Tonight is one of the most special nights at UMass as the athletic department inducts five new members to the George Trigger Burke UMass Hall of Fame. Joining the list of all-time UMass greats will be hockey coach Jack Canniff, soccer star Thomas Coburn, the first 1,000-point basketball scorer Jack Foley, multiple sport athlete Edward McGrath and track great Ron Wayne. The quintet will be inducted tonight at the Campus Center. If you would like to join us, tickets are still available by calling 413-545-4290. Also, today's JTAM has articles on UMass basketball and their destination for the 2K Sports Classic and the football team as they ready for Delaware tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.
UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Learn more about the UMass Hall of Fame including a full list of inductees on its webpage.
Don't miss this: An action packed Saturday at UMass where you can catch three exciting sporting events. At 12 noon, the 17th-ranked field hockey team plays Siena at Garber Field. At 3:30 p.m. the football team hosts its first home game in a month, against Delaware at McGuirk Stadium. Then at 6 p.m., the hockey team plays its only preseason game against the University of New Brunswick at the Mullins Center Practice Rink. What a great tripleheader of action.
Thursday, Oct. 2
Thursday looks to be a busy day when it comes to UMass basketball. The final pairings of the 2K Sports Classic featuring UMass will be announced midday. Additionally, the Atlantic 10 will be releasing the conference's national television schedule which includes many UMass games. Finally, cap off your day with a trip to Boston and the UMass Club for a season kick-off event presented by the President's Office. The event runs from 6-8 p.m. For more information, please call 617-287-7154. If you are not heading to Boston, be sure to join us for the Bud Light UMass Football Radio Show at 7 p.m. You can listen to the show featuring guests punter Brett Arnold and safety Brian Ellis. Also, send your questions for Coach Brown for Ask The Coach. JTAM also has news on football, hockey and soccer.
Looking ahead to hockey's preseason exhibition against the University of New Brunswick, here's a story from the Daily Gleaner on UNB having one of its top recruits in the line-up on Saturday night. Daine Todd rejoined the team from the Phoenix Coyotes.
UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: It not on UMassAthletics.com, but its on UMassAlumni.com. Check out the upcoming events including several events surrounding Minutemen teams. Down in Washington D.C., the DC Alumni Club is having a "Watch Party" for the UMass-Delaware football game this Saturday at 3:30 p.m., at the Penn Quarters Sports Tavern. Next week, when the UMass men's soccer team is at Wake Forest on Oct. 7, the North Carolina UMass Alumni club has an event at Spry Stadium.
Don't miss this: Be sure to join us at the UMass Club in Boston for the celebration to kick-off the 2008-09 season with new coach Derek Kellogg. The event sponsored by the President's Office begins at 6 p.m. For more information, please call 617-287-7154.
Wednesday, Oct. 1
BOO! October is here. Wednesday should be an eventful day on campus. Expect an announcement on UMass basketball's opening event -- what has been known as Midnight Madness. Also, join us for the UMass Sports Luncheon where field hockey's Katelyn Orlando will be honored as the UMass/Dinn Brothers Athlete of the Week. The guest speakers are football coach Don Brown and softball coach Elaine Sortino. Today's "Just Take A Minute" has stories on football, soccer, hockey and other sports.
UMass basketball All-American Gary Forbes was at the Minutemen's preseason workout on Tuesday as he has returned from Italy after his squad, Team Napoli faced legal issues and will not play this season. The team website says the team has been revocated. Forbes is seeking another opportunty playing hoops.
Down at Delaware, the Blue Hens will be playing without one of their top offensive stars Kervin Michaud, who is out with a season-ending injury. The Wilmington News-Journal has a story on the injury as part of a notebook.
Checking in on UMass alums in the CFL, a pair of former Minutemen are in the top 15 of the league in tackles. Anton McKenzie, playing for Saskatchewan Roughriders is fourth in the CFL in tackles with 63 along with two interceptions. Shannon James is 14th in the league in tackles with 52, which leads his Calgary Stampeders. With the Montreal Alouettes, Keron Williams has 28 stops.
USCHO.com has an overall preview of Hockey East with mentions of UMass hockey.
UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: The Bud Light UMass Football Show airs tomorrow night from the Hangar Pub & Grill with head coach Don Brown. If you want to get your questions answered by coach Brown, send them in now as part of "Ask The Coach."
Don't miss this: On Wednesday, expect an announcement on UMass basketball's opening event -- what has been known as Midnight Madness. Also, join us for the UMass Sports Luncheon where field hockey's Katelyn Orlando will be honored as the UMass/Dinn Brothers Athlete of the Week. The guest speakers are football coach Don Brown and softball coach Elaine Sortino.
Tuesday, Sept. 30
Tuesday is here, the last day of September which means the football team will finally have a home game since October is around the corner, this Saturday against Delaware. There are plenty of stories on UMass alums in news. Tailback Matt Lawrence was signed to the Seattle Seahawks pratice squad. Former hockey All-American Thomas Pock was claimed on waivers by the New York Islanders. Also in today's JTAM is a video feature on Liam Coen from NBC10 in Rhode Island as the quarterback went hme during UMass' bye week.
There are various stories on Thomas Pock moving from the New York Rangers organization to the New York Islanders after being claimed on waivers. The Islanders cover it on their website. Chris Botta, the team's former P.R. Director now runs his own blog, IslandersPointBlank.com and has the most comprehensive coverage if you scroll down a little bit.
Taking a look at UMass' football opponent this week, Delaware, the Blue Hens have high praise for the Minutemen's defense despite the slow start. Check out this story from the News-Journal in Wilmington.
Here's a great tidbit from the North Dakota State Bison's website: The Bison have a 14-game home win streak, the third longest in the Football Championship Subdivision behind San Diego, 26 and UMass 15. UMass is tied for the fifth-longest home win streak in all of Division I. Here are the top streaks in Division I FBS and FCS (San Diego 26, Oklahoma 20, Wisconsin 16, BYU 15, Boise State 15 & UMass 15). Of course, Boise State is home to former Voice of the Minutemen Bob Behler.
UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: The UMass 2009 men's lacrosse schedule is nearly finished. Check it out as the Minutemen play their final season in the ECAC before moving to the CAA.
Don't miss this: Look for some news on the UMass men's basketball team's games as part of the 2K Sports Classic before the end of the week.
Monday, Sept. 29
What a busy weekend in UMass Athletics! Five soccer games were played at Rudd Field with four of them extending to overtime, including the Minutewomen's crucial 2-1 league win
over St. Bonaventure. The field hockey team was impressive in a pair of games against ranked foes, beating No. 18 Albany on Saturday, 2-1 before putting together a furious comeback against No. 2 Syracuse despite losing, 5-4
in an extremely exciting tilt. Men's soccer hosted the UMass Classic, falling in overtime on Friday before playing Vermont to a scoreless tie on Sunday. Monday is also Hockey East Media Day in Boston. There are several stories on former UMass hockey players in JTAM.
In Friday night's daily roundup, the Springfield Republican focused on UMass women's soccer's
thrilling 2-1 double overtime win over St. Bonaventure in the A-10 opener while also mentioning men's soccer's 1-0 overtime defeat to Hartford.
In Saturday's local roundup, the Republican included a story from field hockey's
2-1 win over Albany on Saturday.
The Boston Globe had a
mention of former UMass basketball star Gary Forbes, who now plays for Basket Napoli.
The Globe also talked about former All-American goaltender Jon Quick who is hoping to earn a roster spot with the Los Angeles Kings.
The University of Vermont athletic website had an extensive game recap
on Sunday's scoreless tie vs. the Minutemen.
The Syracuse athletics website had a game story on the Orange narrow
5-4 escape over the Minutewomen field hockey team.
UMass alum Ron Villone finished his 2008 season with the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. He finished the year with a 1-2 record and a 4.74 ERA. He was also quoted in an article speaking highly of pitching coach Dave Duncan.
UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Do you know about the UMass Athletic Association? If not, click here to learn all about how you can make an impact on UMass Athletics!
Don't miss this: Hockey East holds its annual media day on Monday. Check back for video features from the evets held at TD BankNorth Garden in Boston. Also, be sure to check back to UMassAthletics.com on Monday for any and all weekly award announcements including the UMass Athlete of the Week!