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Friday’s colleges: Austin Plevy notches a hat trick in debut as UMass hockey beats Colorado College

Saturday, October 10, 2015

UMass hockey coach John Micheletto was excited about freshman Austin Plevy coming into the season. That enthusiasm appears justified. In his first collegiate game, the freshman forward notched a hat trick as the Minutemen defeated Colorado College, 6-3, Friday in both teams’ season opener. Ray Pigozzi scored with 17 seconds left in the first period setting the tone for the Minutemen, who took leads of 3-0 and 5-1. They withstood …

Quarterbacks take center stage when UMass visits Bowling Green

Friday, October 9, 2015

AMHERST — There was no easing quarterback Matt Johnson back into the starting role at Bowling Green. Johnson missed most of last season with a hip injury, but it’s hard to tell by looking at him. The senior not only leads the Mid-American Conference, but leads nation in yards passing (2,084), yards passing …

UMass to dedicate Sam Koch Memorial at Rudd Field Saturday

Friday, October 9, 2015

AMHERST — The coach that saved UMass men’s soccer in 1991 and brought the program to new heights in 2007 will forever be part of his beloved program’s home field. Prior to Saturday’s game against Saint Louis, UMass will hold a ceremony dedicating the Sam Koch Memorial. Koch, who was beloved on the UMass campus, in the soccer community and his hometown of …

UMass overmatched at Notre Dame, 62-27

Saturday, September 26, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — In the end there was no shocker. No SportsCenter leading upset. No miracle. UMass put a scare into Notre Dame for a half, but when the final buzzer sounded, the final result between the …

UMass faces mountain of opponent in No. 6 Notre Dame

Friday, September 25, 2015

AMHERST— UMass coach Mark Whipple knows Notre Dame has lost some key guys, but after studying tape, the absence of those six players didn’t make him feel anymore confident. “They don’t look too injured to me. They recruit …

Notebook: UMass hoping to make history at Notre Dame

Thursday, September 24, 2015

AMHERST — Outside of the two programs playing in the game, Saturday’s matchup between Notre Dame and winless UMass looks like a blowout in the making. Las Vegas odds have the Minutemen as a 281/2-point underdog in the …

Notre Dame DB Matthias Farley always ready to be the next man in

Thursday, September 24, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Defensive back Matthias Farley is always ready to be the next man in for sixth-ranked Notre Dame. Farley was ready as a redshirt freshman when as a converted receiver he was thrust into a …

UMass QB Blake Frohnapfel, teammates excited to play at Notre Dame

Thursday, September 24, 2015

AMHERST — When Blake Frohnapfel was younger, the idea of rooting against Notre Dame would have seemed foreign to him. The UMass quarterback, who’ll be making his first trip to one of college football’s most hallowed grounds Saturday …

Tuesday’s colleges: Amherst field hockey control Springfield

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Annika Nygren and Mary-Grace Cronin each scored twice as the Amherst College field hockey team rolled past Springfield College, 6-1, Tuesday in Amherst. Caroline Fiore and Sara Culhane each added one goal for the Lord Jeffs (3-2). Emily Horwitz made nine saves in the win. Mount Holyoke 3, …

Notebook: Teammates looking to help star receiver Tajae Sharpe

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

AMHERST — In just two games, UMass senior receiver Tajae Sharpe has 22 catches for 294 yards. It’s likely just a matter of time before an opposing defense overcommits personnel to try and shut him down or at …

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 …