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Friday’s colleges: UMass hockey knocks off Northeastern, 3-2

Friday, October 24, 2014

Emerson Auvenshine scored in the third period to give the UMass hockey team a 3-2 win at Northeastern on Friday night. The tally at 8:51 in the final stanza handed the Minutemen (2-2-0, 1-1-0 Hockey East) their first win in conference play. Zack LaRue and Steven Guzzo picked up assists on the game winner. UMass took a 2-1 lead on the power play when Ray Pigozzi beat Derick Roy from …

College player fights tumor for moment on court

Friday, October 24, 2014

CINCINNATI — Lauren Hill is the last player to take the court for the 6 a.m. stretch before basketball practice. She’s moving slowly today. The freshman wearing the blue No. 22 Mount St. Joseph jersey has days like this lately. Days when the inoperable tumor squeezing her brain also saps her energy and …

UMass faces Toledo in biggest’s football game of season

Friday, October 24, 2014

AMHERST — Like most football coaches, UMass’ Mark Whipple has usually avoided talking about anything beyond the next game in front of his team once the season starts. But even Whipple allowed himself to think about the long-term implications of Saturday’s game with Toledo. “It’s a big game. We’re in the middle of …

Notebook: Backup punter Logan Laurent gives UMass a leg up in place-kicking game

Saturday, October 11, 2014

KENT, Ohio — Logan Laurent is listed on the UMass roster as a punter, but he always hoped to eventually work his way back into the place-kicking mix. With former starter Blake Lucas struggling to find consistency and backup Matthew Wylie battling an injury, UMass coach Mark Whipple …

UMass snaps 12-game losing streak, beats Kent State 40-17

Saturday, October 11, 2014

KENT, Ohio — With 15 seconds left in the game, Kent State ran a second-down play that resulted in an incomplete pass deep in UMass territory. The Minutemen were comfortably ahead, but when the clock didn’t move, coach …

Third-string QB Max Lippe leads Amherst College to 35-10 rout of Colby

Saturday, October 11, 2014

AMHERST — He started the game on the bench, the third option at quarterback for Amherst College. Max Lippe finished the game as one of its heroes. Lippe sparked a tremendous second half surge Saturday, leading unbeaten Amherst to a 35-10 NESCAC triumph over Colby College. A crowd …

NHL prospect Jack Eichel helps Boston University skate past UMass

Friday, October 10, 2014

AMHERST — Entering the third period Friday night, the UMass hockey team owned the momentum, the man advantage and the opportunity to tie the score. Just over six minutes into the period, the Minutemen trailed Boston University by four goals and wound up getting blown out 8-1 in …

Former UMass center Lari Ketner finds love, peace before death

Friday, October 10, 2014

There was peace in Lari Ketner’s voice I didn’t recognize when I spoke to him in March. It had been almost 15 years since I last interviewed him. His UMass basketball career ended in 1999, but in his …

UMass defense preparing for the unknown with Kent State

Friday, October 10, 2014

KENT, Ohio — UMass coach Mark Whipple didn’t deny that Kent State potentially being without its top two quarterbacks could work in the Minutemen’s favor. Moments after Colin Reardon suffered an ankle injury last week against Northern Illinois, …

Friday’s colleges: UMass rallies to beat Saint Joseph’s in field hockey

Friday, October 10, 2014

The UMass field hockey team rallied to beat Saint Joseph’s, 3-2, in Merion Station, Pennsylvania, Friday. Sarah Hawkshaw and Hailey Cockrum scored consecutive goals in the second half to give the Minutewomen (6-7, 4-1 Atlantic 10) a 2-1 lead. Nicole Miller added one goal, while Sam Carlino made …

Thursday’s colleges: Marissa Vara nets two as Smith College blanks WNEU in field hockey

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Marissa Vara scored twice as the Smith College field hockey team shut out Western New England, 4-0, in Springfield Thursday. Mariah Ollive and Julia Hamilton each had one goal, while Casey Rau and Caroline Labriola each had one assist. Nora Demick made six saves in net for the …

NCAA president has wish list for Power 5

Thursday, October 9, 2014

DANBURY, Conn. — Now that the Power Five conferences have their autonomy, NCAA President Mark Emmert has a wish list he’d like them to tackle right away. Emmert, speaking after a lecture at Western Connecticut State University, said …

UMass football shakes things up as it tries to break into win column

Thursday, October 9, 2014

AMHERST — In an effort to help end UMass’ season-long six-game losing streak, coach Mark Whipple put a halftime in the middle of Tuesday’s practice to shake things up a little. After the Minutemen scored 41 first-half points …