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Tuesday’s colleges: Mount Holyoke pulls out double overtime soccer win

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cassidy Robinson scored the game-wining goal in the 107th minute as the Mount Holyoke soccer team beat Western New England 2-1 in double overtime Tuesday in South Hadley. Robinson gave Mount Holyoke (3-3) a 1-0 lead with an assist from Tori Shaffrey. Emma Norden (Belchertown) scored for WNEU (2-4-1). Zoe Marshall made five saves in the win. Women’s volleyball Smith College 3, Clark 1 — Mei-Li Smith had 14 kills …

UMass notebook: Running back Lorenzo Woodley back in the picture for Minutemen

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

AMHERST — It had been a steep decline for Lorenzo Woodley. He arrived at UMass as the highest profile high school football recruit ever. Rugged and fast, he was expected to be a piece former coach Charley Molnar could build his offense around. But as a true freshman last year, he got banged …

Matt Vautour: Independent football schedule taking shape for UMass

Monday, September 15, 2014

With no conference ready to extend UMass an invitation yet, the Minutemen have begun preparing their 2016 and 2017 schedules to play as an independent. Athletic director John McCutcheon said the school is expected to announce some games for those seasons shortly. “You’re going to see a fairly diverse schedule,” McCutcheon said. “You need to have five home games, then it’s to try …

UMass notebook: Running back Jamal Wilson’s return this season questionable

Monday, September 15, 2014

AMHERST — Jamal Wilson’s season might not be over after all. The UMass running back, who left Saturday’s loss to Vanderbilt on a cart after suffering an apparent broken ankle, was originally thought to be done for the year, but UMass coach Mark Whipple held out hope that …

Sports briefs: Jessica Johnson tabbed softball coach at Amherst College

Monday, September 15, 2014

Jessica Johnson named Amherst College softball coach Jessica Johnson has been hired as the next Amherst College softball coach the school announced Monday. Johnson previously served as the head coach at Brandeis for eight years. She will replace Shannon Doepking, who accepted the head coaching position at Dartmouth. …

SEC dominating AP poll again

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Southeastern Conference’s dominant status had taken a hit since Nick Saban wrapped his hands around the national championship trophy in 2013, following Alabama’s second straight title. The conference had its run of seven straight national championships end …

Matt Vautour: Breakthrough or breakdown coming for UMass?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Is the UMass football team moving closer to a breakthrough or a breakdown? This is an important time for the Minutemen. They’ve shown they’re good enough to play competitively with big conference opponents. Colorado and Vanderbilt figure to be the bottom of the Pac 12 and …

Weekend colleges: UMass field hockey claims Kennedy Cup

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sabia Brooke had a goal and an assist for the UMass field hockey team, which won the 2nd annual Kennedy Cup with a 3-1 win at UMass-Lowell Sunday. Sarah Hawkshaw and Melanie Kreusch each added a goal for the Minutewomen (2-4). The cup is named in honor of …

UMass running back Jamal Wilson likely done for the year

Saturday, September 13, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — On top of the frustrating 34-31 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday, the UMass football team appears to have lost leading rusher Jamal Wilson for the season. Wilson suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter …

Missed opportunities doom UMass football as Vanderbilt rallies to win

Saturday, September 13, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Even after the UMass football team gave away an 11-point, second-half lead for the second straight week, it had a chance to win Saturday. The Minutemen still had a shot at victory even after a …

Friday’s colleges: UMass field hockey falls to Cal

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sarah Hawkshaw scored and Sam Carlino made three saves but the UMass field hockey team fell 2-1 to California, Friday at Garber Field. Lara Kruggel and Andrea Early scored for the Golden Bears (3-2). The Minutewomen fell to 1-4. Women’s soccer UConn 4, St. John’s 1 — Brittany …

Vanderbilt will try to solve QB woes against UMass

Friday, September 12, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It is a rare depth chart oddity. Next to starting quarterback on Vanderbilt’s two-deep for Saturday’s game against UMass, it reads: “Johnny McCrary or Patton Robinette or Stephen Rivers or Wade Freebeck.” That’s three “ors”, …

Thursday’s colleges: Smith College fends off MCLA in five sets for volleyball victory

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Smith College and MCLA traded sets twice, but the Pioneers held on for the five-set women’s volleyball victory, Thursday in Northampton. Smith won 25-14, 18-25, 25-22, 19-25, 15-9. Dayra Diaz Marquez had 24 assists and 17 digs, while Mei-Li Smith added 16 kills, 28 digs and 15 assists …