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Friday’s colleges: UMass men’s soccer returns home, beats Fairfield 2-1

Friday, September 19, 2014

Josh Schwartz scored in overtime as the UMass men’s soccer team earned its first victory of the season, beating Fairfield 2-1 in the home opener. Matt Keys had the other tally and Luke Pavone assisted on both goals for the Minutemen (1-5), playing their first home game since the passing of former coach Sam Koch. Ryan Buckingham made five saves in the win. Field hockey UConn 2, UMass 0 — …

UMass’ margin for error is likely much smaller at Penn State

Friday, September 19, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The UMass football team made several mistakes during its first two games. While it was in position to win each time, it couldn’t finish the job. If the Minutemen (0-3) are going to break through this week, their ability to get away with mistake will likely be much smaller. …

Thursday’s colleges: Brown blanks UMass, 2-0, in women’s soccer

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The UMass women’s soccer team had no answer for Brown’s defense as the Minutewomen were shut out 2-0, in Providence, Rhode Island, Thursday. The Bears (3-2-0) scored a goal in each half. Danielle Kriscenski made eight saves, while Cassidy Babin stopped in shared duty for UMass. Men’s golf Gettysburg College Invitational — Zak Kennedy (Florence) tied for sixth with a 78 as Gettysburg …

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

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
UMass to play Old Dominion in football
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Matt Vautour: Impressions on UMass’ season opening loss to Boston College

Saturday, August 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH Fans dreaming of an instantaneous turnaround for the UMass football team under Mark Whipple left Gillette Stadium disappointed following a 30-7 season opening loss to Boston College. The Minutemen were too often overmatched by their in-state would-be …

UMass notebook: Record number of fans give Minutemen a boost

Saturday, August 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — As they approached Gillette Stadium from all directions, UMass fans encountered something they’d never seen at a UMass home game at before — traffic. Good weather and a local opponent produced the draw UMass had hoped … 1

UMass falls apart in second half, drops season opener to Boston College, 30-7

Saturday, August 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — After a lot of first-half bending, the UMass football team finally broke in the second half. Boston College owned the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and systematically ground down the Minutemen, who …

Friday’s colleges: UMass field hockey can’t pull off upset of No. 1 Maryland

Friday, August 29, 2014

The 10th-ranked UMass field hockey team fell short of an upset of No. 1 Maryland, falling 3-2 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania Friday. Maryland led 2-0 and 3-1. Nicole Miller scored with 10 minutes left to pull the Minutewomen (0-1) within one, but they couldn’t get the equalizer. Miller scored …

Unknowns UMass, Boston College set to open 2014 college football season

Friday, August 29, 2014

AMHERST — On Wednesday’s Atlantic Coast Conference coach’s teleconference, Boston College coach Steve Addazio admitted that breaking down video would have a little role in his team’s preparation for Saturday’s season opener against UMass. UMass coach Mark Whipple …

Thursday’s colleges: UMass women’s soccer beats Bryant for season’s first win

Friday, August 29, 2014

Sophomore Megan Burke scored in the 111th minute as the UMass women’s soccer team beat Bryant 1-0 in double overtime Thursday for its first win of the season. Laura Johns had one assist and Danielle Kriscenski made one save for the Minutewomen (1-1-1). …

UMass needs a strong performance from a young line to pace its defense

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — At the end of Tuesday’s practice, UMass defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo held a long impromptu meeting with his unit on the McGuirk Stadium turf. “We have a lot of work to do,” he said as …

Mark Whipple’s new start at UMass comes against old friend Don Brown

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — If it were up to him, UMass coach Mark Whipple would rather not play against his friends. While he’s gotten used to it over the years, he’d certainly prefer to play someone he doesn’t know or …

UMass men’s basketball team opens season with three games in five days

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

After dropping its four required games against the MAC, UMass released a men’s basketball schedule with four games against the MAAC instead. The Atlantic 10 released its conference schedule Wednesday, allowing its members to release their individual schedules for the 2014-15 season. UMass leaves New England twice before …

UMass offense ready to take shape under Mark Whipple

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — After being a seldom-used wide receiver as a freshman and a lightly used tight end as a sophomore, junior Rodney Mills appears to have found a niche and an opportunity for playing time with the UMass …