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Tuesday’s colleges: Smith College field hockey ends drought vs Mount Holyoke

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Mariah Ollive delivered the Smith College field hockey team’s first win over Mount Holyoke since 2003 on Tuesday. Ollive tapped in a cross from Elsie Odhiambo in the 46th minute for the victory in Northampton. Sarah LaQuerre opened the scoring for Mount Holyoke (5-5, 1-2 NEWMAC) in the 12th minute off a corner from Charlotte Wagner. Smith (5-5, 3-1 NEWMAC) tied the game in the 29th minute when Julia Hamilton …

Red-zone production key for UMass vs Bowling Green

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

AMHERST — In Saturday’s win over Florida International, the UMass football team came up empty on one of three trips to the red zone and didn’t score on two other trips close to it, sputtering at the 22- and 33-yard lines. If the Minutemen don’t convert similar chances at Bowling Green, Saturday at …

UMass basketball notebook: Donte Clark eager to start season

Monday, October 5, 2015

AMHERST — There were moments last year when then-freshman Donte Clark flashed star potential. His 25 points against Florida Gulf Coast, 23 vs. La Salle twice and 15 vs. Florida State made UMass fans excited about what he might eventually become. Before the first official practice of the season Monday, the sophomore wing …

Better, more mature Chris Baldwin commits to UMass

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

According to his high school and AAU coaches, the Chris Baldwin that will be coming back to western Massachusetts next year is a much more mature and polished product than the one who left a year ago. Improved …

UMass loses starters Bailey-Smith and Williams for the season

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

AMHERST — Two players slated to be starters for the UMass football team won’t play again this year. Starting safety Khary Bailey-Smith, who suffered a knee injury against Temple, will have season-ending surgery Friday. The senior is eligible …

Tuesday’s colleges: Mount Holyoke crushes Bay Path soccer

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Ashleigh Hartsock scored three goals and had one assist as the Mount Holyoke soccer team shut out Bay Path, 9-0, in South Hadley Tuesday. Zoe Marshall added two goals for the Lyons (6-2-1). Liz Rose (assist), Sara Sanau Ruiz (assist), Suz Rose and Rebecca Levkowicz also scored in …

UMass freshman RB Andy Isabella could have several roles

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

AMHERST — The absence of senior Khary Bailey-Smith and Jalen Williams led UMass coach Mark Whipple to make the decision not to redshirt freshman tailback Andy Isabella, who returned kicks against Notre Dame. Isabella, who was a state sprint champion in Ohio, will have an expanded role as …

John Robinson-Woodgett set to play both ways

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

AMHERST — With Rodney Mills out and the Minutemen thin at fullback, Whipple tabbed junior linebacker John Robinson-Woodgett to fill the role, making him a rare two-way player in Division I. UMass coach Mark Whipple considered playing Robinson-Woodgett, …

Larry Brown suspended by NCAA, SMU gets postseason ban

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

DALLAS — The NCAA banned the SMU men’s basketball team from postseason play Tuesday and suspended veteran coach Larry Brown for nine games after concluding that he lied to its investigators and simply turned his back on a …

Matt Vautour: College Football Playoff could see new blood

Monday, September 28, 2015

Heading into the season, nearly every expert and pundit said the list of national championship contenders was more wide open than it has been in a very long time. Yet most of those same prognosticators picked many of …

Highly touted New Orleans recruits Brison Gresham, De’Jon Jarreau commit to UMass

Monday, September 28, 2015

The UMass men’s basketball team had its biggest recruiting day in decades Monday as the program landed a pair of potentially high-impact recruits when New Orleans natives Brison Gresham and De’Jon Jarreau announced their decision to become Minutemen. …

Weekend colleges: Amherst College jumps on Bates in football opener

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Bates struck first, but then the Amherst College football team rattled off four straight touchdowns en route to a season-opening 37-14 win in Lewiston, Maine, Saturday. The Lord Jeffs shrugged off an early 80-yard touchdown run by Shaun Carroll to drop the Bobcats for the eighth straight time. …

Matt Vautour: Experiencing Notre Dame

Saturday, September 26, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. At any pregame moment in the four hours before kickoff on the quad between Notre Dame Stadium and Hesburgh Library, there are at least three fans with both arms in the air. Somebody nearby is …