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Penn State defensive end Garrett Sickels (90), bottom, and defensive tackle Tarow Barney (91), top, pressure Massachusetts quarterback Blake Frohnapfel (7) as he tries to pass in the fourth quarter of  NCAA football game on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in State College, Pa. Penn State won 48-7. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

UMass notebook: Minutemen’s running woes continue

Sunday, September 21, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The combination of losing starting running back Jamal Wilson to an ankle injury last week and playing the best opponent it is likely to face this season extended the UMass football team’s running woes. The Minutemen carried the ball 28 times for 3 yards. True freshman J.T. Blyden started the game and had 10 yards on 20 carries. Jordan Broadnax had five carries for -7 yards. After praising his performance last week, Whipple didn’t go to Lorenzo Woodley until the game was well out of reach. He had one carry for 3 yards. Senior receiver Alex Kenney, who began his career …

Weekend college recaps: Amherst College men’s soccer shuts out Williams to remain undefeated

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Nico Pascual-Leone led the Lord Jeffs to Saturday’s 4-1 win at home against Williams College. Pascual-Leon scored an unassasisted goal in the first half and added another in the second half with help from Bryce Ciambella. Christopher Martin and Andrew Orozco added goals of their own, Orozco’s coming off an assist from Pascual-Leon. Thomas Bull allowed one goal and recorded four saves to …

Weedend high school recaps: Late goal give Hampshire boys soccer win over Blechertown

Sunday, September 21, 2014

With three minutes remaining in the game, Joe Larkin scored to the Hampshire Regional boys soccer team beat Belchertown, 2-1, on Saturday. Kyle Marek earned the assist on the game-winner for the Raiders (2-0-3). Nick O’Hare had 10 stops and was able to hold the Orioles (3-2-2) to just one goal, scored by Chris Noga on an assist from Ryan Kearney. Hampshire’s first …

Northampton cross country teams take third, win Crowley Cup at Amherst Invitational

Sunday, September 21, 2014

AMHERST — The gun sounded. The crowd roared. Then they started running — first the athletes, the pack gone in a flash, then the spectators, hoping to catch a glance at the one- or two-mile mark. It was another installment — the 19th — of the Amherst Invitational. …

Amherst firefighters take 13 intoxicated concert-goers to hospital

Sunday, September 21, 2014

AMHERST — Town firefighters and emergency personnel had their hands full Friday night, attending to 24 intoxicated students and young people at an electronic dance concert, 13 of whom had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance. Amherst Fire Chief Tim Nelson said his department had prepared …

UMass still confident with conference play on deck

Sunday, September 21, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Even though the nonconference portion of its season ended with a thud after Saturday’s 48-7 trouncing by Penn State, the UMass football team was confident the beginning of Mid-American Conference would launch success. The …

Duzyk, Jeffs’ defense deliver as Amherst holds off Bates in NESCAC opener

Sunday, September 21, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst College defensive back Ryan Duzyk intercepted a 2-point conversion pass attempt by Bates’ quarterback Matt Cannone late in the game and the NESCAC defending champion Lord Jeffs held off the upset-minded Bobcats, 14-6, at Pratt …

UMass outclassed at Penn State, loses 48-7

Saturday, September 20, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — There was no heartbreaking ending for the UMass football team this week. After two weeks of near misses, the suspense was gone in the second quarter Saturday, as Penn State overwhelmed the Minutemen, 48-7, …

Amherst police keep ‘Halfway to Blarney’ revelry in check

Saturday, September 20, 2014

AMHERST — Police dispersed a crowd of more than 200 University of Massachusetts students and their friends celebrating the halfway point to St. Patrick’s Day at the Amherst Townehouse Apartments at 50 Meadow St. Saturday. The festivities, dubbed …

UMass students back findings in Davis report

Saturday, September 20, 2014

AMHERST — Students interviewed on campus Saturday afternoon said they were not surprised by criticisms contained in a report critical of the way police and University of Massachusetts officials handled the March 8 “Blarney Blowout.” “I think they …

Friday’s colleges: UMass men’s soccer returns home, beats Fairfield 2-1

Friday, September 19, 2014

Josh Schwartz scored in overtime as the UMass men’s soccer team earned its first victory of the season, beating Fairfield 2-1 in the home opener. Matt Keys had the other tally and Luke Pavone assisted on both goals for the Minutemen (1-5), playing their first home game since …

Friday’s high schools: Northampton takes down Agawam in girls soccer

Friday, September 19, 2014

Alex Bertuch-Wallace scored twice as the Northampton girls soccer team knocked down Agawam, 4-0, Friday in Northampton. Abby Springfield and Lily Glading-DiLorenzo each had one goal for the Blue Devils (5-1-1, 3-1-1 Kurty-Fielding). Olivia Pruett had two assists, while Charlotte Maurer and Bailey Maurer each had one. Sydney …

Chiefs: Retreat wasn't an option from Blarney Blowout scene

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — While two police chiefs in Amherst agree unruly crowds should be handled differently next time, they insisted Friday that retreat was not an option at the Blarney Blowout. Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingstone and University of …