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Two future UMass defensemen picked in the NHL draft

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A pair of future UMass defensemen were taken Saturday on the second day of the NHL draft. It’ll be a year before Jake Massie, who played for Kimball Union Academy and the Boston Jr. Bruins last year, joins the Minutemen, but the 6-foot-1, 185-pound defenseman was draft eligible and chosen in the sixth round (156th overall) by the Carolina Hurricanes. The Montreal native was the 80th ranked North American Skater …

UMass’ Cady Lalanne picked 55th overall by the San Antonio Spurs in NBA draft

Friday, June 26, 2015

Former UMass big man Cady Lalanne’s final predraft workout turned out to be his most important one. Lalanne worked out for the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday and shortly after midnight Thursday, the Spurs picked him 55th overall in the NBA draft. “It was very exciting. I’m just excited I got selected,” Lalanne said. …

UMass linebacker Trey Seals’ thoughts are on his home state of South Carolina following last week’s tragedy

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

When he heard the news, Trey Seals’ first concern was his brother. Greg Seals’ home in Charleston, South Carolina, is just 15 minutes from the site of last week’s shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. “He was the first person I called. I called him and called my family,” said Seals, a …

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

UMass field hockey is getting a new facility; Garber Field getting FieldTurf

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

AMHERST — While a formal announcement has yet to be made, the UMass women’s lacrosse and field hockey teams will be competing in different venues, and the men’s lacrosse team will be playing on a new surface for the 2015-16 school year. The women’s lacrosse team will move …

UMass baseball falls to nonconference Fairfield, enters final Atlantic 10 series with postseason berth on the line

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The UMass baseball team lost a late lead then fell in 11 innings as Fairfield pulled out a 3-2 win at Earl Lorden Field on Tuesday. It was the Minutemen’s home finale. UMass (14-26) visits George Mason on Thursday for its last Atlantic 10 series of the regular …

RMU transfer picks Clemson over UMass

Monday, May 11, 2015

Marcquise Reed, the transfer guard from Robert Morris who UMass had hoped to land, is headed for Clemson. Reed, who was a standout at RMU, looked at Tulsa, UMass, USC and Clemson. He visited UMass on April 24 and was at Clemson last weekend. He made the announcement …

UMass women’s lacrosse team’s season ends as Maryland proves too strong

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A historic upset wasn’t in cards for the UMass women’s lacrosse team. Top-seeded Maryland was as good as its seed and the Minutewomen couldn’t keep up as they fell 19-8, Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at College Park, Md. UMass completed its season at …

Friday’s colleges: UMass baseball edges Rhode Island in critical Atlantic 10 game

Friday, May 8, 2015

Needing conference wins to keep its chances of making the Atlantic 10 Tournament alive, the UMass baseball team edged Rhode Island, 4-3, Friday at Lordon Field. Adam Picard’s two-run home run in the sixth inning proved to be …

UMass women’s lacrosse dispatches Jacksonville, will face No. 1 Maryland in NCAA Tournament

Friday, May 8, 2015

After trading goal for goal for almost the entire first half, the UMass women’s lacrosse team scored three times in the last 76 seconds before intermission and took a stranglehold on its first round NCAA Tournament game with …

Goalie Rachel Vallarelli, UMass look to make a run in NCAA Tournament

Thursday, May 7, 2015

AMHERST — As she sits on the bus from the team hotel to College Park, Maryland, senior goalie Rachel Vallarelli will be visualizing herself making saves. Using a mental cocktail from memories of saves she’s made, video of …

Ex-Amherst Regional teammates Quianna Diaz-Patterson and Simone Frank earn softball nods

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

It’s been four years since Quianna Diaz-Patterson and Mo Frank were teammates, but the two ex-Amherst Regional Hurricanes were honored by their collegiate conferences Tuesday. If UMass had a better year as a team, Diaz-Patterson might have been the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, but with the …

UMass wins seventh straight A-10 women’s lacrosse title, will play Jacksonville in NCAA Tournament Friday

Sunday, May 3, 2015

For the UMass women’s lacrosse team, the only suspense Sunday was who it was going to play in the NCAA Tournament and where. The Minutewomen never trailed in the Atlantic 10 championship game and methodically pulled away for an 8-4 win over Richmond at George Washington to secure …

Late Towson goal sinks UMass in CAA men’s lacrosse championship

Sunday, May 3, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — After losing its first five games, backing into the postseason, then knocking off top-seeded Fairfield, the UMass men’s lacrosse team fell on a late tiebreaking, highlight-reel worthy goal as Towson won the Colonial Athletic Association championship, 9-8, at Fairfield University on Saturday. With 1 minute, …