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Amherst College shuts down Tufts, remains undefeated

Saturday, October 25, 2014

AMHERST— A gritty defensive performance from Amherst College, highlighted by four first-half interceptions, helped the Lord Jeffs secure a 30-3 victory over Tufts on Saturday afternoon. “We played well defensively. We made a lot of things happen early and created some field position,” Lord Jeffs coach E.J. Mills said. “They were banged up. They lost their starting quarterback early in the game, which is never a good thing.” Two minutes …

Notebook: UMass intent on finishing the season strong

Saturday, October 25, 2014

TOLEDO, Ohio — The UMass football team approached Saturday’s game with Toledo almost like a playoff game. If the Minutemen knocked off the Rockets, who were in first place in the Mid-American Conference’s West division, they’d be in good position to run the table and finish 6-6, making them bowl eligible. But Saturday’s …

UMass puts scare in Toledo but falls short, 42-35

Saturday, October 25, 2014

TOLEDO, Ohio — With 38 seconds left and the score tied, UMass coach Mark Whipple called timeout to relay a message to his team. Toledo had driven to the 19-yard line and Jeremiah Detmer, one of league’s top kickers, was warming up on the sideline. Rather than stake his team’s chances on a …

From WMass to UMass, local soccer players join forces on men’s soccer team

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — Recruiters for the UMass men’s soccer program didn’t need to travel far this offseason to scout four of their prospects. Sometimes they only needed to go to one game. Freshmen goalkeeper Mike Rock, defender Tyler Szymkowicz, midfielder Brandon Vazquez and midfielder Alex DeSantis all grew up …

John Calipari: Kentucky’s depth feels like 2 teams

Thursday, October 16, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky’s John Calipari said the Wildcats are so deep it feels like he is coaching two teams. Besides returning six regulars from last year’s NCAA runner-up squad, the Wildcats added four high school All-Americans and …

Men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg signs contract extension with UMass through 2018-19 season

Thursday, October 16, 2014

After leading the UMass men’s basketball team to its first NCAA tournament since 1998, coach Derek Kellogg has been rewarded with a new contract that will keep him in Amherst at least through the 2018-19 season. Athletic director …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst soccer shuts out Keene State

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Amherst College women’s soccer team used four scorers to knock off Keene State 4-0 on the road Wednesday. Emma Rothkopf and Hannah Guzzi scored in the first half, while Quinn Phillips (assist) and Megan Kim added second-half goals for the Lord Jeffs (10-2-0). Holly Burwick made two …

UMass senior center Cady Lalanne looking to avoid a repeat of last year’s late season fade

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

AMHERST — Cady Lalanne has regrets. The UMass senior center’s averages of 11.3 points and 7.9 rebounds last year were the best totals of his career. But in his mind it could have been better. After the Minutemen’s …

Tuesday’s colleges: Amherst men’s soccer blanks Drew

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Amherst College men’s soccer team used a 1-0 shutout of Drew on the road to remain undefeated on Tuesday. Christopher Martin scored off a pass from Nico Pascual-Leone in the 19th minute for the Lord Jeffs (10-0-2). Thomas Bull made three saves in the victory. Women’s soccer …

UMass picked 4th in Atlantic 10 preseason poll; Cady Lalanne named all-conference second team

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — For the second straight season, UMass was picked fourth in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll. After losing three key seniors, coach Derek Kellogg took being picked that high as a sign of respect. “It’s nice …

Matt Vautour: Midseason firing of Buffalo coach an odd move

Monday, October 13, 2014

Maybe there’s another shoe to drop. Maybe Buffalo found out that football coach Jeff Quinn, whom it fired Monday, was secretly selling Todd Gurley’s autograph, smuggling prescription drugs from Canada, eating chicken wings without sauce or trying to …

Notebook: UMass coach Mark Whipple hopeful about availability of injured players

Monday, October 13, 2014

AMHERST — UMass football coach Mark Whipple was hopeful that his collection of injured players, who weren’t available at the end of Saturday’s win at Kent State, will be ready to play in Saturday’s 3 p.m. game against Eastern Michigan. Starting center Matt Sparks (ankle) and backup freshman …

Mississippi State rises to No. 1 in AP Top 25

Monday, October 13, 2014

Mississippi State is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll, replacing Florida State and making the fastest rise to the top spot in the history of the poll. The Bulldogs received 45 first-place votes …