Trio Honored As UMass Athlete Of The Week
Oct. 28, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - On Monday morning the UMass Sports Luncheon Committee named Rob Blanchflower, Hannah Prince and Christine Davis this week's UMass Athlete of the Week honorees. Scheduled to speak at the luncheon this week is women's basketball assistant coach Morgan Valley, head coach of the women's soccer team Ed Matz and Charley Molnar or one of his assistants on the football coaching staff.
Blanchflower had another career day on the gridiron on Saturday as he continues to add to his legacy in UMass Football history. The redshirt senior had a career-best 131 yards receiving on seven catches and a touchdown in the team's 31-30 loss to Western Michigan on Saturday. His 131 yards and seven catches gives him 104 career receptions and 1,138 yards receiving leaving him just 14 yards shy of Milt Morin's tight end school-record of 1,152 receiving yards.
The big tight end had a highlight reel worthy 55 yard catch in the second quarter which set-up his six-yard touchdown reception giving the Minutemen the lead at halftime. Blanchflower was critical in UMass' ability to keep drives alive on Saturday with five of his seven catches resulting in first downs. The 100-yard receiving game was Blanchflower's second of the season and the third of his career. The Minutemen's next game will be against #17/21 Northern Illinois at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.
Prince came through in the clutch for the Minutwomen as the #12 UMass field hockey team picked up two wins on the weekend in order to remain undefeated in the Atlantic 10. Prince recorded the game-clinching penalty shot after double overtime in the team's 2-1 victory over Richmond on Friday and played an integral part of the defense holding the Spiders to just one goal in the contest. Going into the game the Richmond Spiders had a 10-1 record against UMass in their previous 11 meetings.
The senior out of Gorham, Maine once again was a part of a defense that only allowed one goal in the team's 3-1 win over VCU on Sunday. Prince also tallied a goal in the contest advancing the Minutewomen to a 14-4 record and a 5-0 record in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Prince will look to lead her team against Lock Haven at 3 p.m. Friday in Lock Haven, Pa.
Freshman standout Christine Davis placed third overall among a field of 137 runners leading the Minutewomen for the first time in her collegiate career. At the start of competition the best time recorded on the CCSU Mini-Meet 3k course was 10:03, a time set last season. Davis finished just 12-seconds short of the course record with her performance crossing the finish line at 10-minutes, 15-seconds. The freshman hasn't finished less than fourth on the team this season with two second place finishes and a third and fourth place performance.
The Minutewomen tied for first place with #1 Providence with 78 points in New Britain, Conn. in a field of 16. Providence is ranked first in the country however they did not run their full squad. Davis and the Minutewomen will travel to Richmond, Va. this weekend for the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship at 10 a.m.
The UMass Sports Luncheon will take place from 12-1:30 p.m. in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center. Admission is $13 for a buffet lunch and free parking is available in the back lot of the Mullins Center.