Graphic by Joey Lorant
Graphic by Joey Lorant

2022 Spring Sports Special Issue

A closer look at the lives and character of UMass athletes and coaches on and off the field

May 26, 2022

The 2022 spring sports season marked many new chapters at UMass. Women’s lacrosse returned to the NCAA Tournament for a second consecutive season, softball reintroduced an iconic athlete as its newest head coach, men’s lacrosse put on instant classics in its final season in the Colonial Athletic Association and baseball nearly doubled its win total from 2021 to 2022.

We close the book on the season with the spring sport special issue, a collection of long form stories centered around players and coaches of the spring sports as well as select stories highlighting the season for each sport. Learn about Danielle Henderson’s journey home, Olivia Muscella’s foundation for her mother and more below.

Features

Women’s lacrosse

Bigger than a game: Olivia Muscella honors her mother on and off the field by Sophie Weller, Collegian Staff

Haley Connaughton makes a curtain call that some thought was impossible by Corinne Arel, Collegian Staff

‘I think everything happens for a reason,’ how Kelly Marra ultimately chose between soccer and lacrosse by Sophie Weller, Collegian Staff

Men’s lacrosse

Better to go unnoticed: Inside the mind of a short stick defensive midfielder by Colin McCarthy, Assistant Sports Editor

High school quarterback to collegiate midfielder by Shanti Furtado, Collegian Staff

The rise of Matt Knote: UMass’ star goalie by Marco Lopez, Collegian Staff

Softball

Full circle: The return of UMass legend Danielle Henderson by Pedro Gray Soares, Collegian Staff

‘They call me the hype man,’ how Kendra Allen impacts the culture of UMass softball by Johnny Depin, Collegian Staff

Highlights from the 2022 season

Baseball

UMass baseball fends off Fairfield in thrilling win on Tuesday by Judah Katz, Collegian Staff

Scott LeSieur and Jared Henry lead the way for UMass baseball in 11-4 win over UMass Lowell by James DiLuca, Collegian Staff

UMass showed strong offense in series win against Saint Joseph’s by Kayla Gregoire, Collegian Staff

Baseball notebook: UMass wins weekend series against Towson by Michael Araujo and James DiLuca, Collegian Staff

Shilpa Sweth / Daily Collegian

Women’s lacrosse

2022 women’s lacrosse season recap by Sophie Weller, Collegian Staff

UMass women’s lacrosse force 21 turnovers in bounce back win against Vermont by Joey Aliberti, Assistant Sports Editor

UMass defense dominant in 20-7 win over VCU by Corinne Arel, Collegian Staff

Sophie-Zoe Schreyer / Daily Collegian

Men’s lacrosse

After four years, Jackson Cummings finally gets his moment by Colin McCarthy, Assistant Sports Editor

A second half surge puts UMass over No. 17 Brown, 10-7 by Lulu Kesin, Sports Editor

UMass men’s lacrosse upperclassmen shined on senior day against Drexel by Shanti Furtado, Collegian Staff

UMass defeats Delaware 11-10 in overtime by Marco Lopez, Collegian Staff

Dylan Nguyen / Daily Collegian

Softball

UMass softball rallies late to defeat Rhode Island by Frederick Hanna III, Assistant Sports Editor

UMass softball beats Maine in two game set on Wednesday afternoon by Johnny Depin, Collegian Staff

UMass softball back on track with series win over George Mason by Pedro Gray Soares, Collegian Staff

Shilpa Sweth / Daily Collegian
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    Maggie McCarthyMay 27, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    Proud grandpa of the md collegian

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