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Thursday’s colleges: UMass softball shut out as La Salle wins in walk-off fashion

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The University of Massachusetts softball team was shut out, 3-0, by La Salle in Philadelphia on Thursday. Pitcher Caroline Raymond took her own shutout into the seventh inning, but La Salle’s Alicia Aughton (2 for 4) hit a three-run walk-off homer to center field for the Explores (15-14, 7-2 A-10). Raymond struck out 10 and allowed three earned runs on eight hits and three walks in 61/3 innings for UMass … 0

Duke freshman Jabari Parker declares for NBA draft

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jabari Parker is hoping to become Duke’s latest one-and-done star to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. The 6-foot-8 All-American forward said Thursday he’ll enter the NBA draft after being the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history. He was also the first freshman to lead the Blue Devils in scoring and … 0

UMass receivers Jalen Williams, Shakur Nesmith shine in spring game

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — A pair of tall receivers, who’ll try to crack the University of Massachusetts’ starting lineup in the fall, stood out in the annual spring game, Wednesday night at McGuirk Stadium. Anyone watching the team for the first time this spring got their first look at junior college transfer Jalen Williams at … 0

Union wins first NCAA Hockey title, beating Minnesota 7-4

Sunday, April 13, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — Tiny Union College skated off with the biggest trophy in college hockey. And the Dutchmen did it at the expense of two of the sport’s giants, toppling Minnesota for its first NCAA title after beating Boston … 0

Friday college recaps: UMass baseball stay hot, tops SLU

Friday, April 11, 2014

The suddenly surging University of Massachusetts baseball team continued to win even in conference play as it cruised past Saint Louis, 7-1, Friday at Earl Lorden Field for its third straight victory. The Minutemen got a strong effort from Connor LeBlanc, 6.1 innings to earn the win, while … 0

Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau wins Hobey Baker

Friday, April 11, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — Boston College forward Johnny Gaudreau won the Hobey Baker Award on Friday night as the top Division I college hockey player, and signed with the Calgary Flames. Gaudreau, from Carney’s Point, N.J., won the award a … 0

Union-Minnesota for Frozen 4 title

Friday, April 11, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — It was just three seasons ago when Union beat Minnesota — in overtime, in Minneapolis — for a win that pretty much put its program on the map. Back then, Union had yet to even appear … 0

Minnesota, Union to meet in Frozen Four final

Friday, April 11, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Justin Holl scored a short-handed goal with 0.6 seconds left to give Minnesota a 2-1 victory over North Dakota on Thursday night in the NCAA hockey semifinals. Minnesota (28-6-6) will face Union College in the … 0

Kassan Messiah, UMass linebackers get fresh start

Thursday, April 10, 2014

AMHERST — For a five-game stretch in 2012, University of Massachusetts linebacker Kassan Messiah looked like a future star. Then a true freshman, Messiah made 10 tackles in his first game and averaged 10.6 tackles in his first five contests, highlighted by 16 against Bowling Green. He was … 0

Thursday’s college recaps: Ex-Minutewomen Pam Bustin, Pam Hixon named to USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Former University of Massachusetts field hockey player Pam Bustin and her coach Pam Hixon have been selected for the United States Field Hockey Hall of Fame. The 2014 class will be inducted on June 28 at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa. Hixon led the Minutewomen for 16 … 0

Wednesday’s college recaps: UMass reaches Beanpot baseball final with 5-3 win over Northeastern

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The University of Massachusetts baseball team is headed to the Beanpot championship after a 5-3 win over Northeastern at home Wednesday. A three-run sixth inning gave the Minutemen breathing room as the Huskies added two in the following inning. Kyle Adie walked, stole second and advanced to third … 0

Panel commends UMass, speaks on sexuality in sport

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

AMHERST — While speaking on a panel at the University of Massachusetts, You Can Play executive director Wade Davis commended the institution’s handling and enthusiasm toward gay and lesbian student-athletes on Wednesday. “To be honest, UMass was pretty flawless,” Wade said after the event. “To get the coaching … 0

Matt Vautour: Historic moment for Derrick Gordon signifies progress for gay athlete

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It’s hard to guess in 2034 if Derrick Gordon’s announcement Wednesday that he’s gay will be looked at as a red-letter day in social history or a footnote. Twenty years from now, it’s easy to imagine that openly … 0