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UMass coach Whipple expresses confidence at MAC Football media day

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dismissing the value of preseason polls is a football tradition as old as the forward pass. So UMass coach Mark Whipple saying the 2014 Mid-American Conference preseason football poll that picked his Minutemen last doesn’t mean anything was simply the latest rite of passage in his return to being a head coach. But this poll has added insignificance. The Minutemen … 0

Sam Koch, UMass men's soccer coach, dies at 59; led Minutemen to success over 23 seasons

Monday, July 21, 2014

University of Massachusetts men’s soccer coach Sam Koch died Sunday at his home in Hadley after a two-year battle with sinus cancer. UMass announced Koch’s death on Twitter at 9:52 a.m. Monday with this post: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sam Koch. An all-time great person who … 0

Matt Vautour: Coach Sam Koch dedicated life to UMass men’s soccer program

Monday, July 21, 2014

From my view at Elaine Sortino’s funeral last August, I had a pretty clear view of Sam Koch. I couldn’t help but wondering what was going through the University of Massachusetts soccer coach’s mind. A few weeks earlier, I’d sat in Koch’s office for an article about his battle with sinus cancer. Koch … 1

UMass gets commitment from 2015 PG prospect Luwane Pipkins (with video)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

After reaching new heights with one undersized point guard, the University of Massachusetts got a commitment from another. Luwane Pipkins, a 5-foot-10 point guard from Chicago who is completing his junior year, gave the Minutemen a verbal commitment Tuesday. Pipkins said he watched most of UMass’ televised games … 0

UMass softball sets sights on Atlantic 10 tournament championship

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Lindsey Webster said the University of Massachusetts was glad to be back in the Atlantic 10 tournament, but the senior outfielder said the Minutewomen won’t be happy unless they’re holding up the championship trophy Saturday. “We’re not going to just settle for making it,” said Webster, who earned … 0

Chronic Lyme disease battle doesn’t derail UMass women’s lacrosse star Katie Ferris

Friday, May 2, 2014

AMHERST — When she was on the field at the 2013 Atlantic 10 lacrosse championship at McGuirk Stadium, Katie Ferris was going through the motions. Then a junior and arguably the best offensive player to ever play at … 2

Friday’s college recaps: UMass women’s lacrosse advances to Atlantic 10 championship

Saturday, May 3, 2014

The University of Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team advanced to the Atlantic 10 tournament championship game with a 16-3 win over Duquesne in Richmond, Virginia, on Friday. The Minutewomen will play Richmond for the title on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Richmond. UMass (17-1) is seeking a sixth consecutive … 0

UMass Polo Club: young, but motivated

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

AMHERST - The University of Massachusetts Polo Club aims to convert regular horseback riders into polo-playing athletes. Along the way, it may also convert a few regular athletes into horseback-riding polo-players. “We typically take students who know how … 1

Tuesday’s college recaps: UMass baseball slips past UConn

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The University of Massachusetts baseball team beat Connecticut 5-4 at home on Tuesday. Dylan Morris went 2 for 2 with a run scored and an RBI for the Minutemen (10-26). Mike Geannelis finished 2 for 3 with an RBI in the victory. Evan Mackintosh earned the win on … 0

UMass softball qualifies for Atlantic 10 tournament

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts softball team couldn’t complete the second game of its doubleheader with Rhode Island because of darkness Tuesday, but by winning the first game, the Minutewomen were able to complete one of their goals for the season. The 7-0 victory clinched UMass a … 0

Later NFL draft may have improved UMass’ Rob Blanchflower’s chances to get picked

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Not many players can say the Rockettes improved their chances of making it to the NFL, but for Rob Blanchflower, that might just be the case. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the reason the 2014 draft was pushed … 0

Notebook: UMass men’s lacrosse misses CAA tournament

Friday, April 25, 2014

For the first time since joining the Colonial Athletic Association’s men’s lacrosse league, the University of Massachusetts won’t be participating in the league’s conference tournament. Delaware dominated the second half to pull away for a 15-7 win Friday in Newark, Del, eliminating the Minutemen from contention and ending … 0

Former UMass basketball center Luke Bonner plays major role in effort by Northwestern football players to join union

Thursday, April 24, 2014

It would have been easy for Luke Bonner to say no. He has a full-time job at the GYK Antler marketing firm in New Hampshire, runs a nonprofit foundation and is getting married this summer. He’s not lacking … 0