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Friday’s colleges: Austin Plevy notches a hat trick in debut as UMass hockey beats Colorado College

Saturday, October 10, 2015

UMass hockey coach John Micheletto was excited about freshman Austin Plevy coming into the season. That enthusiasm appears justified. In his first collegiate game, the freshman forward notched a hat trick as the Minutemen defeated Colorado College, 6-3, Friday in both teams’ season opener. Ray Pigozzi scored with 17 seconds left in the first period setting the tone for the Minutemen, who took leads of 3-0 and 5-1. They withstood …

Quarterbacks take center stage when UMass visits Bowling Green

Friday, October 9, 2015

AMHERST — There was no easing quarterback Matt Johnson back into the starting role at Bowling Green. Johnson missed most of last season with a hip injury, but it’s hard to tell by looking at him. The senior not only leads the Mid-American Conference, but leads nation in yards passing (2,084), yards passing …

UMass to dedicate Sam Koch Memorial at Rudd Field Saturday

Friday, October 9, 2015

AMHERST — The coach that saved UMass men’s soccer in 1991 and brought the program to new heights in 2007 will forever be part of his beloved program’s home field. Prior to Saturday’s game against Saint Louis, UMass will hold a ceremony dedicating the Sam Koch Memorial. Koch, who was beloved on the UMass campus, in the soccer community and his hometown of …

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

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Friday, October 9, 2015
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UMass freshman RB Andy Isabella could have several roles

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

AMHERST — The absence of senior Khary Bailey-Smith and Jalen Williams led UMass coach Mark Whipple to make the decision not to redshirt freshman tailback Andy Isabella, who returned kicks against Notre Dame. Isabella, who was a state sprint champion in Ohio, will have an expanded role as …

John Robinson-Woodgett set to play both ways

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

AMHERST — With Rodney Mills out and the Minutemen thin at fullback, Whipple tabbed junior linebacker John Robinson-Woodgett to fill the role, making him a rare two-way player in Division I. UMass coach Mark Whipple considered playing Robinson-Woodgett, …

Highly touted New Orleans recruits Brison Gresham, De’Jon Jarreau commit to UMass

Monday, September 28, 2015

The UMass men’s basketball team had its biggest recruiting day in decades Monday as the program landed a pair of potentially high-impact recruits when New Orleans natives Brison Gresham and De’Jon Jarreau announced their decision to become Minutemen. …

Matt Vautour: College Football Playoff could see new blood

Monday, September 28, 2015

Heading into the season, nearly every expert and pundit said the list of national championship contenders was more wide open than it has been in a very long time. Yet most of those same prognosticators picked many of …

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 …