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Massachusetts' Jovan Santos-Knox (17) drags down Michigan quarterback Reginald Hall as Massachusetts' Daniel Maynes (97) charges into help in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Republican, J. Anthony Roberts) photo by J. Anthony Roberts

UMass defense shows signs of coming together in win

Sunday, October 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH UMass had already clinched the win over Kent State last weekend. The Golden Flashes had the ball deep in Minuteman territory with less than a minute left. Whether or not they scored, UMass was leading 40-17 and assured of winning the game. But the defense dug in. They wanted to win to series and the moment even if there …

UMass hockey makes its first win a dramatic one

Sunday, October 19, 2014

After losing to Michigan State on Friday, the Minutemen bounced back Saturday, defeating the Spartans in the final seconds 4-3. On a power play, Patrick Lee (two assists) netted the game-winning goal with 9.9 seconds remaining in regulation on assists from Steve Iacobellis and Ray Pigozzi. Iacobellis (two assists) had tied the game, 3-3, with one of his two goals roughly four and …

Tajae Sharpe has career highs in receptions, yardage in Minuteman win

Saturday, October 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — After being held to two catches for 19 yards by a Kent State defense designed to smother him last week, UMass junior receiver Tajae Sharpe was eager to break out against Eastern Michigan. It didn’t take long. He caught a 19-yard pass on the second play from scrimmage to match last …

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

MAC Picks Week 8
Saturday, October 18, 2014

UMass ready to drop puck vs Boston University, Hockey East, 2014-15 season

Thursday, October 9, 2014

AMHERST — It is the season opener and the home opener against a ranked opponent featuring a projected future NHL star, facts that naturally make UMass’ hockey game against Boston University Friday an event on campus. More important …

UMass hockey looking to veteran sophomore class to make an offensive impact this season

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

AMHERST — As a true freshman playing in his first game last year, Steven Iacobellis scored his first collegiate goal in a 3-1 loss to Boston University. That night set the tone for a solid first season for …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst women’s volleyball sweeps Westfield State

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Amherst College women’s volleyball team swept Westfield State, 3-0, on the road Wednesday. The Lord Jeffs (12-4, 4-1 NESCAC) won 25-9, 25-18, 25-13 as Maggie Danner had 12 kills. Nicole Carter had 20 assists, while Katie Warshaw had 16 digs for Amherst. Coast Guard 3, Mount Holyoke …

UMass safety Trey Dudley-Giles expected to play Saturday vs Kent State

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

AMHERST — For the second straight week, UMass junior safety Trey Dudley-Giles has healed well enough to be back in action. He was expected to practice Wednesday night and play in Saturday’s 2 p.m. game at Kent State …

UMass notebook: Tajae Sharpe added to watch list for Biletnikoff Award

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

AMHERST — UMass junior Tajae Sharpe was named to the official watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, while Logan Laurent was added to the unofficial watch list for the Minutemen’s starting place-kicker job for Saturday’s game against Kent …

After eventful offseason, UMass guard Derrick Gordon is focused on basketball

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

AMHERST — The last whistles of practice had blown more than 30 minutes before and all of his UMass teammates had already headed to the locker room, bound for dinner, night classes and whatever else awaited them Monday …

Vautour: Crazy Saturday leaves 10 unbeaten teams and alters playoff picture

Monday, October 6, 2014

By the time the clock ticked off the final games Saturday night, the contender list for college football’s first ever playoff looked a lot different than it did Saturday morning. Ranked teams were picked off up and down …

After sitting out, Zach Coleman and Jabarie Hinds looking to stand out for UMass men’s basketball

Monday, October 6, 2014

AMHERST — Even if he’d been healthy a year ago, Zach Coleman wouldn’t have gone into the season as a player the UMass basketball team was relying on. Even if transfer Jabarie Hinds had been eligible immediately, the Minutemen had enough backcourt depth that they wouldn’t have needed …

Matt Vautour: Progress hasn’t been good enough for UMass

Monday, October 6, 2014

OXFORD, OHIO It was one thing to blow leads to Vanderbilt (an SEC team), Colorado (a Pac 12 team) and Bowling Green, the preseason pick to win the Mid-American Conference. Those weren’t good losses, but they came in …

Notebook: Kicking woes plague UMass, Mark Whipple

Saturday, October 4, 2014

OXFORD, Ohio — During his previous stint as coach of the UMass football team, Mark Whipple was memorably quoted saying “I hate kickers.” He laughed when he said it, at least half-joking about the stress that part of the game caused him and his head coaching brethren. But …