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Mike Kostka and Jason Small Named UMass/Dinn Bros. Co-Athletes of the Week
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Senior Jason Small

Senior Jason Small

March 11, 2008

AMHERST, Mass. - Senior Mike Kostka (Ajax, Ontario) and Senior Jason Small (Shelburne Falls, Mass.) were named the UMass/Dinn Bros. Co-Athletes of the Week. This past weekend, both athletes turned in strong performances to help lead their team's to victory.

Kostka helped the Mass Attack sweep Merrimack to clinch the eighth spot in the Hockey East Playoffs. Kostka tallied two goals and added an assist to finish the weekend with a +3 rating. On Friday, the Minutemen will head to No. 1 seed New Hampshire to begin the best-of-three quarterfinal series. The winner will go on to the Hockey East Semi-Finals at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston the following weekend.

The UMass men's ski team took top honors at the 2008 USCSA National Championships in both the Slalom and Giant Slalom events. Jason Small led the way for the Minutemen with a second place finish in the slalom with a time of 1:40.17.

This was the first time in UMass history that the men have won the USCSA National Championship. Before this year, the highest placing for the men's ski team was third place, back in 2005. The women's ski team won the National Championship back in 2003.

Kostka and Small will be honored at the UMass Sports Luncheon this Wednesday. The luncheon will begin at Noon and will be held in the Campus Center in room 1009. Speakers will include Marching Band Director George Parks and Executive Director for the Mullins Center Ben Weiss.



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