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Sami Roe, center, of Hopkins Academy, drives to the basket against Jalen Sanders, left, of Turners Falls, during the Division 4 semi-finals Monday at Curry Hicks Cage. Liam Ellis looks on.

Matt Vautour: Memories stir as a Roe shines at the Cage

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST When he arrived in Massachusetts, Sam’i Roe knew his father had been a good player in college, but he didn’t quite grasp the magnitude of the love affair western Massachusetts had with his father, Lou Roe, during his days at UMass. But since he moved to Hadley from New Jersey, plenty of people have stopped the Hopkins Academy sophomore to tell him how much they loved watching his father play during the Minutemen’s mid-1990s heyday. “When I was younger I didn’t know my dad was a star like that,” Sam’i said. “Everybody tells me about him.” Some of their earliest memories of Lou Roe …

Cady Lalanne, UMass host Richmond in key Atlantic 10 tilt

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — As Cady Lalanne took his mother Bertha and younger sisters Betty and Ashley for a tour around the UMass campus Tuesday, they noticed the attention he received. “My little sisters were like, ‘Everybody is staring at us.’ I told them, ‘You just gotta get used to it,’” Lalanne said. The 6-foot-10 …

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, …

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

UMass 2015 Football Schedule
Friday, February 27, 2015
Updated Atlantic 10 Picture
Friday, February 27, 2015
Updated look at the A-10 Picture
Sunday, February 22, 2015

Key Atlantic 10 upsets give UMass a share of first place

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

OLEAN, N.Y. — While the UMass men’s basketball team celebrated its 55-53 win over St. Bonaventure Wednesday, VCU and La Salle were locked in a tight game in Richmond, Virginia. And while the Minuteman players were doing postgame …

UMass holds off St. Bonaventure for fifth straight win

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

OLEAN, N.Y. — After watching bounces, calls and results go against them in their last two trips to the Reilly Center, the UMass men’s basketball team finally had a reason to celebrate at St. Bonaventure. The Minutemen made …

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 …