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UMass women’s lacrosse opens season with high standards

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The UMass women’s lacrosse team needs to have quite the season for coach Angela McMahon to keep up with the success standards in her own house. Her husband, Amherst College men’s soccer coach Justin Serpone, led Amherst to a Division III national championship in the fall. “It was nice. We’re two months out now and still feeling pretty good,” said McMahon, whose team opens Friday at 6:30 p.m. against Holy …

Celtics rally late, overtake Clippers in overtime 139-134

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOSTON — The way the Boston Celtics are scoring right now, they may want to try bottling a little of it before they leave for the All-Star break. Whatever it is, it has the Celtics looking like a probable playoff team heading into the second half of the season. Isaiah Thomas had 36 …

Wednesday’s colleges: La Salle sinks UMass women’s basketball

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Kymber Hill has 15 points and 12 rebounds but the UMass women’s basketball team fell, 66-57, to La Salle, Wednesday in Philadelphia. Maggie Mulligan added six points and seven rebounds for the Minutewomen (6-17, 0-11 Atlantic 10). Amy Griffin had 20 points for the Explorers (4-20, 1-10). Clark 72, Mount Holyoke 42 — Genelle Green had 20 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and …

With nation’s best on deck, no time to adjust for UMass men’s lacrosse

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — The UMass men’s lacrosse team won’t have to wait long to see how it matches up with some of the nation’s best teams. To avoid the bitter cold predicted for Saturday, the Minutemen’s opener at Army was moved up to Friday at 12:30 p.m. at West …

UMass set to face different but difficult VCU, Thursday at Mullins Center

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — VCU still calls it Havoc. But it’s not quite the same thing. When Shaka Smart left VCU for Texas, he took his trademarked full-court, smothering pressure style with him. New coach Will Wade’s system hounds opponents in the half court instead of end to end. The …

UMass snaps 9-game losing streak with 4-3 OT win over AIC

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — The UMass coaches and players couldn’t decide if there was more relief or celebration in their locker room following Tuesday’s 4-3 overtime win over American International at the MassMutual Center. After over a month of frustration, any combination of both was plenty welcome for the Minutemen, …

Tuesday’s colleges: Amherst skates past Salem State

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Nine players found the net as the Amherst College women’s ice hockey team blew past Salem State, 10-0, at Orr Rink Tuesday. Erin Martin had two goals and three assists for AC (16-1-3). Caitlyn Ryan, Camille Herzog, Brenna Sullivan, Alex Toupal, Eileen Harris, Molly Connolly, Emma Griese and …

BC beats BU in OT in 1st 1-0 Beanpot game in 64 year history

Monday, February 8, 2016

BOSTON — Alex Tuch scored 1:57 into overtime on Monday night, and Boston College beat Boston University for its 20th Beanpot championship in the first 1-0 game in tournament’s 64-year history. The Green Line rivals played a spirited but scoreless three regulation periods, which also included a 30-minute …

Matt Vautour: NCAA needs to stop self-imposed postseason bans

Monday, February 8, 2016

It’s hard to tell what will eventually cause the NCAA to change its policies. But Louisville recent self-imposition of penalties is a reminder that how college sports’ governing body implements punishment is long overdue for an overhaul. In hopes of getting the NCAA to eventually go easy, Louisville …

No. 1 UConn takes top-ranked showdown with 66-54 win

Monday, February 8, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. — UConn coach Geno Auriemma smiled at his three senior starters, savoring the latest virtuoso performance on the big stage by Breanna Stewart, Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson — and fretting about their departure next season. …

UMass hockey to play in Northern Ireland

Monday, February 8, 2016

Dominic Trento didn’t know much about hockey in Great Britain when he turned on a Friendship Four Tournament game between Northeastern and UMass-Lowell. “We were watching the games that day. I was thinking how sweet it was,” UMass’ sophomore forward said. Northern “Ireland is a pretty sweet spot. …

Weekend colleges: Amherst squash reaches NESCAC semifinals

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Taryn Clary, Khushy Aggarwal, and Corri Johnson each earned straight-set victories Saturday to help the Amherst College women’s squash team to its first-ever NESCAC semifinal. Amherst beat Bowdoin 6-3 before losing to top-seeded Trinity College 7-2 later Saturday. Clary and sophomore Mae Cromwell earned the two victories for …

Matt Vautour: Rashaan Holloway shows potential, inexperience as UMass basketball searches for post answers

Sunday, February 7, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. Derek Kellogg was reluctant to turn to Rashaan Holloway early in Saturday’s 69-53 loss to Richmond, as the UMass coach faced the same dilemma he has all year. The freshman big man can be the Minutemen’s best offensive option inside, but his size, which is officially …