Its the start of a huge weekend that could see several UMass teams claim Atlantic 10 crowns. The field hockey team begins the A-10 Tournament this afternoon as the No. 1 seed. The Minutewomen take on Saint Joseph's at 2:30 p.m., at Temple. The winner of that game will take on the winner of the Temple/Richmond match-up on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the A-10 final. The UMass men's soccer team could secure the A-10 regular-season title as the red-hot Minutemen take on No. 10 Saint Louis on Friday at 2 p.m. (note the earlier start time). UMass then takes on Charlotte at 2 p.m., on Senior Day. The No. 13 football team hosts Maine on Saturday at 12 Noon in a game that will be televised on Comcast SportsNet. The Boston Globe has a wonderful feature on Josh Jennings.
The Boston Globe has its second monster feature on a UMass individual this week as junior linebacker Josh Jennings is profiled by Marty Dobrow on Friday. This a super story of how Jennings has overcome various obstacles to succeed with the Minutemen.
Don't miss this: The No. 1 seeded UMass field hockey team tries to repeat as A-10 Tournament champions this afternoon when they take on Saint Joseph's in Philadelphia. Also, the NBA's D-League holds its annual draft tonight at 7 p.m. where former Minutemen Gary Forbes and James Life hope to be drafted. Both players have been in Amherst all week working out in preparation of the draft.
Thursday, Nov. 6
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The first game under new coach Derek Kellogg is in the books and the Minutemen picked up a win, but know they have a lot to work on, on the defensive end. Check out various stories on the 91-87 exhibition win over Dowling last night. Thursday night brings the Bud Light UMass Football Show with head coach Don Brown. The gridiron head man will be joined by offensive tackle Ben Coblyn and defensive back Eric Dickson on Thursday at 7 p.m., the Hangar Pub & Grill. Thursday also brings a television interview with Derek Kellogg on CN8's "Out of Bounds" at 7:15 p.m. Finally, and its a big one, UMassAthletics.com has launched its online auctions with huge trip to the Memphis-UMass game including two seats on the team charter plane, hotel and two tickets to the game.
The Sports Network has an overview of the FCS Playoff picture. The snipet on UMass is as follows: Massachusetts (6-3, 3-2) is in the same situation as Richmond. Win three games and the Minutemen are probably in, lose once and stay home for the holidays. UMass closes the year at home against Maine, on the road at New Hampshire and by entertaining Hofstra.
The Boston Globe has a note on hockey team as part of their weekly hockey notebook. The UMass line of Alex Berry, Cory Quirk, and James Marcou has combined for 28 of the Minutemen's 65 points, 43.1 percent of the total. UMass's 25 goals are the most the Minutemen have scored through six games since 2003-04, the season they advanced to the Hockey East championship game.
Also on Wednesday, two former Minutemen ('08) P.J. Fenton and Mike Kostka squared off against each other for the first time as professionals in the American Hockey League. Kostka's Portland Pirates topped Fenton's Worcester Sharks, 5-3.
Don't miss this: Tonight, the Bud Light UMass Football Show comes to you from the Hangar Pub & Grill with head coach Don Brown. The head man will be joined by offensive tackle Ben Coblyn and defensive back Eric Dickson on Thursday at 7 p.m., the Hangar Pub & Grill. Thursday also brings a television interview with Derek Kellogg on CN8's "Out of Bounds" at 7:15 p.m.
Also in the Globe, columnist Dan Shaughnessy writes about Wake Forest transfer Anthony Gurley stating: Look for big things from Wake Forest transfer Anthony Gurley, who will be playing for the UMass Minutemen after sitting out last season. Along with Corey Lowe (now a junior at Boston University), Gurley paced Newton North to back-to-back state championships (53-1) before playing with the Deacons as a freshman in 2006-07.
As part of the Globe's preview they also have a glance at UMass and the Atlantic 10 (although it says ACC in the headline). The paper pegs UMass fifth in its preseason standings.
Up in Maine, as the Black Bears prepare for the Mnutemen this Saturday, the Bangor Daily News has a story on how Maine has hopes of an NCAA postseason bid as well.
The New England Hockey Journal has named James Marcou its Player of the Week. The notebook also states: Don't look now, but there's reason to think the Minutemen will be a player nationally this year. Despite not being in the top 15 poll-wise, UMass is fifth in the nation in goals scored per game (4.17), 11th in goals allowed (1.83), and the five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1) they've put together since losing to Michigan State in the Ice Breaker Oct. 10 is the third longest in the country.
Don't miss this: Today is big day for UMass basketball as Derek Kellogg roams the sidelines for the first time as the head man when the Minutemen take on Dowling in their only preseason exhibition game. The Sports Luncheon also takes place at 12 Noon in the Cape Cod Room of the Student Union where Kellogg will be one of the speakers just hours before his debut.
Tuesday, Nov. 4
Get out and vote! Whether its McCain or Obama, make sure you cast your selection today. Plenty of coverage on UMass men's basketball media day with extensive coverage provided by Masslive.com with many videos. The football team is up to No. 13 in both the media and coaches polls as the Minutemen prepare for a huge game against Maine on Saturday. The hockey team is ranked No. 19, its first ranking of the year. JTAM also stories on men's soccer and women's lacrosse.
Ron Chimelis from the Springfield Republican has a story on freshman forward Tyrell Lynch following basketball media day. Lynch was sporting a new look as he shaved off his dread locks on Sunday and is clean shaving heading into this first playing season of college basketball.
The Sports Network's Atlantic 10 preview on men's basketball, picks the Minutemen fourth in the A-10. Check out this story with capsules on all 14 teams.
UMass basketball alums Gary Forbes and James Life were working out in the Mullins Center on Monday morning prior to media day as both players are hopeful of being drafted in the NBA D-League Draft which will be held this Friday, Nov. 7.
Things seem to be picking up for the Minutemen (7-6-3) after winning four straight and going undefeated in their last six games, but the team certainly didn't carry last year's postseason momentum with them into 2008. UMass got on a roll late last season that took them to the national semifinals, but the Minutemen stand virtually no chance of sneaking up on anyone this time around.
That said, plenty of other underdogs have fought their way to the top. From Loyola (Md.) to UC Irvine, smaller programs are proving just as capable of contending.
Former UMass women's lacrosse player Lauren Reid has been named the head coach at the University of Southern Maine in a return home for the Deering, Maine native. Here is the official release from USM.
Welcome back! What a weekend for UMass Athletics. A ton of wins and a lot of action for scoreboard operators! The weekend was highlighted by football's 49-0 blowout of Rhode Island on Saturday and hockey's pair of victories (9-4 and 5-1) over Providence. Also, the men's cross country team won the Atlantic 10 Championship for only the second time in school history. Not to mention men's soccer two key A-10 road wins. Check out this edition of Just Take A Minute which is highlighted by an article about UMass men's basketball's new dribble-drive offense. Monday is men's basketball media day, so look for coverage following the event this afternoon.
The Springfield Republican's Ron Chimelis has an excellent piece on new men's basketball head coach Vance Walberg, who is bringing his well-known dribble-drive motion to Amherst.