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Friday’s colleges: UMass field hockey can’t pull off upset of No. 1 Maryland

Friday, August 29, 2014

The 10th-ranked UMass field hockey team fell short of an upset of No. 1 Maryland, falling 3-2 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania Friday. Maryland led 2-0 and 3-1. Nicole Miller scored with 10 minutes left to pull the Minutewomen (0-1) within one, but they couldn’t get the equalizer. Miller scored twice, while Cliodhna Loughlin had one assist. Sam Carlino made 12 saves in the loss. Mount Holyoke 3, Simmons 1 — Charlotte … 0

World Junior Championships an ultimate experience for Amherst pair

Friday, August 29, 2014

As two of just a handful of returning members to the United States women’s under-19 ultimate team, Zoe Freedman Coleman and Angela Zhu experienced becoming world champions after falling just short two years ago. The Amherst natives played a large part in the national team bringing home gold from the World Junior Ultimate … 0

Unknowns UMass, Boston College set to open 2014 college football season

Friday, August 29, 2014

AMHERST — On Wednesday’s Atlantic Coast Conference coach’s teleconference, Boston College coach Steve Addazio admitted that breaking down video would have a little role in his team’s preparation for Saturday’s season opener against UMass. UMass coach Mark Whipple hasn’t coached in college since 2010 and video from 2011 and 2012 when he coached … 0

Four years and five schools later, UMass punter Brian McDonald takes one more shot at Division I

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — After an eight hour bus ride through over 500 miles of mostly cornfields, Brian McDonald averaged 41.8 yards per punt on four kicks doing his part to help Minnesota-Morris beat Iowa Wesleyan, 29-24. Exactly 200 people … 0

UMass football jersey hangs from Boston College’s Doug Flutie statue ahead of Saturday’s matchup at Gillette Stadium

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — From the moment UMass announced its intention to move its football program into the Bowl Subdivision, the Minutemen didn’t try to hide their hopes that the upgrade would include an annual game with Boston College. UMass … 0

Matt Vautour: UMass is about to embark on most important season in school history

Monday, August 25, 2014

UMass coach Mark Whipple has referred to Saturday’s game against Boston College as “the biggest opener in school history” and “the biggest home game ever at UMass.” It sounds like hyperbole from a coach trying to drive up … 0

UMass releases football depth chart ahead of Saturday’s opener vs Boston College

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — With the season starting Saturday at 3 p.m. against Boston College at Gillette Stadium, the UMass football team released its first two-deep depth chart Monday without any big surprises, but a few noteworthy inclusions and exclusions. … 0

Freshman RBs often make immediate impact in SEC

Monday, August 25, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — LSU freshman running back Leonard Fournette’s plans for this season don’t include any false modesty. “My expectations for this year are to rush for 1,000 yards, be All-SEC, be All-America and be a Heisman Trophy … 0

Column: A salute to football’s worst of the worst

Friday, August 22, 2014

ATLANTA — This isn’t another column about Florida State or Alabama. They get enough attention. With the start of college football right around the corner, we’d like to give a shoutout to the Bottom 10, those schools where optimism is about as appropriate as refusing to dump a … 0

Pinkel, Alden say protocol followed for Washington

Friday, August 22, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri coach Gary Pinkel and athletic director Mike Alden say they followed what they believed to be the school’s protocol when former running back Derrick Washington was accused of rape in 2008. Pinkel said Friday at a news conference that he learned of the … 0

Matt Vautour: Can UMass football exceed low expectations?

Friday, August 22, 2014

A week from now, everyone will have a better idea, who was right — the professional prognosticators, who’ve predicted another bad year for the UMass football team, or the Minutemen themselves, who believe they’re on the brink of … 0

Coach Mark Whipple frustrated with final practice, but pleased with camp overall as UMass switches to game-week mode

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — Like most college football teams at this time of year, UMass was glad to see training camp come to a close. But coach Mark Whipple wasn’t happy with how the Minutemen ended it. “We weren’t ready … 0

Teams test out a new helmet, but does it work?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema proudly posted a message on Twitter last spring that featured the Razorbacks’ new helmets — a futuristic design by Riddell called the SpeedFlex that is supposed to be the latest in head protection. A … 0