April 16, 2014

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UMass shows composure, withstands BC rally

The UMass softball team faces a series of ups and downs in its win over Boston College.

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Road for fifth straight conference title begins Saturday for UMass

UMass women’s lacrosse enters Saturday’s Atlantic-10 opener at La Salle seeking its fifth straight conference championship.

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UMass softball hangs on to win home opener

The Minutewomen held off a late rally by Boston College to come away with an 8-7 win in their first game at Sortino Field.

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Home opener against BC to serve as a new start for Minutewomen

The UMass softball team is coming off of a win against Dayton and will next set its eyes on Boston College.

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With offense struggling, UMass set to open home schedule

After opening the season 1-12 on the road, the Massachusetts baseball team returns to Amherst looking for an offensive spark.

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UMass looks to turn season around after numerous non-conference losses

The Minutewomen have hit a rough patch to start the season, but head back to Amherst Wednesday for their home opener.

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Coach Mike Stone a fixture of UMass baseball program

UMass coach Mike Stone enters his 26th season at the helm.

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Errors hurting UMass softball early on

The UMass softball team hopes to overcome its obvious struggles in the field so far.

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Quianna Diaz-Patterson shines for hometown team

After growing up in Amherst, Quianna Diaz-Patterson is honored to play for the UMass softball team.

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Little league friends in Vermont making their mark at UMass

UMass baseball teammates Adam Picard, Dylan Begin and Aaron Plunkett trace their roots back to little league as friends in Vermont.

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UMass pitching staff going through tough transition after end of an era

The Minutewomen are getting adjusted to a new pitching style.

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Minutewomen snap 11-game skid against Dayton

The Massachusetts softball team followed up a pair of St. Patrick’s Day weekend losses with a split in its Atlantic 10 opener against Dayton.

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Minutemen’s losing streak hits 10 after weekend sweep

The Massachusetts baseball team extended its losing streak to 10 games after dropping its Atlantic 10 season-opening series against George Washington.

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UMass men’s lacrosse wins pair of games over break

The UMass men’s lacrosse team rebounded from its recent struggles to win games against Hartford and Lehigh over spring break.

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Ferris’ six-goal performance powers UMass past Holy Cross

UMass women’s lacrosse junior attack Katie Ferris notched 7 points as the Minutewomen overpowered Holy Cross, 20-5, Wednesday in Worcester.

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Snow, Sacred Heart unable to slow Minutewomen

The UMass women’s lacrosse team earned its fourth-straight win Saturday against Sacred Heart.

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UMass drops fourth straight in Manny and Fleming’s return

UMass men’s lacrosse’s scoring-troubles continued on Saturday when it dropped its CAA opener against Penn State.

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UMass tries to end losing streak in CAA opener against Penn State

UMass men’s lacrosse looks to end its first three-game losing streak since 2008 when it hosts Penn State in its CAA opener on Saturday.

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Minutewomen remain perfect at home with convincing win over Vermont

Katie Ferris and Sam Rush each recorded hat tricks en route to UMass’ third straight win.

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Tennis splits weekend in Ohio

The Minutewomen began a grueling five-game stretch by splitting weekend matchups against Xavier and Dayton.

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Minutewomen look to finish homestand undefeated in finale against UVM

Having defended its home turf against Iona and Albany, UMass wraps a three-game homestand against Vermont on Wednesday at McGuirk Stadium.

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Players filling new roles the key to Minutewomen’s early season success

The Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team’s underclassmen have seen an increased role in filling the voids left behind by last year’s senior class.

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Rush’s final second OT goal lifts UMass women’s lax past Albany

The UMass women’s lacrosse team edged Albany, 9-8, on a last-second overtime goal in a Friday afternoon thriller at McGuirk Stadium.

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UMass baseball swept over weekend

UMass dropped three straight at Lamar to fall to 1-5 on the season.

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UMass softball drops five straight over weekend

The Minutewomen ran into more tough opponents and came out winless in the five-game USF Under Armour Showcase in Florida.

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UMass men’s lacrosse loses third straight at Bucknell

The Minutemen lost at Bucknell on Saturday, 7-4, despite a strong defensive performance.

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UMass lax looks to avoid first three-game losing streak since 2008

The UMass men’s lacrosse team is looking to put its back-to-back loses behind it as it travels to Bucknell on Saturday.

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Minutewomen ride balanced attack into matchup against Albany

UMass women’s lacrosse looks to keep up its balanced scoring in today’s game against Albany.

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UMass drops second straight game at Albany Tuesday

The Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team was downed by turnovers for the second-straight game as it drops consecutive contests for the first time in nearly two years.

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Without leading scorer, UMass women’s lax offense explodes in win

Despite leading scorer Katie Ferris not playing, the UMass women’s lacrosse team overpowered Iona, 22-6, on Saturday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium.

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UMass baseball goes 1-2 in opening weekend

The UMass baseball team grabbed its first win of the season Sunday in a 7-6 victory over Ohio.

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UMass men’s lax shifts focus to Albany

After losing its first game of the season on Saturday, the UMass men’s lacrosse team must quickly prepare for Albany’s high-powered offense on Tuesday.

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Ohio State takes down Penn State, Drexel wins late

The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team walked off with an overtime win at Penn State, while Drexel won late in regulation.

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UMass men’s lacrosse sunk by turnovers in overtime loss to Brown

Brown rallied from a three-goal deficit in the fourth quarter for a 9-8 win over UMass in overtime Saturday. It was the first regular season loss for the Minutemen in nearly two years.

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UMass men’s lacrosse set for another Ivy League clash against Brown

The UMass men’s lacrosse team hosts familiar face in Brown this Saturday at 2 p.m.

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UMass men’s lacrosse aided by its defensive presence

The UMass men’s lacrosse team is winning games with more than just a high-powered offensive attack.

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UMass tennis comfortably defeats Quinnipiac

The Minutewomen prepare for a daunting conference schedule with a victory over Quinnipiac.

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UMass rides three-game winning streak into matchup at BU

Sam Rush having a breakout season for the Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team as it prepares to take on Boston University.

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Defensive cohesiveness quietly yielding results for UMass women’s lacrosse

The defensive cohesiveness of Massachusetts women’s lacrosse has quietly limited its opposition to less than 10 goals in three of four games this season.

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Ten-goal second half helps Minutewomen tame Wildcats

The UMass women’s lacrosse team defeated New Hampshire, 18-9, in a Saturday afternoon road game for its third straight win.

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UMass softball captures first two wins in NFCA Leadoff Classic

The Minutewomen went 2-3 in Clearwater, Fla., winning their first games of the season.

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UMass men’s lacrosse tops Harvard in a defensive struggle

The UMass men’s lacrosse team used a strong defensive performance and good goalkeeping to come away with a sloppy 8-6 win over Harvard on Saturday.

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Minutewomen renew rivalry with UNH Saturday

The UMass women’s lacrosse team travels to UNH on Saturday to face a pair of familiar faces.

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UMass men’s lacrosse moves on to Harvard

The UMass men’s lacrosse quickly put its dramatic win over North Carolina in the past, and shifts its focus to Harvard on Saturday.

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UMass softball opens season 0-3 at rain-shortened FAU Kick-Off Classic

The Massachusetts softball team failed to capture a win in its season-opening tournament in Boca Raton, Fla. this past weekend.

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Connor Mooney caps improbable comeback for UMass men’s lax over UNC

Connor Mooney’s goal with 3:18 left propelled the No. 12 Minutemen past No. 4 North Carolina, 12-11, on Saturday afternoon in Atlanta, Ga.

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Minutewomen bruise Blackbirds in home opener

After splitting a California road trip, UMass kicked off its home schedule with a 21-8 beating of LIU Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon.

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UMass softball season gets underway at FAU Kick-Off Classic

With high hopes, the Massachusetts softball team is set to kick off the 2013 season at the FAU Kick-Off Classic in Boca Raton, Fla. on Friday.

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Lacrosse 2013

Check out the Daily Collegian’s coverage of the men and women’s lacrosse teams for the beginning of the new season.

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UMass men’s lacrosse with steady approach against No. 4 UNC

The UMass men’s lacrosse team has its biggest test of the young season against No. 7 North Carolina, but is ignoring the rankings coming in.

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UMass returns to Amherst for home opener against LIU Brooklyn

After splitting a California road trip, UMass returns to Amherst for its home opener against LIU Brooklyn

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UMass looks to younger players to fill roles

The UMass men’s lacrosse team looks to the less experienced players to fill the roles of the 11 seniors lost from last season.

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Minutewomen look to continue A-10 success

Massachusetts women’s lacrosse heads into season hoping to claim its fifth-straight Atlantic 10 championship.

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UMass, Penn State, Hofstra lead a deep CAA

The CAA is set to be a ‘dogfight’ this season as UMass, Penn State and Hofstra all begin season nationally ranked.

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Former Minutewoman, UMass women’s lax coach Angela McMahon at home entering 3rd season

Massachusetts women’s lacrosse coach Angela McMahon heads into her third season at the helm of the program that started her collegiate career.

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Lacrosse bringing Kyle and Norm Smith together

UMass senior attackman Kyle Smith adopted his love for lacrosse from his father, Norm, and grandfather, Neville.

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McDonough: UMass men’s lacrosse has plenty to prove in 2013

Despite all of their success last season, the Minutemen fell short of winning a postseason game, something they look to avenge this season.

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UMass women’s lax splits opening weekend in Los Angeles

Katie Ferris notched 10 points for the UMass women’s lacrosse team in first two games of season, as the Minutewomen topped Southern California, and were blown out by Northwestern.

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UMass baseball Beanpot title defense to take place at Fenway

After claiming the Beanpot championship last year, the Massachusetts baseball team hopes for a chance to defend its title at Fenway Park on April 29.

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Unlikely heroes lift UMass men’s lacrosse to season-opening win

The UMass men’s lacrosse opened its season in dominating fashion on the backs of its second midfield line.

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UMass opens 2013 season against Army at Garber Field

The UMass men’s lacrosse team will look to put last year’s first round loss in the NCAA tournament behind it as it welcomes Army to Garber Field Sunday.

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UMass men’s lacrosse changes focus to 2013 after disappointing end to last season

After an improbable run last year ended in disappointing fashion, the Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team sets its focus to 2013 as a whole new team.

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Zachary Oliveri battles for his dream job

Zachary Oliveri is looking like the front-runner for the starting goalie position on the Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team, but it’s one he’s had to compete for harder than ever for.

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Kyle Smith, Zachary Oliveri shine in UMass’ exhibition win over Siena

Kyle Smith’s five goals and Zachary Oliveri’s play in goal lifted the UMass men’s lacrosse team to a 14-7 win over Siena in an exhibition game Saturday afternoon.

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UMass baseball tabbed 10th in Atlantic 10 preseason coaches poll

The Massachusetts baseball team was picked to finish 10th in the 2013 Atlantic 10 Conference preseason coaches poll on Thursday.

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Sortino’s field of dreams

The UMass Softball Complex was officially renamed in honor of longtime coach Elaine Sortino on Saturday morning at an emotionally-filled dedication ceremony.

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UMass Softball Complex to be renamed after longtime coach Elaine Sortino

UMass softball coach Elaine Sortino will add another milestone to her decorated résumé this Saturday when the UMass Softball Complex is officially renamed Sortino Field.

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Minutewomen conclude fall season with doubleheader split

The Massachusetts softball team concluded its fall season on Sunday with a split with American International and UMass-Lowell.

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UMass baseball gets eliminated from A-10 tourney, season ends

The Massachusetts baseball team lost a pair of games Thursday in the Atlantic 10 tournament and saw its 2012 season come to a sudden end.

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A-10 champion Minutewomen fall short in NCAA Regional

The Massachusetts softball team’s 2012 season came to an end Saturday with a heartbreaking, nine-inning 1-0 loss to Illinois State in the NCAA Regional.

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Kyllie Magill, Minutewomen walk off with A-10 title

Kyllie Magill’s walk-off home run lifted the Massachusetts softball team to its
23rd conference title in school history.

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Perfect lax season comes to an end in first round of NCAAs

The No. 6-seeded Minutemen were stunned by the No. 11-seeded Colgate mens lacrosse team yesterday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

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UMass falls to Maryland in NCAA tournament 1st round

The Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team came close to knocking off No. 3-seeded Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament Saturday, but fell just short.

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UMass softball advances to Atlantic 10 championship

Tiffany Meeks’ RBI single in the sixth inning led the Massachusetts softball team to a spot in Saturday’s Atlantic 10 tournament championship game.

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Minutemen capture CAA championship at Garber on Sat.

The Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team captured its first CAA championship under UMass coach Greg Cannella on Saturday.

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UMass wins 1500th, hosts power-heavy Richmond this weekend

The Minutemen baseball team won their 1500th game in program history on Wednesday against Northeastern. They take on one of the top power-hitting teams in the country this weekend.

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UMass handles Towson, advances to CAA championship

Colin Fleming scored four goals and Will Manny dished out five assists as the No. 1 Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team marched past Towson, 10-3.

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Minutemen complete perfect regular season

The Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team won its regular season finale, 17-6, over Delaware, completing a perfect regular season at 13-0.

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Women’s lax claims 4th-straight Atlantic 10 title

With a 14-9 win over Richmond Sunday afternoon, the UMass women’s lacrosse team won its fourth-consecutive Atlantic 10 tournament championship.

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Minutewomen roll past Charlotte, run win streak to 14

The Massachusetts softball team relied on a strong defensive effort to complete its sweep of Charlotte on Sunday.

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UMass avoids sweep on Conley’s walk-off double

After a pair of losses to begin the weekend, the Massachusetts baseball team rallied for a 5-4 extra inning victory over Temple on Sunday.

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Rematch on tap for Minutemen

Last season, the Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team played two of its biggest games against Delaware. They will face off against the Blue Hens again this Saturday on the road.

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Massachusetts in a league of its own

The Massachusetts’s women lacrosse heads into the A-10 tournament as the odds on favorite.

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Baseball heads into Temple clash

With all cylinders clicking the right way, the Massachusetts baseball team opens up a home stand against Temple.

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UMass faces off at Delaware in final regular season tilt

The No. 2 Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team wraps up the regular season at the reigning CAA champions, Delaware, on Saturday night.

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Minutemen beat Maine at home

The Massachusetts baseball team continues to hit the ball well in its 11-5 triumph over Maine on Wednesday

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Minutewomen open title defense against GW

The three-time defending A-10 champions from Massachusetts will open the championship portion of their season as the top seed facing off against the fourth-seeded George Washington.

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Bats coming alive for Minutemen

The Massachusetts baseball team is on an offensive tear right now as it pulls closer to a potential bid in the Atlantic 10 conference tournament.

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Softball looks to continue torrid streak against Fairfield

The Massachusetts softball team looks to build on its 11-game winning streak against Fairfield

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Massachusetts in a league of its own

The Massachusetts’s women lacrosse heads into the A-10 tournament as the odds on favorite.

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Minutewomen in control of A-10

After coming up short in the Atlantic 10 last year, the Massachusetts softball team has come out of the gates strong in conference play

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UMass sweeps URI, extends win streak to 11

The Massachusetts softball team continued its dominance in the Atlantic 10 on Tuesday afternoon with a pair of victories at home against Rhode Island.

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UMass hosts Maine on Wednesday

The Massachusetts baseball team hosts Maine on Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference affair.

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Rookie LeBlanc stepping up in big spots

Freshman starting pitcher Conor LeBlanc has solidified the No. 4 spot in the starting rotation.

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Meeks stepping up, tabbed A-10 Player of the Week

UMass first baseman Tiffany Meeks was recently named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week for her recent offensive outbursts.

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Minutewomen unaffected by injury to Ferris

Without its best offensive threat, Katie Ferris, the Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team turned to other players to fill the offensive void.

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Baseball off to best A-10 start since 2001

The Massachusetts baseball team finds themselves in the midst of things in the Atlantic 10 standings, as the conference tournament nears.

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UMass survives scare against Hofstra, remains perfect

The Minutemen saved its perfect record after edging Hofstra, 14-13, at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night to clinch the CAA regular season title and No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.

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Pair of weekend wins clinch undefeated A-10 season

A dominating win over La Salle clinched the No. 1 Atlantic 10 tournament seed for the Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team, while a win on the final day of the regular season secured an undefeated conference season.

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Softball extends win streak to 9 games

The Massachusetts softball team used big offense to carry it to three consecutive wins over the weekend to extend its season-high winning streak to nine games.

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UMass bats come alive in Saint Louis

The Massachusetts baseball team had commanding offense against the Billikens this weekend, as it outscored the home team 20-8 in three games.

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Biscardi’s hit sparks Minutemen

Anthony Biscardi’s huge hit in the fourth quarter of his team’s game against Hofstra led to a 14-13 Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team win at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.

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Men’s lacrosse heads to Gillette

The Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team takes its 11-0 record to Gillette Stadium this weekend in a matchup with Hofstra on Saturday.

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Baseball heads to Saint Louis for weekend series

Fresh off its Beanpot championship on Wednesday, the UMass baseball team will take on Saint Louis this weekend in a pivotal three-game series.

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Women’s lacrosse finishes regular season play this weekend

UMass women’s lacrosse has much to play for heading into the final weekend of the regular season.

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Sellner: UMass balance will pay dividends in playoffs

Throughout its 11-0 season, UMass has proven it can succeed no matter what type of game transpires.

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Playoff picture taking shape for women’s lacrosse

With four teams granted the right to play in the A-10 Championship, a number of teams will need successful final weekends in order to ensure themselves a trip to Richmond.

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Sara Plourde one-hits BC for 5-1 win

Sara Plourde allowed one hit and struck out 16 on the mound, while tallying her eighth home run of the season in a 5-1 victory over Boston College yesterday.

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UMass holds on to early lead for Beanpot title

The Massachusetts baseball team held on for an 8-7 victory following a furious Harvard rally yesterday in the team’s first trip to the Beanpot title game since 2009.

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Minutewomen look to stay hot at BC

The Massachusetts softball team carries a five-game winning-streak into Chestnut Hill on Wednesday as it looks to stay hot for the stretch-run.

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Minutemen fall to CCSU, play Harvard in Beatpot final

The Massachusetts baseball team suffered its third loss in its last four games with an 11-2 letdown against CCSU.

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McCormack earns CAA Player of Week honors

A 14-save effort on Saturday earned UMass goalie Tim McCormack Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week honors.

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Seniors shine on Senior Day

In a home clash with St. Bonaventure, the Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team honored the seniors who performed strongly in their second-to-last home game of their career.

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UMass wins a pair of A-10 games

The Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team continued its winning ways with two crucial A-10 wins over the weekend including a win on Senior Day.

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Plourde shuts down Colonials in doubleheader sweep

After a week off from the diamond, the Massachusetts softball team showed no signs of rust as it took care of business against George Washington on Sunday.

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Minutemen beat Drexel, claim share of top spot

The Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team defeated Drexel, 8-6, on Saturday at Bethpage High School, and moved into a tie for the team in the nation in one national poll.

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Minutemen drop 2-of-3 at St. Joes

The Massachusetts baseball team grabbed a win in the finale of a three-game series with Saint Joseph’s to avoid a sweep this weekend in Philadelphia.

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1st place Minutemen starting off well against A-10 foes

The Minutemen have been going strong thus far in the 2012 season, especially in the Atlantic 10 conference.

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No. 2 UMass battles Drexel on Saturday in clash of CAA’s top 2 teams

Sole possession of first place in the CAA is on the line Saturday as first place UMass takes on second place Drexel.

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Key weekend for No.10 Minutewomen

As the regular season begins to wind down, the Minutewomen take to the road, before quickly returning to McGuirk Stadium, as the post-season picture takes shape.

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Kyle Smith making 2012 a breakout year

Attacker Kyle Smith has taken a large step in his junior season, and now serves as one of the go-to scorers for the Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team.

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UMass looks to continue hot play as it heads to BU

The Massachusetts softball team tries to extend its winning streak to four on Friday against Boston University.

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Plourde named to Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd

Following a couple of record-breaking weeks, Massachusetts softball pitcher Sara Plourde was recognized in this week’s edition of Sports Illustrated.

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Torres takes the hill Friday as UMass looks to stay hot

Ace Dennis Torres takes the mound Friday as UMass travels to Saint Joseph’s.

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Turnovers thorn in side of UMass, Kelsey Palmer wins A-10 Honors

Despite the 12-1 start, UMass continues to make key mental mistakes.

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LeBlanc goes 7.2 strong as UMass advances in Beanpot

Freshman Conor LeBlanc continued his superb freshman season with 7.2 strong innings to lift UMass to a 4-1 win over Northeastern in the first round of the Beanpot tournament.

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Perfect Plourde dominates on mound and at the plate

Sara Plourde threw a perfect game and smashed two home runs in the weekend doubleheader for the UMass softball team.

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Rich Graef walks-off twice as Minutemen slide into first place

Rich Graef walked-off twice this weekend as the Minutemen baseball team swept La Salle, and bounded into first place in the A-10.

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Dennis Torres, Anthony Serino heating things up for Minutemen

With the help of Dennis Torres on the mound and Anthony Serino at the plate, the UMass baseball team is striving on a string of one-run wins.

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Plourde making strides at the plate

Known throughout her career as one of the most dominant pitchers in the country, Sara Plourde is proving she can get it done at the plate too this season.

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UMass cruises past Towson on Senior Day

UMass used a 10-1 second half advantage to race past Towson, 14-3, on Saturday afternoon to match its best start in program history.

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Ferris secures single-season points record in rout

Katie Ferris set the Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team’s single-season scoring record in the Minutewomen’s blowout victory over Saint Joseph’s on Friday.

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Monster 2nd half propels UMass

The Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team outscored Towson 10-1 in the second half in its 14-3 win over the Tigers on Saturday.

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Women’s lax pushes win streak to 5

The Massachusetts women’s lacrosse dismissed Saint Joseph’s easily with a dominating victory on a record-setting day at McGuirk Stadium on Friday.

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Towson visits UMass on Senior Day

The careers of 11 Minutemen seniors will be celebrated at Garber Field on Saturday as the Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team faces Towson on Senior Day.

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UMass hosts Saint Joseph’s in A-10 Clash

No. 10 UMass looks to continue its winning ways later today as it plays host to Saint Joseph’s.

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Senior class set for Senior Day showdown

The seniors field for their last regular season game on Garber Field as the No. 2 Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team hosts Towson.

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Minutemen baseball taking 2-1 nail-biter

In the opener of a three game series with La Salle, UMass churned out a 2-1 victory.

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Small-ball big factor for thriving Minutemen

With losses to two of its top bats from a year ago, UMass has turned to small-ball to put runs on the board instead of the long-ball.

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UMass softball coach Elaine Sortino diagnosed with cancer

Veteran softball coach Elaine Sortino informed her team of her cancer diagnosis after UMass’ win over Boston College yesterday.

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UMass begins three-game series against A-10 foe La Salle

The UMass baseball team looks to continue its strong start to conference play in a series against La Salle that starts tomorrow.

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Plourde fans 13 as UMass edges BC, 4-2

UMass got back in the win column with a 4-2 win over Boston College yesterday.

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Ryan Cusick bright spot at top of struggling Minutemen lineup

Leadoff hitter Ryan Cusick has provided a spark at the top of the linup for a struggling UMass offense.

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Minutewomen fall short at UConn

Sara Plourde pitched a complete game, striking out eight and only allowing three hits, but gave up a costly two-run homer.

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Huskies pounce on UMass

UConn rolled over the Minutemen baseball club, despite a strong first collegiate start for freshman Conor LeBlanc.

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Minutewomen finding offensive consistency

After a successful weekend against Dayton, the Massachusetts softball team looks to get on the right track offensively.

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Starting pitching developing well for UMass

The Massachusetts baseball team has been given consistent performances from its three-man staff of Dennis Torres, Glen Misho and Joe Popielarczyk early on this season.

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UMass stomps SJU to move to 9-0

The Minutemen didn’t allow a goal until late in the fourth quarter as part of a 15-3 handling of Saint Joseph’s on Saturday at Garber Field.

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Offensive surge leads UMass to sweep of Dayton

Behind strong performances from both Sara Plourde and the offense, the Massachusetts softball team stayed undefeated in conference play and extended its winning streak to five games.

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UMass takes 2 of 3 from Albany

The Massachusetts baseball team nearly completed a series sweep of Albany at home this weekend, taking the first two games before blowing a lead in the third game on Sunday.

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UMass defense suffocates Saint Joseph’s

Just like they have done all season, the Massachusetts men’s lacrosse dominated on the defensive end en route to a 15-3 win on Saturday over Saint Joseph’s.

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Popielarczyk emerging as team ace

Starting pitcher Joe Popielarczyk has been a pleasant surprise for the Massachusetts baseball team this season.

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Women’s lax sweeps pair of A-10 contests

The No. 15 Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team swept a pair of A-10 opponents this past weekend to improve to 11-1 on the season.

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UMass hosts Albany in weekend series

The Massachusetts baseball team looks to rebound after a tough loss to Holy Cross in its home opener.

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UMass goes for 9-0 against SJU on Saturday

The No. 3 UMass men’s lacrosse team faces off with Saint Joseph’s on Saturday afternoon at Garber Field to begin a five-game stretch of conference play to conclude the regular season.

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McLam, Conley leading the charge

The play of Rob McLam and Tom Conley lifted the Massachusetts baseball team so far this season.

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UMass edges by Quinnipiac as Plourde sets school strikeout record

Senior Sara Plourde set the school strikeout record yesterday, and threw her sixth career no-hitter.

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No. 17 Minutewomen begin A-10 play

Women’s lacrosse will look to defend last year’s A-10 title on the road against rivals, Richmond and George Washington.

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Young arms contributing early

A number of underclassmen threw well in the Massachusetts men’s baseball team’s 4-3 loss to Holy Cross on Tuesday.

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Plourde sets record despite obstacles

With all kinds of obstacles at hand, nothing appeared to stand in the way of Massachusetts softball pitcher Sara Plourde from breaking the UMass strikeout record.

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Minutewomen complete successful non-conference schedule

The non-conference schedule is now over and the Minutewomen head into conference play behind the nation’s top point getter Katie Ferris.

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Minutemen cruise past Crimson

The Minutemen avenged two-straight losses against Harvard on Garber Field with a 16-8 win behind five Will Many goals, along with four from Art Kell

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Baseball downed, 4-3, by Holy Cross

In its first home game of the season, the Massachusetts men’s baseball team suffered a 4-3 loss to Holy Cross.

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Softball home opener canceled

Tuesday’s scheduled home opener against Dartmouth was canceled due to cold temperatures and high winds in the area, according to UMassAthletics.com.

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Special Issue: UMass Baseball and Softball Season Preview

Check out what is hitting home this season for the Minutemen and women.

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Plourde routinely dominates on mound for Minutewomen

Columnist Stephen Hewitt breaks down the exceptional career of Massachusetts softball pitcher Sara Plourde.

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Minutemen roster filled with encouraging young future

Heading into the 2012 baseball season, the Minutemen are relying on scrappy baseball and other techniques from their roster.

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UMass baseball looks to rebound from disappointing 2011 season

The UMass baseball team has already shown signs of a turnaround this season after last year’s pitching woes and replacing key departures from its lineup.

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Remedies, superstitions do little for Dennis Torres

The Massachusetts baseball team’s pitcher Dennis Torres may have some superstitions of his own, but it is not the source of his budding skill.

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Minutewomen poised to return to A-10 glory

Boasting an experienced roster and a strong pitching staff, the Massachusetts softball team seems to be ready to return to Atlantic 10 championship success after a disappointing 2011 season.

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Does Sortino belong in UMass Athletics Hall of Fame?

Collegian columnist Michael Wood examines softball coach Elaine Sortino’s legacy and whether or not she belongs in the UMass Athletics Hall of Fame.

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Bettencourt’s return adds offensive dynamic

Katie Bettencourt’s season-ending injury last year was a big blow to the Massachusetts softball team, but the 2010 Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Year is back and 100 percent healthy, which will give the offense a huge boost this season.

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Experience to charge Minutewomen in 2012

After a disappointing season last year, the Massachusetts softball team hopes a more experienced squad can lead it back to the A-10 championships.

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Katie Ferris asserting herself in lead role

One key to the Minutewomen’s success this season has been the dominant play of leading sophomore attacker Katie Ferris.

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Women’s lax notches 2-1 record over break

The Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team lost its first game of the season to No. 1 Northwestern, but bounced back with two strong victories over break to improve its record to 9-1.

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Men’s lacrosse continues the streak with a win over Penn State

The No. 4 Massachusetts men’s lacrosse kicked off conference play in grand fashion with a win over No. 16 Penn State.

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Men’s lacrosse faces latest test in No. 16 Penn State

After three straight lopsided victories, the No. 4 Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team will be tested when it travels to face Penn State on Saturday.

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UMass looking for clean performance to knock off No. 1 Northwestern

UMass coach Angela McMahon said her team needs to correct its miscues heading into its duel with the top-seeded Wildcats.

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UMass jumping all over opposition from opening faceoff

The Minutemen have hit their stride from the opening whistle, stringing together dominating runs to start their past two games.

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Baseball nabs first win of the year

The Massachusetts baseball team notched its first victory of the season, beating Hartford, 8-7 on Tuesday.

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Women’s lacrosse to play 3 games over break

While students are away on spring break, the Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team will be hard at work.

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Minutewomen clip American Eagles, still perfect

A monstrous first-half secured the seventh victory of the season for UM, aided by Nina Sarcona’s record setting day.

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Sarcona, draw controls key to success

The Minutewomen continued their winning ways on Tuesday and have Nina Sarcona to thank for that.

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Baseball drops first three to No. 18 UCF

The Massachusetts baseball team kicked off its season in Florida over the weekend, and went 0-3 against No. 18 Central Florida.

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Minutewomen victorious in defensive battle over UVM

UMass came away from Virtue Field with the first road win of their 2012 season, outlasting Vermont in a 9-8 stand-off.

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Powerhouse defense key for UMass in clash with Hawks

Riding a strong defensive performance, the Minutemen are now 6-0.

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Seawolves continue domination of Delaware

The Stony Brook men’s lacrosse team defeated Delaware 7-6 on Saturday, for the sixth straight time.

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Men’s lacrosse hammers Hawks, 14-5

With defense playing a key role in getting UMass possession, the Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team defeated Hartford, 14-5.

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Men’s lax wraps up brief home stand against Hartford

UMass tries to improve to 6-0 on Saturday afternoon as it takes on battle-tested Hartford, Conn.

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Top line excels in UM victory

The first attack and midfield units ignited the No. 5 Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team to a blowout victory over Albany

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Minutewomen take perfect record on the road

The Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team will play away from McGuirk Alumni Stadium for the first time this season and hopes to keep its perfect record intact.

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Ferris, Houlis Receive A-10 Honors

After two dominating wins last week, two Massachusetts women’s lacrosse players have been honored as Atlantic 10 Players of the Week.

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8 Minutemen contribute multi-point games in win

The Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team improved its record to 5-0 on the season with a 17-7 win at home versus Albany.

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Offensive attack fuels perfect home stand

With the 21-7 win over Sacred Heart on Sunday, UMass continued its perfect start to the season with its fifth straight win at home.

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Minutewomen go 2-2 in Tuscaloosa

Two big wins over Maryland, and a couple of lopsided defeats, made for an up and down weekend for the Massachusetts softball team this weekend.

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Men’s lacrosse returns home to face Albany

The Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team looks to go 5-0 when they host Albany today at Garber Field.

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Minutewomen rout Sacred Heart for 5th straight

The Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team easily handled Sacred Heart on Sunday afternoon to pick up its fifth consecutive win to begin the season.

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Minutemen roll past Brown, improve to 4-0

The No. 7 Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team stayed hot with a 12-7 win at Brown on Saturday.

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Men’s lacrosse travels to face Brown

The Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team will face Brown on Saturday in its third road game of the season so far.

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Experience paying dividends in tough road contests

With a roster stock-full of experience, the No. 7 Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team has rose to the occasion in its pair of road tests this season.

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