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Tuesday’s colleges: Amherst College field hockey takes down Springfield

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Amherst College field hockey team scored three first-half goals on its way to a 4-1 win over Springfield College on the road Tuesday. Annika Nygren led the Lord Jeffs (5-2) with three assists and a goal. Elizabeth Turnbull scored on two of Nygren’s assists, first to open the game and again to close the first half. Mary Grace Cronin added a second-half goal. Annie Turnball assisted on Nygren’s goal …

UMass CB Jackson Porter remains upbeat despite struggles as a rookie starter

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

AMHERST — Jackson Porter knows opposing quarterbacks are going to go after him. The UMass redshirt freshman cornerback has only been playing the position since the start of training camp after spending last year and the spring at safety. At the other corner is junior Randall Jette, a potential all-caliber player who has …

Patriots defense steps up while offense finds its way

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — With the offense sputtering and looking for production, the New England defense has stepped up to lead the Patriots to wins the past two weeks. After getting hit with 23 unanswered points in the second half of the opener at Miami, then getting run over for a first-drive touchdown at …

John Toner, athletic director who brought Big East, Jim Calhoun, Geno Auriemma to UConn, dead at 91

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

In any listing of important figures in Connecticut sports history, John Toner should hold a high place. Three decisions that elevated UConn from a competitive New England school to a national powerhouse were all Toner’s, made during his time as athletic director. Toner chose to leave the safety …

Matt Vautour: Penn State fervor is alive and well in State College

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. Moments before 12:30, not far from a sign that read “Team buses arriving at 1:30 p.m,” there isn’t space to be found along the roped route that those Penn State buses will pass through. Forty-five …

Hockey East notebook: UMass, UConn ready build on rivalry

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON — For the first time since 1999 when UConn left the Atlantic 10 football conference, UMass and UConn will play a regular-season game with something tangible on the line in any sport. The epicenter of the long-standing, but dormant, rivalry between the two schools could move to …

Football notebook: UMass will play at Tennessee in 2017

Monday, September 22, 2014

AMHERST —After playing in the second largest stadium in college football Saturday, UMass is about to announce an agreement to play in the fifth largest. Multiple sources confirmed that the Minutemen will travel to Tennessee in November, 2017 …

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. …

Survive and advance in college football, sort of

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Now that college football has a bracket — albeit a very small one for the four-team playoff — the mantra of the NCAA basketball tournament is seeping its way into fall Saturdays: Survive and advance. It’s not quite …

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 …

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, …