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Thursday’s colleges: UMass softball shut out as La Salle wins in walk-off fashion

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The University of Massachusetts softball team was shut out, 3-0, by La Salle in Philadelphia on Thursday. Pitcher Caroline Raymond took her own shutout into the seventh inning, but La Salle’s Alicia Aughton (2 for 4) hit a three-run walk-off homer to center field for the Explores (15-14, 7-2 A-10). Raymond struck out 10 and allowed three earned runs on eight hits and three walks in 61/3 innings for UMass … 0

UMass receivers Jalen Williams, Shakur Nesmith shine in spring game

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — A pair of tall receivers, who’ll try to crack the University of Massachusetts’ starting lineup in the fall, stood out in the annual spring game, Wednesday night at McGuirk Stadium. Anyone watching the team for the first time this spring got their first look at junior college transfer Jalen Williams at … 0

More than 1,000 support gay community at UMass rally, countering five from Westboro Baptist Church

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

AMHERST — The Westboro Baptist Church’s anti-gay protest at the University of Massachusetts came and went quickly and without incident Wednesday, while a rally supporting the campus’ gay community drew over 1,000 people. The two events were sparked by UMass sophomore Derrick Gordon becoming the nation’s first openly gay men’s college basketball player. … 3

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

UMass leaving MAC football after 2015
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mark Whipple, UMass set for spring football game

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts football program wasn’t trying to simulate a midweek Mid-American Conference game when it scheduled the annual spring football game for Wednesday at 7 p.m. The last time Mark Whipple coached UMass, there were neither lights, nor turf at McGuirk Stadium. Having both … 0

Former Easthampton, UMass pitcher Jeremy Demers stares down fight with cancer

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

EASTHAMPTON When he’s got a baseball in his hand, it’s hard to tell Jeremy Demers has cancer. Most of the weight he originally lost from his 6-foot, broad-shouldered frame has come back and so far his hair has … 0

Monday’s college recaps: Ex-UMass star Judy Strong named to USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame

Monday, April 14, 2014

Former University of Massachusetts field hockey player Judy Strong was named to the United States Field Hockey Hall of Fame. The 2014 class will be inducted on June 28 at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa. Strong joins former UMass player Pam Bustin and coach Pam Hixon in … 0

UMass notebook: Chaz Williams prepares for NBA draft with stop at Portsmouth Invitational

Monday, April 14, 2014

With his college career behind him, former University of Massachusetts guard Chaz Williams will get his next chance to impress professional scouts this week at the Portsmouth (Va.) Invitational Tournament, which begins Wednesday. Williams, who averaged 15.6 points … 0

Counter protest planned for anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church’s expected picket in Amherst Wednesday

Monday, April 14, 2014

AMHERST — Area groups are preparing a show of support Wednesday to counter plans by members of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church to stage a protest against Derrick Gordon, the University of Massachusetts athlete who last week became … 3

Weekend college recaps: UMass women’s lacrosse races past George Mason

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The 10th-ranked University of Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team extended its win streak to five games on Sunday, as the Minutewomen had six players score multiple goals in a 22-2 win over George Mason. Sam Rush led the way … 0

Kassan Messiah, UMass linebackers get fresh start

Thursday, April 10, 2014

AMHERST — For a five-game stretch in 2012, University of Massachusetts linebacker Kassan Messiah looked like a future star. Then a true freshman, Messiah made 10 tackles in his first game and averaged 10.6 tackles in his first five contests, highlighted by 16 against Bowling Green. He was … 0

Thursday’s college recaps: Ex-Minutewomen Pam Bustin, Pam Hixon named to USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Former University of Massachusetts field hockey player Pam Bustin and her coach Pam Hixon have been selected for the United States Field Hockey Hall of Fame. The 2014 class will be inducted on June 28 at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa. Hixon led the Minutewomen for 16 … 0

‘Why not me?’ UMass' Derrick Gordon becomes first openly gay Division I men’s college basketball player

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

AMHERST — When Jason Collins became the first American male team-sport athlete to announce he was gay April 29, 2013, University of Massachusetts guard Derrick Gordon praised the NBA center on Twitter: “Jason Collins comes out...Much respect...Just be … 0

Panel commends UMass, speaks on sexuality in sport

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

AMHERST — While speaking on a panel at the University of Massachusetts, You Can Play executive director Wade Davis commended the institution’s handling and enthusiasm toward gay and lesbian student-athletes on Wednesday. “To be honest, UMass was pretty flawless,” Wade said after the event. “To get the coaching … 0