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University of Massachusetts players, from left, Michael Boland, Fabian Hoeller, and Elijah Wilkinson celebrate their 24-14 victory Saturday over Florida International at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst.

Matt Vautour: UMass learns to shake adversity

Saturday, October 3, 2015

AMHERST When the unusual plays and unusual calls started happening, UMass coach Mark Whipple couldn’t help but think of the Temple game, just two weeks ago. Against the Owls, a bizarre sequence of plays at the end led the Minutemen to let a game they appeared ready to win, turn into a gut-punch of a loss. So when Florida International …

UMass punter Logan Laurent steps into place-kicking duty

Saturday, October 3, 2015

AMHERST — UMass coach Mark Whipple quipped during preseason that there would have to be a malaria outbreak for starting punter Logan Laurent to move back to place kicking. While there was no outbreak recorded, Laurent returned to the role Saturday. Former starter Blake Lucas had extra points blocked in each of the …

Notebook: Makeshift defensive line stands out for UMass

Saturday, October 3, 2015

AMHERST — Peter Angeh didn’t register a sack or even a tackle on UMass’ last defensive stop of the game, but the play proved to be a fitting ending for the defense against Florida International. With several would-be starters out with injuries, UMass had reserves playing big roles and starters playing different ones …

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

MAC Survivor/Zombie Pool
Thursday, October 1, 2015

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 …

Tuesday’s colleges: Quianna Diaz-Patterson returns to UMass softball program as volunteer assistant coach

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Former UMass and Amherst Regional standout Quianna Diaz-Patterson has joined the UMass softball staff as a volunteer assistant coach. Diaz-Patterson played for the Puerto Rico national team this summer. “I am very excited and proud to announce Quianna will be joining our coaching staff this season,” Minutewoman coach …

UMass notebook: Offensive line preparing for Temple pass rush

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

AMHERST — The number jumps off the stat sheet — 10 sacks. In its season-opening upset of Penn State, Temple took down Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg 10 times. A week later, the Owls only sacked Cincinnati quarterback …

Matt Vautour: Schedule looms for UMass football team

Monday, September 14, 2015

Football season is only two weeks old, and UMass’ schedule is already looking a little tougher than originally expected. Forget for a moment the Colorado game. It was bad and if the Minutemen play like they did against …