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Team UMass running back Shadrach Abrokwah (22) looks for an open lane past Team Minutemen linebacker Adam Richard (90) during the Massachusetts spring game on Friday at McGuirk Alumni Stadium in Amherst.

Logan Laurent kicks winning field goal as Team UMass beats Team Minutemen in annual spring game

Friday, April 17, 2015

AMHERST — Before switching to punter full time in the fall, Logan Laurent had one last hurrah as the UMass football team’s placekicker. The redshirt freshman’s 31-yard field goal as time expired gave Team UMass a 13-10 win over Team Minutemen in the annual spring game Friday night at McGuirk Stadium. Laurent was recruited as a punter and he’ll likely …

Matt Vautour: A.J. Doyle willing to switch positions to be a part of something special for UMass football

Friday, April 17, 2015

AMHERST A.J. Doyle is still a quarterback. Despite not playing the position in Friday’s UMass spring game and being listed as a tight end on the final spring roster, Doyle is still playing the position that he was recruited to play in Amherst. But there’s only going to be one quarterback on the …

Friday’s colleges: UMass aces Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinal win over Duquesne

Friday, April 17, 2015

The UMass women’s tennis team advanced to the Atlantic 10 Tournament semifinal round with a 4-1 win over Duquesne, Friday in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Minutewomen (16-4) will face No. 2 Richmond at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. No. 1 VCU and No. 5 Fordham meet in the other semifinal. The championship is Sunday. Ana Yrazusta clinched the match with her win at No. 2 …

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

TD Garden college basketball tripleheader off in 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The annual Bay State basketball tripleheader and subsequent UMass-Boston College game are off for 2015. Jason Beckett, vice president of operations for Boston’s TD Garden, which hosted the Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Classic the past two seasons, confirmed the event will not be held in 2015. “It’s off …

Tuesday’s colleges: Amherst baseball sweeps Framingham State in doubleheader

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Amherst College baseball team swept Framingham State in a doubleheader, 6-4 and 5-4 (7 innings), in Lakeland, Florida, on Tuesday. Harry Roberson went 5 for 6, while Andrew Vandini finished 3 for 7 with a double and solo home run for the Lord Jeffs (3-3). John Cook …

Sources: UMass athletic director candidates include Jim Fiore, controversial ex-Stony Brook AD

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

UMass is expected to bring four athletic director candidates to campus beginning Friday, including one who figures to be controversial. Multiple sources familiar with the search confirmed that former Stony Brook athletic director Jim Fiore, who was fired …

Matt Vautour: If Cal succeeds, will he stay at Kentucky?

Monday, March 16, 2015

The main story dominating this NCAA Tournament is whether Kentucky can complete its undefeated season with a national championship. It figures to be captivating theater. But almost more interesting would be what would happen after that. Would John …

UMass freshman Brandon Montour signs with NHL Anaheim Ducks

Monday, March 16, 2015

Another player the UMass hockey program had hoped would be a key piece of its future left to sign a professional contract. Four days after sophomore forward Frank Vatrano signed with the Boston Bruins, freshman defenseman Brandon Montour …

Weekend colleges: UMass men’s lacrosse rallies to beat Penn State

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Nick Mariano scored three goals, while Peter Lindley and Andrew Sokol each had two as the UMass men’s lacrosse team overcame an early deficit to beat Penn State, 12-8, at home on Saturday. Sokol, Buddy Carr, Mariano and Grant Whiteway tied the game at 4 for the UMass, …

Friday’s college recaps: Amherst College women’s hoop season ends in Division III Sweet Sixteen

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Amherst College women’s basketball season came to an end at the hands of Salisbury, 63-58, in the NCAA Division III Sweet Sixteen in Montclair, New Jersey, on Friday. The Lord Jeffs led 33-25 at the half, but the Seagulls completed the comeback. Ali Doswell led Amherst (28-2) …

UMass’ Frank Vatrano signs free agent contract with Boston Bruins

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The optimism created by a strong finish to the 2014-15 season for the UMass hockey team suffered a bit of a blow on Thursday. Sophomore Frank Vatrano, the Minutemen’s top goal scorer, signed a free agent contract with …

Matt Vautour: Looming questions as UMass prepares for next season

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NEW YORK When the UMass basketball team’s bus pulled out of the Barclays Center after Thursday’s season-ending 76-69 loss to La Salle, the Minutemen left an era behind them. With Maxie Esho and Cady Lalanne graduating the Minutemen …

UMass season comes to crashing end with 76-69 loss to La Salle in A-10 tournament

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NEW YORK — On Feb. 14, UMass was tied for first place and looked to be in position to make some noise in the Atlantic 10. Less than a month later, the Minutemen exited the conference tournament quietly. …