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Massachusetts' Jovan Santos-Knox (17) drags down Michigan quarterback Reginald Hall as Massachusetts' Daniel Maynes (97) charges into help in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Republican, J. Anthony Roberts) photo by J. Anthony Roberts

With bowl eligibility an outside possibility, ‘big game’ on the horizon for UMass

Monday, October 20, 2014

With two straight wins under its belt and obvious improvement on both sides of the ball, there’s optimism about the future and enthusiasm for the present for the UMass football team. With only a handful of contributing seniors, there’s reason to think the Minutemen will have a good shot at being bowl eligible in 2015 and a potential contender for …

UMass defense shows signs of coming together in win

Sunday, October 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH UMass had already clinched the win over Kent State last weekend. The Golden Flashes had the ball deep in Minuteman territory with less than a minute left. Whether or not they scored, UMass was leading 40-17 and assured of winning the game. But the defense dug in. They wanted to win to …

UMass hockey makes its first win a dramatic one

Sunday, October 19, 2014

After losing to Michigan State on Friday, the Minutemen bounced back Saturday, defeating the Spartans in the final seconds 4-3. On a power play, Patrick Lee (two assists) netted the game-winning goal with 9.9 seconds remaining in regulation on assists from Steve Iacobellis and Ray Pigozzi. Iacobellis (two assists) had tied the game, 3-3, with one of his two goals roughly four and …

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

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Notebook: Kicking woes plague UMass, Mark Whipple

Saturday, October 4, 2014

OXFORD, Ohio — During his previous stint as coach of the UMass football team, Mark Whipple was memorably quoted saying “I hate kickers.” He laughed when he said it, at least half-joking about the stress that part of the game caused him and his head coaching brethren. But …

UMass skirts game-winning field goal attempt, fails on last play in 42-41 loss to Miami (Ohio)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

OXFORD, Ohio — With 3 seconds left, no timeouts, his team down by a point and the clocked stopped temporarily after a first down at the Miami 6-yard line, UMass football coach Mark Whipple had two choices: either …

Weekend colleges: Amherst College football blanks Middlebury to stay perfect

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Amherst College football team remained unbeaten on the season following a 7-0 win over Middlebury on the road Saturday. One touchdown proved to be all that the Lord Jeffs (3-0, 3-0 NESCAC) needed. At the start of the third quarter, Nick Kelly ran for a 59-yard score …

Friday’s colleges: UMass field hockey strikes quickly to take down Lock Haven

Friday, October 3, 2014

The UMass field hockey exploded in the first half to beat Lock Haven, 3-0, Friday in Amherst. Izzie Delario (assist), Sarah Hawkshaw and Melanie Kreusch each scored before halftime en route to the shutout. Hailey Cockrum, Brooke Sabia and Cliodhna Loughlin each had one assist. Sam Carlino made …

Quarterback Blake Frohnapfel thrives for UMass thanks to relationship with Mark Whipple

Thursday, October 2, 2014

AMHERST — When he decided to transfer from Marshall, Blake Frohnapfel wasn’t looking for a coach that would take his opinion and preferences into consideration when building a game plan. It never occurred to him that such a …

UMass notebook: Mark Whipple leaves decisions on head injuries to medical staff

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

AMHERST — After the recent concussion controversy at Michigan, UMass coach Mark Whipple was asked about his own policy on head injuries. Michigan coach Brady Hoke is under fire for allowing backup quarterback Shane Morris to stay in …

Notebook: Donte Clark ready to compete for UMass men’s basketball team

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — Most of his opponents last year didn’t know exactly who he was, but they knew Donte Clark wasn’t the normal pickup-game player when they’d line up against him at UMass’ recreation center. “They knew I wasn’t just a regular student,” Clark said smiling. “They’d play a …

UMass releases nonconference football contracts

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — UMass released the contracts of each of the nonconference football games that were announced last week. The following are noteworthy points and clauses included in each contract: ∎ The 2015 game between Temple and UMass is …

UMass football notebook: Minutemen avoid major loss as Dudley-Giles returns to practice

Monday, September 29, 2014

AMHERST — When UMass junior safety Trey Dudley-Giles walked off the field on crutches following Saturday’s loss to Bowling Green, the Minutemen’s already thin defensive backfield looked like it had sustained a sizable loss. But further examination revealed that Dudley-Giles’ leg injury, which sideline him for most of …

This weekend’s games should start to thin the College Football Playoff contenders

Monday, September 29, 2014

When the first College Football Playoff is announced in the first week of December, nobody will be thinking much about the first week in October. But this weekend’s games will go a long way to determining who might still be in the mix for inclusion in late November. …