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UMass’ margin for error is likely much smaller at Penn State

Friday, September 19, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The UMass football team made several mistakes during its first two games. While it was in position to win each time, it couldn’t finish the job. If the Minutemen (0-3) are going to break through this week, their ability to get away with mistake will likely be much smaller. While Colorado and Vanderbilt were winless when UMass played them, Penn State is 3-0 and knocking on …

Veteran Amherst College football team hosts Bates in season opener Saturday

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst College football team is returning the majority of its starters from the 2013 team that went 7-1. Despite a veteran lineup, this season’s focus is on fundamentals and the skill positions. “It doesn’t matter what you’ve done before,” said head coach E.J. Mills, who is entering his 22nd season. “Everybody is 0-0. Everyone is undefeated right now. It’s really …

Thursday’s colleges: Brown blanks UMass, 2-0, in women’s soccer

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The UMass women’s soccer team had no answer for Brown’s defense as the Minutewomen were shut out 2-0, in Providence, Rhode Island, Thursday. The Bears (3-2-0) scored a goal in each half. Danielle Kriscenski made eight saves, while Cassidy Babin stopped in shared duty for UMass. Men’s golf Gettysburg College Invitational — Zak Kennedy (Florence) tied for sixth with a 78 as Gettysburg …

Hackenberg ready to throw more after big opener

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — It took Christian Hackenberg about three hours to do something in Penn State’s season-opener that no Nittany Lion quarterback had done in the program’s previous 128 years. And if throwing for more than 400 …

Colleges: Tank’s 4 goals lead Lord Jeffs to win

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Madeline Tank had four goals to power the Amherst College field hockey team to a 7-0 win over Connecticut College on the road Wednesday night. Tank opened the game with her first tally of a penalty corner at 9:24 for the No. 10 ranked Lord Jeffs (1-0). She …

Early arrival at UMass pays off for Da’Sean Downey

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

AMHERST —What once was source of his biggest frustration has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for UMass freshman Da’Sean Downey. After graduating Woodlands High School in Hartsdale, N.Y. in 2013, Downey, a 6-foot-5, 234-pound outside …

AP Source: DC to host A-10 men’s tourney in 2018

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Atlantic 10 men’s basketball tournament is coming to the nation’s capital in 2018, a person close to the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the conference had not made the announcement public. The league announced …

Tuesday’s colleges: Amherst College opens men’s soccer season with overtime win over New England

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Bryce Ciambella scored in overtime as the Amherst College men’s soccer team beat New England 2-1 Wednesday in Henniker, New Hampshire. Jae Heo gave the Lord Jeffs (1-0) a 1-0 lead in the second half. Thomas Bull made one save in the win. San Jose State 4, UMass …

UMass football notebook: Running back J.T. Blyden stands out during first season

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

AMHERST — On paper, J.T. Blyden’s stats didn’t jump off the page. The UMass tailback’s nine carries for 43 yards and one catch for 7 yards in Saturday’s loss to Boston College, weren’t especially eye-catching for a No. …

UMass hoping new OL Ryan Johnson can make a big impact

Monday, September 1, 2014

AMHERST — New UMass offensive lineman Ryan Johnson doesn’t just look big to normal-sized people. “He’s huge,” said 6-foot-4, 280-pound teammate Matt Sparks. “Just looking at him walk in, it’s like ‘wow he’s big.’ I’m really excited to have him.” Monday was the 6-foot-5, 320-pound junior’s first full …

Matt Vautour: The College Football Playoff field isn’t going to stay at four for long.

Monday, September 1, 2014

The squawking will start around 1 p.m. on Dec. 7, if not sooner. The four-team field for the first college football playoff will be out and lots of people will be mad. Fans, administrators and representatives from at …

Weekend colleges: UMass women’s soccer falls to Providence in overtime

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Jackie Bruno tied the game in the second half for UMass, but Catherine Zimmerman netted the winner in overtime as Providence pulled out the 2-1 win, Sunday in Amherst. Danielle Kriscenski made two saves, while Madison Smith had one assist for the Minutewomen (1-2-1). Nichols 1, Mount Holyoke …

Algeria soccer death seen as part of wider ills

Sunday, August 31, 2014

ALGIERS, Algeria — The rocks came raining down after the final whistle of the Algerian soccer match, an increasingly common ritual in stadiums across the country. This time, the violence ended in tragedy: Hit in the head, Albert …