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Weekend college recaps: UMass men’s hockey tops No. 14 Merrimack, 4-1

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Behind Dennis Kravchenko’s two goals, the UMass men’s hockey team defeated No. 14 Merrimack, 4-1, at home Sunday. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was postponed due to weather. The two sides settled for a 4-4 draw on Friday night to spilt the weekend series. Dominic Trento had a goal and an assist for the Minutemen (8-6-1, 3-11-1 Hockey East). Freshman Patrick Lee extended the lead with an …

Friday’s colleges: Third period surge nets UMass hockey a tie at No. 14 Merrimack

Friday, January 23, 2015

Down two goals heading into the third period, the UMass hockey team got the better of a wild final frame to earn a 4-4 tie with 14th-ranked Merrimack in North Andover Friday. Frank Vatrano’s goal just under 3 minutes into the third started the comeback as his power-play strike cut the Minutemen’s deficit to 3-2. Brandon Montour, who had an assist on Vatrano’s …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst shuts down Williams in overtime victory

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Amherst College men’s basketball team shut down rival Williams in overtime en route to an 86-76 win at LeFrak Gymnasium, Wednesday. Connor Green scored 10 of the Lord Jeffs’ 12 overtime points, while the defense held the Ephs to two points. Green finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds for Amherst (12-4). David George added 16 points, while Jacob Nabatoff and Michael …

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

UMass notebook: Minutemen lacking in the chemistry department

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Following UMass’ 62-56 loss to Saint Joseph’s Wednesday, Derrick Gordon admitted that the team’s chemistry is contributing to its struggles. “We have to come together. There’s a little bit of separation right now to be honest. …

Shooting woes plague UMass in 62-56 loss at Saint Joseph’s

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — After an ugly offensive performance by both teams for 35 minutes, Saint Joseph’s shooting picked up and UMass’ disappeared all together. The Minutemen allowed nine straight points in crunch time and couldn’t recover in a 62-56 …

Stopping DeAndre Bembry key for UMass vs. St. Joseph’s

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — If Saint Joseph’s was having a good year, sophomore DeAndre Bembry would be a favorite for Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and maybe even All-America honors. The 6-foot-6 sophomore guard leads the Hawks in everything. …

Matt Vautour: Gonzaga built for deep NCAA tournament run

Monday, January 19, 2015

In most years one of the best ways to guarantee you won’t win your NCAA tournament pool is to pick Gonzaga to go deep. Since their Cinderella run to the regional final in 1999, the Zags have been …

Late offensive boards lift UMass over Rams

Sunday, January 18, 2015

AMHERST — With 59 seconds left in UMass’ 60-56 win over Rhode Island, Maxie Esho bulled his way to the basket to track down the rebound of Trey Davis’ missed 3-point try to earn UMass a fresh shot …

Zach Coleman sparks UMass past URI, 60-56; plays down the stretch pulled out win

Sunday, January 18, 2015

AMHERST — At halftime Zach Coleman wasn’t expecting to be a hero. He wasn’t really even expecting to play much in the second half. Coleman, UMass’ backup power forward, had played just two minutes in the first half …

UMass pulls away late, ices New Hampshire for 6-4 win

Saturday, January 17, 2015

AMHERST — At some point the brown faux suede thing on Shane Walsh’s head Friday probably looked like a tri-cornered hat, the traditional headwear of the original minutemen from Massachusetts. But what sat atop Walsh’s sweaty hair looked like something that had resided under a pile of knickers …

Friday’s colleges: Tufts deals third-ranked Amherst first women’s basketball loss

Friday, January 16, 2015

Beating Tufts on the road has been a tough assignment for the Amherst College women’s basketball team. The third-ranked Lord Jeffs were nearly doubled up in the second half en route to a 65-42 loss in Medford Friday night. Tufts (13-1, 2-0 NESCAC) outscored Amherst (14-1, 2-1) 33-17 …

Donte Clark, UMass look to get back on track against rival Rhode Island

Friday, January 16, 2015

AMHERST — By the end of 2014, Donte Clark’s ascension to stardom seemed inevitable. The freshman was coming off double-digit scoring efforts in three of UMass’ final five games. He was the Minutemen’s best outside shooter, best free-throw shooter, and as a freshman shaking the rust off after …

Thursday’s women’s college basketball: UMass beats La Salle for second straight win

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Kim Pierre-Louis’ double-double led the UMass women’s basketball team to a 71-68 victory over La Salle, Thursday at the Mullins Center. Pierre-Louis scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Cierra Dillard added 13 points for the Minutewomen (8-8, 2-2 Atlantic 10), who have won two straight. Rashida …