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Red-zone production key for UMass vs Bowling Green

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

AMHERST — In Saturday’s win over Florida International, the UMass football team came up empty on one of three trips to the red zone and didn’t score on two other trips close to it, sputtering at the 22- and 33-yard lines. If the Minutemen don’t convert similar chances at Bowling Green, Saturday at 2 p.m., they’re unlikely to win their second straight. “I think red-zone defense and red-zone offense is …

UMass basketball notebook: Donte Clark eager to start season

Monday, October 5, 2015

AMHERST — There were moments last year when then-freshman Donte Clark flashed star potential. His 25 points against Florida Gulf Coast, 23 vs. La Salle twice and 15 vs. Florida State made UMass fans excited about what he might eventually become. Before the first official practice of the season Monday, the sophomore wing …

Let him play: Age rule keeping Fournette out of NFL next year is wrong

Monday, October 5, 2015

Leonard Fournette is good enough to play in the NFL right now. Of course he is. Not since Adrian Peterson played for Oklahoma has a running back looked so fiercely dominant. The LSU running back not only looks good enough to play in the NFL, but good enough to shine. More than 20 …

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

MAC Survivor/Zombie Pool
Thursday, October 1, 2015

UMass a finalist for two New Orleans basketball recruits

Monday, September 21, 2015

UMass is one of two schools in the hunt for a pair of high-profile recruits from New Orleans, who plan to attend school together. McDonogh High School teammates Brison Gresham, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound big man, and DeJon Jarreau, a 6-5, 170-pound guard, will visit UMass on Thursday. Gresham …

Matt Vautour: Close not good enough for UMass this time

Sunday, September 20, 2015

FOXBOROUGH A year ago, coming this close to beating a good team would have been cause of excitement for the UMass football team. Temple spent the first two weeks of its season dominating Penn State, an accomplishment in …

Tajae Sharpe becomes all-time career reception leader at UMass in loss to Temple

Saturday, September 19, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Before Tajae Sharpe ever played a game for Mark Whipple, the UMass coach had seen his numbers and his tape and predicted the receiver would eventually break all of the school’s career receiving records. Sharpe began …

Blocked point-after kick, late field goal by Temple doom UMass

Saturday, September 19, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Moments after celebrating a touchdown that put the UMass football team in position to clinch its biggest win since upgrading to the Bowl Subdivision, the Minutemen trudged off the field Saturday with perhaps their toughest loss …

Friday’s colleges: UMass field hockey rolls past Saint Joseph’s

Friday, September 18, 2015

Izzie Delario had one goal and two assists as the UMass field hockey team beat Saint Joseph’s, 3-1, at the Gladchuck Sports Complex Friday afternoon. Sarah Hawkshaw and Melanie Kreusch also tallied once apiece for UMass (5-2, 1-0 Atlantic 10). Sam Carlino made two saves in the win. …

Defenses take center stage as rivals UMass and Temple meet for first time

Friday, September 18, 2015

AMHERST — Trey Dudley-Giles has seen the stats and watched it on tape. The UMass senior safety knows how good the Temple defense is. And while he won’t be on the field against the Owls’ defense when the …

Thursday’s colleges: UMass women’s soccer edges Brown

Friday, September 18, 2015

Erin Doster scored her first career goal and the defense of the UMass women’s soccer team made the tally stand up in a 1-0 victory over Brown at Rudd Field Thursday. The freshmen launched an 18-yard strike into the upper right corner just 12 minutes into the contest. …

Almost rivals: UMass and Temple get set to meet for first time

Thursday, September 17, 2015

AMHERST — This was supposed to be a rivalry game, a potential rekindling of the fire that motivated both schools’ fan bases in the mid-1990s, only in football instead of basketball. It would have likely come in late …

Frustrated UMass defense eager for a chance at redemption

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

AMHERST — When he watched last year’s game against Colorado to prepare for UMass’ season opener, senior linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox said he was banging his head against the wall in frustration watching his team’s mistakes. It only got …

Wednesday’s colleges: UMass men’s soccer downs Hartford to snap 6-game losing streak

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The UMass men’s soccer team snapped a six-game season-opening losing streak with a 2-1 victory over Hartford at Rudd Field in Amherst Wednesday. Kevin Boino and Samuel Asamoah each scored, while Alex DeSantis (Belchertown) picked up an assist in 68 minutes off the bench. Ty Goncalves also had …