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UMass notebook: Important weekend ahead for lacrosse, softball teams

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The UMass women’s lacrosse team will put the nation’s longest active conference winning streak on the line this weekend, while the men’s lacrosse and softball teams will try to solidify their places in their respective conference tournaments as spring sports continue to wind down at UMass. Coach Angela McMahon’s team’s 34-game Atlantic 10 conference streak is tied for third longest in NCAA history. If the Minutewomen (14-1, 6-0 A-10) can …

Matt Vautour: Despite loss, playing at Fenway Park still memorable for UMass baseball team

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

BOSTON Once the game started, they were college athletes again. But when the UMass baseball team walked into Fenway Park, the chance to play on the historic field briefly turned the Minutemen into excited little boys as they waited for their Baseball Beanpot championship game against Boston College to start. With the Red …

Wednesday’s colleges: Mount Holyoke lacrosse rolls past Smith

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Kirsten Kilburn had five goals and Katherine Guinee added four as the Mount Holyoke women’s lacrosse team beat Smith College, 16-5, Wednesday in South Hadley. Catherine Ryan had five assists, while Kaitlin Braz scored three goals. Leila Kouakou (Leeds) scored twice for the Lyons (6-9; 3-5 NEWMAC). Caroline Myran had two goals, while Simone Lawrence, Rachel Silveria and Julia Hamilton each had one …

Weekend colleges: Amherst baseball slugs Middlebury, twice

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Amherst College baseball team exploded for 38 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Middlebury, Saturday in Auburn. Amherst won 18-2 in seven inning and 20-10. Andrew Vandini finished 5 for 7 with 11 RBIs and five runs to power the Lord Jeffs. Mike Odenwaelder was 7 for …

Friday’s colleges: Smith College tennis rallies past Colby-Sawyer

Friday, April 3, 2015

Badriyyah AlSabah outlasted Marissa Ulmer in straight sets to earn her first collegiate victory and give the Smith College women’s tennis team a 5-4 come-from-behind win over Colby-Sawyer, Friday in Northampton. The Pioneer (5-9) trailed 2-1 after doubles play. Amherst 9, Babson 0 — Vickie Ip and Sue …

UMass notebook: Derek Kellogg pulling a little harder for John Calipari, Kentucky

Friday, April 3, 2015

This is the fourth Final Four Derek Kellogg has gone to as a Kentucky fan. But the UMass coach acknowledged that this year is special. His friend, mentor and former boss John Calipari has the Wildcats on the …

UMass softball splits doubleheader with George Washington

Friday, April 3, 2015

AMHERST — With two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, George Washington pitcher Sarah Costlow threw a pitch over the outstretched glove of catcher Samantha Dos Santos, allowing UMass senior Quianna Diaz-Patterson to sprint in from …

Rodney Mills is ‘Mr. Utility’ for UMass football team

Thursday, April 2, 2015

AMHERST — Rodney Mills was listed as a fullback on the UMass football team’s roster last year. And he did, from time to time, line up back there. But pigeonholing the junior there or really anywhere doesn’t accurately …

Notebook: UMass spring venues slowly open; softball home opener Friday

Thursday, April 2, 2015

AMHERST — After a cancellation Monday and a venue switch Tuesday, there will be softball on campus Friday as UMass spring venues gradually begin opening. The warmer weather in the middle of the week helped thaw Sortino Field enough to be playable. The risk of rain Friday night …

Special teams coach Mark Michaels reunites with UMass, Mark Whipple

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

AMHERST — There wasn’t much of a get-to-know-each-other phase with the UMass coaching staff and new special teams coordinator Mark Michaels. Like so many Minuteman coaches Michaels is the new and old special teams coach. Not only did …

Wednesday’s colleges: UMass softball bats come alive in rout of Yale

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The UMass softball team exploded in a 16-6 win over Yale in New Haven, Connecticut, Wednesday. Six players had at least two hits as UMass (6-15) set season highs for runs and base hits. Olivia Godin, Gianna Hathaway and Tara Klee each had three hits each, while Taylor …

Randall Jette, UMass motivated to overcome mistakes, losses

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

AMHERST — Randall Jette winces a little at the memory. The ball was in the UMass cornerback’s hands at the right sideline and Vanderbilt receiver C.J. Duncan wrestled it out as they crashed to the ground. The play …

Minutemen Jean Sifrin, Stanley Andre, Daniel Maynes look to impress NFL scouts at UMass pro day

Monday, March 30, 2015

AMHERST — All three dashed and jumped, lifted and leapt, and were measured and weighed, hoping to catch the eyes of the NFL scouts in attendance. But UMass’ annual pro day came with different goals and expectations for …