Big night in UMass athletics history as the 2009 class of Hall of Famers will be inducted into the UMass Hall of Fame at the Campus Center. Its not too late to join us, please call 413-577-0267 to see the newest class of Danielle Henderson, Charles Leverone, Joe McLaughlin, Bob Marcum, Hilary Rose and Paula Wilkins. JTAM has recaps of the hockey win over RPI and previews of the football game at Delaware.
The UFL season got underway last night and UMass alum Marcel Shipp led his Las Vegas Locomotives to a 30-17 win over the California Redwoods. The Las Vegas Sun has a big picture of Shipp (shown here) had 69 yards on 17 carries.
Huge field hockey game tonight as UMass travels to UConn. The Daily Collegian has a preview. The field hockey team hopes to avenge a 1-0 loss to UConn in 2008 when they travel to take on the Huskies Friday evening.
The paper also has an additional story on UMass' defense and how they played so well as UMass has played nine one-goal games.
The women's soccer team hopes to end its two-game losing skid against La Salle today and Fordham Sunday. The Daily Collegian has a preview.
Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com:Six auctions including the one for the All-Time UMass Legends Autographed Basketball: Julius Erving, John Calipari and Al Skinner end on Friday.
Don't Miss This: Three games for UMass teams on Friday. The women's soccer team hosts La Salle at 3 p.m., the men's soccer plays at Xavier at 7 p.m. and the No. 10 field hockey team take on UConn in Storrs at 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 8
The 2009-10 hockey season gets underway tonight at 7 p.m. as UMass hosts RPI in the first game of the college hockey season. Make it a UMass night by coming to the Bud Light Football Radio Show at 6 p.m. for dinner then head over to the Mullins Center to see the Mass Attack. Seniors Brandon Collier and Jeremy Horne are the radio show guests. Also, check out a picture of Tony Gaffney in his Lakers debut.
The hockey season gets underway tonight at 7 p.m. as RPI comes calling to the Mullins Center. Its one of two college games tonight on the first day of regular-season action on ice. Ohio State-Quinnipiac is the other game. Dick Baker has a Springfield Republican preview of the game.
In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a story on Toot Cahoon urging his icemen to play "grittier" hockey.
Last night at Staples Center in Los Angeles, not only did Ron Artest make his first appearance in a Lakers jersey, but so did UMass' own Tony Gaffney. In the NBA Champs 118-101 win over Golden State, Gaffney played 12 minutes and had three points, making his only field goal attempt. He also had a rebound, two assists and a blocked shot. The Lakers play the Warriors again on Friday.
The football team is prepping for its big game at Delaware on Saturday at 6 p.m. There will be no television coverage, but streaming video will be available from Delaware. CBS3 Springfield will have highlights of the game on Sunday.
In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a football notebook which kicks off with a piece on the return to action of linebacker D.J. Adeoba, who was hurt in the opener at Kansas State.
Tonight is the debut of the new pro football league the UFL. Former UMass standout Marcel Shipp is supposed to play with the Las Vegas Locomotives, who play the California Redwoods tonight at 9 p.m. on VERSUS. Here is a preview from UFL Access. Also ESPN.com has a story on the fledgling league. Shipp is in some of the stories, but is not listed on the roster.
Another UMass alum who has shown up on the the Locos' roster is E.J. Barthel, a fullback, who finished his career at UMass after starting at Rutgers.
Ron Villone pitched in 63 games with the Washington Nationals.
With the MLB playoffs underway, let's take a quick look at UMass' two pitchers in the big leagues this season. With the Washington Nationals, UMass Hall of Famer Ron Villone pitched in 63 games in relief posting a 5-6 record and 4.25 ERA. He led the Nats in relief wins and was second in total appearances. With the Houston Astros, Chad Paronto, pitched in six games after a sensational season at Triple-A Round Rock. He had a 12.15 ERA without a decision.
The Daily Collegian has a preview of the men's soccer games in Ohio this weekend. After a tough loss to Fordham last Saturday, the UMass soccer team heads to Ohio to face Xavier on Friday and Dayton on Sunday in its conference opener. The Minutemen made the A-10 tournament last year, and hope to make it back in 2009.
Also in the Daily Collegian is a look at the competitive A-10 in men's soccer.
Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: With hockey season here, order your 2009-10 hockey season tickets online.
Don't Miss This: Here we go! Hockey season is here, come to the opener tonight against RPI at 7 p.m. An hour before the Bud Light UMass Football Radio Show takes place at 6 p.m. at the Hangar Pub & Grille. On campus at 2 p.m., the tennis team hosts UConn.
Join us today at 12:15 p.m. for the weekly UMass Sports Luncheon at the Campus Center. Football coach Kevin Morris and hockey headman Toot Cahoon will be the featured speakers. Tony Gaffney makes his preseason debut for the Lakers tonight. JTAM has stories on the field hockey team's win at Harvard last night and more on football.
UMass' Tony Gaffney makes his Lakers preseason debut tonight as the defending NBA Champions take on the Golden State Warriors. The Bleacher Report mentions Gaffney in their preview of the game tonight. The Report cites: Gaffney is a solid defensive player who ranked third in the nation in blocked shots (3.8) in his senior season at UMass en route to being name the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player the Year.
Tyler Holmes has emerged as the leading tackler on the football team and for good reason. The Daily Collegian has this in-depth story on his path to Amherst and what makes him one of the rising stars in the CAA.
The Daily Collegian has a look at the hockey team, one day before their opener vs. RPI and how the Minutemen are looking to improve this season.
The Albany Times Union has a story on RPI's new starting goalie Allen York, who stands 6-4.
Former UMass All-American goalie Jon Quick picked up his first win of the season last night with the L.A. Kings, as they held on for a 6-4 win against the San Jose Sharks. Check out the story from the Los Angeles Times with this nice picture.
The women's tennis match with UConn, which has been moved to Thursday due to the rain, is previewed in the Daily Collegian.
Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: The all-time women's basketball single-season and career records have been added to the site. Look for more info in the coming days.
Don't Miss This: The UMass Sports Luncheon takes place today at 12:15 p.m. at the Campus Center. Also as a reminder tomorrow's Bud Light UMass Football Show has been moved to 6 p.m., to allow for fans to come to the hockey opener vs. RPI at 7 p.m. So come out to the Hangar for dinner and football talk before returning to the Mullins Center for hockey action.
Tuesday, Oct. 6
The first Bud Light UMass Hockey Show takes place tonight at the Hangar Pub & Grille at 7 p.m. Be sure to listen in as Toot Cahoon and new hockey voice of the Minutemen John Hennessy preview the 2009-10 Mass Attack. JTAM also has news on the football team moving up in the national polls to No. 12 and 13. Also the field hockey team travels to Harvard for a Tuesday matchup.
The football team is up to No. 12 in the media Sports Network poll The Minutemen have been ranked in the top 25 for 59 of the last 60 weeks. The FCS Coaches Poll, UMass is up to No. 13.
Ron Chimelis has an article on the football team preparing for the "meat" of its schedule in the Springfield Republican.
The Springfield Republican has a great story on ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen. He started calling games at UMass in 1963 and never thought of developing the Worldwide Leader in sports just 16 years later. Yes, the founder of ESPN, a global giant in not just sports television but in all of media, sprouted his roots in Amherst. Rasmussen, a native of the south side of Chicago, was hired in 1962 by WTTT, a radio station in Amherst. In September 1963, he called his first game. "That was the first sports event I did: UMass vs. Maine in September of 1963," Rasmussen said.
The Mercury in Pottstown, Pa. has coverage of former local star and current UMass women's soccer goalkeeper Emily Cota.
The Los Angeles Kings and former UMass All-American Jon Quick opened their season on Saturday with a tough 6-3 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes. Quick was the subject of a story in the L.A. Times on Sunday as coach Terry Murray is standing behind Quick. "He's our No. 1 guy going in from the start here. Sometimes you have to work your way through things," said Murray.
Former UMass hockey star Greg Mauldin, who was in training camp with the New York Islanders, is now with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL. UMass alum Andrew Merritt has a story in the Metrowest Daily News on Mauldin.
The Bleacher Report has an interesting story on the possibility of a formation of a new FCS Eastern schools conference.
The L.A. Clippers opened their preseason schedule against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night. The L.A. Times has a story on the start of the Clips preseason. UMass legend Marcus Camby is sidelined as he suffered a hyperextended left knee at practice Friday.
On the Lakers website, in a video interview assistant coach Brian Shaw specifically pointed to Tony Gaffney as a player that has impressed him. "One of the guys that I've been impressed with is one of the rookies, Tony Gaffney out of UMass - very, very active, runs the court well, you know just does a lot of the intangible things that you like for a player to bring to the table," said Shaw. "Tips-ins, good defense, hustle plays, and I think that's added to the overall flavor of our camp."
Camby is very impressed with the Clippers No. 1 overall draft pick Blake Griffin according to this story in the Los Angeles Times. "They are on him," the former No. 2 overall pick Camby said, smiling to the Times. "That's good. It's good he has that work ethic . . . and he's very humble."
Fordham's first men's soccer win over UMass since 1998 was covered in the Examiner.
In NFL action, former UMass All-American Jeremy Cain and his Jacksonville Jaguars moved to 2-2 on Sunday as they defeated the Tennessee Titans, 37-17. Cain snapped 11 times on kicks and punts for the Jags.
In his return to New England, Matt Lawrence made the game's opening tackle for the Baltimore Ravens in the Patriots 27-21 win on Sunday. Lawrence had two tackles for the Ravens.
James Ihedigbo and his New York Jets suffered their first loss to the New Orleans Saints, 24-10. Ihedigbo had no tackles, but played on special teams.
Speaking of Lawrence, he will take part in a Ravens Fans Q&A Session on Monday at the ESPN Zone in Baltimore along with quarterback Chris Carr. Both players, who are relatively new to the team, will answer fans' questions about this season's winning start, Sunday's game against the Patriots, and what it's like playing in a Ravens uniform.
Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: The site and UMass Athletic Department is offering a FREE 9X12 Photo through the new photo store.
Don't Miss This: A bunch of 100 Seasons Of UMass Basketball auctions end Monday at 7 p.m.. They include a T-shirt autographed by UMass stars of the 1990s and street banners of Doug Grutchfield and Jen Butler.