END OF 3: UMass 4 , Dalhousie 0

Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian

Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian

The Massachusetts hockey team will head into the regular season on a high after a 4-0 exhibition victory over Dalhousie Saturday night.

Goals from freshmen Austin Plevy and Ryan Badger, junior Steven Iacobellis and sophomore Keith Burchett gave the Minutemen the comfortable win, with three of the four tallies coming in the first two periods of play.

Freshmen defensemen Ivan Chukarov and Callum Fryer each recorded two assists, with Plevy and Iacobellis each adding a helper of their own.

All three goalies (Nic Renyard, Henry Dill and Alex Wakaluk) played a period in net, combining for the shutout and making several key saves along the way, including three breakaways.

UMass will play its first game of the regular season next Friday when it heads to Colorado College. Puck drop is set for 9:37 p.m.

END OF 2: UMass 3, Dalhousie 0

Alec Zabrecky/Daily Collegian

Alec Zabrecky/Daily Collegian

After two periods, the Massachusetts hockey team leads Dalhousie 3-0 on goals from Steven Iacobellis and Keith Burchett.

With 14:44 left in the period Iacobellis was able to double the Minutemen’s lead, pouncing on a loose puck following a shot by Callum Fryer. The lead was extended to three when Austin Plevy set up Burchett with a slick pass for the easy goal. Ivan Chukarov also recorded an assist, giving him two on the night.

For the second straight period, the Tigers found themselves with another breakaway opportunity, but were denied once again, this time by Henry Dill who started the period between the pipes. Dalhousie also hit the pipe with 12 minutes to go.

The Tigers outshot UMass 12-10, and hold a 20-19 advantage after two periods of play.

END OF 1: UMass 1, Dalhousie 0

Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

The Massachusetts hockey team leads Dalhousie 1-0 after the first period of its exhibition matchup. Freshman Austin Plevy has the lone goal for the Minutemen, scoring with 10:13 left in the opening period. It was his first career goal for UMass, and was assisted by fellow freshman Ivan Chukarov and junior captain Steven Iacobellis.

Freshman goaltender Nic Renyard made eight saves, denying two breakaways to keep the Tigers off the board.

Maddison Smiley and Ray Pigozzi were each sent to the penalty box, but the Minutemen were able to kill off both penalties.

UMass has a 9-8 advantage in shots, and will look to add to their one-goal lead with the second period expected to begin shortly.

Angela McMahon agrees to five-year extension with UMass women’s lacrosse

Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian

Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian

Massachusetts women’s lacrosse coach Angela McMahon agreed to a five-year contract extension Friday, per a UMass athletics press release.

McMahon has led the Minutewomen for the past five years and has compiled a 91-12 record in that span. UMass has won the past five Atlantic 10 titles and has earned two victories in the NCAA tournament under McMahon’s watch.

This past season, McMahon led UMass to a first-round victory over Jacksonville in the NCAA tournament. The Minutewomen went 19-2 (8-0 A-10) in 2015.

“I am thrilled and honored to solidify the next five years with such an amazing group of student-athletes, staff and supportive administrators,” McMahon said via the press release. “I am extremely grateful to Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford for his support and belief in our program which is so important as we continue building our program into one of the best in the nation. UMass provides a world-class experience for our student-athletes and it gives me great pride to continue playing a role in their lives going forward.”

McMahon is a four-time A-10 coach of the year. She arrived in Amherst prior to the 2011 season after a two-year stint at UConn. In her eight years of coaching at UMass, UConn and Bentley (in 2006), McMahon has a 110-40 record.

The Minutewomen begin the 2016 season Feb. 13 against Holy Cross.

Anthony Chiusano can be reached at achiusano@umass.edu and followed on Twitter @a_chiusano24.

UMass hockey chosen to finish last in Hockey East preseason poll

Alec Zabrecky/Daily Collegian

Alec Zabrecky/Daily Collegian

A Hockey East preseason coaches poll was released today, and the results did not look good for the University of Massachusetts hockey team.

The Minutemen earned just 14 points in the poll and were predicted to come in last place, which would make it the second consecutive year John Micheletto’s team would finish at the bottom of the pack.

At the top, Boston College was predicted to finish in first, earning seven first-place votes and 114 points. Reigning conference champs Boston University was right behind it, projected to come in second with 107 points and received three first-place votes. Providence, last year’s NCAA National Champion, received the other two first-place votes and 95 points, which made it favorites to finish in third.

UMass will play its first game on Oct. 3 at home in an exhibition versus Dalhousie, with the first regular season game to be held on Oct. 9 against Colorado College.

Here is a look at the full poll:

1. Boston College (7 first-place votes) – 115
2. Boston University (3) – 107
3. Providence (2) – 95
4. UMass Lowell – 92
5. Northeastern – 76
6. New Hampshire – 74
7. Notre Dame – 72
8. Vermont – 57
9. UConn – 34
10. Maine – 29
11. Merrimack – 27
12. UMass –14

Halftime report: UMass 17, Temple 17

Collegian File Photo

Collegian File Photo

The Massachusetts football team scored a late touchdown to close out the first half of Saturday’s game with Temple to tie the game at 17-17 entering the break. Despite a slow start on offense and costly penalties, the Minutemen have hung in with one of the nation’s biggest surprises so far in the early college football season in the Owls.

Here are some first half notes:

Staying ‘Sharpe’

Coming off an 11-reception, 138-yard performance in the Minutemen’s season opener last week against Colorado, Sharpe has continued his early success with nine catches and 143 receiving yards in the first half. The senior’s 186 career receptions for UMass places him two catches away from holding the program record that Adrian Zullo currently possesses.

Stopping Jahad

One of the Minutemen’s biggest focuses heading into Saturday’s matchup was stopping Temple’s star running back Jahad Thomas, who entered with 328 rushing yards and three touchdowns in two games. For the most part, UMass’ front seven has done well to limit Thomas, who finished the first half with 35 yards. The junior did have an easy 14-yard touchdown run up the middle however, and has added 42 receiving yards.

On the ground

While quarterback Blake Frohnapfel has already attempted 36 passes for 261 yards already, the UMass run game continues to be close to nonexistent in Saturday’s first half. Four carriers have combined for 10 net yards with receiver Marken Michel leading the group with seven yards. After missing last week’s trip to Boulder, Colorado due to sickle cell trait, freshman Sekai Lindsay debuted and received seven handoffs for a net of -2 yards. Junior running back Lorenzo Woodley did not see the field in the first half.

Anthony Chiusano can be reached at achiusano@umass.edu and followed on Twitter @a_chiusano24.

Quianna Diaz-Patterson will return to UMass as Volunteer Assistant Coach

Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian

Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian

University of Massachusetts 2015 graduate Quianna Diaz-Patterson will be returning to Amherst this spring as a Volunteer Assistant Coach, head coach Kristi Stefanoni announced.

The Amherst native was named the 2015 ECAC Player of the Year, and started in all 176 games in her career, playing all but 12 at shortstop. This past summer, she took part in a tour with the Puerto Rican national team.

“I am very excited and proud to announce Quianna will be joining our coaching staff this season,” Stefanoni said in a statement. “Her knowledge of the game and her level of play was a bonus; what Quianna will really bring to us is her leadership, a powerful role model for these young women and a true example of what UMass Softball is. I am looking forward to helping her grow in this profession and giving her the same opportunity that was given to me by Coach Sortino.”

In her final year as a Minutewomen, Diaz-Patterson recorded the third highest batting average in the country, batting .504 and shattering the previous UMass record of .469 set in 1993. She was also named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team and the NFCA All-Region First Team.