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Friday’s colleges: UMass men, women seeking conference lacrosse championships

Friday, May 1, 2015

UMass has yet to send a team to the NCAA Tournament in any sport this season, but the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams have a chance to change that this weekend. Both will play in their conference championships for a title and the automatic bid. The Minutewomen crushed George Mason, 12-3 on Friday, to breeze into Sunday’s Atlantic 10 championship. They’ll play Richmond at noon at George Washington. UMass beat …

Bob Baffert is loaded with 2 blazing colts for Kentucky Derby

Friday, May 1, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bob Baffert hopes he’s celebrating in the winner’s circle at the Kentucky Derby. He just doesn’t know which horse or owners would join him. After all, the trainer has the two top favorites for Saturday’s race. American Pharoah, owned by Egyptian Ahmed Zayat, is the early 5-2 favorite for the …

UMass men’s lacrosse knocks off top-seeded Fairfield in CAA Tournament semifinals

Thursday, April 30, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn — A week ago, when UMass was losing to Delaware, the worst team in the Colonial Athletic Association, Minuteman goalie Zach Oliveri wasn’t even on the field for the second half following a benching at intermission. But against the best team in the CAA, the junior not only returned, but shined. He made several key saves in the second half to …

Former Smith College SID Carole Grills named Pete Nevins Award winner

Friday, April 24, 2015

Former Smith College sports information director Carole Grills has been named the 2015 ECAC-SIDA Pete Nevins Award for Distinguished Achievement recipient. “I am deeply honored to be this year’s recipient,” Grills said in a release. “I know how highly Pete was regarded and respected by this organization and …

UMass notebook: Important weekend ahead for lacrosse, softball teams

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The UMass women’s lacrosse team will put the nation’s longest active conference winning streak on the line this weekend, while the men’s lacrosse and softball teams will try to solidify their places in their respective conference tournaments as spring sports continue to wind down at UMass. Coach Angela …

UConn to spend $10 million to fix roof at Gampel Pavilion

Thursday, April 23, 2015

STORRS, Conn. — The University of Connecticut is planning to spend $10 million to fix the roof and peeling ceiling of its 25-year-old Gampel Pavilion basketball arena. The project will be presented to the school’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday for approval. Fabric wrapping the triangular ceiling tiles …

NCAA President Emmert: Freshman ineligibility problematic, worth debating

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NEW YORK — NCAA President Mark Emmert is glad the Big Ten has sparked a discussion about freshman ineligibility, even though it is an idea fraught with potential pitfalls. Emmert spoke at a meeting of Associated Press Sports Editors on Thursday. He said the NCAA helped Big Ten …

Matt Vautour: Despite loss, playing at Fenway Park still memorable for UMass baseball team

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

BOSTON Once the game started, they were college athletes again. But when the UMass baseball team walked into Fenway Park, the chance to play on the historic field briefly turned the Minutemen into excited little boys as they …

Wednesday’s colleges: Mount Holyoke lacrosse rolls past Smith

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Kirsten Kilburn had five goals and Katherine Guinee added four as the Mount Holyoke women’s lacrosse team beat Smith College, 16-5, Wednesday in South Hadley. Catherine Ryan had five assists, while Kaitlin Braz scored three goals. Leila Kouakou (Leeds) scored twice for the Lyons (6-9; 3-5 NEWMAC). Caroline …

Senior Quianna Diaz-Patterson posting big numbers, big hits for UMass softball team

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

AMHERST — When she walks to the batter’s box, Quianna Diaz-Patterson isn’t thinking about the score or the Atlantic 10 standings. She’s not focused on getting the most out of her senior year or the historic numbers she’s …

Tuesday’s colleges: UMass hockey lands defenseman as goalie Steve Mastalerz signs with AHL team

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A future UMass hockey player officially signed a letter of intent and a former Minuteman signed a contract Tuesday. Carmine Buono, a 6-foot-2 defenseman from Burnaby, British Columbia, who played with the Powell River Kings of the BCHL last year, will join UMass in September. He is ranked …

Weekend colleges: Injury stops UMass in Atlantic 10 Women’s Tennis Tournament championship

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Chanel Glasper holds the all-time win record for a tennis player at UMass. An injury prevented her from adding to that total and it ended the Minutewomen’s shot at an Atlantic 10 Tournament championship. Glasper had the first set in hand and was leading in the second when …

UMass lands Texas A&M transfer big man Antwan Space

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Antwan Space was optimistic about UMass before he arrived for his visit. The big man, who is transferring from Texas A&M, said his time in Amherst and on campus sealed his decision to commit to the Minutemen. Space …