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Thursday’s colleges: UMass women’s soccer falls to George Mason in overtime

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Sarah Hardison scored a minute into overtime as the George Mason women’s soccer team came from behind to beat UMass, 2-1, Thursday in Fairfax, Virginia. UMass’ five-game unbeaten streak came to an end. Jackie Bruno gave the Minutewomen (4-4-3, 1-1-1 Atlantic 10) a 1-0 lead six minutes into the second half. Nia Elbeck tied the game at 81:28 for Mason. Cassidy Babin made three saves in defeat. Field hockey Mount …

Coach John Micheletto eager to see UMass hockey team in game situations this weekend

Thursday, October 8, 2015

AMHERST — As he gets set for his fourth season behind the UMass hockey bench, coach John Micheletto knows about all he can about his team without seeing it in action. He’ll start learning the rest Friday at 9:30 p.m. when his Minutemen travel west to face Colorado College. The teams will play again Saturday at 9 p.m. “In the preseason and exhibition …

Wednesday’s colleges: Mark Morris strikes for UMass in win over URI

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Senior forward Mark Morris scored three goals as the UMass men’s soccer team beat Rhode Island, 3-2, in Amherst Wednesday. It was the first three-goal performance for the Minutemen since the 2002 season. The last player to notch a hat trick for UMass was Jeff Deren, who did so twice in 2002. Morris’ three-goal match was just the 31st in program history since …

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

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Former UMass receiver Victor Cruz hopes to return to action Sunday against Bills

Monday, September 28, 2015

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The salsa is seemingly coming back to the New York Giants’ offense. Almost a year after playing in his last game, salsa-dancing wide receiver Victor Cruz is hoping to practice Wednesday and play for …

Weekend colleges: Amherst College jumps on Bates in football opener

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Bates struck first, but then the Amherst College football team rattled off four straight touchdowns en route to a season-opening 37-14 win in Lewiston, Maine, Saturday. The Lord Jeffs shrugged off an early 80-yard touchdown run by Shaun Carroll to drop the Bobcats for the eighth straight time. …

Matt Vautour: Experiencing Notre Dame

Saturday, September 26, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. At any pregame moment in the four hours before kickoff on the quad between Notre Dame Stadium and Hesburgh Library, there are at least three fans with both arms in the air. Somebody nearby is …

Notebook: UMass shifts focus to remaining nine games

Saturday, September 26, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — After opening the season with three losses in three of the toughest games on its schedule, the UMass football team was ready to close the book on chapter one of its season after Saturday’s …

UMass overmatched at Notre Dame, 62-27

Saturday, September 26, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — In the end there was no shocker. No SportsCenter leading upset. No miracle. UMass put a scare into Notre Dame for a half, but when the final buzzer sounded, the final result between the …

UMass faces mountain of opponent in No. 6 Notre Dame

Friday, September 25, 2015

AMHERST— UMass coach Mark Whipple knows Notre Dame has lost some key guys, but after studying tape, the absence of those six players didn’t make him feel anymore confident. “They don’t look too injured to me. They recruit …

Notebook: UMass hoping to make history at Notre Dame

Thursday, September 24, 2015

AMHERST — Outside of the two programs playing in the game, Saturday’s matchup between Notre Dame and winless UMass looks like a blowout in the making. Las Vegas odds have the Minutemen as a 281/2-point underdog in the …

Notre Dame DB Matthias Farley always ready to be the next man in

Thursday, September 24, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Defensive back Matthias Farley is always ready to be the next man in for sixth-ranked Notre Dame. Farley was ready as a redshirt freshman when as a converted receiver he was thrust into a …

UMass QB Blake Frohnapfel, teammates excited to play at Notre Dame

Thursday, September 24, 2015

AMHERST — When Blake Frohnapfel was younger, the idea of rooting against Notre Dame would have seemed foreign to him. The UMass quarterback, who’ll be making his first trip to one of college football’s most hallowed grounds Saturday …

Notebook: Teammates looking to help star receiver Tajae Sharpe

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

AMHERST — In just two games, UMass senior receiver Tajae Sharpe has 22 catches for 294 yards. It’s likely just a matter of time before an opposing defense overcommits personnel to try and shut him down or at …