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Friday’s colleges: Kenyon lifts UMass women’s soccer to draw

Friday, September 4, 2015

Gabriela Kenyon’s goal in the 42nd minute helped the UMass women’s soccer team earn a 1-1 tie with Central Connecticut State, Friday at the Yale Classic in New Haven. The Minutewomen (0-2-2) will face the host team, Sunday at 2:30 p.m. UMass got a scare in the second overtime when the Blue Devils got the ball behind UMass goalie Cassidy Babin (five saves), but defender Georgia Gibson cleared it away. …

UMass to retire jersey for John Calipari on Dec. 16

Thursday, September 3, 2015

UMass will retire a jersey to honor John Calipari prior to the men’s basketball game against New Orleans at the Mullins Center on Dec. 16. That game highlighted the UMass schedule that was released Thursday. The Minutemen will be on TV 14 times, including five on NBC Sports Network, four on CBS Sports Network and one on ESPNU. UMass has four games on …

UMass prepared for the challenge of playing at higher altitude at Colorado

Thursday, September 3, 2015

AMHERST — A season where the UMass football team is trying to take its program to new heights will start in a lofty spot. Colorado’s Folsom Field, which hosts the Minutemen’s opener against the Buffaloes on Sept. 12 at 2 p.m., is nestled in the Rocky Mountains, 5,360 feet above sea level. Only Wyoming (7,215 feet) and Air Force (6,620) have Bowl Subdivision …

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

MAC Survivor Pool - Week I
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

After a rocky freshman year, UMass CB Jackson Porter is improved, confident

Monday, August 24, 2015

AMHERST — The key, according to Jackson Porter, is to learn from the past without dwelling on it. A year ago, he was learning to play cornerback on the fly after spending his redshirt season practicing at safety. …

UMass freshman RB Sekai Lindsay making a bid to get on the plane

Sunday, August 23, 2015

AMHERST — Early in UMass football training camp, coach Mark Whipple said the goal for players, especially those trying to establish themselves, should be to earn a spot on the plane to Colorado. So far Sekai Lindsay looks like a good candidate to fly the friendly skies. Saturday’s …

Sunday’s women’s soccer: UMass, UNH tie

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sophomore Cassidy Babin made three saves in her first start of the season as the UMass women’s soccer team forced a 0-0 double-overtime draw at New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon. The Minutewomen moved to 0-1-1 on the season, while the Wildcats are 0-0-2. New Hampshire put the Minutewomen …

Former QB A.J. Doyle catching on as a tight end

Saturday, August 22, 2015

AMHERST — A.J. Doyle was 9 the last time he played a position other than quarterback. But staying at quarterback this year would have either meant leaving UMass or watching from the sideline for another year as Blake …

UMass women’s soccer overmatched in season opening loss to Syracuse

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The UMass women’s soccer team didn’t open its 2015 campaign the way it hoped. In the first game played by any Minuteman or Minutewoman team in the 2015-16 school year, UMass was in a hole early and never …

UMass opponent Notre Dame defense seeks answers against up-tempo opponents

Friday, August 21, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame is hoping to pick up the pace on defense this season. The Fighting Irish got off to a quick start last season in defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder’s first season at Notre Dame, keeping opponents off balance by switching personnel. The Irish gave …

Women’s soccer opens the 2015-16 UMass sports season

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The 2015-16 UMass sports season will officially begin Friday as the women’s soccer team will host Syracuse at 4 p.m. at Rudd Field. The Minutewomen, who were 5-9-5 (3-3-2 Atlantic 10) last year, were picked ninth in the …

UMass OLBs hoping to get to the quarterback more often

Thursday, August 20, 2015

AMHERST — When Kassan Messiah daydreams about the upcoming season, the UMass senior linebacker is thinking about getting to the quarterback. “Getting that game-winning sack, that’s what you dream about,” he said. “Getting in that backfield and making …

Wilson’s return gives UMass a deep stable of running backs

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

AMHERST — Jamal Wilson doesn’t bother trying to play down his enthusiasm. The senior tailback’s face erupts in a smile when he talks about being back on the field after missing most of last year with a knee …

With a year under his belt, UMass QB Blake Frohnapfel has a stronger foundation underneath him

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

AMHERST — Expecting Blake Frohnapfel to be better in year two seems a little greedy. All he did in year one, was learn a system he’d never played in before, put up record-setting numbers for a team that …