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Friday’s colleges: UMass men’s soccer returns home, beats Fairfield 2-1

Friday, September 19, 2014

Josh Schwartz scored in overtime as the UMass men’s soccer team earned its first victory of the season, beating Fairfield 2-1 in the home opener. Matt Keys had the other tally and Luke Pavone assisted on both goals for the Minutemen (1-5), playing their first home game since the passing of former coach Sam Koch. Ryan Buckingham made five saves in the win. Field hockey UConn 2, UMass 0 — …

UMass’ margin for error is likely much smaller at Penn State

Friday, September 19, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The UMass football team made several mistakes during its first two games. While it was in position to win each time, it couldn’t finish the job. If the Minutemen (0-3) are going to break through this week, their ability to get away with mistake will likely be much smaller. …

Thursday’s colleges: Brown blanks UMass, 2-0, in women’s soccer

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The UMass women’s soccer team had no answer for Brown’s defense as the Minutewomen were shut out 2-0, in Providence, Rhode Island, Thursday. The Bears (3-2-0) scored a goal in each half. Danielle Kriscenski made eight saves, while Cassidy Babin stopped in shared duty for UMass. Men’s golf Gettysburg College Invitational — Zak Kennedy (Florence) tied for sixth with a 78 as Gettysburg …

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

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Thursday’s colleges: Smith College fends off MCLA in five sets for volleyball victory

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Smith College and MCLA traded sets twice, but the Pioneers held on for the five-set women’s volleyball victory, Thursday in Northampton. Smith won 25-14, 18-25, 25-22, 19-25, 15-9. Dayra Diaz Marquez had 24 assists and 17 digs, while Mei-Li Smith added 16 kills, 28 digs and 15 assists …

UMass, Vanderbilt desperate for a victory Saturday

Thursday, September 11, 2014

AMHERST — For the third straight week, UMass is taking part in a battle of two winless football teams, the latest being Saturday’s noon game at Vanderbilt. Each week that passes without adding something to the win column has only made both teams more desperate for a win. …

UMass notebook: Minutemen look to get running game going vs Vanderbilt

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

AMHERST — While the UMass football team’s passing attack took big steps forward in Saturday’s 41-38 loss to Colorado, the Minutemen’s ground game has yet to really gain any rhythm through the first two weeks of the season. …

UMass football notebook: Assistant coach Charles Walker set to face former teams Vanderbilt, Penn State

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

AMHERST — The UMass football team has officially reached the Charles Walker portion of its schedule. Walker was a defensive quality control assistant the last two years at Vanderbilt, whom the Minutemen play Saturday at noon in Nashville. While he was there he worked under James Franklin, who …

Vanderbilt opens quarterback competition again

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason is looking for another quarterback once again, and he’s thrown open the competition even more in his search for someone who can help the Commodores score points. The Commodores are 0-2, …

What message is NCAA sending reducing Penn State's Sandusky penalties?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Is it more important to create an incentive for a penalized school to get its act together or to send the message that penalties need to have teeth? I’ve been wondering this all afternoon because the NCAA lifted …

UMass notebook: Minutemen show improvement following Week 1 loss to Boston College

Saturday, September 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The UMass football team spent more time following their 41-38 loss to Colorado Saturday focusing on what went wrong, but there were a lot of things that improved in week two of the season, especially on …

UMass drops shootout with Colorado, 41-38

Saturday, September 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The UMass football team was better, more competitive and more watchable than it was in last week’s loss to Boston College. But at the end of the game it was still winless. The Minutemen couldn’t hold …

Friday’s colleges: Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Yolanda Griffith named to UMass coaching staff

Friday, September 5, 2014

One of the most decorated women’s basketball players of all time is joining the UMass coaching staff. Yolanda Griffith, an eight-time WNBA all-star and two-time Olympic gold medalist who was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in June, was officially hired by coach Sharon Dawley on …

UMass hoping to shore up run defense as Colorado comes to visit

Friday, September 5, 2014

AMHERST — After being pushed around by Boston College’s big and talented offensive line to the tune of 338 yards rushing, members of UMass’ front seven were adamant that they’re better than they played. They’ll get a chance …