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KEVIN GUTTING
University of Massachusetts men's ultimate team head coach Tiina Booth, right, trades friendly jabs with co-captain Max Perham (7) before a practice behind McGuirk Stadium in Amherst on Monday. The squad, coached by Booth and Evan Johnson, is headed to the Division 1 tournament this weekend in Milwaukee.

Back coaching ultimate again, Tiina Booth finds success at UMass

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

AMHERST — Recognizing the caller when she looked down at her ringing cell phone, Tiina Booth didn’t bother saying hello, skipping straight to: “I am not coaching UMass,” she said to Kevin Norton, who played for her at Amherst Regional and was now on the club team at UMass. Earlier that day in September, 2013, Booth announced her retirement as …

Canisius guard Zach Lewis excited to transfer to UMass

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Going into the offseason, UMass coach Derek Kellogg hoped to add two transfers — an immediately eligible big man and a younger guard for 2016-17. On Tuesday he completed the checklist when Canisius guard Zach Lewis announced he was transferring to UMass. Lewis joins former Texas A&M big man Antwan Space among the Minutemen’s spring additions. Lewis, a 6-foot-3 wing from just over …

Calipari: ‘Not interested’ in vacant Pelicans coaching job

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. — John Calipari says he’s not interested in the New Orleans Pelicans’ coaching job and is happy at Kentucky. The Pelicans fired Monty Williams a week ago and the team’s NBA roster features former Kentucky star Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans, who played for Calipari at Memphis. Calipari said in a statement issued Tuesday by the school that, “Even though Anthony …

Goalie Rachel Vallarelli, UMass look to make a run in NCAA Tournament

Thursday, May 7, 2015

AMHERST — As she sits on the bus from the team hotel to College Park, Maryland, senior goalie Rachel Vallarelli will be visualizing herself making saves. Using a mental cocktail from memories of saves she’s made, video of …

Ex-Amherst Regional teammates Quianna Diaz-Patterson and Simone Frank earn softball nods

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

It’s been four years since Quianna Diaz-Patterson and Mo Frank were teammates, but the two ex-Amherst Regional Hurricanes were honored by their collegiate conferences Tuesday. If UMass had a better year as a team, Diaz-Patterson might have been the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, but with the …

UMass wins seventh straight A-10 women’s lacrosse title, will play Jacksonville in NCAA Tournament Friday

Sunday, May 3, 2015

For the UMass women’s lacrosse team, the only suspense Sunday was who it was going to play in the NCAA Tournament and where. The Minutewomen never trailed in the Atlantic 10 championship game and methodically pulled away for an 8-4 win over Richmond at George Washington to secure …

Late Towson goal sinks UMass in CAA men’s lacrosse championship

Sunday, May 3, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — After losing its first five games, backing into the postseason, then knocking off top-seeded Fairfield, the UMass men’s lacrosse team fell on a late tiebreaking, highlight-reel worthy goal as Towson won the Colonial Athletic Association championship, 9-8, at Fairfield University on Saturday. With 1 minute, …

UMass TE Jean Sifrin not selected in NFL draft; Signs with Indianapolis Colts as a free agent

Sunday, May 3, 2015

If Jean Sifrin’s unusual career is going to finish in the NFL, he’s going to get there as an undrafted free agent. The former UMass tight end, who skipped his senior year to turn pro wasn’t taken in the draft’s seven rounds. Whether it was his age, he’ll …

Friday’s colleges: UMass men, women seeking conference lacrosse championships

Friday, May 1, 2015

UMass has yet to send a team to the NCAA Tournament in any sport this season, but the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams have a chance to change that this weekend. Both will play in their conference championships for a title and the automatic bid. The Minutewomen crushed …

UMass men’s lacrosse knocks off top-seeded Fairfield in CAA Tournament semifinals

Thursday, April 30, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn — A week ago, when UMass was losing to Delaware, the worst team in the Colonial Athletic Association, Minuteman goalie Zach Oliveri wasn’t even on the field for the second half following a benching at intermission. But against the best team in the CAA, the junior …

Thursday’s colleges: UMass women’s lacrosse dominates Atlantic 10 Conference awards

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The UMass women’s lacrosse team cleaned up at the awards from the Atlantic 10 Conference. Junior attack Erika Eipp was named offensive player of the year for recording a league-best 61 points (34 goals, 27 assists). Sophomore Hannah Murphy was named midfielder of the year for her team-high …

UMass notebook: Women’s lacrosse looking to extend its Atlantic 10 dominance

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

AMHERST — George Mason wasn’t even in the Atlantic 10 the last time UMass failed to win the league’s women’s lacrosse championship. In the six years since 2008, the Minutewomen have been UMass’ most successful team and the Atlantic 10’s most consistent team. Through a coaching change and …

Former UMass tight end Jean Sifrin eager to get pro career started

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The start of Jean Sifrin’s professional football career feels like the start of his college career. He’s ready to start practicing, learning the playbook and playing, but circumstances are once again making him wait. At UMass, it was …