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Friday’s colleges: Third period surge nets UMass hockey a tie at No. 14 Merrimack

Friday, January 23, 2015

Down two goals heading into the third period, the UMass hockey team got the better of a wild final frame to earn a 4-4 tie with 14th-ranked Merrimack in North Andover Friday. Frank Vatrano’s goal just under 3 minutes into the third started the comeback as his power-play strike cut the Minutemen’s deficit to 3-2. Brandon Montour, who had an assist on Vatrano’s goal, tied the game 3-3 on a …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst shuts down Williams in overtime victory

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Amherst College men’s basketball team shut down rival Williams in overtime en route to an 86-76 win at LeFrak Gymnasium, Wednesday. Connor Green scored 10 of the Lord Jeffs’ 12 overtime points, while the defense held the Ephs to two points. Green finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds for Amherst (12-4). David George added 16 points, while Jacob Nabatoff and Michael …

UMass notebook: Minutemen lacking in the chemistry department

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Following UMass’ 62-56 loss to Saint Joseph’s Wednesday, Derrick Gordon admitted that the team’s chemistry is contributing to its struggles. “We have to come together. There’s a little bit of separation right now to be honest. We have to come together and finish the year off strong,” he said. “Different people …

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

Trying to get back on track, UMass hockey heads north, women’s basketball travels east

Friday, December 26, 2014

Having lost four straight games and seven of its last eight, any good news is welcomed for the UMass hockey team. So getting Ray Pigozzi, who missed the last three games with an undisclosed injury, back in the …

UMass misses opportunity for road win, falls in overtime to BYU

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Provo, Utah — One moment replayed itself in Maxie Esho’s mind as he sat on the UMass bench watching his team battle BYU in the waning moments of overtime. Esho kept thinking back to the free throws he …

Matt Vautour: Improvement for UMass must come from within

Monday, December 22, 2014

College coaches are fond of the “there’s no trades in college” cliche. UMass coach Derek Kellogg didn’t say it about his team’s struggles, but that’s what he’s facing. If the Minutemen are going to shake off this stretch …

Derek Kellogg keeps status quo as UMass looks to bounce back at BYU

Monday, December 22, 2014

Despite being frustrated at his team’s recent play, UMass coach Derek Kellogg isn’t changing his starting lineup when the Minutemen face BYU in Utah. “I’m going to keep it as it is,” said Kellogg, whose team has had …

Weekend colleges: UMass women drop second straight in Georgia State Basketball Tournament

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The UMass women’s basketball team dropped it second straight game in the Georgia State Tournament Saturday. Rashida Timbilla had 10 points and 12 rebounds but the Minutewomen fell 59-52 to Ohio. Kim Pierre-Louis added 12 points, four rebounds and two assists, while Cierra Dillard had nine points, four …

Matt Vautour: UMass still searching for alpha dog

Saturday, December 20, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. Before the season, UMass coach Derek Kellogg was asked casually who he thought would lead the Minutemen in scoring this season. He honestly wasn’t sure. At the time it seemed like a good thing. The Minutemen …

UMass stumbles in 85-65 loss to Providence

Saturday, December 20, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Providence assured itself that UMass wouldn’t win at the buzzer again. By the time the buzzer sounded, the game had been well out of hand for quite a while. The Friars dominated just about every …

Last shot could make the difference again when UMass visits Providence Saturday

Friday, December 19, 2014

AMHERST — In the back of UMass senior Cady Lalanne’s head, he’s expecting Saturday’s 1 p.m. game against Providence at the Dunkin Donuts Center to still be in doubt as the clock winds down. And why not? The Minutemen and Friars have played twice in the past two …

UMass notebook: AD John McCutcheon says change in president’s office unlikely to affect department

Friday, December 19, 2014

UMass athletic director John McCutcheon didn’t expect the change in the president’s office to alter the course of the athletic department. McCutcheon said during his tenure, UMass President Robert Caret, who is leaving to head the University System of Maryland, and before him Jack Wilson, have left athletic …

UMass women’s basketball team tasting success early

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMHERST — The UMass women’s basketball team trailed Central Michigan by 13 points with 42 seconds left in its second game of the season. The Minutewomen had been there before. More times than they’d care to remember in …