September 3, 2014

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Racism after dark: Violence in the ‘sundown town’ of Ferguson -

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Devin O’Neill looks to start new chapter in UMass men’s soccer

(Thom Kendall/UMass Athletics)

Following the death of longtime head coach Sam Koch, interim coach Devin O’Neill looks to bring experience and familiarity to the position.

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J.T. Blyden is earning the respect and trust of his teammates

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

UMass freshman running back J.T. Blyden is quickly rising up the depth chart and gaining admiration from teammates in the process

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No. 10 Minutewomen swept in the “Conference Cup” to open the season

(Cade Balisle/Daily Collegian)

Despite playing tough games against No. 1 Maryland and Temple, the UMass field hockey team lost both matchups to open the season.

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UMass falls to Utah Valley season opener

(Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian)

The Minutemen allowed four first half goals to lose 5-1 to a Utah Valley team playing its first game in school history.

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Pair of UMass seniors set to increase leadership after Koch’s passing

UMass seniors Matt Keys right) and Josh Schwartz left) will step up their leadership roles this year following the passing of coach Sam Koch (Nicole Evangelista/Daily Collegian)

Senior captain Matt Keys and senior forward Josh Schwartz plan to take active leadership rolse on a Minutemen team which is moving forward after former coach Sam Koch passed away in July.

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UMass looks to repeat success despite daunting schedule

Junior Brooke Sabia runs with the ball against Richmond during last year's A-10 championship (Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

The Minutewomen face a bevy of nationally acclaimed opponents as they look to return to the NCAA tournament.

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UMass field hockey must fill void left by seven graduating seniors

Recent graduates like Hannah Price (above) have left gaps in the UMass field hockey team, which are left for senior players to fill for the 2014 season (Cade Belisle, Daily Collegian)

Despite returning leading scorer Brooke Sabia, UMass will need added production from a variety of faces to replace a senior cast instrumental in guiding the Minutewomen to the NCAA tournament in 2013.

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UMass women’s soccer drops home opener

UMass junior co-captain Jackie Bruno gets her head in the game during the Minutewomen's 2-1 loss to Providence on Aug. 31 (Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian).

The Minutewomen scored in final second of regulation, but fell in overtime as Providence spoiled their home opener Sunday.

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BC’s methodical rushing attack wears UMass down

Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

The Minutemen lacked both depth and answers as the Eagles grinded to a victory with a potent rushing attack.

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UMass football dominated as Boston College rolls to a 30-7 victory

Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian

The Minutemen drop their season-opener 30-7 in Mark Whipple’s return to the UMass sideline.

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Minutewomen kick off 2014 with modest start

Collegian file photo by Zoe Mervine

UMass women’s soccer walked away from the James Madison Invitational earning one point through two games.

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UMass women’s soccer hopes added depth brings more consistency in 2014

Collegian file photo

The Minutewomen enter 2014 picked to finish fifth in Atlantic 10, but believe their ability to use depth gives them an advantage over most teams

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Kassan Messiah, Trey Seals to shoulder pass rushing responsibility for UMass football

Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

UMass will look for Kassan Messiah and Trey Seals to provide a consistent pass rush at outside linebacker this season in hopes of bettering last year’s meager production.

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UMass names Blake Frohnapfel as the starting quarterback

Courtesy of Daniel Malone/MassLive

After a two-week competition with incumbent starter A.J. Doyle, Blake Frohnapfel has been named UMass’ starting quarterback by coach Mark Whipple.

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Decision looms for Mark Whipple as UMass football looks to name starting quarterback

Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

The UMass football team expects to have a decision at quarterback ‘by the weekend,’ according to coach Mark Whipple.

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Former UMass star Marcel Shipp overseeing a strong running back competition

Photo by Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

Former UMass star Marcel Shipp has returned to Amherst as the running backs coach and will oversee a deep competition for the starting running back position as the Minutemen switch to a pro-style offense.

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Former UMass basketball star Chaz Williams signs professional contract in Turkey, still eyeing NBA career

Taylor C. Snow/Daily Collegian

Former UMass point guard Chaz Williams signed a professional contract with a team in Turkey Thursday, but is still hopeful an NBA career is in sight.

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Minutemen anxious to display aggressive defense

Photo by Maria Uminski/Daily Collegian

UMass hopes a new defensive scheme coupled with an explosive and aggressive style of play will energize its defensive unit.

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UMass football turns the page, excited for 2014 season

Cade Belise/Collegian Staff

Despite the heat and competition battles, the UMass football team was thrilled to be back on the field.

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UMass football summer coverage 2014

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Follow the Daily Collegian Sports team’s coverage of the UMass Minutemen in preparation for the 2014 football season.

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Chiarelli: Sam Koch’s impact evident in those who knew him best

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sam Koch. An all-time great person who will be sorely missed pic.twitter.com/U3O5PQtu3n — UMass Athletics (@UMassAthletics) July 21, 2014 I could tell you about my experience in reacting to Sam Koch’s sense of humor. I could tell you about the handful of times I interviewed him as a nervous assistant sports editor, about my sudden realization that not all coaches answered in rehearsed clichés and that it was perfectly acceptable to erupt in laughter in the middle of a simple interview session. I could tell you about his infectious…

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Longtime UMass men’s soccer coach Sam Koch dies after two-year battle with sinus cancer

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Sam Koch, longtime head coach of the Massachusetts men’s soccer team, died Sunday night after a two-year battle with sinus cancer. He was 59.

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UMass Rowing finishes NCAA Championships, ends year ranked No. 21 in the nation

Courtesy of UMass Athletics

The Minutewomen had three boats compete in the D Finals on Sunday, rounding out the program’s first NCAA Championship appearance in 15 years.

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Two UMass basketball alums to compete for a lofty prize in The Basketball Tournament

Collegian file photo by Maria Uminski

Former Minutemen Luke Bonner and Anthony Gurley will both compete in The Basketball Tournament, a 32-team 5-on-5 basketball tournament based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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No. 14 UMass women’s lacrosse season ends in loss to Loyola (MD)

A powerful defense and a strong second half performance led the Greyhounds past the Minutewomen on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, ending UMass’ 2014 season

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Sixth inning rally propels UMass past Dayton 7-2

Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian

A six-run sixth inning guided the Minutewomen to a 7-2 win over the Flyers in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

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Women’s lacrosse defeats Richmond 10-6 to win sixth straight A-10 Championship

Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian

The Minutewomen overcame an early deficit to beat the Spiders for their sixth straight conference championship and fourth straight undefeated conference season

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No. 13 UMass women’s lacrosse knocks off Duquesne 16-3 to reach Atlantic 10 finals

Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian

The Minutewomen did not allow a goal in the second half as they easily handled the Dukes in Friday’s semifinal matchup, 16-3.

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UMass baseball beats UConn for first time since 2007

Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

Behind strong relief appearances from Evan Mackintosh and Brandon Walsh, the Minutemen dropped the Huskies 5-4 on Tuesday.

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Promising season cut short for UMass men’s lacrosse

Nicole Evangelista/Daily Collegian

The Minutemen dropped their final four games of the season and missed the conference tournament for the first time since 2008.

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UMass’ golf scene budding at the right time

Emi Yañez/Wikimedia Commons

After a brief period of dormancy, club golf is back at UMass and has an eye on growing as a club sport.

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UMass baseball uses small ball, capitalizes on UConn mistakes in victory

Shannon Broderick/Daily Collegian

Two Huskies errors and a wild pitch provided the Minutemen with enough opportunities to squeak out a victory.

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UMass softball wins Game 1 of doubleheader, clinches berth in A-10 Tournament

Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

A dominant performance from Caroline Raymond gave the Minutewomen a 7-0 win in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Tuesday.

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UMass baseball begins homestand with a battle against UConn

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

The UMass baseball team plays UConn on Tuesday in the first of nine straight pivotal home games.

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UMass softball looks to remain undefeated at home against URI

UMass catcher Olivia Godinat bat against Yale on April 2. (Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

The UMass softball team will take on the University of Rhode Island in a doubleheader on Tuesday with the hope of maintaining its perfect mark at home.

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Penn State and Drexel secure victories in final game of the season

Delaware's Joey Prieto (23) tries to stop Penn State's Tom LaCrosse as he runs with the ball during the game in State College, Pa., Saturday, April 19, 2014. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times/MCT)

The Nittany Lions and the Dragons earn wins while Towson falters as the Colonial Athletic Association wraps up the regular season

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UMass baseball poised to make run for final spot in A-10 Tournament this season

(Alex Aritan/Daily Collegian)

The Massachusetts baseball team looks to make one final push at the end of the season and earn a spot in the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

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UMass tennis season comes to a close with loss to Virginia Commonwealth

The Massachusetts tennis team’s season came to an end as it fell to eventual Atlantic 10 Champion VCU in the conference tournament.

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No. 11 UMass women’s lacrosse ends regular season with undefeated A-10 record for fourth straight season with win over Duquesne

Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian

The Minutewomen defeated Duquesne in their season finale on Sunday, 16-8, for their fourth straight perfect Atlantic 10 record.

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UMass baseball avoids being swept by Fordham with win on Sunday

Shannon Broderick/Daily Collegian

The UMass baseball team defeated Fordham 4-1 on Sunday to salvage a win in its three-game series.

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UMass softball sweeps Saint Joseph’s on Senior Day

Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

The UMass softball team picked up a pair of win’s in Sunday’s doubleheader with Saint Joseph’s on Senior Day at Sortino Field.

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No. 11 UMass women’s lacrosse closes out home schedule with win over St. Bonaventure

Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian

In its last home game of the season, 14 Minutewomen contributed to a 21-8 victory over the Bonnies.

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UMass men’s lacrosse fails to clinch playoff berth in 15-7 romp by Delaware

Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian

The UMass men’s lacrosse team was outpaced across the field by Delaware in a 15-7 romp to end its season on Friday.

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Win-and-in situation looms for UMass men’s lacrosse against Delaware

Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian

With one Colonial Athletic Association playoff spot up for grabs, the Minutemen will have to beat the Blue Hens to earn a berth into the postseason.

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No. 11 UMass women’s lacrosse prepares for final two regular season games

Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian

The Minutewomen will welcome winless St. Bonaventure to McGuirk Stadium on Friday before traveling to Duquesne on Sunday for their season finale.

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UMass baseball team heads to Bronx for three-game set vs. Fordham

Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

With time running out for their season, the Massachusetts baseball team prepares to face the sixth place Rams.

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UMass men’s lacrosse has received solid play from freshmen all year

Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian

This year’s men’s lacrosse freshmen class has exceeded expectations for the Minutemen

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UMass baseball haunted by missed opportunities in 8-5 loss

Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

On the mound, and at the plate, UMass not good enough in 8-5 loss to Connecticut

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UMass baseball lacks aggressiveness, misses opportunities in loss

Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

UMass fell 8-5 to Connecticut on Tuesday, squandering multiple opportunities to rally in the process.

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UMass baseball falls short in second straight Beanpot final

Sophomore shortstop Vinnie Scifo chases down a ball in the outfield during Saturday's game against Dayton at Earl Lorden Field. (James Jesson/Daily Collegian)

The UMass baseball team’s offense was held in check on Monday as Harvard shut it out 3-0 in the Beanpot final.

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UMass rowing earns five first place finishes on Friday, two on Saturday in weekend action

The Minutewomen swept all five races against UConn on Friday and took two first place finishes against MIT, Bates, and Radcliffe on Saturday.

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UMass tennis wraps up regular season with win on Senior Day

Aarzoo Malik, who won her fourth straight individaul win on Senior Day. (Julia Cardillo/Daily Collegian)

The UMass tennis team closed out the regular season on Saturday with a win over Atlantic 10 rival Rhode Island on Senior Day.

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No. 11 UMass women’s lacrosse gets hard-fought win over Richmond

Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian

The Minutewomen kept their undefeated conference record alive with a close 9-8 victory over the Spiders on Saturday.

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UMass men’s lacrosse falls to Hofstra on Senior Night, 11-6

Photo by Nicole Evangelista/Daily Collegian

The Minutemen could not overcome inefficient offense and a strong Hofstra attack en route to their third straight loss of the season.

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UMass football continues move in new direction in annual Spring Game

Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian

Team Minutemen won the game 21-6, but the day wasn’t about wins and losses.

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UMass hits the road to take on LaSalle

Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

The hot hitting Minutewomen will travel to Philadelphia to battle the Explorers in a two-game series starting Thursday.

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No. 11 UMass women’s lacrosse looks to extend winning streak against Richmond

Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian

The Minutewomen will hit the road on Saturday to face the second place Spiders.

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UMass Dressage Team discusses the lesser-known sport

(Pablo Alcala/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT)

Ten students make up the University’s dressage team. In this equestrian sport, riders are judged based on their ability to make a horse perform specific movements with what appears to be minimal effort.

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Canelas: Things worth watching in Spring Game 2014

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

The UMass football team will give fans their first look at the reconstruction of both a program and stadium in Wednesday night’s spring game.

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UMass tennis team battles injuries as season comes to an end

(Julia Cardillo/Daily Collegian)

The Minutewomen split weekend matches as they have just one regular season match left.

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Chaz Williams to compete in Portsmouth Invitational Tournament

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Former UMass guard Chaz Williams was one of 64 seniors invited to participate in the four-day long tournament in front of NBA and international scouts.

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Rain washes out baseball, softball

Inclement weather negated both UMass baseball and softball from playing on Tuesday.

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Minutewomen continue to show offensive improvement

Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

UMass softball has erupted offensively, scoring 64 runs over its last eight games

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UMass looks to continue to build confidence against non-conference opponents

James Jesson/Daily Collegian

Minutemen travel to Central Connecticut and host UMass Lowell in non-conference games this week.

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UMass rowing overcomes food poisoning and earns gold at Knecht Cup

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UMass wins three gold medals at the Knecht Cup this weekend despite a battle with food poisoning

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Minutewomen look to continue their winning ways against Boston University

Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian

The Minutewomen are hoping to extend their win streak to three games against a tough Boston University squad.

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Kelsey McGovern has milestone day in UMass women’s lacrosse’s win over George Mason

Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian

Kelsey McGovern continued her successful recovery from an ACL tear by setting a new UMass career record in draw controls in Sunday’s win over George Mason

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UMass baseball’s win streak snapped by Saint Louis in extra innings

Shannon Broderick/Daily Collegian

The UMass baseball team couldn’t complete the series sweep of Saint Louis after falling 2-1 in 11 innings.

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UMass pulls off doubleheader sweep of St. Bonaventure in convincing fashion

Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian

The UMass softball team crushed St. Bonaventure in a doubleheader sweep on Saturday following Friday’s rainout.

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UMass men’s lacrosse drops second consecutive game in loss to Drexel

Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian

The Dragons scored five goals in the final quarter as UMass men’s lacrosse drops back-to-back conference games.

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Seniors pave way for No. 10 UMass women’s lacrosse in rout of George Washington

Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian

The Minutewomen defeated the Colonials in the nation’s capital 20-6 behind the offensive attack of Katie Ferris, Sam Rush, and Tanner Guarino on Friday.

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UMass’ Derrick Gordon possesses opportunity to be a role model

Maria Uminski/Daily Collegian

After publicly sharing he’s gay, Derrick Gordon now has an opportunity to impact lives off the basketball court.

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Strohecker: UMass hoops player’s support of Derrick Gordon exemplifies ‘brotherhood’

Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

After sophomore Derrick Gordon came out as gay to his teammates on the men’s basketball team, the team showed its support for him, truly exemplifying “brotherhood.”

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UMass lacrosse looks ahead to matchup with speedy Drexel

Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian

After having its game slowed down in a 6-5 loss to Towson, UMass is anticipating a fast-paced road matchup against speedy Drexel on Saturday at 4 p.m.

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Andrew Grant leads UMass baseball over Northeastern

Alex Aritan/Daily Collegian

Behind nine strikeouts from Andrew Grant, the Minutemen toppled Northeastern to advance to Beanpot Championship.

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No. 10 UMass women’s lacrosse set for weekend of travels and ceremonies

Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian

The Minutewomen will be going out on the road for the first time in almost a month on Friday before returning home on Sunday for their Senior Day game.

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UMass softball team loses to Boston College in 10 innings

Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian

Caroline Raymond dominated on the mound on Wednesday, but was unable to record a victory in a 4-3 extra inning loss to the Eagles.

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BREAKING: UMass’ Derrick Gordon comes out as first openly gay D-I men’s basketball player

Derrick Gordon (Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Massachusetts men’s basketball player Derrick Gordon came out as the first openly gay Division I men’s basketball player.

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UMass softball trounces UConn, 11-0, for fifth consecutive win

Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian

The UMass softball team jumped all over UConn with a seven-run first inning, and cruised to an 11-0 mercy-rule victory over its rival on Tuesday.

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Minutewomen creating home-field advantage at Sortino Field

Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

UMass softball has won five straight at home after capping off a perfect home stand with a convincing 11-0 victory over Connecticut on Tuesday.

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UMass hockey cuts goaltender Mac Haight

Nicole Evangelista/Daily Collegian

The UMass hockey team cut goaltender Mac Haight after one season as the team’s third-string netminder.

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UMass football embracing change in defense under Tom Masella

The UMass football team is back in a 3-4 base defense under coordinator Tom Masella, and is confident it has the personnel to succeed in the system.

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UMass softball looks to extend winning streak when it takes on Connecticut

Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian

The Minutewomen hope to bring their winning streak to five games with a win over Connecticut on Tuesday.

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UMass tennis wins fourth-straight match

The UMass tennis team dominated St. Joseph’s in important Atlantic 10 Conference showdown, winning their fourth straight match in the process.

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Kyle Adie a key part of the UMass baseball offense this season

Junior outfielder Kyle Addie takes a walk during Saturday's game against Dayton at Earl Lorden Field. (James Jesson/Daily Collegian)

Redshirt junior Kyle Adie has been giving the UMass baseball team an unexpected offensive boost so far this season.

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UMass rowing excels in both meets over the weekend

UMass finishes first in five of eight races during a busy Sunday which featured a morning meet with Colgate and a five-team meet later in the day.

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UMass baseball hosts Siena in one-game set

Freshman outfielder Dylan Morris rounds third base during Saturday's game against Dayton at Earl Lorden Field. (James Jesson/Daily Collegian)

Both UMass and Siena enter Tuesday’s one-game set in the midst of slumps, with each team looking to generate some positive momentum.

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No. 11 UMass women’s lacrosse dominates Saint Joseph’s at home

Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian

The Minutewomen used 10 different goal-scorers to defeat Saint Joseph’s 18-2 at McGuirk Stadium on Sunday.

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UMass softball takes two, sweeps Dayton

Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian

The UMass softball team extended its winning streak to four straight games with a doubleheader sweep of Dayton on Saturday.

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Goalkeeper Zach Oliveri, UMass men’s lacrosse show promise in loss to Towson after 14-day hiatus

Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian

UMass goaltender Zach Oliveri and his defense showed poised throughout its 6-5 loss to Towson on Saturday.

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UMass baseball avoids sweep with walk-off win over Dayton

Kyle Adie hit a game-winning single to lift the UMass baseball team to a 5-4 win over Dayton on Sunday.

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UMass men’s lacrosse falls to Towson despite strong defensive performance

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Nick Mariano’s last second attempt falls just short in the Minutemen’s 6-5 loss to Towson on Saturday.

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No. 11 UMass women’s lacrosse overcomes early deficit to top La Salle in conference opener

The Minutewomen fell behind in the opening minutes, but turned things around quickly to beat La Salle 19-10 for their first Atlantic 10 win.

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UMass softball sweeps doubleheader against Yale

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

The Minutewomen allowed only one run in each game, defeating Yale 6-1 and 3-1 in their first home games of the season.

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No. 11 UMass women’s lacrosse prepare for A-10 opener against La Salle

UMass midfielder Melissa Carelli Robert (Rigo/Daily Collegian)

The Minutewomen welcome the Explorers to McGuirk Stadium on Friday as they begin conference play.

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UMass men’s lacrosse ready to start final stretch of the season against Towson

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

The UMass men’s lacrosse team resumes conference play with a matchup against Towson on Saturday.

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Former Patriots star Matt Light talks to locals about vodka, charity and football

Matt Light, former New England Patriot, was at the Hanger Bar and Grill promoting a new vodka brand. (Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Former Patriot Matt Light spoke at the Hanger on Wednesday to promote his new drink, KEEL Vodka.

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No. 11 UMass women’s lacrosse motivated by its recent loss to No. 7 Northwestern

Senior Defender Kelsey McGovern defends against Northwestern attack Alyssa Leonard in UMass's 10-6 loss to the No. 7 Wildcats last Tuesday (Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian)

The Minutewomen have been taking all the positives and negatives from their hard-fought loss to the Wildcats as they prepare for the start of conference play.

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UMass baseball can’t hold off BC rally, falls 7-6

The Minutemen jumped out to a 6-2 lead after just three innings, but couldn’t close the door on Boston College, dropping its fifth straight game.

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UMass baseball set to face slumping Boston College

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The Massachusetts baseball team hopes to rebound from a weekend sweep at the hands of Richmond on Wednesday as it travels to Boston College to face a struggling Eagles team. UMass (3-16) struggled against the Spiders, halting any momentum gained from its first series win of the season against La Salle two weekends ago. The Minutemen are losers of four straight and eight out of their last 10 games. BC (7-18, 1-11 Atlantic Coast Conference) enters the game on a six-game losing streak and has lost 15 of its last 16 contests. The Eagles have scored more than two runs…

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Everything comes ‘full circle’ for Tim Cassidy, UMass baseball

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After missing the entire 2013 UMass baseball season, Tim Cassidy is ready to make his first start in over two years.

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UMass softball looks to top Yale in home opener

Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

Despite being rained out for over 10 days, the Minutewomen are eager to take on Yale on Wednesday.

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Jessica Podlofsky breaks UMass tennis singles record

Rehan Talat/Collegian

Senior Co-Captain Jessica Podlofsky now has the most singles victories in UMass tennis history, nears most total victories record.

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UMass men’s lacrosse embraces extended time off

Nicole Evangelista/Daily Collegian

UMass focuses on fundamentals during two-week layover.

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Hofstra, Drexel triumph, while Penn State falls below .500

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Hofstra and Drexel notch big conference wins in the Colonial Athletic Association, while Penn State falters in non-conference play

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UMass quarterback A.J. Doyle using spring camp to gain an edge, adjust to new offensive system

Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

UMass quarterback A.J. Doyle has had the challenge of learning a whole new offensive system in spring camp, but will have an even greater task when reinforcements come in the summer.

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Florida, Wisconsin, Kentucky and UConn punch tickets to 2014 Final Four

In the closing seconds of the game, Connecticut Huskies guard Shabazz Napier (13) celebrates at the end of the NCAA Tournament's East Regional final. The Connecticut Huskies defeated the Michigan State Spartans, 60-54, at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday, March 30, 2014. (Richard Messina/Hartford Courant/MCT)

Florida remains unbeaten since Dec. 2 after beating Dayton, Frank Kaminsky scores 28 points to bring the Badgers to victory and Kentucky upsets Michigan in regional final.

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UMass baseball swept by Richmond in road trip

Rehan Talat/Daily Collegian

UMass baseball drops three straight at Richmond coming off promising series against LaSalle.

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After trying freshman season, UMass football’s Lorenzo Woodley excited to play in offensive system that ‘fits my running style’

Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

Lorenzo Woodley spent most of his highly anticipated freshman season battling injuries, but is excited for a new opportunity in his first spring camp with the UMass football team.

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UMass football optimistic on outlook of program following decision to cut ties with the MAC after the 2015 season

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The UMass football team showed optimism and excitement following Wednesday’s announcement that the program agreed to cut ties with the Mid-American Conference after the 2015 season.

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UMass football to leave MAC after 2015 season

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The UMass football team announced that it will be leaving the MAC after the 2015 season on Wednesday.

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UMass baseball prepares for Richmond

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The UMass baseball team looks to keep its momentum heading into a series with Richmond.

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UMass softball seeking first conference win

Cade Belisle/Collegian

The Minutewomen will travel to George Washington for a doubleheader this Saturday.

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UMass football embracing the learning curve, culture change under Mark Whipple in spring practice

Maria Uminski/Collegian

With new coaches, a new system and a new attitude, the UMass football team is embracing the leadership of Mark Whipple in spring practice.

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No. 10 UMass women’s lax suffers first loss of the season

In a top-10 showdown with No. 7 Northwestern, the Minutewomen fell, 10-6.

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Strohecker: Question marks underline what’s next for UMass men’s basketball

Taylor C. Snow/Daily Collegian

After an abrupt end to the 2013-14 season, the men’s basketball team must now look ahead to next year and answer some pretty big questions about itself.

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Rob Blanchflower sits out pro day, still confident heading into NFL Draft

Maria Uminski/Daily Collegian

Former UMass tight end Rob Blanchflower missed Tuesday’s pro day while recovering from a bilateral sports hernia, but is still confident on his status entering May’s NFL draft.

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Match between UMass women’s lax, Northwestern a physical contest

The Minutewomen committed a whopping 44 penalties in their 10-6 loss to the Wildcats Tuesday night

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Kristi Stefanoni establishing her place as first new UMass softball coach in decades

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After spending several years as an assistant under Elaine Sortino, Kristi Stefanoni has taken over as UMass softball coach since the passing of her mentor.

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UMass softball uses early-season road trips to build chemistry

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Road trips have allowed the Minutewomen to build chemistry and prepare themselves for the long season.

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UMass baseball looks to shake off annual early-season struggles with home schedule approaching

As winter drags on in Amherst, so does the UMass baseball team’s slow start to the 2013-14 season.

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UMass baseball battles cold temperatures in its return to Earl Lorden Field

The UMass baseball team may finally get to return home for games, but it will have to deal with the unfavorable weather conditions still sweeping the northeast.

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No. 10 UMass women’s lacrosse to face toughest competition yet against No. 7 Northwestern Tuesday

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The Minutewomen will host the Wildcats, hoping to beat them for the first time in 12 matchups.

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UMass tennis wins two of three over spring break

Jessica Podlofsky set the UMass record for most singles matches wins with a stellar week.

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Rachel Valarelli continues to lead strong defensive play for No. 10 UMass women’s lacrosse

The junior goalkeeper hopes to continue to find success in net vs. No. 7 Northwestern on Tuesday night.

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Daily Collegian Baseball/Softball Special Issue 2014

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Check out today’s stories in the Daily Collegian’s Baseball/Softball Special Issue 2014: Kristi Stefanoni establishing her place as first new UMass softball coach in decades UMass baseball looks to shake off annual early-season struggles with home schedule approaching UMass baseball battles cold temperatures in its return to Earl Lorden Field UMass softball uses early-season road trips to build chemistry UMass baseball adjusting to life without the injured Rob McLam

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UMass baseball adjusting to life without the injured Rob McLam

The Minutemen will have to pick up the slack offensively and defensively without senior Rob McLam, who tore his ACL, in 2014

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Chiarelli: Sudden end creates questions of what UMass’ season could have been

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UMass’ 86-67 loss to Tennessee in the second round of the NCAA Tournament created an abrupt ending to an era filled with plenty of potential.

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UMass baseball opens A-10 play with series victory, but falls in Sunday’s finale

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The UMass baseball team took a step in the right direction with a series win over La Salle this weekend despite Sunday’s letdown.

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Strong defense leads No. 9 UMass women’s lacrosse to victory over USC

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The Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team held the Trojans to six goals for a 14-6 triumph to earn their ninth straight win.

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Late third quarter surge leads UMass men’s lacrosse past Hartford

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Connor Mooney finished with six points to lead the UMass men’s lacrosse team to a 12-6 win over Hartford on Saturday.

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Lineup change backfires in UMass basketball’s season-ending loss to Tennessee

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UMass basketball coach Derek Kellogg’s decision to change his starting lineup for the first time this season proved to be the wrong choice in the Minutmen’s NCAA Tournament loss to Tennessee.

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A DANCE CUT SHORT: UMass basketball throttled by Tennessee in NCAA Tournament

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The Minutemen couldn’t overcome opening jitters and missed opportunities in a lopsided 86-67 loss to Tennessee in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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Gallery: UMass basketball holds open practice at PNC Arena, preps for first NCAA Tournament game

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UMass held an open practice at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., on Thursday, one day ahead of its NCAA Tournament game against Tennessee.

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UMass basketball set for NCAA Tournament matchup with Tennessee

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After waiting three days to find out its first opponent, the UMass men’s basketball can finally turn its sole focus on Tennessee for Friday’s second round game.

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UMass basketball looks to rewrite recent history with Tennessee

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The Minutemen fell to the Volunteers in Puerto Rico over a year ago. Now, under different circumstances, they’re ready for another shot at them.

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UMass seeks defensive consistency entering the Tournament

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The Minutemen pride themselves on playing a stingy brand of defense, but recently the defensive performances have been inconsistent, something Sampson Carter and Derrick Gordon hope to change.

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Maxie Esho looks to continue to spark UMass basketball off the bench

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Maxie Esho averaged 18.5 points per game and seven rebounds per game in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, but now he must continue to provide that spark off the bench in the NCAA Tournament for the UMass men’s basketball team.

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UMass basketball players using upset talk as motivation

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The UMass men’s basketball team is using all the talk about being the “trendy” upset pick in the second round as motivation to make a deep Tournament run.

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UMass men’s lacrosse outmatched in loss to Fairfield

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The UMass men’s lacrosse team couldn’t figure out Fairfield goaltender Jack Murphy and was denied momentum throughout an 11-5 road loss on Tuesday.

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Derrick Gordon using NCAA Tournament experience to lead UMass basketball

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As the only member of the UMass men’s basketball team to play in the NCAA Tournament, sophomore Derrick Gordon has emerged as a leader in the week leading up to the Big Dance.

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UMass basketball faces the challenge of not knowing its first NCAA Tournament opponent yet

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With its second round matchup in the NCAA Tournament days away, the UMass men’s basketball team has to prepare for two different teams, getting the winner of the Tennessee-Iowa first-round game.

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Local fans excited to see UMass basketball back in NCAA Tournament

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Nearly 100 fans attended the NCAA Tournament viewing party at Amherst Brewing Company on Sunday to cheer on the UMass men’s basketball team as it ended a 16-year Tournament drought.

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Chiarelli: After years of rebuilding, Minutemen are officially back

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After 16 long years of waiting and a difficult rebuilding project, the UMass men’s basketball team is finally back, writes Mark Chiarelli.

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Former UMass hockey standout Michael Pereira seizes opportunity in unexpected AHL debut weekend

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Former UMass hockey standout Michael Pereira needed just two games to score his first professional goal after signing an ATO with the Worcester Sharks on Saturday.

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UMass basketball snaps 16-year NCAA Tournament drought

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The UMass men’s basketball team snapped a 16-year NCAA Tournament drought by earning the No. 6 seed in the Midwest Region, where it will take on the winner of the Iowa vs. Tennessee first-round game on Friday.

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No. 15 UMass men’s lacrosse upsets No. 7 Penn State in CAA opener

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Goalkeeper Zach Oliveri shines in net as the No. 15 UMass men’s lacrosse team upsets No. 7 Penn State 8-6 in both teams’ Colonial Athletic Association opener.

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UMass basketball runs out of comeback mojo against George Washington

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Second half comebacks have become the norm for UMass this season, but the Minutemen couldn’t overcome a daunting Colonials deficit.

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UMass goes cold as it falls to George Washington in the A-10 quarterfinals

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The UMass men’s basketball team shot 43 percent and committed 17 turnovers in its 85-77 loss to George Washington in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

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Offensively charged UMass men’s lacrosse readies itself for No. 7 Penn State in CAA opener

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The Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team is coming off a strong offensive showing, but is heading into a mathup with No. 7 Penn State and elite goaltender Austin Kaut.

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UMass relies on strong defense to overcome Rhode Island

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The UMass men’s basketball team held Rhode Island to one field goal over the final 9:50 to overcome an 11-point deficit and advance to the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

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UMass men’s basketball escapes with win over Rhode Island to advance to A-10 quarterfinals

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Chaz Williams delivered in the crucial moments of the game to lead the UMass men’s basketball team to a 65-61 win over Rhode Island in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

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Conor Sheary out to ‘prove people wrong again’ after signing AHL contract with Wilkes-Barre Scranton

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After finishing his final season with the UMass hockey team last weekend, Conor Sheary is set to begin the next phase of his hockey career after signing a professional contract with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins.

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UMass men’s basketball set for first round of A-10 Tournament

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After narrowly defeating Rhode Island in the two meetings during the regular season, the UMass men’s basketball team is now set to take on the Rams for the third time this season in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

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UMass women’s lacrosse welcomes Colorado on Friday

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The No. 9 Minutewomen hope to capitalize on more scoring opportunities as they put their 6-0 record on the line against Colorado.

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UMass men’s basketball prepares for possibility of four games in four days

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If the men’s basketball team wants to claim its first Atlantic 10 Conference title in 16 years, it will need to win four games in four days to do so.

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UMass basketball seniors have one more shot at bringing back hardware

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Sampson Carter, Raphiael Putney and Chaz Williams played a crucial role in building UMass basketball. Now, the trio looks to finally achieve postseason success.

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Grant Whiteway’s seven goals propel UMass men’s lacrosse over Providence

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UMass men’s lacrosse junior Grant Whiteway’s seven goals propelled UMass to a 16-11 win over Providence on Tuesday.

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A-10 women’s lax notebook: George Mason continues win streak, SJU and GW fall

The Patriots won their fourth straight game while Saint Joseph’s and George Washington suffered losses.

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Dayton seniors lead Flyers to victory over Richmond

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Dayton notched another victory in its quest for the NCAA Tournament, beating Richmond in the season finale, while Saint Louis guard Jordair Jett won individual hardware on Tuesday.

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Notre Dame holds off BU, Ouellette rolls in Hockey East Tournament

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Both the Notre Dame and Maine moved on in the opening round of the Hockey East Tournament.

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Grant Whiteway has career day for UMass men’s lacrosse

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Grant Whiteway helped the Minutemen rebound after Saturday’s loss with a win over Providence on Tuesday.

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UMass tennis falls to powerful Columbia squad

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Minutewomen’s record drops to 5-6 after struggling in doubles once again against Columbia

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UMass ready for Providence following first loss of the season

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Despite a quick turnaround, the Minutemen are excited to get back onto the field and avenge Saturday’s lopsided loss

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Slideshow: UMass basketball vs. Saint Louis and Senior Day celebrations

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Joe Calvello’s consistency on face-offs a difference maker for UMass men’s lacrosse

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Senior center Joe Calvello’s 61 percent faceoff win percentage has charged UMass (4-1) men’s lacrosse this season.

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Towson and Delaware prevail, while Drexel falls on the road

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Towson and Delaware headline big wins in the Colonial Athletic Association, while Drexel falls to .500 with a road loss.

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UMass baseball gets first win of season

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After starting the season with seven straight losses, the UMass baseball team earned its first win of the season over North Carolina A&T.

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Fordham tops Dayton, claims A-10 title

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Fordham earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament by securing the Atlantic 10 Conference title with a win over Dayton on Sunday.

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UMass softball drops three of four at Red and Black Classic

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The Minutewomen dropped three out of four games in Kentucky over the weekend, with the lone win coming in a 4-3 victory over Ohio.

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UMass men’s basketball falls on last-second layup to Saint Louis

Junior forward Maxie Esho takes it in for a reverse layup (Taylor Snow/Daily Collegian)

Jordair Jett’s game-winning layup with 3.4 seconds left lifted No. 17 Saint Louis past the UMass men’s basketball team.

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Minutemen frustrated, disappointed at missed opportunities

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UMass controlled its matchup with Saint Louis for the majority of the game on Sunday, but failed to convert on opportunities at the end.

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Strohecker: Impact of UMass seniors reflected by ovation on Senior Day

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Despite a loss to end the regular season, the impact that the three seniors had on the UMass men’s basketball team could be seen in the sellout crowd

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Sam Rush has record day in UMass women’s lacrosse’s win over UNH

Sam Rush scored five goals to lead the UMass women’s lacrosse team to a 12-6 victory over New Hampshire.

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UMass men’s lacrosse falls big to Albany for its first loss of the season

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The Thompson family scored 15 of Albany’s 25 goals in a 25-10 rout of No. 9 UMass men’s lacrosse Saturday at Garber Field, handing the Minutemen their first loss of the season.

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GUT-WRENCHING: UMass hockey’s season ends with last-minute loss to Vermont in Hockey East playoffs

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Connor Brickley’s goal with 1:07 left in regulation ended UMass hockey’s season in heartbreaking fashion, 2-1 in Burlington, Vt.

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Trey Davis lifts UMass basketball to 78-74 win at Duquesne

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Trey Davis scored UMass’ final 10 points on Wednesday, pulling the Minutemen past Duquesne 78-74 with a career-high with 20 points.

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UMass hockey prepares for Vermont, Hockey East Tournament

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The Minutemen will play in the first round of the Hockey East Tournament on Friday at Vermont.

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UMass lacrosse preps for high-scoring Albany following defensive success

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After turning in a 15-2 defensive gem against Brown, the UMass men’s lacrosse team is getting ready to host high-scoring Albany on Saturday.

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UMass hockey seniors embrace final chance to win Hockey East Tournament game

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Friday’s Hockey East Tournament opening-round game at Vermont will mark the UMass seniors’ final chance at a playoff win.

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UMass women’s basketball’s season comes to an end with loss in A-10 play-in game

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The Minutewomen suffered an 85-75 overtime loss to George Mason on Wednesday in the Atlantic 10 Tournament play-in game.

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UMass women’s lacrosse prepares for weekend matchup against UNH

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The Minutewomen hope to continue their balanced scoring attack and limit turnovers against the Wildcats on Saturday.

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UMass basketball set to take on Duquesne in final regular season road game

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Fresh off a loss at Dayton, the Minutemen wrap up their road schedule with a final test at Duquesne on Wednesday.

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VCU repays the favor vs. SLU, Galloway shines for Hawks

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VCU handed Saint Louis its second straight loss on Saturday while saint Joseph’s and George Washington picked up victories.

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George Washington women’s basketball takes down A-10 leading Dayton

The Flyers, boasting the best record in the league, fell to the Colonials, while Dayton’s Andrea Hoover won individual hardware.

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Sports marketing pioneer J.B. Bernstein visits UMass

JB Bernstein came to speak on campus on Tuesday, Mar. 4. (Conor Snell/Daily Collegian)

Bernstein recounted his experience as one of the creators of the Indian reality contest “The Million Dollar Arm,” which is soon to be released as a Disney film.

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UMass basketball looks to regain tempo, pace of play

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The Minutemen pride themselves on playing an intense, quick brand of basketball. With just two regular season games left, they continue to search for just the right balance.

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UMass’ Frank Vatrano set to begin the next phase of his hockey career

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Frank Vatrano’s hockey journey took an unlikely turn in the last year and a half, but he will finally be eligible to make his UMass debut on Friday night.

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UMass women’s track and field finishes third at New England Championships

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Gold medal performances lead UMass women’s track and field to its best finish since 1999.

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Sellner: A grab bag of this week’s hottest sports topics

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Peyton Manning is medically cleared to play in 2014, the NFL’s new potential rule and UMass men’s basketball all get discussed this week

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UMass tennis splits two weekend conference matches

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The Minutewomen rebound from a tough loss at Dartmouth to defeat Fordham, but fell to George Washington over the weekend

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Hofstra, PSU, Delaware all prevail in weekend action

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Hofstra knocked off Georgetown in overtime, while Penn State claimed the Creator Trophy with win over Ohio State

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UMass dominates Brown behind shut-down defense and effective passing

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UMass men’s lacrosse used crisp passing plays to generate offense while the defense held strong in a 15-2 rout of Brown in Providence, R.I.

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UMass women’s basketball drops season finale 87-68 against Saint Louis

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Early foul trouble hurts the Minutewomen in their 87-68 loss to Saint Louis in the 2013-14 season finale.

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UMass baseball swept by Maryland

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UMass had a difficult weekend in College Park, Md., dropping three games in a row which included a Terrapins no-hitter.

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UMass women’s lacrosse defeats Iona behind explosive offense

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Twelve different Minutewomen recorded a goal en route to a 19-6 victory over Iona on Saturday to improve to 5-0 on the season.

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UMass basketball falls to Dayton on the road

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The UMass men’s basketball team was plagued by a slow second-half start and fell to Dayton 86-79 on the road Saturday afternoon.

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UMass basketball edges URI in free-throw shooting battle, 70-67

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UMass made 21 free throws and outrebounded Rhode Island by 13 as it managed to squeak by a pesky Rams squad.

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UMass women’s basketball looks to build momentum against Saint Joseph’s

Nola Henry puts up a jump shot against Rhode Island on Sunday, Feb. 23. The Minutewomen won 69-56. (Alex Aritan/Daily Collegian)

Coming off their first conference win, the Minutewomen will try to start a winning streak on Thursday.

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UMass men’s lacrosse looks for revenge against Brown

Connor Mooney looks to close in on the goal during Saturday’s 8-4 win over Harvard. (Alex Aritan/Daily Collegian)

The Minutemen hope to preserve their perfect record on Saturday when they face the Bears.

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