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Wednesday’s colleges: Mark Morris strikes for UMass in win over URI

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Senior forward Mark Morris scored three goals as the UMass men’s soccer team beat Rhode Island, 3-2, in Amherst Wednesday. It was the first three-goal performance for the Minutemen since the 2002 season. The last player to notch a hat trick for UMass was Jeff Deren, who did so twice in 2002. Morris’ three-goal match was just the 31st in program history since 1930. The Minutemen (2-10-0, 1-1-0 Atlantic 10) …

New UMass big men eager to contribute

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

AMHERST — After getting their feet wet during August’s trip to Paris and London, UMass freshman big men Rashaan Holloway and Malik Hines were excited to get practice started. Of the two, Hines will get the most responsibility early. He’ll compete to start at either center or power forward right away and even …

Red-zone production key for UMass vs Bowling Green

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

AMHERST — In Saturday’s win over Florida International, the UMass football team came up empty on one of three trips to the red zone and didn’t score on two other trips close to it, sputtering at the 22- and 33-yard lines. If the Minutemen don’t convert similar chances at Bowling Green, Saturday at …

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

MAC Survivor/Zombie Pool
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Frustrated UMass defense eager for a chance at redemption

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

AMHERST — When he watched last year’s game against Colorado to prepare for UMass’ season opener, senior linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox said he was banging his head against the wall in frustration watching his team’s mistakes. It only got …

Wednesday’s colleges: UMass men’s soccer downs Hartford to snap 6-game losing streak

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The UMass men’s soccer team snapped a six-game season-opening losing streak with a 2-1 victory over Hartford at Rudd Field in Amherst Wednesday. Kevin Boino and Samuel Asamoah each scored, while Alex DeSantis (Belchertown) picked up an assist in 68 minutes off the bench. Ty Goncalves also had …

Tuesday’s colleges: Quianna Diaz-Patterson returns to UMass softball program as volunteer assistant coach

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Former UMass and Amherst Regional standout Quianna Diaz-Patterson has joined the UMass softball staff as a volunteer assistant coach. Diaz-Patterson played for the Puerto Rico national team this summer. “I am very excited and proud to announce Quianna will be joining our coaching staff this season,” Minutewoman coach …

UMass notebook: Offensive line preparing for Temple pass rush

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

AMHERST — The number jumps off the stat sheet — 10 sacks. In its season-opening upset of Penn State, Temple took down Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg 10 times. A week later, the Owls only sacked Cincinnati quarterback …

Matt Vautour: Schedule looms for UMass football team

Monday, September 14, 2015

Football season is only two weeks old, and UMass’ schedule is already looking a little tougher than originally expected. Forget for a moment the Colorado game. It was bad and if the Minutemen play like they did against …

Weekend colleges: UMass field hockey races past Dartmouth

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Junior Nicole Miller scored three goals as the UMass field hockey team cruised by Dartmouth, 6-1, at the Gladchuck Sports Complex Sunday afternoon. Kim Sistermans, Hannah Farrell and Sarah Hawkshaw each had one tally as the Minutewomen improved to 4-2. Farrell and Izzie Delario chipped in two assists …

Matt Vautour: Colorado douses UMass’ preseason optimism

Sunday, September 13, 2015

BOULDER, Colo. If that’s as good as UMass can play, the preseason bowl chatter is going to seem silly as Colorado threw a wet blanket on the Minutemen’s optimism with a 48-14 win Saturday. There’s reason for UMass …

Notebook: UMass QB legend Todd Bankhead is a Blake Frohnapfel fan

Saturday, September 12, 2015

BOULDER, Colo. — Todd Bankhead is rooting for his records to be broken. The quarterback who led UMass to the 1998 Division I-AA Championship knows that if current Minutemen quarterback Blake Frohnapfel hadn’t missed the final two games …

Rocky Mountain low: UMass overmatched by Colorado in opener

Saturday, September 12, 2015

BOULDER, Colo. — Much of the preseason talk from both teams heading into the UMass season-opener at Colorado Saturday was about the challenges of stopping each others’ quarterbacks. But the Buffaloes kept the ball on the ground and …

UMass field hockey opens new facility with win over Lowell

Friday, September 11, 2015

The UMass field hockey program debuted its new home facility and retained ownership of the Kennedy Cup with a 4-3 victory over UMass Lowell at the Gladchuck Sports Complex Friday night. Izzie Delario recorded a goal and two assists, while Sarah Hawkshaw, Melanie Kreusch and Shauna Rankin-Byrne scored …