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UMass’ Downey eligible to play as court case progresses

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — UMass sophomore linebacker Da’Sean Downey will be allowed to participate in Minuteman team activities as the court case against him progresses. Downey, who will be arraigned Oct. 21 on assault charges stemming from an altercation earlier this year, is limited by a ankle injury suffered earlier in camp. But according to UMass coach Mark Whipple, Downey, who was suspended for spring practice by the Dean of Students office, …

Friday’s colleges: Golden goal sinks Minutemen in opener

Friday, August 28, 2015

Austin Buxton scored on a rebound with 46 seconds left in the first overtime as Utah Valley defeated UMass 1-0 Friday afternoon at Rudd Field in the Minutemen’s season opener. UMass keeper Bardia Asefnia made four saves, including a point-blank attempt that caromed out to Buxton on the right side for the winning tally. The Minutemen’s defense blocked a number of shots throughout …

Notebook: QB guru Mark Whipple says Blake Frohnapfel is ‘best guy I’ve coach at UMass’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST — Is senior quarterback Blake Frohnapfel UMass’ best quarterback in Mark Whipple’s two stints as head coach? Whipple said yes at Wednesday’s media day, but hedged a bit as the discussion progressed, keeping Todd Bankhead, who led UMass’ 1998 Division I-AA championship team, in consideration. “Fro is the best guy I’ve coached …

Former UMass big man Cady Lalanne eager for NBA draft to arrive

Monday, June 22, 2015

It’s been a fun experience. It’s been a learning experience. It’s been an anxious experience. Cady Lalanne is glad he went through it, but he’s eager for it to be done. On Wednesday, the former UMass big man …

Former UMass pitcher Dennis Torres continues to write improbable success story in Double-A

Thursday, June 18, 2015

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — If Dennis Torres was excited, nervous, eager or anxious when he emerged from a short meeting with pitching coach Alan Mills, nothing about his demeanor revealed it as he resumed a conversation in the …

UMass to cover cost of attendance for basketball teams

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Like the rest of the Atlantic 10, UMass will cover the increased cost of attendance of its basketball teams for the 2015-16 seasons. Which other UMass athletes will immediately benefit financially from the NCAA rule change that allows …

Former Amherst Regional, UMass softball standout Quianna Diaz-Patterson to play for Puerto Rico national team

Monday, June 15, 2015

Quianna Diaz-Patterson didn’t know what to expect when she clicked “answer” to an unknown phone number with a Florida area code last year. She’s glad she picked up. The caller’s name was Ivan Rivera. He was calling on …

UMass’ Quianna Diaz-Patterson named ECAC Division I Softball Player of the Year; Orioles draft Amherst College OF Mike Odenwaelder

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Former UMass shortstop Quianna Diaz-Patterson was named the ECAC Division I Softball Player of the Year on Wednesday. The Amherst native bookended her career after being named the ECAC Rookie of the Year in 2012. Diaz-Patterson is the fourth Minutewomen to earn the award, joining legends Danielle Henderson …

Derek Kellogg thinks NCAA rules changes should help UMass

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

UMass men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg thinks his team will be well-prepared for the NCAA’s rule changes that will debut in 2015-16. They’re designed to promote faster play, something the Minutemen have already been doing. The rules are: …

UMass lands verbal commitment from Unique McLean

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Get ready for a lot of name puns. The UMass men’s basketball team’s first commitment from the class of 2016 has a distinctive moniker. Unique McLean, a 6-foot-1 combo guard from Brooklyn, New York, who plays at the MacDuffie School in Granby, made his decision Tuesday to become …

UMass-Mississippi State series is official

Monday, June 8, 2015

UMass made its football series with Mississippi State official Monday, as the school announced the three-game series that will begin at Gillette Stadium, Sept. 25, 2016. In statements from their respective athletic departments, all involved expressed excitement for the game. “I could not be more excited to announce …

UMass to host Mississippi State in football in 2016

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Last season, the Mississippi State football team was ranked No. 1 in the country. Next season, the Bulldogs will visiting Foxborough. According to multiple athletic department sources, UMass is expected to announce Monday afternoon a series between the …

UMass schedules home-and-home football series with Tulane

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The UMass football team passed the halfway point for reaching the minimum number of available home games for the 2016 season as the school announced a home-and-home series with Tulane on Thursday. The Minutemen will face the Green Wave on Oct. 1 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. UMass …