UMass hockey downs Northeastern 3-2

Photo by Alec Zabrecky/Daily Collegian

Photo by Alec Zabrecky/Daily Collegian

With the score tied at two in the third period, it was senior forward Emerson Auvenshine who scored the game-winning goal to give the Massachusetts hockey team a vital 3-2 road victory over conference opponent Northeastern on Friday night.

Auvenshine gave the Minutemen (2-3, 1-1 Hockey East) the lead for good after receiving a pass from senior Zach LaRue which he slapped into the back of the net with 11:09 left in the final period.

Despite falling behind 1-0 after a Torin Snydeman goal in the opening 20 minutes, it was LaRue who answered for UMass just two minutes, 23 seconds later on assists from freshman Jake Horton and senior Oleg Yevenko.

After knotting the score up at one, a powerplay goal from sophomore Ray Pigozzi made it 2-1 in favor of UMass with six minutes left in the first period. The lead for the Minutemen didn’t last long, with the Huskies answering 1:54 later to tie things up at two courtesy of a Dalen Hedges goal.

Also earning assists for the Minutemen in the contest were sophomore defender Marc Hetnik and redshirt senior forward Steven Guzzo.

Just one week after receiving his first collegiate win as a UMass goalie against Michigan State, freshman Henry Dill stood on his head once again, making 42 saves in the winning effort.

Dill was given the start ahead of senior goaltender Steve Mastalerz, and showed his ability while keeping Northeastern from taking the lead, making several key saves to preserve the win.

In the victory for the Minutemen, it was the special teams unit that stood tall. In seven power play opportunities for Northeastern, the Minutemen did not allow a goal, improving to 1-16 on the penalty kill this season. UMass was able to kill off two penalties in the final 20 minutes, including a crucial one with seven minutes, 12 seconds left in the game.

The Minutemen will have to make a quick turnaround, as they travel to Chestnut Hill tomorrow night to take on No.6 Boston College.

Jason Kates can be reached at jkates@umass.edu 

UMass announces Derek Kellogg’s contract extension

Collegian file photo by Cade Belisle

Collegian file photo by Cade Belisle

Massachusetts men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg’s recent contract extension will make him the highest paid Massachusetts state employee, as he will make $994,500 per year prior to any contract bonuses.

UMass released the details of his extension, which was previously reported last week, in a press release Friday.

According to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Kellogg is guaranteed to make an annual salary of $994,500 through 2018-19, but that amount could increase if he reaches certain performance-based incentives within his contract. The contract could also span an additional two years if Kellogg earns a satisfactory grade or higher based on performance reviews conducted after the 2014-15 and the 2015-16 season.

“I’d like to thank President Robert Caret, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and our Director of Athletics John McCutcheon for the support they have given not only myself, but the program overall, during the past years,” Kellogg said in the release. “I am excited to lead this program into the future. Our players have represented this University in a first-class manner and I am excited for where we are heading.”

Kellogg’s posted a 109-85 overall record in seven seasons since taking over as head coach at UMass. He led the Minutemen to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 16 years a season ago.

Mark Chiarelli can be reached at mchiarel@umass.edu and followed on Twitter @Mark_Chiarelli

Iacobellis named Hockey East Player of the Week

Cade Belisle/Collegian

Cade Belisle/Collegian

UMass forward Steven Iacobellis was named Hockey East Player of the Week this morning for his performance in a two-game weekend series against Michigan State. Centering the second line for the Minutemen, Iacobellis scored two goals and notched two assists in the second game of the weekend on Saturday, and his efforts helped fuel the Minutemen to a 4-3 comeback victory against the Spartans.

Iacobellis has centered what has been the most productive UMass line so far. Iacobellis leads the Minutemen with four points, and his linemates Ray Pigozzi and Patrick Lee are tied for second with three points each.

A sophomore, Iacobellis is the highest scoring player returning from last years team, when he scored 10 goals along with 11 assists in 34 appearances. He was named Rookie of the Year for UMass, and was fourth in the country among freshmen in face-off wins, as well as 16th among freshmen in goals.

Saturday’s win was the first of the season for the Minutemen. Down 3-2 with just under five minutes remaining, Iacobellis scored to tie the game, and with less than 10 seconds remaining in regulation, assisted on Lee’s game winning goal.

Highlights from the 4-3 win, from UMass Athletics

UMass defense rises to challenge against Eastern Michigan

Photo by  Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

Photo by Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

The Massachusetts football team boasts a prolific offense this year, but it was the defensive unit which lagged behind for most of the season.

But after holding Kent State to just 17 points a week ago and following that performance up by allowing just 14 points to Eastern Michigan, the Minutemen are rounding into shape on the defensive end.

UMass held Eastern Michigan to 280 yards of offense and didn’t allow the Eagles to score a single point in the second half of the game. On three difference occasions, UMass turned the ball on offensive in the fourth quarter, seemingly inviting Eastern Michigan to play its way back into the game.

But the Minutemen held strong.

“I thought there was some great energy and leadership,” UMass coach Mark Whipple said. “We’re improving, some guys are getting in the system. A lot of times we’ve got 11 guys on the same page where earlier in the year it was nine or 10.”
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Gameday: What To Watch For

Photo by Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

Photo by Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

Here is a list of five things to watch for in today’s game between UMass and Eastern Michigan.

1. How will the Minutemen respond after last Saturday’s 40-17 win vs. Kent State.

UMass won its first game of the 2014 season last weekend at Kent State. Whipple has been happy with his team’s preparation and practice this week. Look to see if the Minutemen come out with the same intensity right out of the gate.

2. Can UMass contain QB Reginald Bell Jr?

In the Eagles last game against Buffalo Bell went 8-for-13 with 144 passing yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 202 yards on 17 carries with three touchdowns. Bell had touchdown runs from 72 yards and 71 yards respectably. The last time UMass played a dual-threat quarterback, Boston College’s Tyler Murphy ran for 188 yards.

3. Who will get carries along with Lorenzo Woodley?

Against the Golden Flashes Woodley ran for 160 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown after Shadrach Abrokwah left the game with a shoulder injury. Both Abrokwah and J.T. Blyden will dress for the Minutemen after being limited in practice this week.

4. What will Eastern Michigan do with Tajae Sharpe?

Kent St. made it an emphasis to game plan for Sharpe, sending double-coverages and had the defense roll their zone to his side. Sharpe leads the Minutemen this season in receptions and receiving yards.

5. Who’s going to step up?

Outside linebacker Kassan Messiah lead UMass with 10 tackles last week and also had a blocked field goal. Whose turn is it to have a break out game for the Minutemen?

Andrew Cyr can be reached at arcyr@umass.edu, and can be followed on Twitter @Andrew_Cyr.

Gameday: UMass expected starting lineup vs. Eastern Michigan

Judith Gibson-Okunieff/ Daily Collegian

Judith Gibson-Okunieff/ Daily Collegian

Offense

QB: Blake Frohnapfel
FB: Rodney Mills
TB: Shadrach Abrokwah
WR: Tajae Sharpe
WR: Jalen Williams
TE: Jean Sifrin
LT: Tyrell Smith
LG: Fabian Hoeller
C: Josh Bruns
RG: Michael Boland
RT: Elijah Wilkinson

Defense
DE: Peter Angeh
NT: Daniel Maynes
DT: Sha-Ki Holines
OLB: Kassan Messiah
ILB: Stanley Andre
ILB: Jovan Santos-Knox
OLB: Trey Seals
CB: Randall Jette
S: Joe COlton
S: Trey Dudley-Giles
CB: Jackson Porter

Special Teams
KO: Blake Lucas
PK: Logan Laurent
P: Brian McDonald
LS: Nick Berus
H: Blake Frohnapfel
KR: Khary Bailey-Smith
PR: Trey Dudley-Giles

Andrew Cyr can be reached at arcyr@umass.edu, and can be followed on Twitter @Andrew_Cyr

Gameday: UMass/Eastern Michigan viewing information

Photo by Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

Photo by Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

MASSACHUSETTS MINUTEMEN (1-6) VS. EASTERN MICHIGAN EAGLES  (2-4)

  • Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
  • 3 p.m. EST
  • Game Preview
  • TV broadcast – ESPN 3
  • Radio broadcast – 105.5 FM WEEI (Springfield/Amherst), 1440 AM WVEI (Worcester), 95.9 FM WATD (South Shore), 1200 AM WXKS (Boston, Worcester, Manchester, Providence);
  • Twitter updates: @MDC_Sports /@Mark_Chiarelli / @Andrew_Cyr

GAME NOTES

  • UMass enters today’s game coming off its first victory of 2014 a week ago against Kent State. The Minutemen won 40-17 behind strong performances from Blake Frohnapfel and Lorenzo Woodley.
  • Eastern Michigan also won last week behind a breakout game from quarterback Reginald Bell Jr. Bell entered EMU’s victory over Buffalo in the second quarter and proceeded to rush for 202 yards and three scores. Two of his rushing touchdowns were 70+ yards.
  • UMass will start Woodley at running back, but reserves Shadrach Abrokwah and J.T. Blyden will see action as well. Both Abrokwah and Blyden have started at times this season, but battled injuries leading up to Saturday’s game. Center Matt Sparks, who missed last week’s game with an ankle injury, will not start Saturday but is active.

Mark Chiarelli can be reached at mchiarel@umass.edu and followed on Twitter @Mark_Chiarelli