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Bigger, deeper UMass set for depleted, yet thriving Dayton

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

AMHERST — It’s almost hard to fathom. Dayton has no size, no depth and almost no losses. Despite injuries and dismissals, few opponents have been able to derail the 16-3 Flyers (6-1 Atlantic 10), who play UMass at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mullins Center. Coming off last year’s surprise run to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament, expectations were high for Dayton, but those expectations were increasingly tempered …

UMass football notebook: Assistant Marcel Shipp named New York Jets running backs coach

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tight end Jean Sifrin isn’t the only Minuteman headed to the NFL. The New York Jets announced Tuesday that they had hired UMass all-time leading rusher Marcel Shipp to be their new running backs coach. Shipp held the same role for UMass in 2014. It will be a return home for Shipp, who is from Paterson, New Jersey. He was an intern with …

Brandon Montour, youth key UMass hockey team’s second-half turnaround

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

AMHERST — It would be a mistake to credit all of the UMass hockey team’s recent improvement to the midseason arrival of freshman defenseman Brandon Montour. No one player, other than maybe a goalie, could turn a whole team around. But it’s not a coincidence either that the Minutemen are a better hockey …

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

Lackluster loss drains momentum from Minutemen

Sunday, January 4, 2015

AMHERST Thud. After a good effort in a loss at BYU and win over Iona last earlier in the week, the UMass basketball team appeared to be gathering momentum to start conference play. While UMass was beating a …

Foul trouble, poor shooting doom UMass men’s hoop in A-10 opener

Saturday, January 3, 2015

AMHERST — When the UMass men’s basketball players talked about starting fresh in Atlantic 10 play, Saturday’s performance likely was not what they had in mind. Foul trouble on top of the Minutemen’s overall poor performance left them …

UMass falls behind, drops inaugural Hockey East clash with UConn, 4-3

Friday, January 2, 2015

AMHERST —After climbing out of an early hole and then shaking off some disappointing moments in the middle of the game, the UMass hockey team was in position to earn some much-needed points and get 2015 started in much better fashion than 2014. But with just over 6 …

UMass opens Atlantic 10 slate with physical St. Bonaventure squad

Friday, January 2, 2015

AMHERST — Cady Lalanne likes it when the guy he’s matched up against is a legitimate center. The 6-foot-10, 250-pound UMass senior would much rather square off against someone his size or taller than having to chase around …

For UMass’ four-guard lineup to work, guards have to rebound

Thursday, January 1, 2015

AMHERST — After having some success using a four-guard lineup in last week’s overtime loss to BYU, the UMass basketball team went back to it on a couple of occasions in Tuesday’s win over Iona. Minuteman coach Derek …

UMass expects tight end Jean Sifrin to leave for NFL

Thursday, January 1, 2015

It appears that Jean Sifrin’s brief but productive career at UMass is over According to sources close to the program, coaches are expecting junior tight end Jean Sifrin to forgo his final year of eligibility to enter the …

Matt Vautour: Predicting what’s ahead in 2015

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Crystal ball time. The 2015 sports year is still a clean slate that has that new year smell to it. In the next 365 days, someone we’ve never heard of will become a household name, while some established stars fade. There will be champions and chumps, memorable moments …

2014 — Teams To Recognize

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

HIGH SCHOOLS Amherst Regional Boys indoor track & field — Won PVIAC and State Division 3 titles. Boys outdoor track & field — Won WMass/CMass Division 1 title. Boys 4x100 track relay — Xavia Perkins, Joseph Tavares, JJ …

2014 — Names To Recognize

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

HIGH SCHOOLS Amherst Regional Juliana Brissette — Won 800 at outdoor F&G Division 1 track championship. Kanya Brown ­— Won PVIAC indoor track 55-meter dash. Ciaran Dillion-Davidson — Won WMass swimming 200 and 500 freestyles. C.J. Holt — …

Matt Vautour 2014 in review: Derrick Gordon makes history without making waves

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

I was wrong. At least I hope so. When Derrick Gordon announced he was gay on April 9, I thought at some point during the season there would be backlash. In the hours and days that followed Gordon’s …