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Friday’s colleges: Amherst native Michael Hixon places second on 3-meter at NCAA Division 1 championships

Friday, March 27, 2015

Amherst native Michael Hixon just missed defending his 3-meter springboard championship Friday. The Indiana sophomore placed second in the event with 492.40 points and earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, held at University of Iowa. Miami’s Samuel Dorman won with 529.10. Hixon was in the second place with 494.90 points following the preliminary round. Hixon won the 1-meter and 3-meter titles as a …

UMass star receiver Tajae Sharpe is mentoring a potential future star receiver this spring

Friday, March 27, 2015

AMHERST — Tajae Sharpe has been where Lamarriel Taylor is. It wasn’t that long ago in fact that Sharpe was the promising young UMass receiver trying to learn the game on the fly. He’d watch Deion Walker and Alan Williams, trying to emulate what they did in hopes of becoming successful. It worked. …

Bowl game or bust: UMass football players attacking spring practice with lofty aspirations for the fall

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST — After winning just five games in his first three years as a UMass football player, improvement in baby steps won’t be good enough for Jovan Santos-Knox in his senior season. Santos-Knox said he the other players who’ll be seniors in the fall have set lofty goals for their final season, giving …

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

Matt Vautour: If you want to be right, pick Kentucky. If you want to win your pool, gamble on somebody else

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

There are two real ways to win your NCAA tournament pool this year: 1. Pick Kentucky to win and pick very well in the rest of the games. 2. Correctly guess a team other than Kentucky to win …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst College women’s lacrosse routs Haverford, 13-3

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Meghan Mills scored four goals and Claire Cagnassola added three as the Amherst College women’s lacrosse team routed Haverford, 13-3, at home Wednesday. Mia Haughton added two goals and two assists, while Christy Forrest made six saves in net. Amherst (5-1) scored nine goals in the second half …

TD Garden college basketball tripleheader off in 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The annual Bay State basketball tripleheader and subsequent UMass-Boston College game are off for 2015. Jason Beckett, vice president of operations for Boston’s TD Garden, which hosted the Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Classic the past two seasons, confirmed the event will not be held in 2015. “It’s off …

Tuesday’s colleges: Amherst baseball sweeps Framingham State in doubleheader

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Amherst College baseball team swept Framingham State in a doubleheader, 6-4 and 5-4 (7 innings), in Lakeland, Florida, on Tuesday. Harry Roberson went 5 for 6, while Andrew Vandini finished 3 for 7 with a double and solo home run for the Lord Jeffs (3-3). John Cook …

Sources: UMass athletic director candidates include Jim Fiore, controversial ex-Stony Brook AD

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

UMass is expected to bring four athletic director candidates to campus beginning Friday, including one who figures to be controversial. Multiple sources familiar with the search confirmed that former Stony Brook athletic director Jim Fiore, who was fired …

Matt Vautour: If Cal succeeds, will he stay at Kentucky?

Monday, March 16, 2015

The main story dominating this NCAA Tournament is whether Kentucky can complete its undefeated season with a national championship. It figures to be captivating theater. But almost more interesting would be what would happen after that. Would John …

UMass freshman Brandon Montour signs with NHL Anaheim Ducks

Monday, March 16, 2015

Another player the UMass hockey program had hoped would be a key piece of its future left to sign a professional contract. Four days after sophomore forward Frank Vatrano signed with the Boston Bruins, freshman defenseman Brandon Montour …

Weekend colleges: UMass men’s lacrosse rallies to beat Penn State

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Nick Mariano scored three goals, while Peter Lindley and Andrew Sokol each had two as the UMass men’s lacrosse team overcame an early deficit to beat Penn State, 12-8, at home on Saturday. Sokol, Buddy Carr, Mariano and Grant Whiteway tied the game at 4 for the UMass, …

Friday’s college recaps: Amherst College women’s hoop season ends in Division III Sweet Sixteen

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Amherst College women’s basketball season came to an end at the hands of Salisbury, 63-58, in the NCAA Division III Sweet Sixteen in Montclair, New Jersey, on Friday. The Lord Jeffs led 33-25 at the half, but the Seagulls completed the comeback. Ali Doswell led Amherst (28-2) …

UMass’ Frank Vatrano signs free agent contract with Boston Bruins

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The optimism created by a strong finish to the 2014-15 season for the UMass hockey team suffered a bit of a blow on Thursday. Sophomore Frank Vatrano, the Minutemen’s top goal scorer, signed a free agent contract with …