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Friday’s colleges: Amherst native Michael Hixon places second on 3-meter at NCAA Division 1 championships

Friday, March 27, 2015

Amherst native Michael Hixon just missed defending his 3-meter springboard championship Friday. The Indiana sophomore placed second in the event with 492.40 points and earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, held at University of Iowa. Miami’s Samuel Dorman won with 529.10. Hixon was in the second place with 494.90 points following the preliminary round. Hixon won the 1-meter and 3-meter titles as a …

UMass star receiver Tajae Sharpe is mentoring a potential future star receiver this spring

Friday, March 27, 2015

AMHERST — Tajae Sharpe has been where Lamarriel Taylor is. It wasn’t that long ago in fact that Sharpe was the promising young UMass receiver trying to learn the game on the fly. He’d watch Deion Walker and Alan Williams, trying to emulate what they did in hopes of becoming successful. It worked. …

Bowl game or bust: UMass football players attacking spring practice with lofty aspirations for the fall

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST — After winning just five games in his first three years as a UMass football player, improvement in baby steps won’t be good enough for Jovan Santos-Knox in his senior season. Santos-Knox said he the other players who’ll be seniors in the fall have set lofty goals for their final season, giving …

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

Matt Vautour: Looming questions as UMass prepares for next season

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NEW YORK When the UMass basketball team’s bus pulled out of the Barclays Center after Thursday’s season-ending 76-69 loss to La Salle, the Minutemen left an era behind them. With Maxie Esho and Cady Lalanne graduating the Minutemen …

UMass season comes to crashing end with 76-69 loss to La Salle in A-10 tournament

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NEW YORK — On Feb. 14, UMass was tied for first place and looked to be in position to make some noise in the Atlantic 10. Less than a month later, the Minutemen exited the conference tournament quietly. …

Notebook: UMass coach Derek Kellogg to re-evaluate program after Atlantic 10 tournament loss

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NEW YORK — After Thursday’s 76-69 loss to La Salle ended his team’s season at the Atlantic 10 tournament, UMass coach Derek Kellogg said everything in the program will be under review in hopes of getting better in the future after fizzling down the stretch. “I’ll really sit …

UMass guard Gordon says coming out let him focus on game

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NEW YORK — UMass guard Derrick Gordon became a better basketball player and a better teammate this season, and he credits both to having the courage to play as an openly gay man. Gordon’s first season since coming …

UMass women’s lacrosse shuts down Yale, 9-3

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The UMass women’s lacrosse team continued its strong defensive start to the season with a 9-3 win over Yale, Wednesday in New Haven, Connecticut. It was the fifth time the Minutewomen (7-0) have allowed four goals or less this year. Erika Eipp outscored the Bulldogs herself with four …

Re-energized UMass opens Atlantic 10 tournament with La Salle

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — By the time Tuesday’s practice arrived, the UMass men’s basketball team had shed the doom and gloom and questions about commitment that swirled around it following its loss to George Washington on Saturday that capped a stretch of five losses in six games to close …

Notebook: Another NIT trip could be in UMass’ future

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

AMHERST — At least publicly, nobody at UMass is thinking about the National Invitation Tournament. If they’re thinking beyond Thursday’s Atlantic 10 Tournament second-round game (noon) against La Salle, it’s daydreaming about winning the conference title and going back to the NCAA tournament. But with an at-large bid …

Georgia Tech associate athletic director a candidate at UMass

Monday, March 9, 2015

Ryan Bamford, the senior associate athletic director at Georgia Tech, has emerged as a candidate for UMass’ vacant athletic director opening. According to sources with knowledge of the search, Bamford was expected to interview early this week at an off campus location and may have interviewed already. It’s …

Vautour: Bubble teams should fear bid stealers

Monday, March 9, 2015

Until the field of 68 is revealed Sunday night, bubble teams will be on edge. There are two things they fear more than anything. The first is obviously a bad loss. Anybody with a questionable resume can’t afford to lose a game it’s supposed to win with the …

Weekend college round up: Amherst College wins men’s hockey NESCAC title

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Amherst College men’s hockey team won the NESCAC tournament thanks to Andrew Fenwick’s late goal at Orr Arena on Sunday. The senior scored 3 minutes, 8 seconds into the third period with an assist from Austin Ho. It was Fenwicks eighth goal of the season for the …