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Friday’s colleges: UMass hockey shut out by UConn in regular-season finale

Friday, February 27, 2015

The UMass hockey team will be the No. 12 seed in next week’s Hockey East playoffs. Friday’s 4-0 loss to Connecticut prevented any chance of moving up in the standings so they’ll play a best-of-three series at the No. 5 seed likely beginning Friday. The Minutemen are idle Saturday, but results from other games will determine which of five teams they end up playing. UMass fell behind 2-0 after the …

Slumping UMass looks to get back on track vs. Fordham

Friday, February 27, 2015

AMHERST — The last time UMass played Fordham the Rams were reeling. They’d lost eight straight and were winless in Atlantic 10 play. But on Feb. 4 in the Bronx, New York, the Minutemen saw why Fordham freshmen Eric Paschall and Christian Sengfelder are competing with each other for Atlantic 10 rookie of the year honors and why Ram fans are hopeful that …

UMass releases 2014 football schedule

Friday, February 27, 2015

AMHERST — After a 2014 season that featured games on almost every day of the week, UMass’ final football season in the Mid-American Conference will feature a slate of games almost exclusively on Saturday. On the schedule that was released Friday afternoon, the Minutemen have just one weekday game, their regular season finale at Buffalo on Friday, Nov. 27. None of the kickoff …

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

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 …

UMass men’s lacrosse opens 2015 with No. 20 Army at McGuirk Stadium

Friday, February 6, 2015

AMHERST — There will be no easing into the season for the UMass men’s lacrosse team. Weatherwise spring couldn’t seem further away, but the Minutemen will open their season Saturday at 1 p.m. when they host No. 20 Army. The game will begin a stretch where UMass plays …

Vice Chancellor John Kennedy: Next AD must be ‘face of UMass athletics’

Friday, February 6, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Vice Chancellor John Kennedy, who is the chairman of the search committee to hire the school’s next athletic director, didn’t rule out finding a replacement for John McCutcheon in the four to six week time frame that Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy cited last week, …

UMass opens second half of Atlantic 10 slate with La Salle

Friday, February 6, 2015

AMHERST — The trick, according to UMass coach Derek Kellogg, is not to outthink yourself. UMass beat La Salle, 71-65, on Jan. 7. in Philadelphia. Kellogg knows what was effective for the Minutemen in that game and what wasn’t. He also knows that La Salle knows it too. …

UMass Amherst names Robert Goodhue interim athletic director, appoints search committee for permanent post

Thursday, February 5, 2015

AMHERST — UMass announced Thursday an interim athletic director and the appointment of a search committee to find a permanent replacement for John McCutcheon, who will leave in two weeks for the same job at the University of California-Santa Barbara. Robert M. Goodhue, the chief operating officer and …

Notebook: Football recruits might double up with UMass basketball team

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

NEW YORK — Wednesday was football signing day, but the UMass men’s basketball team may have picked up a piece or pieces of its future as well. Among the football team’s signees were James Sosinski, a 6-foot-7 quarterback from Arizona, and Artayvious Lynn, a 6-foot-6 tight end from …