Spring Sports Special Issue

By Collegian Sports Staff

(James Desjardin/Daily Collegian)
(James Desjardin/Daily Collegian)


UMass baseball to rely on the moxie of Grant, LeBlanc
The Minutemen have two senior workhorses atop the starting rotation in Andrew Grant and Connor LeBlanc, who were both recently named team captains.

UMass baseball team ready to shake off snow, start 2015 season
Conor LeBlanc and Andrew Grant lead the pitching staff, while top 2013 hitter Rob McLam returns after missing all of 2014.

Robert McLam anxiously awaits his chance to lead UMass baseball’s offense again in his return from an ACL injury
After a long, painful road back to recovery, the redshirt senior will return to his position at second base in the Minutemen’s opener on March 3.


In her first year coaching, Kaitlin Inglesby already draws rave reviews
UMass softball coach Kristi Stefanoni praised the improvements pitching coach Kaitlin Inglesby has made to the pitching staff.

UMass softball enters 2015 brimming with high expectations
Minutewomen coach Kristi Stefanoni expects her team to contend for the Atlantic 10 Conference title and reach the regional round of the Women’s College World Series.


Playing to the max: Nick Mariano brings strong work ethic, offensive reliability to UMass lacrosse
Coming off a terrific freshman season, Mariano aims to lead the Minutemen to a bounce-back season and a return to the CAA playoffs.

Ryan Izzo bears significant responsibility as UMass lacrosse captain
Izzo, who is a senior, hopes to solidify his legacy at UMass by bringing the Minutemen back to the playoffs.

UMass lacrosse forges on with youthful roster
The Minutemen have only 12 upperclassmen on the team and are searching for reliable underclassmen to fill the void.

Double trouble: How Anne and Kate Farnham live the same life
The twins have been doing things side-by-side since they’ve been born and now they’re ready to take the next step forward for the UMass women’s lacrosse team together.


Beasts of the Northeast: Ana Yrazusta and Carol Benito earn regional acclaim
Ana Yrazusta and Carol Benito were ranked 10th in Northeast doubles teams by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and are the Massachusetts tennis team’s top doubles pair.


Inspired by a family connection, Heather MacLean continues to thrive on the track
Despite only starting track and field as a junior in high school, Heather MacLean is already leaving her mark on the Massachusetts women’s track and field program.