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Friday, July 23, 2010


Check in on junior Emily Boucher, who is in Belarus competing in the 2010 World Rowing Under 23 Championships. Matt Torra picked up the win for the Reno Aces as he makes a pitch to get called up to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Also, lax alum Chris Fiore opened the scoring for the Long Island Lizards in a win last night.


  • Junior rower Emily Boucher is competing in the 2010 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Brest, Belarus. Boucher will be racing in the Lightweight Single Sculls event, and finished fourth in her heat with a time of 8:08.51 on Thursday. She held close to the leaders through the first 1000M before the eventual top-finisher from Belarus pulled away in the final stretch. Read more about the World Rowing Championships here.


  • Matt Torra won last night for the Triple-A Reno Aces as they took on the Portland Beavers, capturing a 10-3 victory. Torra (7-6) kept the Beavers at bay, tossing eight innings and surrendering just two runs on six hits.

  • In case you were wondering what has happened to Mitchell Clegg, who was a regular in JTAM early in the season. The 2009 UMass product has been on the disabled list this entire month. He last pitched on June 30. Clegg has an 8-1 record with a 2.60 ERA with Hagerstown in the Washington Nationals system.


  • Friday night football in Canada will see a pair of UMass alums in action as the BC Lions travel to Toronto. Anton McKenzie and Keron Williams both have four tackles on defense for the Lions.


  • Former UMass All-American Chris Fiore was opened the scoring for Long Island Lizards as they beat the Chesapeake Bayhawks, 14-11. For the year, he has eight goals including three 2-pointers for 11 points.

  • In Attleboro, the Sun Chronicle has an update on UMass women's goalie Katie Florence. Former King Philip High lacrosse great, starting in goal at UMass, is recuperating from a herniated disc, while also working the summer camps of Northwestern University coach Kelly Amonte in Chicago, Long Island and the Bay State .

  • On Saturday UMass alums will be in action as Boston with Jack Reid hosts Toronto while Chicago with Kevin Leveille, Brett Garber and Diogo Godoi play at Denver.


  • Don't forget to vote for your favorite performance of the year.

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  • Don't Miss This: Junior rower Emily Boucher will continue to compete in Belarus in the 2010 World Rowing Under 23 Championships. Check back for updates on her performance.



    Thursday, July 22, 2010


    Its Thursday and a pair of UMass alums will be in professional action tonight. Matt Torra gets the start for Triple-A Reno in the Arizona Diamondbacks system. In lacrosse, Chris Fiore returns to the field with the Long Island Lizards in the MLL. JTAM has an update on a UMass alum, who is fourth in the Arena Football League in tackles -- Tracy Belton. The 2006 alum has 105 tackles this season playing for the Milwaukee Iron.

    Jenna Goodwin (Soccer),
    Jesse O'Donnell (Lacrosse)


  • Alum Matt Torra will start tonight for the Reno Aces. Torra (6-6, 4.31 ERA) is set to toe the slab against Portland.

  • Nick Serino suffered a loss last night with the GCL Nationals, as he fell to 1-2, allowing two runs in 2.1 innings.

  • Check out a feature on UMass Hall of Famer Ron Villone, who is currently in the Washington Nationals system pitching for Syracuse -- his 12th major league franchise. Check out Villone's mullet at UMass!


  • The Bleacher Report has a summer look at the Atlantic 10. The report mentions: UMass will be improved and should win more than five conference games but may not be able to jump into the top half of the league.

  • UMass star Stephane Lasme was the featured guest at the Lycoming College Basketball Camp in Pennsylvania. Before Lasme wrapped the beginning parts of his shooting routine after 10 minutes, coach Bob MacKinnon explained that Lasme, who played with the Miami Heat in 2007-08, was going through three 90-minute shooting workouts a day to get back in shape for pro basketball. After the talk, Lasme, who is currently weighing several professional contract offers, signed autographs for each camper before heading downstairs to the Recreation Center for a weightlifting workout.


  • UMass alum Vladimir Ducasse continues to be just one of two NFL Draft Picks from the top two rounds to have signed a contract. The Boston Herald mentions this fact in a story on Patriots draft picks standing unsigned. Due in part to factors of the uncertain market amid the uncapped season and expiring CBA, only second-rounders Brian Price (defensive tackle, No. 39) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Ducasse - had signed as of last night.

  • UMass alum Tracy Belton is fourth in Arena Football in tackles with 105. He has 72 solo tackles and six interceptions. He racked up 15 tackles last weekend as the Milwaukee Iron knocked off Orlando 57-41.


  • After taking a week off with the World Championships taking place overseas, Major League Lacrosse action picks up tonight as former UMass All-American Chris Fiore will be in action with the Long Island Lizards, as they host the Chesapeake Bayhawks. The game is on the Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic if you have a satellite dish.

  • Here's an interesting look at the Chicago Machine and how they have played "six home games" at neutral sites. The Machine have lots of UMass ties with alums Kevin Leveille, Brett Garber and Diogo Godoi on the roster. UMass Hall of Famer inductee Scott Hiller is a team executive. Chicago plays at Denver on Saturday.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: The Game Promotions Page has been updated with the 2010 season football promotions!

  • Don't Miss This: Major League Lacrosse action resumes tonight as the Long Island Lizards featuring UMass product Chris Fiore host the Chesapeake Bayhawks.



    Wednesday, July 21, 2010


    Welcome in Wednesday here on Just Take A Minute. Happy birthday to running star Shiyi Zan, who turns 22 today. JTAM has a link to a 360 Tour of McGuirk Stadium, check it out! Read about Nick Gorneault earning his degree from UMass while playing in the minors with the Salt Lake Bees.

    Shiyi Zan (Cross Country/Track & Field)


  • The Salt Lake Bees website has a story on its players earning college degrees while playing in the minors. Outfielder Nick Gorneault recently graduated with a degree in kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts. "It's kind of like sports medicine and exercise science," Gorneault said. Gorneault spent four years at UMass before being drafted by the Angels in 2001. Since then, he has been taking classes part time in the offseason to finish what he started. "I wanted to have that degree under my belt so I could broaden my opportunities of other things I can do," Gorneault said. "I am very happy that I went back to finish."


  • The Vermont Cynic has a story on Vermont's women's basketball new coach Lori Gear McBride, who replaced Sharon Dawley, who came to UMass.


  • Get your tickets for the UMass vs. UNH game at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 23. They are on sale now for just $25. For more information, please call 1-866-UMASS-TIX.

  • In his "Hitting To All Fields" Springfield Republican veteran Garry Brown mentions Milt Morin as the: "UMass never had a better all-round athlete."

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: The Game Promotions Page has been updated with the 2010 season football promotions!

  • Don't Miss This: We are working on a new All-Access video player for the 2010-11 season, be sure to look for it next week here on UMassAthletics.com.



    Tuesday, July 20, 2010


    Today is the day that tickets for the UMass vs. UNH game at Gillette Stadium go on sale. Be sure to log-on to Ticketmaster.com at 10 a.m. to order your tickets now. For more information, please call 1-866-UMASS-TIX. JTAM also has an update on pitcher Bryan Leigh, who picked up his first pro win last night.

    Danielle Allocco (Cross Country),
    Em Chiu (Crew)
    Jeromy Miles (Football)


  • With the Pulaski Mariners in the Appy League, Bryan Leigh picked up an 8-7 win in 12 innings over the Danville Braves. Leigh lowered his ERA to 0.87 in earning his first professional win. In his six games, he has allowed just one run.

  • Checking in on veteran Chad Paronto with the Pawtucket Red Sox. Paronto has allowed just one run in his last six games and has a 1.17 ERA in his last 10 games. That has lowered his overall ERA to 4.03 along with the 3-5 record.


  • Saint Joseph's has announced its 2010-11 schedule. The Minutemen will host the Hawks on a date to be announced during the A-10 season.


  • Former field hockey player Deborah Jackson is featured in the Boston Globe. Jackson, now 59 and serving as Salem's chief city assessor, this past weekend pushed her physical limits even further as part of a 12-member team participating in The Jimmy Fund's Mass Dash, a 206-mile running relay race across Massachusetts from the Berkshires to Boston.


  • UMass' foe for the game at Gillette, New Hampshire is featured in a notebook in the Union Leader. It mentions the Wildcats arrangement at the Patriots home.


  • More news involving alums in the coaching world. Abbey Capobianco has been named the head coach at Assumption College. After playing at Central Connecticut, she transferred to UMass in 2007 and played lacrosse as a junior and ice hockey as a senior. She has also coached for the Massachusetts Elite Lacrosse Club. A native of Framingham, Mass., Capobianco was graduated from UMass in 2009 with a bachelors in arts and humanities.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Check out the UMass Hockey Record Book to see who the all-time leading goal scorer is.

  • Don't Miss This: Today is the day that tickets for the UMass vs. UNH game at Gillette Stadium go on sale. Be sure to log-on to Ticketmaster.com at 10 a.m. to order your tickets now.



    Monday, July 19, 2010


    Hope you enjoyed another hot weekend in New England! Welcome back on Monday to Just Take A Minute. We bring you plenty of updates on UMass alums in various sports including a nice feature on hockey product Casey Wellman and his off-season workout schedule with the Minnesota Wild. Also, a big salute to football legends Dick MacPherson and the late Milt Morin for being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

    Danielle McNiff (Cross Country), Darius Velez (Track & Field)


  • Alum Matt Torra got back on the winning side of the ledger with a solid 6-3 victory for the Reno Aces on Saturday. After allowing one run in the first inning and two in the third, Torra (6-6) settled down and held Tacoma scoreless for the next three frames. Over 6 2/3 innings of work, he allowed three runs on 10 hits and struck out six.

  • With the Salt Lake Bees, alum and Springfield native Nick Gorneault played a key role 5-3 win over Sacramento.


  • Gary Forbes is mentioned on ESPN.com as he played for the L.A. Clippers Summer League team after a stint with the Rockets. He played on Saturday, in a 77-62 loss to the Spurs. In 3:24, he didn't score. On Thursday he had three points in 9:31 as the Clips beat Portland 72-71.

  • The Bleacher Report has a look at A-10 Hoops during the summer. This site, pegs UMass at No. 10 in a pre-preseason poll.

  • The New Haven Register has the unveiling of Quinnipiac's men's basketball schedule including a date with UMass at home on Dec. 1, 2010.


  • Less than a week after Zowie Tucker was named the head coach at Holy Cross, another UMass alum took over as a head coach. Tara Jelley Danielson was named head coach at Stanford last week. Since 2005, Danielson has served as the Chief Executive Officer of RUSH Field Hockey, Inc., a non-profit public benefit corporation committed to fostering the growth and development of field hockey in the Southern California region. She graduated from UMass in 1994 with a degree in sport management. A four-year letterwinner in field hockey and team captain during her senior year, she helped guide the Minutewomen to a pair of Atlantic 10 championships and four NCAA Tournament berths, including a record-breaking 1992 campaign that resulted in a trip to the national semifinals and the program's winningest season in school history.


  • Watch CBS3 Springfield's story on UMass' newest College Football Hall of Famers.

  • Here are a few articles which mention the induction of Dick MacPherson and Milt Morin to the College Football Hall of Fame: Associated Press, ESPN, NECN, The Ledger, Boston Globe, Brownsville Herald, Duluth News Tribune, PatsFans.com.


  • The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has a look at Casey Wellman and his off-season regimen after joining the Minnesota Wild from UMass late in the season.


  • Alum Holly Drown was named the head coach at St. Anselm's College in New Hampshire. A 2009 grad, Drown was a four-year lacrosse player for the Minutewomen. She played in 69 career games for UMass, scoring 80 goals and 13 assists for 93 career points.

  • Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: The Kids Club Information page has been updated. Sign up your child for a $20 membership that lasts until their 13th birthday.

  • Don't Miss This: We are one day away from the general ticket sales starting for the UMass vs. UNH football game at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 23. Be sure to be ready to order on Ticketmaster.com, starting at 10 a.m., on Tuesday.

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