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Matt Vautour: The Atlantic 10 awards too close to call

Monday, March 2, 2015

Should the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year go to the league’s best player, or the most valuable player on a team that’s at or near the top of the conference? That’s an annual debate, but it’s more clearly defined in the A-10 this season. DeAndre Bembry is the best player in the conference. The league’s coaches might not agree on that unanimously, but the Saint Joseph’s sophomore would get …

UMass notebook: Maxie Esho breaks out of slump with strong second half

Saturday, February 28, 2015

AMHERST — Seemingly for weeks, Maxie Esho has been looking to rediscover the magic that had made him UMass’ best player early in the season. In the first half of Saturday’s 82-74 win over Fordham, it looked like the senior big man’s slump was going to continue on his 24th birthday as he …

UMass snaps three-game skid, holds off Fordham 82-74

Saturday, February 28, 2015

AMHERST — Very little had gone right for UMass lately and very little Mandell Thomas attempted Saturday hadn’t gone in. So when the Fordham guard elevated for a 3-pointer from in front of the Rams’ bench with 24 seconds left and the Minutemen clinging to a three-point lead, the Mullins Center crowd of …

UMass tabs Fran O’Leary as men’s soccer head coach

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

UMass announced on Tuesday that Fran O’Leary has been named head coach of the men’s soccer team. O’Leary, 52, has 17 winning campaigns and 234 career victories in 24 years as a college head coach. His teams have …

UMass streaking into difficult road matchup with St. Bonaventure

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

OLEAN, N.Y. — If the UMass men’s basketball team is going to extend its four-game winning streak, it’s going to have to snap a losing streak at St. Bonaventure. The Reilly Center is one of the toughest places to play in the Atlantic 10. It’s hard to get …

UMass athletic department to welcome interim AD Bob Goodhue

Monday, February 9, 2015

AMHERST — Among the many things the snow cancelled Monday was a meeting to introduce interim athletic director Bob Goodhue to the UMass athletic department. The introduction, which was moved to Tuesday afternoon, was more of a formality …

Matt Vautour: Atlantic 10 up for grabs

Monday, February 9, 2015

It wasn’t long ago that VCU seemed like a lock to win the Atlantic 10 regular season crown, and for someone else to win the conference tournament they would have to pull off a pretty good upset. But with Briante Weber done for the season and Traveon Graham’s …

UMass learning to peak at right time of season

Sunday, February 8, 2015

AMHERST — A year ago after starting the season 16-2, the UMass men’s basketball team stumbled down the stretch, going 8-7 in its final 15 games. Entering this season, the Minutemen said they hoped to avoid peaking too early again. So far they’ve delivered. After opening the year …

Freshman Clark guides Minutemen to fourth win in a row

Sunday, February 8, 2015

AMHERST — Donte Clark broke out of a long scoring slump, but it was his late rebound that clinched UMass’ fourth straight win. With 25 seconds left and the Minutemen clinging to a five-point lead, La Salle guard Jordan Price, who’d hit almost everything he put up in …

Friday’s colleges: Northeastern rallies twice to beat UMass hockey 5-3

Friday, February 6, 2015

The UMass men’s hockey team held the lead twice against Northeastern Friday night, but each time the Huskies rallied en route to a 5-3 victory at the Mullins Center. Dennis Kravchenko’s goal 18 seconds into the second gave the Minutemen a 2-0 lead. Northeastern answered with two of …

UMass football notebook: TE Jean Sifrin invited to NFL Scouting Combine

Friday, February 6, 2015

Former UMass tight end Jean Sifrin’s professional prospects got a boost when he was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. He’ll be one of 18 tight ends competing, according to the invitation list that came out Friday. NFL.com’s draft analysis summed up Sifrin’s potential as follows: “Raw but …

UMass men’s lacrosse opens 2015 with No. 20 Army at McGuirk Stadium

Friday, February 6, 2015

AMHERST — There will be no easing into the season for the UMass men’s lacrosse team. Weatherwise spring couldn’t seem further away, but the Minutemen will open their season Saturday at 1 p.m. when they host No. 20 Army. The game will begin a stretch where UMass plays …

Vice Chancellor John Kennedy: Next AD must be ‘face of UMass athletics’

Friday, February 6, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Vice Chancellor John Kennedy, who is the chairman of the search committee to hire the school’s next athletic director, didn’t rule out finding a replacement for John McCutcheon in the four to six week time frame that Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy cited last week, …