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UMass coach Whipple expresses confidence at MAC Football media day

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dismissing the value of preseason polls is a football tradition as old as the forward pass. So UMass coach Mark Whipple saying the 2014 Mid-American Conference preseason football poll that picked his Minutemen last doesn’t mean anything was simply the latest rite of passage in his return to being a head coach. But this poll has added insignificance. The Minutemen … 0

Sam Koch, UMass men's soccer coach, dies at 59; led Minutemen to success over 23 seasons

Monday, July 21, 2014

University of Massachusetts men’s soccer coach Sam Koch died Sunday at his home in Hadley after a two-year battle with sinus cancer. UMass announced Koch’s death on Twitter at 9:52 a.m. Monday with this post: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sam Koch. An all-time great person who … 0

Matt Vautour: Coach Sam Koch dedicated life to UMass men’s soccer program

Monday, July 21, 2014

From my view at Elaine Sortino’s funeral last August, I had a pretty clear view of Sam Koch. I couldn’t help but wondering what was going through the University of Massachusetts soccer coach’s mind. A few weeks earlier, I’d sat in Koch’s office for an article about his battle with sinus cancer. Koch … 1

Former UMass tight end Rob Blanchflower excited for pro start with Pittsburgh Steelers

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Rob Blanchflower knew that being drafted by one of the NFL’s iconic franchises was special from the moment the phone call came Saturday. But it really sank in on Tuesday as he walked through the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offices … 0

UMass baseball enters final stretch seeking berth to Atlantic 10 tournament

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The University of Massachusetts baseball team has work to do if it’s going to qualify for the Atlantic 10 tournament. The Minutemen (13-30, 10-14 A-10) are tied with George Washington (18-29, 10-14) for eighth place and trail Fordham (21-27, 11-13) by one game. The top seven teams qualify … 0

UMass TE Rob Blanchflower drafted by Pittsburgh in seventh round

Monday, May 12, 2014

Rob Blanchflower arrived at the University of Massachusetts with just a partial scholarship. He’s leaving as an NFL draft pick. The tight end from Leominster was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round (No. 230 overall) … 0

Weekend college recaps: UMass baseball coach Mike Stone gets 700th win

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The University of Massachusetts baseball team rallied in the eighth inning to give head coach Mike Stone his 700th career win with a 5-4 victory over Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday. John Jennings singled with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, driving in Adam Picard (two RBIs) … 0

Friday’s colleges: UMass baseball beats VCU on walk-off wild pitch in 10th

Friday, May 9, 2014

The University of Massachusetts baseball team walked off with a 5-4 victory over Virginia Commonwealth in 10 innings Friday. Nick Stanford (2 for 5) scored the winning run on a wild pitch. Kyle Adie went 3 for 5 with two RBIs, while Mike Geannelis (four strikeouts) earned the … 0

UMass season ends with 10-4 loss to Loyola in NCAA women’s lacrosse tournament

Friday, May 9, 2014

NEWTON — The University of Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team’s red-hot offense went cold at the worst possible time. UMass struggled to generate much of anything on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament, and the Minutewomen … 0

UMass notebook: Dayton eliminates Minutewomen from Atlantic 10 softball tournament

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The University of Massachusetts softball team gave up three runs in the fourth inning and couldn’t recover as Dayton eliminated the Minutewomen, 6-2, from the Atlantic 10 tournament Thursday in Bronx, New York. UMass, which lost 9-1 to top-seeded Fordham earlier Thursday, finished its season at 16-22-1. After … 0

UMass women’s lacrosse opens NCAA tournament with Loyola

Thursday, May 8, 2014

AMHERST — In front of what it expects will be a sizable crowd of the supporters at the Boston College Lacrosse Complex, the University of Massachusetts women’s team is hoping to make history. Since the program was reinstated … 0

A look into UMass tight end Rob Blanchflower’s NFL future

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

By the time he goes to bed Saturday night, all of the questions about Rob Blanchflower will be answered. Will the former University of Massachusetts tight end be drafted or signed as an undrafted free agent? What team … 0

Wednesday’s colleges: UMass softball rallies to beat Dayton in Atlantic 10 tournament opener

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

When Dayton pulled ahead by a run in the top of the sixth, the University of Massachusetts softball team was six outs away from a trip to the Atlantic 10 tournament’s losers’ bracket. Instead, the No. 4-seeded Minutewomen exploded for six runs in the bottom of the sixth … 0