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UMass puts win streak on the line against MAC leader Toledo

Thursday, October 23, 2014

AMHERST — After gathering momentum by beating a winless Kent State team and an Eastern Michigan team that’s been annually near the bottom of the Mid-American Conference standings, UMass will try to keep its recent success going when it moves up a weight class. After proving it can dominate against bad teams, the Minutemen will get a chance to try to hang with a good one when it plays at …

UMass hockey confident heading to Boston for weekend matchups with NU, BC

Thursday, October 23, 2014

AMHERST — Patrick Lee is only three games into his career, but the UMass freshman hockey player, whose first goal with 9 seconds left pushed the Minutemen past Michigan State Saturday, is already deflecting and sharing credit like a seasoned veteran. “Playing with Ray (Pigozzi) and (Steven) Iacobellis has made it easy. They’ve given me more confidence than the goal has,” Lee said …

Notebook: Josh Bruns, Matt Sparks center of attention for UMass football team

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AMHERST — Josh Bruns didn’t know he’d be moving to center when Matt Sparks went down. The UMass junior, who started the first six games of the season at right guard, thought he’d move to left guard with Fabian Hoeller, who played some center last year, sliding into the middle. But, after Sparks …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst women’s volleyball sweeps Westfield State

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Amherst College women’s volleyball team swept Westfield State, 3-0, on the road Wednesday. The Lord Jeffs (12-4, 4-1 NESCAC) won 25-9, 25-18, 25-13 as Maggie Danner had 12 kills. Nicole Carter had 20 assists, while Katie Warshaw had 16 digs for Amherst. Coast Guard 3, Mount Holyoke …

UMass safety Trey Dudley-Giles expected to play Saturday vs Kent State

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

AMHERST — For the second straight week, UMass junior safety Trey Dudley-Giles has healed well enough to be back in action. He was expected to practice Wednesday night and play in Saturday’s 2 p.m. game at Kent State …

UMass notebook: Tajae Sharpe added to watch list for Biletnikoff Award

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

AMHERST — UMass junior Tajae Sharpe was named to the official watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, while Logan Laurent was added to the unofficial watch list for the Minutemen’s starting place-kicker job for Saturday’s game against Kent …

After eventful offseason, UMass guard Derrick Gordon is focused on basketball

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

AMHERST — The last whistles of practice had blown more than 30 minutes before and all of his UMass teammates had already headed to the locker room, bound for dinner, night classes and whatever else awaited them Monday …

Vautour: Crazy Saturday leaves 10 unbeaten teams and alters playoff picture

Monday, October 6, 2014

By the time the clock ticked off the final games Saturday night, the contender list for college football’s first ever playoff looked a lot different than it did Saturday morning. Ranked teams were picked off up and down …

After sitting out, Zach Coleman and Jabarie Hinds looking to stand out for UMass men’s basketball

Monday, October 6, 2014

AMHERST — Even if he’d been healthy a year ago, Zach Coleman wouldn’t have gone into the season as a player the UMass basketball team was relying on. Even if transfer Jabarie Hinds had been eligible immediately, the Minutemen had enough backcourt depth that they wouldn’t have needed …

Matt Vautour: Progress hasn’t been good enough for UMass

Monday, October 6, 2014

OXFORD, OHIO It was one thing to blow leads to Vanderbilt (an SEC team), Colorado (a Pac 12 team) and Bowling Green, the preseason pick to win the Mid-American Conference. Those weren’t good losses, but they came in …

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 …