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Friday’s colleges: Third period surge nets UMass hockey a tie at No. 14 Merrimack

Friday, January 23, 2015

Down two goals heading into the third period, the UMass hockey team got the better of a wild final frame to earn a 4-4 tie with 14th-ranked Merrimack in North Andover Friday. Frank Vatrano’s goal just under 3 minutes into the third started the comeback as his power-play strike cut the Minutemen’s deficit to 3-2. Brandon Montour, who had an assist on Vatrano’s goal, tied the game 3-3 on a …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst shuts down Williams in overtime victory

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Amherst College men’s basketball team shut down rival Williams in overtime en route to an 86-76 win at LeFrak Gymnasium, Wednesday. Connor Green scored 10 of the Lord Jeffs’ 12 overtime points, while the defense held the Ephs to two points. Green finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds for Amherst (12-4). David George added 16 points, while Jacob Nabatoff and Michael …

UMass notebook: Minutemen lacking in the chemistry department

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Following UMass’ 62-56 loss to Saint Joseph’s Wednesday, Derrick Gordon admitted that the team’s chemistry is contributing to its struggles. “We have to come together. There’s a little bit of separation right now to be honest. We have to come together and finish the year off strong,” he said. “Different people …

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

UMass holds off La Salle, 71-65, for first road win of season

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Before his team left for La Salle, UMass coach Derek Kellogg said he thought the practices following Saturday’s loss to St. Bonaventure had made his team better. The Minutemen’s performance Wednesday night backed him up as …

Wednesday’s colleges: Saint Louis pulls away from UMass for 75-67 win

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Cierra Dillard’s fast-break layup midway through the second half gave the UMass women’s basketball team a two-point lead. Moments later, Jenny Vliet nailed a 3-pointer and Saint Louis never trailed again as the Minutewomen fell 75-67 at home Wednesday. Kim Pierre-Louis had 26 points and nine rebounds, while …

Tyler Bergantino hopes to keep contributing as UMass heads to La Salle

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — With 12 minutes, 1 second left in UMass’ 69-55 loss to St. Bonaventure on Saturday, the Minutemen hadn’t played well, but were trailing by three when Tyler Bergantino walked off the floor with his fifth foul. While the junior big man had scored four points shortly …

Matt Vautour: Davidson off to strong start in inaugural Atlantic 10 season

Monday, January 5, 2015

When the Atlantic 10 announced it was adding Davidson for the 2014-15 season, it seemed like a natural fit. The school prioritizes basketball and has had plenty of recent success. But surely there would be an adjustment period when it jumped up from the Southern Conference. The Wildcats …

Lackluster loss drains momentum from Minutemen

Sunday, January 4, 2015

AMHERST Thud. After a good effort in a loss at BYU and win over Iona last earlier in the week, the UMass basketball team appeared to be gathering momentum to start conference play. While UMass was beating a …

Foul trouble, poor shooting doom UMass men’s hoop in A-10 opener

Saturday, January 3, 2015

AMHERST — When the UMass men’s basketball players talked about starting fresh in Atlantic 10 play, Saturday’s performance likely was not what they had in mind. Foul trouble on top of the Minutemen’s overall poor performance left them …

UMass falls behind, drops inaugural Hockey East clash with UConn, 4-3

Friday, January 2, 2015

AMHERST —After climbing out of an early hole and then shaking off some disappointing moments in the middle of the game, the UMass hockey team was in position to earn some much-needed points and get 2015 started in much better fashion than 2014. But with just over 6 …

UMass opens Atlantic 10 slate with physical St. Bonaventure squad

Friday, January 2, 2015

AMHERST — Cady Lalanne likes it when the guy he’s matched up against is a legitimate center. The 6-foot-10, 250-pound UMass senior would much rather square off against someone his size or taller than having to chase around …

For UMass’ four-guard lineup to work, guards have to rebound

Thursday, January 1, 2015

AMHERST — After having some success using a four-guard lineup in last week’s overtime loss to BYU, the UMass basketball team went back to it on a couple of occasions in Tuesday’s win over Iona. Minuteman coach Derek …

UMass expects tight end Jean Sifrin to leave for NFL

Thursday, January 1, 2015

It appears that Jean Sifrin’s brief but productive career at UMass is over According to sources close to the program, coaches are expecting junior tight end Jean Sifrin to forgo his final year of eligibility to enter the …