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UAB cornerback Kelton Brackett (21) nearly intercepts a pass intended for Rice wide receiver Donte Moore (81) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

UMass DB Kelton Brackett still feels burned by UAB, but glad to be a Minuteman

Friday, July 3, 2015

Kelton Brackett had tentatively decided that his career was over. When Alabama-Birmingham made the controversial decision to end its football program in December, Brackett had interest from other schools. But he was a senior with just one year of eligibility left. His girlfriend, Kendra Gilchrist, was at UAB along with a lot of other friends and he had a degree to complete. He felt burned by college football and the fact that he and his teammates wouldn’t get to complete the building job they started. So the defensive back from Mobile, Alabama, was reluctantly leaning toward hanging up his cleats, spending his final year on …

UMass notebook: Starters Nick Mariano, Zach Oliveri transfer from men’s lacrosse team

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Two key pieces of the UMass men’s lacrosse team will finish their careers elsewhere. UMass coach Greg Cannella confirmed Wednesday that leading scorer Nick Mariano, who just completed his sophomore year with 22 goals and 20 assists, is transferring to Syracuse. Mariano will be eligible immediately as first-time lacrosse transfers aren’t required to sit out a season. “I wish him luck in his …

Two future UMass defensemen picked in the NHL draft

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A pair of future UMass defensemen were taken Saturday on the second day of the NHL draft. It’ll be a year before Jake Massie, who played for Kimball Union Academy and the Boston Jr. Bruins last year, joins the Minutemen, but the 6-foot-1, 185-pound defenseman was draft eligible and chosen in the sixth round (156th overall) by the Carolina Hurricanes. The Montreal native …

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

UMass wins seventh straight A-10 women’s lacrosse title, will play Jacksonville in NCAA Tournament Friday

Sunday, May 3, 2015

For the UMass women’s lacrosse team, the only suspense Sunday was who it was going to play in the NCAA Tournament and where. The Minutewomen never trailed in the Atlantic 10 championship game and methodically pulled away for an 8-4 win over Richmond at George Washington to secure …

Late Towson goal sinks UMass in CAA men’s lacrosse championship

Sunday, May 3, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — After losing its first five games, backing into the postseason, then knocking off top-seeded Fairfield, the UMass men’s lacrosse team fell on a late tiebreaking, highlight-reel worthy goal as Towson won the Colonial Athletic Association championship, 9-8, at Fairfield University on Saturday. With 1 minute, …

UMass TE Jean Sifrin not selected in NFL draft; Signs with Indianapolis Colts as a free agent

Sunday, May 3, 2015

If Jean Sifrin’s unusual career is going to finish in the NFL, he’s going to get there as an undrafted free agent. The former UMass tight end, who skipped his senior year to turn pro wasn’t taken in the draft’s seven rounds. Whether it was his age, he’ll …

Friday’s colleges: UMass men, women seeking conference lacrosse championships

Friday, May 1, 2015

UMass has yet to send a team to the NCAA Tournament in any sport this season, but the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams have a chance to change that this weekend. Both will play in their conference championships for a title and the automatic bid. The Minutewomen crushed …

UMass men’s lacrosse knocks off top-seeded Fairfield in CAA Tournament semifinals

Thursday, April 30, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn — A week ago, when UMass was losing to Delaware, the worst team in the Colonial Athletic Association, Minuteman goalie Zach Oliveri wasn’t even on the field for the second half following a benching at intermission. But against the best team in the CAA, the junior …

Thursday’s colleges: UMass women’s lacrosse dominates Atlantic 10 Conference awards

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The UMass women’s lacrosse team cleaned up at the awards from the Atlantic 10 Conference. Junior attack Erika Eipp was named offensive player of the year for recording a league-best 61 points (34 goals, 27 assists). Sophomore Hannah Murphy was named midfielder of the year for her team-high …

UMass notebook: Women’s lacrosse looking to extend its Atlantic 10 dominance

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

AMHERST — George Mason wasn’t even in the Atlantic 10 the last time UMass failed to win the league’s women’s lacrosse championship. In the six years since 2008, the Minutewomen have been UMass’ most successful team and the Atlantic 10’s most consistent team. Through a coaching change and …

Former UMass tight end Jean Sifrin eager to get pro career started

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The start of Jean Sifrin’s professional football career feels like the start of his college career. He’s ready to start practicing, learning the playbook and playing, but circumstances are once again making him wait. At UMass, it was …

Tuesday’s colleges: Amherst baseball takes down Division I Dartmouth

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Amherst College baseball team collected 18 hits as it knocked off Division I Dartmouth, 15-4, in Hanover, New Hampshire, on Tuesday. Conner Gunn (two RBIs, two runs) was 4 for 6, while Yanni Thanopoulos (three RBIs, three runs) and Tyler Jacobs (two runs) each had three hits …

New NCAA Division I chief puts transfer rules on priority list

Monday, April 27, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Kevin Lennon is putting transfer rule changes near the top of his priority list. The NCAA’s new vice president for Division I governance told The Associated Press there are growing concerns among the division’s 345 members …