A huge weekend of action on the UMass campus gets underway this afternoon at 3 p.m. as the nationally-ranked field hockey team takes on Saint Joseph's and men's soccer team hosts Richmond to start the action. On Saturday, the football team looks to begin a new home win streak at McGuirk Stadium as they welcome Bryant at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., the swim teams host Army in the first home meet of the season at the Rogers Pool. Then on Sunday, field hockey hosts Temple on Senior Day and men's soccer hosts GW. On the road, the hockey team travels to No. 4 New Hampshire on Friday night. The women's soccer team travels to La Salle and Fordham.
Here are some previews of this weekend's UMass-Bryant football game. Of course there is a heavy emphasis on the health of quarterback Liam Coen, who looks to be ready to go after practicing this week. The Republican has this update. In Rhode Island, the Providence-Journal has this preview of the game.
Former UMass star tight end Brad Listorti has been re-signed to the New York Jets practice squad. He joins fellow Minuteman teammate James Ihedigbo, who has been on the roster for the last two seasons.
On Friday night's home broadcast on WRNX 100.9 regular color man Brock Hines slides to the play-by-play chair and Jared Sharpe fills in on color. Be sure to listen on the radio or online here.
How about this crazy happening in Lubbock, which has a connection to the UMass football game at Texas Tech back in late September. Matt Williams, a student at TTU won a haltime field goal contest back on Sept. 20 when the Minutemen were in town. Well a month later, Stephane Lasme is playing for his team in Serbia BC PARTIZAN IGOKEA BEOGRAD. In his most recent game on Thursday against Efes Pilsen, Lasme had 11 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks in round one of the Euroleague.
Bruce Dowd, who made a nine-hour trek to cover the UMass-Richmond football game last Saturday, filed his CAA Today column with some great comments in reference to UMass and the game atmosphere last weekend.
Former UMass men's soccer star Ptah Myers will return to the Philadelphia KiXX of the Major Indoor Soccer League. Myers will be in his fifth season with the KiXX. The Columbus, OH native ranked third on the KiXX in three-point goals (4), two-points goals (15), goals (19), blocks (28), and points (50) during the 2007-08 season. Myers was a member of the U.S. National Futsal Team that competed in the CONCACAF FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer.
In the AHL, former UMass All-American goalie Jonathan Quick is off to a alow start with the Manchester Monarchs. In two games, he is 0-2 with a 4.05 goals against average for the Los Angeles Kings' top affiliate.
Meanwhile, P.J. Fenton is enjoying a hot start to his AHL season. Last night, he pitched in with an assist to help his Worcester Sharks to a 5-4 shootout win over the Hartford Wolf Pack. It marked Fenton's third-straight game with a point.
Don't miss this: The All-Time Teams for the 100 Seasons Of UMass Basketball will be released this week. Also be sure to join us for the Bud Light UMass Football Show on Thursday night at 7 p.m. Listen on 100.9 WRNX or here on UMassAthletics.com. Be sure to send your questions as part of "Ask The Coach."
Wednesday, Oct. 22
What a night for the UMass hockey team, domination of RPI in a 6-0 shutout win in New York. Wednesday brings us the weekly Sports Luncheon where we will hear from basketball coach Derek Kellogg and football coach Don Brown. The luncheon is being held in the Massachusetts Room on the third floor of the Mullins Center. Athletes of the Week Cher King from field hockey and Christa Narus from swimming will be honored. Join us to hear what Coach Kellogg has to say after his first few days of practice with the new Minutemen.
Don't miss this: Look for the UMass men's basketball media guide and team poster to be unveiled here on UMassAthletics.com.
Tuesday, Oct. 21
Hockey is back! After a long layoff, the Mass Attack hits the road for a Tuesday evening tilt against Rensselaer. Be sure to follow the action with drop of the puck slated for 7 p.m. Tuesday's edition of Just Take A Minute includes news about the current UMass football team along with updates from former Minutemen in the professional ranks.
The Daily Gazette in New York has a preview of tonight's UMass-RPI game from Troy.
The Mid-American Conference basketball insider on Cleveland.com included a brief mention of UMass men's basketball as a powerful opponent for the Toledo Rockets. As it reads, "Like Miami, the Rockets in are over their heads, (Florida, Xavier, Dayton, UMass, Rhode Island)..."
UMass football alums continue to enjoy success in the CFL. Anton McKenzie of the Saskatchewan Roughriders is tied for 10th in the league in tackles with 63 and tied for 18th with two interceptions. Shannon James of the Calgary Stampeders is tied for 14th in the league with 63 stops. Keron Williams also leads his Montreal Alouettes with 10 sacks (which is good for second in the league) while adding 35 tackles, one fumble recovery, and two forced fumbles.
Don't miss this: The UMass hockey team is back in action Tuesday night at RPI. Donnie Moorhouse and Brock Hines call the action live on 100.9 FM WRNX. Or you can Watch courtesy of RPI. Also, the red-hot field hockey team looks to move up in the national polls set to be released Tuesday.
Monday, Oct. 20
Homecoming weekend is in the books as we now look ahead to another big week of UMass Athletics on tap. The 1998 National Championship Football Team was honored at halftime of UMass' tough 30-15 loss to Richmond on Saturday. The basketball teams also kicked off their seasons on Friday with Klub Kellogg. The #17 field hockey team extended its winning streak to five with two more A-10 victories over La Salle and West Chester. Meanwhile, the men's soccer team got back on track with a win and tie in a crucial A-10 road weekend. Be sure to check out this edition of Just Take A Minute for a number of football recaps along with some news from Mass Attack hockey alums in the AHL!
UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Be sure to check out the photo gallery from Saturday's football game vs. Richmond, which includes pictures of returning players from the 1998 National Championship Team.
Don't miss this: UMass individual men's basketball tickets are on sale Monday at 10 a.m.! Click here to purchase tickets for the 13 home games through Ticketmaster!