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Wednesday’s colleges: Mark Morris strikes for UMass in win over URI

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Senior forward Mark Morris scored three goals as the UMass men’s soccer team beat Rhode Island, 3-2, in Amherst Wednesday. It was the first three-goal performance for the Minutemen since the 2002 season. The last player to notch a hat trick for UMass was Jeff Deren, who did so twice in 2002. Morris’ three-goal match was just the 31st in program history since 1930. The Minutemen (2-10-0, 1-1-0 Atlantic 10) …

New UMass big men eager to contribute

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

AMHERST — After getting their feet wet during August’s trip to Paris and London, UMass freshman big men Rashaan Holloway and Malik Hines were excited to get practice started. Of the two, Hines will get the most responsibility early. He’ll compete to start at either center or power forward right away and even …

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 …

UMass wide receiver Jalen Williams arrested

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

AMHERST — UMass senior wide receiver Jalen Williams was arrested early Sunday morning in Amherst after allegedly breaking into a car. UMass athletic department spokesman Molly O’Mara said the school had no official comment. “We’re aware and reviewing …

Brian Kelly rejects No. 6 Irish role as heavy favorite vs. UMass

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly doesn’t want to hear about injury concerns or playing time for his sixth-ranked Fighting Irish against UMass on Saturday. “These are the games that concern me the most, where …

Matt Vautour: UMass still looking for a running back to seize the No. 1 job

Monday, September 21, 2015

In his first years of his first stint coaching UMass, Mark Whipple didn’t have to make decisions about who to give the ball to on rushing plays. He gave it to Marcel Shipp 1,076 times over three years …

UMass looks to overcome low expectations in Hockey East

Monday, September 21, 2015

BOSTON — If UMass is going to make a move forward in Hockey East, they’ll have to confound low expectations. The league’s coaches picked the Minutemen last (12th) in the annual poll that came out Monday at Hockey East media day at the TD Garden. UMass junior Steven …

UMass a finalist for two New Orleans basketball recruits

Monday, September 21, 2015

UMass is one of two schools in the hunt for a pair of high-profile recruits from New Orleans, who plan to attend school together. McDonogh High School teammates Brison Gresham, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound big man, and DeJon Jarreau, a 6-5, 170-pound guard, will visit UMass on Thursday. Gresham …

Free coffee eases sting from Bills’ meltdown against Pats

Monday, September 21, 2015

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Still smarting from the Buffalo Bills’ meltdown against New England, coach Rex Ryan had at least had one thing go right for him Monday. The person in line ahead of him at the drive-thru …

Big Ten takeover: Ohio State, Michigan State top AP rankings

Monday, September 21, 2015

Ohio State is No. 1 and Michigan State is No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll, giving the Big Ten the top two teams in the rankings for the first time since 2006. The Buckeyes received …

Weekend colleges: Amherst men’s soccer wins pair, keeps clean sheet for season

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Amherst College men’s soccer team has still yet to allow a goal on the season after a pair of weekend victories. The No. 10 Jeffs (5-0) blanked Middlebury Saturday and Elms Sunday. Amherst 4, Elms 0 — Nico Pascual-Leone, Christopher Martin and Aziz Khan each notched a …

Matt Vautour: Close not good enough for UMass this time

Sunday, September 20, 2015

FOXBOROUGH A year ago, coming this close to beating a good team would have been cause of excitement for the UMass football team. Temple spent the first two weeks of its season dominating Penn State, an accomplishment in …

Tajae Sharpe becomes all-time career reception leader at UMass in loss to Temple

Saturday, September 19, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Before Tajae Sharpe ever played a game for Mark Whipple, the UMass coach had seen his numbers and his tape and predicted the receiver would eventually break all of the school’s career receiving records. Sharpe began …