With all the (rightfully deserving) talk about UMass hockey recently it may have distracted sports fans' attention from the rest of the tenty-one varsity sports at UMass.
Here’s a quick recap of what’s gone on over the last couple weeks:
The NCAA’s seventeenth-ranked men’s lacrosse team is riding a six-game winning streak, the latest of which was a comeback thriller to beat Drexel 10-9. The team’s three losses all came in close games to teams ranked in the top sixteen in the country. Now that the team has found their stride they continue to ascend.
In a similar situation, the 9-3 women’s lacrosse team has won eight of their last nine games and are also undefeated in league play, after a comeback win over Saint Joseph’s University last weekend.
The baseball team won the opening round of the Baseball Beanpot against Boston College and move on to host Northeastern in the championship for their 2019 home opener.
The softball team has won five of their last six games (noticing a trend?) and will host La Salle in the team’s home opener on Saturday.
The men’s and women’s track and field teams came in third and second place respectively out of thirteen teams each in their first meets of the spring season and will combine to host the Minutemen invitational on Saturday.
The women’s tennis team has won ten of their last twelve matches, six of them by five victories or more!
Over the last two weeks the men’s basketball team has made some drastic changes and landed some huge recruits to turn the program around, and suddenly all is looking up after a disappointing season. Head coach Matt McCall remains laser focused on bringing this team back to national contention, and having watched him coach up close and personal I really don't think it'll take him long to do so.
New football head coach Walt Bell has brought a newfound passion and energy to the football team and has landed some impressive commits, actively recruiting all over the country. We’ll see the first steps of Bell’s plan on April 20 during the spring football game.
Oh, and the hockey team is casually expanding their own record for most wins in a season and will play Denver in the Frozen Four on April 11.