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UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel, center, listens to Head Coach Mark Whipple during a scrimmage Monday at McGuirk Stadium.

Matt Vautour: Can UMass football exceed low expectations?

Friday, August 22, 2014

A week from now, everyone will have a better idea, who was right — the professional prognosticators, who’ve predicted another bad year for the UMass football team, or the Minutemen themselves, who believe they’re on the brink of a break out season. UMass opens against Boston College on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Gillette Stadium. The Minutemen were picked last … 0

Coach Mark Whipple frustrated with final practice, but pleased with camp overall as UMass switches to game-week mode

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — Like most college football teams at this time of year, UMass was glad to see training camp come to a close. But coach Mark Whipple wasn’t happy with how the Minutemen ended it. “We weren’t ready to go. It was probably our worst day. We have a lot of work ahead,” … 0

Matt Vautour: ALS Challenge about more than just ice buckets for former UMass forward Mike Babul

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Earlier this week, Wagner University posted a video of assistant men’s basketball coach Mike Babul, a former UMass forward, doing the Ice Bucket Challenge. Someone involved in sports taking part is hardly noteworthy right now. The internet is overflowing with videos of people, some famous, some anonymous, dumping ice water over their head … 0

Thursday’s colleges: UMass baseball rallies to beat Saint Joseph’s

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The University of Massachusetts baseball team rallied to beat Saint Joseph’s 10-6, Thursday in Philadelphia. The Minutemen trailed 4-1 entering the seventh but a five-run inning gave them a 6-4 lead. The Hawks got one back in the … 0

Matt Vautour: UMass to the Sun Belt? It could happen

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson told CBS Sports that his conference and the University of Massachusetts have had discussions about the Minutemen joining as a football-only member. It’s a pretty good bet that if it’s at the point … 0

Former UMass tight end Rob Blanchflower excited for pro start with Pittsburgh Steelers

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Rob Blanchflower knew that being drafted by one of the NFL’s iconic franchises was special from the moment the phone call came Saturday. But it really sank in on Tuesday as he walked through the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offices … 0

UMass baseball enters final stretch seeking berth to Atlantic 10 tournament

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The University of Massachusetts baseball team has work to do if it’s going to qualify for the Atlantic 10 tournament. The Minutemen (13-30, 10-14 A-10) are tied with George Washington (18-29, 10-14) for eighth place and trail Fordham (21-27, 11-13) by one game. The top seven teams qualify … 0

UMass TE Rob Blanchflower drafted by Pittsburgh in seventh round

Monday, May 12, 2014

Rob Blanchflower arrived at the University of Massachusetts with just a partial scholarship. He’s leaving as an NFL draft pick. The tight end from Leominster was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round (No. 230 overall) … 0

Weekend college recaps: UMass baseball coach Mike Stone gets 700th win

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The University of Massachusetts baseball team rallied in the eighth inning to give head coach Mike Stone his 700th career win with a 5-4 victory over Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday. John Jennings singled with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, driving in Adam Picard (two RBIs) … 0

Friday’s colleges: UMass baseball beats VCU on walk-off wild pitch in 10th

Friday, May 9, 2014

The University of Massachusetts baseball team walked off with a 5-4 victory over Virginia Commonwealth in 10 innings Friday. Nick Stanford (2 for 5) scored the winning run on a wild pitch. Kyle Adie went 3 for 5 with two RBIs, while Mike Geannelis (four strikeouts) earned the … 0

UMass season ends with 10-4 loss to Loyola in NCAA women’s lacrosse tournament

Friday, May 9, 2014

NEWTON — The University of Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team’s red-hot offense went cold at the worst possible time. UMass struggled to generate much of anything on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament, and the Minutewomen … 0

UMass notebook: Dayton eliminates Minutewomen from Atlantic 10 softball tournament

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The University of Massachusetts softball team gave up three runs in the fourth inning and couldn’t recover as Dayton eliminated the Minutewomen, 6-2, from the Atlantic 10 tournament Thursday in Bronx, New York. UMass, which lost 9-1 to top-seeded Fordham earlier Thursday, finished its season at 16-22-1. After … 0

UMass women’s lacrosse opens NCAA tournament with Loyola

Thursday, May 8, 2014

AMHERST — In front of what it expects will be a sizable crowd of the supporters at the Boston College Lacrosse Complex, the University of Massachusetts women’s team is hoping to make history. Since the program was reinstated … 0