Just Take A Minute: Sept 15-19Take a look back at UMass teams in mid-September.
Friday, Sept. 19
The football team is off to Lubbock flying a charter plane from the Barnes Airport this morning. The Minutemen will land in Texas in late afternoon as they prepare for their battle with the No. 10 FBS Red Raiders. Just Take A Minute has plenty of stories on the game. Also there is news on the Road Race for Jaclyn which involves several UMass teams.
The Amherst Bulletin has a piece on the Friends of Jaclyn Road Race which takes place on Sunday. The race/walk is the brainchild of former UMass Field Hockey player, Erin O'Brien, who wanted the UMass sports team to collaborate with the Friends Foundation. The race is named after Jaclyn Murphy who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 11 in 2004. She began the organization to raise awareness of pediatric brain tumors.
The women's lacrosse team's adopted teammate Lexie Williams was featured in the SouthCoastToday.com. Lexie was adopted by the team in April of 2006 and has created a close friendship with the team's members, who consider her their good luck charm and source of inspiration.
UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: On Monday, a new more user-friendly video player and All-Access video platform will be unveiled on UMassAthletics.com. Be sure to check back on Monday
Don't miss this: Of course what else could it be? UMass at Texas Tech as the Minutemen look to pull of their first win over an FBS team since 1984. Remember the only way to catch the game is by listening on radio or the internet since their is not television or streaming video from Lubbock.
Thursday, Sept. 18
UMass football's game at Texas Tech is just two days away as the Minutemen prepare to play before the largest crowd in athletics history. Today's Just Take A Minute has various stories on the gridders. Be sure to join us at the Hangar Bar & Grill on Thursday at 7 p.m. for the Bud Light UMass Football Show With Don Brown. You can ask Coach Brown all day long here on UMassAthletics.com. If you can't come to the Hangar, listen on 100.9 FM or UMassAthletics.com. On the hockey front, P.J. Fenton has been opening eyes in San Jose Sharks rookie camp.
In an NHL Rookie Game, UMass alum P.J. Fenton scored for the San Jose Sharks in a 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. It was the second night in a row Fenton scored for the Sharks, as they lost 2-1 to the Ducks the previous night. He is quoted in the story as well, saying: "I think the last three days were good for a lot of us. We all benefit from playing here in front of all the Sharks management and scouts. For those of us who are going to training camp, it is something that we can take with us. For the guys who aren't going to camp, it is still a great experience and should help their confidence whereever they may end up going to play." Fenton is wearing No. 56 for the teal.
The Republican has a snipet on UMass women's soccer's 2-1 win at Albany on Wednesday. "We're happy to get the win and have it under our belts," UMass coach Jim Rudy said. "It wasn't one of our better efforts, we really didn't play that well, but the other team had something to do with it."
Don't miss this: The Sports Luncheon takes place at 12 Noon in Room 1009 of the Campus Center. Football's Victor Cruz and soccer's Vanessa Patry share the Athlete of the Week honor. News on the 100th Season of UMass Basketball and the 2008-09 men's basketball schedule will be announced before the end of the week.
Tuesday, Sept. 16
Tuesday is here and the Court Club Golf Outing was a big success out at the Ranch Golf Course in Southwick yesterday. Football's game at Texas Tech provides most of the news today. Saturday's game is a sellout in Lubbock which should bring a crowd of more than 52,000. That would set a record for most fans watching a UMass sporting event, all-time. The previous mark was set at NC State in 2002, when more then 51,000 watch the Minutemen football play the Wolfpack. The Daily Collegia also has stories on field hockey, men's soccer and cross country.
Texas Tech has updated their Gameday Central page. The game is sold out so a crowd of more than 52,000 is expected, which would set a record for largest crowd ever to watch a UMass sporting event in any sport.
The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal has a notebook which has some interesting comments from several players about the Minutemen. Tech players' initial impression of Massachusetts is that the Minutemen will challenge them with all sorts of looks.
"They line up in a bunch of different sets,'' defensive end Jake Ratliff said. "They probably run more sets than any team we've ever played. That's good. We're going to see that later on in the Big 12s, so we better get used to it now.''
Center Stephen Hamby said the UMass defense could present similar problems.
"They're like a Missouri team. They twist and bring the blitz,'' Hamby said. "They do a lot of weird stuff. They're going to throw a lot of stuff we've never seen at us. This week is going to be real important just focusing on this game.''
From the Austin Statesman, Texas Tech's Mike Leach says he's not happy with the Red Raiders passing game, despite the team leading the nation in passing yards per game. The San Antonio Express News has a story on Texas Tech also.
The game will not be televised, but it will be carried by the UMass Sport Network across the state. For fans with Sirius Satellite radio, they can listen to the Texas Tech Broadcast on Channel 126.
Don't miss this: The NBA returns to the Mullins Center and limited tickets remain for the Celtics-76ers game on Oct. 8. To purchase seats, visit ticketmaster.com.
Monday, Sept. 15
Hope your weekend was great. Today, we hope to see you at the Court Club Golf Outing at The Ranch Golf Course in Southwick, Mass. It is a full day of golf followed by dinner. Sunday was a day for overtime thrillers at UMass as both the field hockey team and women's soccer team pulled out golden-goal victories. The men's soccer team also went to extra time, but tied William & Mary down in Virginia. The football team suffered a 52-38 loss in its second shootout in as many weeks. The Minutemen will have their hands full in what looks to be another high-scoring affair at No. 10 (FBS) Texas Tech next Saturday.
In starting our weekly look at the football team's opponent, Texas Tech has risen to No. 10 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Red Raiders were No. 12 in both polls last year. The Minutemen will be facing a team ranked this high for the first time since playing No. 7 Kansas State in 2003. Last year, Boston College was No. 12 at the time of UMass' 24-14 loss at Chestnut Hill.