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Friday’s colleges: UMass opens women’s lacrosse season with 16-5 rout of Holy Cross

Friday, February 12, 2016

The UMass women’s lacrosse team opened its season with a 16-5 win over Holy Cross, Friday at Garber Field. UMass led 2-1 when five straight goals, including back-to-back tallies by Nicole Troost, put the game out of reach. Troost finished with five goals, while Hannah Murphy had four and Holly Turner three. Erika Eipp had four assists. Sam Walters (three saves) and Aileen Kelly (two saves) shared time in net …

UMass looking to carry over success on the road, visits Duquesne Sunday

Friday, February 12, 2016

AMHERST — After producing its best win of the year on Thursday, UMass will try to bring the momentum with it on the road when the Minutemen play at Duquesne, Sunday at 3 p.m. They took Friday off and were scheduled to fly to Pittsburgh Saturday morning, leaving them little preparation time for the Dukes. But UMass coach Derek Kellogg was more focused …

Notebook: Hinds and Coleman recapture early form to help lift UMass past VCU

Thursday, February 11, 2016

AMHERST — When UMass got off to a 5-1 start, Jabarie Hinds looked like an all-conference player and Zach Coleman was one of the most improved players on the team, if not the entire Atlantic 10. But as Hinds slumped and Coleman battled a knee injury, the Minutemen weren’t the same. In Thursday’s …

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UMass looking to carry over success on the road, visits Duquesne Sunday

AMHERST — After producing its best win of the year on Thursday, UMass will try to bring the momentum with it on the road when the Minutemen play at Duquesne, Sunday at 3 p.m. They took Friday off and were scheduled to fly to Pittsburgh Saturday morning, leaving …

Notebook: Hinds and Coleman recapture early form to help lift UMass past VCU

AMHERST — When UMass got off to a 5-1 start, Jabarie Hinds looked like an all-conference player and Zach Coleman was one of the most improved players on the team, if not the entire Atlantic 10. But as …

UMass holds on to stun VCU, 69-63

AMHERST — When Zach Coleman’s second free throw pinged off the rim with 24 seconds left and UMass clinging to a three-point lead, he and Tyler Bergantino leapt into traffic. The ball crowd-surfed above the swarm of eager …

UMass set to face different but difficult VCU, Thursday at Mullins Center

AMHERST — VCU still calls it Havoc. But it’s not quite the same thing. When Shaka Smart left VCU for Texas, he took his trademarked full-court, smothering pressure style with him. New coach Will Wade’s system hounds opponents in the half court instead of end to end. The …

Matt Vautour: NCAA needs to stop self-imposed postseason bans

It’s hard to tell what will eventually cause the NCAA to change its policies. But Louisville recent self-imposition of penalties is a reminder that how college sports’ governing body implements punishment is long overdue for an overhaul. In hopes of getting the NCAA to eventually go easy, Louisville …

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Social media lends its hands to UMass’ recruiting process

AMHERST — Shane Waldron was sheepish, but honest. While he sat on the beach in Saint Lucia during his late December vacation, the UMass offensive line coach did what any coach would do when faced with weather that perfect and scenery that beautiful. He checked Twitter on his …

UMass football lands 30-member recruiting class; coach Mark Whipple pleased

AMHERST — Every football coach at every Division I school in America is officially pleased with his recruiting class when it’s announced on signing day. So UMass coach Mark Whipple expressing excitement about his wasn’t noteworthy on its …

UMass adds JUCO quarterback Andrew Ford

AMHERST — The race to replace Blake Frohnapfel as UMass’ starting quarterback just got considerably more interesting. According to the MaroonMusket.com, the Minutemen have secured a commitment from Andrew Ford, a junior college quarterback, who began his career at Virginia Tech. Ford, a 6-foot-3, 211-pound quarterback from Camp …

UMass football adds two former players to coaching staff

AMHERST — The UMass football coaching staff is adding another former standout to its coaching staff. Matt Dawson, a linebacker on the 1998 Division I-AA national championship team, will be the new tight ends coach and assistant special teams coach as part of a minor reshuffling of the …

UMass WR Tajae Sharpe invited to Senior Bowl; Minutemen add new strength coach & 4 verbal commitments

Tajae Sharpe will get another chance to make a catch in an all-star game. UMass’ all-time leading receiver has been added to the North roster for Saturday’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. The game will be at 2:30 …

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Friday’s colleges: UMass opens women’s lacrosse season with 16-5 rout of Holy Cross

The UMass women’s lacrosse team opened its season with a 16-5 win over Holy Cross, Friday at Garber Field. UMass led 2-1 when five straight goals, including back-to-back tallies by Nicole Troost, put the game out of reach. Troost finished with five goals, while Hannah Murphy had four …

UMass snaps 9-game losing streak with 4-3 OT win over AIC

SPRINGFIELD — The UMass coaches and players couldn’t decide if there was more relief or celebration in their locker room following Tuesday’s 4-3 overtime win over American International at the MassMutual Center. After over a month of frustration, any combination of both was plenty welcome for the Minutemen, …

UMass hockey to play in Northern Ireland

Dominic Trento didn’t know much about hockey in Great Britain when he turned on a Friendship Four Tournament game between Northeastern and UMass-Lowell. “We were watching the games that day. I was thinking how sweet it was,” UMass’ sophomore forward said. Northern “Ireland is a pretty sweet spot. …

No. 9 Boston University hockey knocks UMass out early

Amherst — The ninth-ranked Boston University ice hockey team found the UMass net 57 seconds into the game. Another 1:46 passed until the Terriers scored again. UMass coach John Micheletto pulled Henry Dill at that point, but Nic Renyard let another puck in 2:06 later. The Minutemen trailed …

UMass hockey falls to last-place Maine, 5-2

Even playing last place Maine wasn’t enough to get the UMass hockey team out of its losing streak, as the Minutemen dropped their seventh straight, 5-2 on Friday at the Mullins Center. The teams were tied 1-1 after the first period, but Maine (6-15-6, 3-6-2 Hockey East) scored …

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Friday’s colleges: UMass opens women’s lacrosse season with 16-5 rout of Holy Cross

The UMass women’s lacrosse team opened its season with a 16-5 win over Holy Cross, Friday at Garber Field. UMass led 2-1 when five straight goals, including back-to-back tallies by Nicole Troost, put the game out of reach. Troost finished with five goals, while Hannah Murphy had four …

UMass softball looking to overcome early bumps before conference play begins

UMass softball coach Kristi Stefanoni is ready for the early bumps that await her team. It’s a young and largely inexperienced team that she’ll take south this weekend to open the season. “We’re looking small, mighty and scrappy,” she said. “The first two tournaments are going to be …

UMass women’s lacrosse opens season with high standards

The UMass women’s lacrosse team needs to have quite the season for coach Angela McMahon to keep up with the success standards in her own house. Her husband, Amherst College men’s soccer coach Justin Serpone, led Amherst to a Division III national championship in the fall. “It was …

With nation’s best on deck, no time to adjust for UMass men’s lacrosse

AMHERST — The UMass men’s lacrosse team won’t have to wait long to see how it matches up with some of the nation’s best teams. To avoid the bitter cold predicted for Saturday, the Minutemen’s opener at Army was moved up to Friday at 12:30 p.m. at West …

Wednesday’s women’s college basketball: Smith downs Springfield, 79-61

Three players reached double figures as the Smith College women’s basketball team beat Springfield, 79-61, Wednesday. Meghan Holland had 16 points, while Paige Marquez and Kennedy Guest-Pritch (11 rebounds) each had 15 points for the visiting Pioneers (4-6, 1-2 NEWMAC). Tavorsia Talley and Tia Karapoulios each added nine …

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