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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 per game (416.8) and total attempts (236). He’s stepped back in and thrived in the Falcons’ up-tempo …

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 …

Thursday’s colleges: UMass women’s soccer falls to George Mason in overtime

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Sarah Hardison scored a minute into overtime as the George Mason women’s soccer team came from behind to beat UMass, 2-1, Thursday in Fairfax, Virginia. UMass’ five-game unbeaten streak came to an end. Jackie Bruno gave the Minutewomen (4-4-3, 1-1-1 Atlantic 10) a 1-0 lead six minutes into the second half. Nia Elbeck tied the game at 81:28 for Mason. Cassidy Babin made …

Gazette writer Matt Vautour shares his thoughts about the Minutemen and college sports.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Coach John Micheletto eager to see UMass hockey team in game situations this weekend

Thursday, October 8, 2015

AMHERST — As he gets set for his fourth season behind the UMass hockey bench, coach John Micheletto knows about all he can about his team without seeing it in action. He’ll start learning the rest Friday at 9:30 p.m. when his Minutemen travel west to face Colorado …

Wednesday’s colleges: Mark Morris strikes for UMass in win over URI

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Senior forward Mark Morris scored three goals as the UMass men’s soccer team beat Rhode Island, 3-2, in Amherst Wednesday. It was the first three-goal performance for the Minutemen since the 2002 season. The last player to notch a hat trick for UMass was Jeff Deren, who did …

New UMass big men eager to contribute

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

AMHERST — After getting their feet wet during August’s trip to Paris and London, UMass freshman big men Rashaan Holloway and Malik Hines were excited to get practice started. Of the two, Hines will get the most responsibility …

Red-zone production key for UMass vs Bowling Green

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

AMHERST — In Saturday’s win over Florida International, the UMass football team came up empty on one of three trips to the red zone and didn’t score on two other trips close to it, sputtering at the 22- …

UMass basketball notebook: Donte Clark eager to start season

Monday, October 5, 2015

AMHERST — There were moments last year when then-freshman Donte Clark flashed star potential. His 25 points against Florida Gulf Coast, 23 vs. La Salle twice and 15 vs. Florida State made UMass fans excited about what he …

Let him play: Age rule keeping Fournette out of NFL next year is wrong

Monday, October 5, 2015

Leonard Fournette is good enough to play in the NFL right now. Of course he is. Not since Adrian Peterson played for Oklahoma has a running back looked so fiercely dominant. The LSU running back not only looks …

Matt Vautour: UMass learns to shake adversity

Saturday, October 3, 2015

AMHERST When the unusual plays and unusual calls started happening, UMass coach Mark Whipple couldn’t help but think of the Temple game, just two weeks ago. Against the Owls, a bizarre sequence of plays at the end led …

UMass punter Logan Laurent steps into place-kicking duty

Saturday, October 3, 2015

AMHERST — UMass coach Mark Whipple quipped during preseason that there would have to be a malaria outbreak for starting punter Logan Laurent to move back to place kicking. While there was no outbreak recorded, Laurent returned to …

Notebook: Makeshift defensive line stands out for UMass

Saturday, October 3, 2015

AMHERST — Peter Angeh didn’t register a sack or even a tackle on UMass’ last defensive stop of the game, but the play proved to be a fitting ending for the defense against Florida International. With several would-be …

UMass football holds for first win, 24-14 over Florida International

Saturday, October 3, 2015

AMHERST — With 1 minute, 56 seconds left and his team facing a fourth-and-5 on the Florida International 15-yard line, UMass football coach Mark Whipple decided to try and end the game right there with his team up …