-time UMass football great RB Marcel Shippwas signed by the Houston Texans after being released by the Arizona Cardinals earlier this month. Texans starter Ahman Green has been sidelined for two weeks with a groin injury and will not play in Friday's preseason game at Dallas.
UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: The new desktop communicator is a free download with a UMass theme featuring up-to-date news and videos on your dekstop. It also has notifiers when new content arrives as well as current weather and forecasts for your zip code.
Don't miss this on Tuesday:The Sports Network will release its FCS Preseason Top 25. This poll by media members and sports information directors across the nation is the most-used poll in FCS. Look for a Top 5 ranking for the Minutemen.
Monday, Aug. 18
Welcome to Just Take A Minute ... Each morning be sure to check out this page for information on all UMass teams in about a minute or so. We will feature quick hits and information updated daily. We will include links to UMass coverage in the media and other interesting bits for UMass fans.
UMass' lone FBS football opponent this season Texas Tech is ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press Preseason Top 25 released over the weekend. The Raiders are No. 14 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Last season, UMass faced Boston College when the Eagles were ranked No. 12. Texas Tech has a good chance to come into the UMass game on Sept. 20 at 3-0 and ranked in the top 10. Back on Sept. 13, 2003, UMass fell at No. 7 Kansas State, 38-7.
In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour wrote a column about the UMass men's soccer team and how the Minutemen will have a Bull's Eye on them in the 2008 season after reaching the 2007 NCAA College Cup.
Check out the video on ESPN.com where Mel Kiper Jr., draft expert lists UMass' cornerback Sean Smalls as the top "sleeper pick" for the 2009 NFL Draft. Kiper speaks about Smalls, 3:15 into the video segment, saying Smalls "has awareness and ball skills to make him a draftable player."
The Hockey News has ranked the teams in college conference by logo. The Minutemen are third in Hockey East after No. 1 Boston College and No. 2 Boston University. THN says about UMass: "A classy modern take on the minuteman mascot, plus good colors."