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JERREY ROBERTS
Cady Lalanne, center, of UMass, draws a foul amid AIC defenders Oscar Assie, from left, Bobby Harris and Trahmier Burrell Thursday at the Mullins Center.

Matt Vautour: Observations following UMass’ 120-71 exhibition win over AIC

Thursday, October 30, 2014

AMHERST On one hand, UMass’ 120-71 exhibition win over American International came against a Division II team that finished 9-19 last year, so it’s hard to put much stock in the dominating performance. On the other hand, the Minutemen have had some anxious moments in games like these against teams of similar ilk. Last year, UMass coach Derek Kellogg had to re-insert his starters against AIC when the game got too close. Thursday’s game was never in doubt. There was plenty of curiosity going into the game with many new players and returning players in new roles. The crowd got more than they paid for …

Freshman goalie Henry Dill off to fast start for UMass hockey team

Thursday, October 30, 2014

AMHERST — Henry Dill isn’t UMass’ No. 1 goalie. Not yet anyway. It’s too early in the season for coach John Micheletto to officially name anyone his No. 1 guy going forward. But three games into his collegiate career, Dill looks like the type of goalie who could someday earn that distinction. With good reason, it was fellow freshman Patrick Lee’s game-winning goal …

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

The UMass men’s soccer team couldn’t hold on to an early lead and fell 2-1 in overtime to UNC Asheville, Thursday in Asheville, North Carolina. Matt Mooney scored from Josh Schwartz to give the Minutemen (2-13-1) a 1-0 first-half lead. Paul Egle and Jackson Allen countered for the Bulldogs (2-8-3). Ryan Buckingham (one save) and Taylor Culp (two saves) split time in net …

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

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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 …

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 …

Balanced offense leads UMass football to second straight win

Saturday, October 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The UMass football team will have a tough decision about who to nominate for Mid-American Conference offensive player of the week after Saturday’s win over Eastern Michigan. The Minutemen could choose running back Shadrach Abrokwah. The …

Friday’s colleges: UMass can’t rally a second time, gets iced by Michigan State

Friday, October 17, 2014

After erasing an early two-goal deficit, the UMass hockey team couldn’t wipe out a three goal deficit late and fell to Michigan State, 5-3, Friday in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans took a 2-0 lead after the first period, but the Minutemen answered with two early in the …

UMass aims for second straight win, hosts improving Eastern Michigan

Friday, October 17, 2014

AMHERST — As they’ve gone through their respective struggles in recent years, fans of UMass and Eastern Michigan have longed to see the other on their schedule. While the rest of the Mid-American Conference was being lauded nationally …

UMass freshman QB Ross Comis imitates Eastern Michigan QB Reginald Bell to prepare Minutemen

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — Through an odd coincidence of scheduling, Halloween week will be a rare time where Ross Comis isn’t pretending to be somebody else. Comis, UMass’ true freshman quarterback, has spent this season leading the scout team, doing …

From WMass to UMass, local soccer players join forces on men’s soccer team

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — Recruiters for the UMass men’s soccer program didn’t need to travel far this offseason to scout four of their prospects. Sometimes they only needed to go to one game. Freshmen goalkeeper Mike Rock, defender Tyler Szymkowicz, midfielder Brandon Vazquez and midfielder Alex DeSantis all grew up …

John Calipari: Kentucky’s depth feels like 2 teams

Thursday, October 16, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky’s John Calipari said the Wildcats are so deep it feels like he is coaching two teams. Besides returning six regulars from last year’s NCAA runner-up squad, the Wildcats added four high school All-Americans and …

Men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg signs contract extension with UMass through 2018-19 season

Thursday, October 16, 2014

After leading the UMass men’s basketball team to its first NCAA tournament since 1998, coach Derek Kellogg has been rewarded with a new contract that will keep him in Amherst at least through the 2018-19 season. Athletic director …

UMass senior center Cady Lalanne looking to avoid a repeat of last year’s late season fade

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

AMHERST — Cady Lalanne has regrets. The UMass senior center’s averages of 11.3 points and 7.9 rebounds last year were the best totals of his career. But in his mind it could have been better. After the Minutemen’s …