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Thursday’s colleges: Amherst shuts out Smith in field hockey

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The seventh-ranked Amherst College field hockey team pulled away from Smith College for a 4-0 win in Amherst Thursday. Katie Paolano (two assists), Annika Nygren, Ellie Andersen and Madeline Tank each scored for the Lord Jeffs (12-2), who led 1-0 at halftime. Emily Horwitz made one save in the shutout. Nora Demick made a career-high 19 saves for the Pioneers (4-11). Mount Holyoke 4, Western New England 1 — Kirsten …

Failures in oversight worsened UNC academic fraud

Thursday, October 23, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. — An alarming lack of institutional oversight at the University of North Carolina allowed an academic fraud scandal to run unchecked for nearly two decades and has the school reeling from the scandal’s fallout. The latest investigation found that university leaders, faculty members and staff missed or just ignored flags that …

Judge questions $75M NCAA concussion settlement

Thursday, October 23, 2014

CHICAGO — The federal judge overseeing a first-of-its-kind head injury settlement with the NCAA expressed serious concerns Thursday about some terms and the vast scope of the $75 million deal that currently encompasses all college athletes going back decades. Facing NCAA and plaintiffs’ attorneys who crafted the deal, U.S. District Judge John Lee wondered why sports like rifle teams, golf and swimming would …

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 …

UMass ready to drop puck vs Boston University, Hockey East, 2014-15 season

Thursday, October 9, 2014

AMHERST — It is the season opener and the home opener against a ranked opponent featuring a projected future NHL star, facts that naturally make UMass’ hockey game against Boston University Friday an event on campus. More important …

NCAA clears Daisha Simmons to play at Seton Hall

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Daisha Simmons has been cleared by the NCAA to immediately play basketball Seton Hall, the school’s coach Tony Bozzella said Thursday. Simmons’ ability to play immediately was held up by Alabama refusing to support a waiver that would have granted her the chance to compete this year. The …

UMass hockey looking to veteran sophomore class to make an offensive impact this season

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

AMHERST — As a true freshman playing in his first game last year, Steven Iacobellis scored his first collegiate goal in a 3-1 loss to Boston University. That night set the tone for a solid first season for …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst women’s volleyball sweeps Westfield State

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Amherst College women’s volleyball team swept Westfield State, 3-0, on the road Wednesday. The Lord Jeffs (12-4, 4-1 NESCAC) won 25-9, 25-18, 25-13 as Maggie Danner had 12 kills. Nicole Carter had 20 assists, while Katie Warshaw had 16 digs for Amherst. Coast Guard 3, Mount Holyoke …