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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 so twice in 2002. Morris’ three-goal match was just the 31st in program history since 1930. The Minutemen (2-10-0, 1-1-0 Atlantic 10) …

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 early. He’ll compete to start at either center or power forward right away and even …

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- and 33-yard lines. If the Minutemen don’t convert similar chances at Bowling Green, Saturday at …

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

MAC Survivor/Zombie Pool
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Charan Singh stepping into big shoes in a big game for UMass

Thursday, October 1, 2015

AMHERST — UMass coach Mark Whipple liked seeing Charan Singh walk into the Football Performance Center with Khary Bailey-Smith before practice Wednesday. With Bailey-Smith, who had been one of the Minutemen’s best playmakers on defense, out for the year with a knee injury, Singh is being counted on …

UMass, FIU battling injuries heading into Saturday’s game

Thursday, October 1, 2015

AMHERST — As the UMass football team tries to procure its first win of the season and some momentum going into Mid-American Conference play, the Minutemen will need contributions from players, for whom little was expected entering the …

Better, more mature Chris Baldwin commits to UMass

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

According to his high school and AAU coaches, the Chris Baldwin that will be coming back to western Massachusetts next year is a much more mature and polished product than the one who left a year ago. Improved …

UMass loses starters Bailey-Smith and Williams for the season

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

AMHERST — Two players slated to be starters for the UMass football team won’t play again this year. Starting safety Khary Bailey-Smith, who suffered a knee injury against Temple, will have season-ending surgery Friday. The senior is eligible …

UMass freshman RB Andy Isabella could have several roles

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

AMHERST — The absence of senior Khary Bailey-Smith and Jalen Williams led UMass coach Mark Whipple to make the decision not to redshirt freshman tailback Andy Isabella, who returned kicks against Notre Dame. Isabella, who was a state sprint champion in Ohio, will have an expanded role as …

John Robinson-Woodgett set to play both ways

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

AMHERST — With Rodney Mills out and the Minutemen thin at fullback, Whipple tabbed junior linebacker John Robinson-Woodgett to fill the role, making him a rare two-way player in Division I. UMass coach Mark Whipple considered playing Robinson-Woodgett, …

Highly touted New Orleans recruits Brison Gresham, De’Jon Jarreau commit to UMass

Monday, September 28, 2015

The UMass men’s basketball team had its biggest recruiting day in decades Monday as the program landed a pair of potentially high-impact recruits when New Orleans natives Brison Gresham and De’Jon Jarreau announced their decision to become Minutemen. …

Matt Vautour: College Football Playoff could see new blood

Monday, September 28, 2015

Heading into the season, nearly every expert and pundit said the list of national championship contenders was more wide open than it has been in a very long time. Yet most of those same prognosticators picked many of …

Former UMass receiver Victor Cruz hopes to return to action Sunday against Bills

Monday, September 28, 2015

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The salsa is seemingly coming back to the New York Giants’ offense. Almost a year after playing in his last game, salsa-dancing wide receiver Victor Cruz is hoping to practice Wednesday and play for …

Weekend colleges: Amherst College jumps on Bates in football opener

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Bates struck first, but then the Amherst College football team rattled off four straight touchdowns en route to a season-opening 37-14 win in Lewiston, Maine, Saturday. The Lord Jeffs shrugged off an early 80-yard touchdown run by Shaun Carroll to drop the Bobcats for the eighth straight time. …