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Tuesday’s colleges: Vermont ices UMass 3-1

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The UMass men’s hockey team dropped its second straight game to Vermont, 3-1, on the road Tuesday night. The Minutemen (3-8-0, 1-7-0 Hockey East) pulled Henry Dill for an extra attacker late in the third period and it worked as Dennis Kravchenko scored with 31 seconds left for UMass’ lone goal. Dill made 25 saves in net. Amherst College 6, St. Michaels 4 — Conor Brown scored twice, including the …

Northeastern poses big challenge for UMass men’s basketball team

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

AMHERST — Northeastern beat Florida State on the road when Seminole leading scorer Aaron Thomas played the whole game. UMass beat FSU at a neutral site with Thomas missing most of the game. The Minutemen needed overtime to beat Manhattan at home. The Huskies took a 20-point lead at halftime and never looked back to roll over the Jaspers at a neutral site. …

UMass center Matt Sparks: Offensive line needs to boost QB Austin Whipple

Monday, November 24, 2014

AMHERST — Matt Sparks said Austin Whipple will be better than he looked against Akron when UMass plays Buffalo in the season finale at 1 p.m. Friday at McGuirk Stadium. UMass’ junior center has seen the redshirt freshman quarterback in practice enough to feel good that game No. 2 has a chance to …

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

Week Guide III - Nov. 24-Dec. 1
Monday, November 24, 2014

Replacing Chaz Williams’ scoring ability key for UMass

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

AMHERST — From the moment Chaz Williams began his career, it was apparent to just about anyone who was at Curry Hicks Cage that day, that Williams was going to lead the UMass men’s basketball team in scoring for the next three years. With Williams gone, the scoring …

UMass football team returns to action, hosts Ball State Wednesday night at McGuirk

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

AMHERST — The wait is over. After 17 days off, the UMass football team is finally playing a game as Ball State visits McGuirk Stadium Wednesday night. It’s the Minutemen’s first ever Wednesday game as the Mid-American Conference regularly schedules mid-week games for television exposure. UMass coach Mark …

UMass football team excited to be on TV

Monday, November 10, 2014

AMHERST — With most of the countless number of the all-sports TV stations showing college football on a weekly basis and even more games available to watch live online, it’s easy to forget the impact that playing on …

Intangibles helped earn UMass forward Seth Berger the starting role

Monday, November 10, 2014

AMHERST — After he started UMass’ exhibition game against American International and the closed scrimmage against American University, the news that Seth Berger will be starting Friday night’s season-opener against Siena wasn’t a surprise announcement from coach Derek …

Despite being undefeated, Marshall’s weak schedule could send it to a weak bowl

Monday, November 10, 2014

Among the lesser publicized changes in college football’s postseason is that the best school among the non-power conferences is guaranteed a spot in one of the premiere bowl games if it doesn’t make the playoff. And let’s face it, it’s hard to picture a school outside of the …

UMass center Tyler Bergantino suffers ‘light ankle sprain,’ Derek Kellogg otherwise pleased with closed scrimmage

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The first rule of closed scrimmages isn’t “don’t talk about closed scrimmages,” but it’s close. While the NCAA isn’t “Fight Club” strict about its crowdless, medialess preseason meetings between Division I teams, coaches aren’t allowed to give a score, a result, or any stats from the closed scrimmages. …

Saturday college recaps: UMass field hockey falls 1-0 in OT to Richmond in Atlantic 10 Tournament final

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The UMass field hockey team fell to Richmond, 1-0 in overtime, in the Atlantic 10 Tournament championship, Saturday in Richmond, Virginia. The defensive battle resulted in only 14 total shots. A-10 Offensive Player of the Year Rebecca Barry scored the game-winning goal for the Spiders (12-9), who advanced …

Friday’s colleges: UMass skates past AIC, 7-1

Friday, November 7, 2014

A year ago, the UMass hockey team peppered AIC with 59 shot, but only two of them got through in a Minuteman loss. History did not repeat itself. UMass took just 29 shots Friday, but seven of them got by the Yellow Jacket goalies as the Minutemen rolled …

UMass hits the road for closed scrimmage with American University

Friday, November 7, 2014

AMHERST — Other than playing UMass in the preseason and having the word American in its name, the basketball teams at American University and American International College don’t figure to have much in common. After blowing out AIC, …

Thursday’s colleges: UMass shut out by La Salle in Atlantic 10 quarterfinals

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The UMass women’s soccer team’s season came to an end with a 3-0 loss to La Salle in the Atlantic 10 tournament quarterfinals, Thursday in Dayton, Ohio. The top-seeded Explorers (13-4-2) took a 1-0 lead at halftime. The Minutewomen finished 5-9-5. Daniela Alvarez and Jackie Bruno each had …