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UAB cornerback Kelton Brackett (21) nearly intercepts a pass intended for Rice wide receiver Donte Moore (81) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

UMass DB Kelton Brackett still feels burned by UAB, but glad to be a Minuteman

Friday, July 3, 2015

Kelton Brackett had tentatively decided that his career was over. When Alabama-Birmingham made the controversial decision to end its football program in December, Brackett had interest from other schools. But he was a senior with just one year of eligibility left. His girlfriend, Kendra Gilchrist, was at UAB along with a lot of other friends and he had a degree to complete. He felt burned by college football and the fact that he and his teammates wouldn’t get to complete the building job they started. So the defensive back from Mobile, Alabama, was reluctantly leaning toward hanging up his cleats, spending his final year on …

UMass notebook: Starters Nick Mariano, Zach Oliveri transfer from men’s lacrosse team

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Two key pieces of the UMass men’s lacrosse team will finish their careers elsewhere. UMass coach Greg Cannella confirmed Wednesday that leading scorer Nick Mariano, who just completed his sophomore year with 22 goals and 20 assists, is transferring to Syracuse. Mariano will be eligible immediately as first-time lacrosse transfers aren’t required to sit out a season. “I wish him luck in his …

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 …

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

Thursday’s college baseball: Amherst pushes top-ranked Cortland but drops first of NCAA Tournament

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Amherst College baseball team had the nation’s top-ranked team on the brink of a loss in the NCAA Division III Tournament Thursday, but SUNY Cortland scored five times in the top of the ninth to defeat the Lord Jeffs, 7-5, in Auburn, New York. The fifth-seeded Jeffs …

UMass football to face Louisiana Tech in 2016

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The UMass football team will host Louisiana Tech during the 2016 season. New athletic director Ryan Bamford confirmed that the Minutemen will host the Conference USA school, but didn’t give the exact date. Since the Mid-American Conference forced UMass out of its football-only league membership, the Minutemen have …

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 …