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Thursday’s colleges:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The UMass men’s soccer team couldn’t hold on to an early lead and fell 2-1 in overtime to UNC Asheville, Thursday in Asheville, North Carolina. Matt Mooney scored from Josh Schwartz to give the Minutemen (2-13-1) a 1-0 first-half lead. Paul Egle and Jackson Allen countered for the Bulldogs (2-8-3). Ryan Buckingham (one save) and Taylor Culp (two saves) split time in net for UMass. …

Matt Vautour: Observations following UMass’ 120-71 exhibition win over AIC

Thursday, October 30, 2014

AMHERST On one hand, UMass’ 120-71 exhibition win over American International came against a Division II team that finished 9-19 last year, so it’s hard to put much stock in the dominating performance. On the other hand, the Minutemen have had some anxious moments in games like these against teams of similar ilk. …

Freshman goalie Henry Dill off to fast start for UMass hockey team

Thursday, October 30, 2014

AMHERST — Henry Dill isn’t UMass’ No. 1 goalie. Not yet anyway. It’s too early in the season for coach John Micheletto to officially name anyone his No. 1 guy going forward. But three games into his collegiate career, Dill looks like the type of goalie who could someday earn that distinction. With good reason, it was fellow freshman Patrick Lee’s game-winning goal …

Amid resurgence, UMass football seniors wishing for more time

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — There are five seniors contributing to the UMass football team this season. Nose tackle Daniel Maynes sometimes wishes it was four. With the Minutemen in the midst of a two-game winning streak and playing their best …

Tuesday’s colleges: Mount Holyoke field hockey beats WPI in overtime

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sophie Perekslis redirected a shot by Kirsten Kilburn to score the winning overtime goal as the Mount Holyoke field hockey team beat WPI 1-0 in Worcester, Tuesday. Liz DiCesare made two saves for the Lyons (11-2, 5-1 NEWMAC). Women’s soccer WPI 1, Smith College 1 (2OT) — Jackie …

Notebook: UMass offering free admission to men’s basketball exhibition against AIC

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — The UMass men’s basketball team’s lone exhibition game will be free. Unlike in previous years, the Minutemen aren’t charging admission for their Oct. 30 game against American International at 7 p.m. at the Mullins Center. It will be the first time for fans to see several …

MAC agrees to backup deal with Detroit-based bowl

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — The Mid-Amercian Conference has agreed to a six-year deal with the new Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit to be the game’s back league if the Big Ten or Atlantic Coast Conference cannot fill one of its spots. The first Quick Lane Bowl will be played …

As SEC dominates rankings, calls of #SECBias rise

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Duck fans in Oregon and Buckeye backers in Ohio are united. Seminoles in the Florida panhandle and Sooners in the Oklahoma panhandle are rallying around a common cause. As the Southeastern Conference was trending last weekend after becoming …

With bowl eligibility an outside possibility, ‘big game’ on the horizon for UMass

Monday, October 20, 2014

With two straight wins under its belt and obvious improvement on both sides of the ball, there’s optimism about the future and enthusiasm for the present for the UMass football team. With only a handful of contributing seniors, …

Pick play calls tough to call for officials

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The pick play is one of most effective and difficult-to-defend in football, often freeing up receivers for big gains or creating an extra bit of space in the crowded red zone. How and when a penalty is called …

UMass hockey makes its first win a dramatic one

Sunday, October 19, 2014

After losing to Michigan State on Friday, the Minutemen bounced back Saturday, defeating the Spartans in the final seconds 4-3. On a power play, Patrick Lee (two assists) netted the game-winning goal with 9.9 seconds remaining in regulation on assists from Steve Iacobellis and Ray Pigozzi. Iacobellis (two …

SEC is 1st league to go 4 for 5 at top of AP poll

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Good luck, selection committee. The first season of the College Football Playoff is a little more than halfway in the books and there are just four unbeaten teams left in FBS. Two play each other (No. 1 Mississippi …

UMass defense shows signs of coming together in win

Sunday, October 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH UMass had already clinched the win over Kent State last weekend. The Golden Flashes had the ball deep in Minuteman territory with less than a minute left. Whether or not they scored, UMass was leading 40-17 and …