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Thursday’s colleges: UMass softball shut out as La Salle wins in walk-off fashion

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The University of Massachusetts softball team was shut out, 3-0, by La Salle in Philadelphia on Thursday. Pitcher Caroline Raymond took her own shutout into the seventh inning, but La Salle’s Alicia Aughton (2 for 4) hit a three-run walk-off homer to center field for the Explores (15-14, 7-2 A-10). Raymond struck out 10 and allowed three earned runs on eight hits and three walks in 61/3 innings for UMass … 0

UMass receivers Jalen Williams, Shakur Nesmith shine in spring game

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — A pair of tall receivers, who’ll try to crack the University of Massachusetts’ starting lineup in the fall, stood out in the annual spring game, Wednesday night at McGuirk Stadium. Anyone watching the team for the first time this spring got their first look at junior college transfer Jalen Williams at … 0

More than 1,000 support gay community at UMass rally, countering five from Westboro Baptist Church

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

AMHERST — The Westboro Baptist Church’s anti-gay protest at the University of Massachusetts came and went quickly and without incident Wednesday, while a rally supporting the campus’ gay community drew over 1,000 people. The two events were sparked by UMass sophomore Derrick Gordon becoming the nation’s first openly gay men’s college basketball player. … 3

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

UMass leaving MAC football after 2015
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wednesday’s colleges: Hartford pitches shutout against UMass

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The University of Massachusetts baseball team was shut out at Hartford, 3-0, on Tuesday. The Minutemen (1-12) outhit the Hawks 6-5, but a three-run fifth inning for Hartford (6-7) was enough for the win. Andrew Grant struck out three, walked three and allowed three runs on four hits … 0

Different choices don’t break lasting bond between UMass basketball star Derrick Gordon and his troubled twin

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

AMHERST — On Friday around 2 p.m., Darryl Gordon will start feeling butterflies. When that nervous excitement comes, he’ll know it’s close to game time for Derrick Gordon. It’s true what they say about twins feeling whatever the … 0

The anatomy of a 16-year drought

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

AMHERST — When the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team walked off the floor at the Georgia Dome, people were disappointed. The coaches, players and fans all thought the Minutemen had a chance to beat Saint Louis that … 0

Chaz Williams not just another UM player

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

AMHERST In Chaz Williams’ mind, the line between success and failure for the University of Massachusetts this season and his entire legacy came down to one accomplishment. “As a player, I’m definitely trying to make it to the … 0

UMass notebook: Minutemen dream of big shots, big NCAA performances

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

AMHERST — NCAA tournament history is loaded with unknowns who became legends because of big shots or big performances in March. Players from the University of Massachusetts, which plays either Iowa or Tennessee at 2:45 p.m. Friday, have thought about being one of those guys. “It could be … 0

Tuesday’s colleges: UMass men’s lacrosse falls to No. 19 Fairfield

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The 11th-ranked University of Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team fell, 11-5, to No. 19 Fairfield, on the road Tuesday. Nick Mariano and Connor Mooney scored two goals apiece and Jeff Goerge added the fifth. Mooney and Joe Calvello led the Minutemen (6-2) with nine ground balls each. Eric Warden … 0

UMass coach Derek Kellogg’s vision comes to fruition

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts coach Derek Kellogg had sat in the window seat at Arigato in downtown Amherst many times before. It was a good spot to watch the foot traffic of North Pleasant Street while having … 0

Minutemen earn at-large bid thanks to resume

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A year ago, when the NCAA announced the field for its 2013 tournament without the University of Massachusetts, it appeared that the Minutemen’s lack of signature wins was a big factor in their exclusion. A year later, UMass … 0

UMass seed shock turns into familiar feeling

Monday, March 17, 2014

AMHERST — Chaz Williams seemed like he didn’t know what to do with himself. The University of Massachusetts had been given a No. 6 seed in the NCAA tournament. It was higher than what the players or coaches … 0

Matt Vautour: UMass returns to college basketball’s forefront — the NCAA tournament

Sunday, March 16, 2014

At some point Monday or maybe Tuesday, President Barack Obama will take a break from thinking about Crimea or the economy and make a really important decision: UMass or the play-in game winner? As part of his annual … 0