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Thursday’s colleges:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The UMass men’s soccer team couldn’t hold on to an early lead and fell 2-1 in overtime to UNC Asheville, Thursday in Asheville, North Carolina. Matt Mooney scored from Josh Schwartz to give the Minutemen (2-13-1) a 1-0 first-half lead. Paul Egle and Jackson Allen countered for the Bulldogs (2-8-3). Ryan Buckingham (one save) and Taylor Culp (two saves) split time in net for UMass. …

Matt Vautour: Observations following UMass’ 120-71 exhibition win over AIC

Thursday, October 30, 2014

AMHERST On one hand, UMass’ 120-71 exhibition win over American International came against a Division II team that finished 9-19 last year, so it’s hard to put much stock in the dominating performance. On the other hand, the Minutemen have had some anxious moments in games like these against teams of similar ilk. …

Freshman goalie Henry Dill off to fast start for UMass hockey team

Thursday, October 30, 2014

AMHERST — Henry Dill isn’t UMass’ No. 1 goalie. Not yet anyway. It’s too early in the season for coach John Micheletto to officially name anyone his No. 1 guy going forward. But three games into his collegiate career, Dill looks like the type of goalie who could someday earn that distinction. With good reason, it was fellow freshman Patrick Lee’s game-winning goal …

UConn women sweep: AAC & AP preseason No. 1, Stewart top player, Nurse top rookie

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NEW YORK — On the way to a 40-0 record and its second straight national championship in women’s basketball last season, UConn had its way in the American Athletic Conference. The Huskies were 18-0, winning by an average …

Kentucky set to start season with platoon system

Thursday, October 30, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. — This year’s Kentucky roster is unusually deep even for a program used to having an abundance of talent. Besides returning six regulars from a freshman-laden squad that lost 60-54 to Connecticut in the NCAA championship, …

Georgia’s Todd Gurley suspended 4 games by NCAA

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia was hoping to get Todd Gurley back on the field. Looks like the No. 9 Bulldogs will have to wait two more games. The NCAA announced Wednesday that Gurley, once a leading Heisman Trophy …

ACC aiming to snap Final Four drought

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For years, the Atlantic Coast Conference built its basketball reputation on nearly annual appearances in the Final Four. Now, as the league is adding another marquee program and touting itself as the best in the …

UMass coack Derek Kellogg hoping Jabarie Hinds can continue sixth man impact role.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

AMHERST — Jabarie Hinds won’t start in UMass’ Thursday exhibition game against American International (7 p.m. Mullins Center) and probably won’t start in the Minutemen’s Nov. 14 opener against Siena. Minuteman coach Derek Kellogg liked the dynamic that …

Tuesday’s colleges: Smith soccer pushes past Mount Holyoke in second half

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Smith College women’s soccer team used two second-half goals to beat Mount Holyoke 2-0 in Northampton Tuesday. Jordan Houston scored the first in the 57th minute and Emily Smith added an insurance goal eight minutes later for the Pioneers (6-6-3, 4-3-2 NEWMAC). Jackie Foody picked up two …

Healthy and confident, Seth Berger competing to start for UMass

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

AMHERST — Seth Berger’s wrist is pain free and his shin is feeling much better, but the improvement in his head might be the biggest asset for the UMass sophomore forward. A year ago, the 6-foot-7 Seattle native …

Candidates for UMass’ final starting spot

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Four starting positions have been set from the moment last season ended for the UMass men’s basketball team. Coach Derek Kellogg has never wavered from Trey Davis at point guard, Derrick Gordon at shooting guard, and Cady Lalanne and Maxie Esho inside. The fifth spot has been the …

Mississippi State, Florida State top playoff list

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

GRAPEVINE, Texas — The College Football Playoff selection committee has spoken — and it likes the SEC. At least for now. Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn and Mississippi are the top four teams in the first College Football …

Defending champs UConn has target on its back

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

STORRS, Conn. — Defending national champion UConn goes from playing with a chip on its shoulder to a target on its back. The Huskies came into last season determined to come back strong after an academic ban from …