Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Defense paying off for Minutewomen

By Geena Lombardi

April 21, 2010

Behind the dominating pitching of Sara Plourde and power hitting from the offense, there has been one component of the Massachusetts softball team that has been overshadowed this season: The defense. However, UMass’ defense stepped up recently in its 6-0 shutout of Quinnipiac. With three players...

PSU upsets Pride, Tigers first in conference

By Kara Deyermenjian

April 21, 2010

Penn State upset No. 11 Hofstra 11-10 Saturday night at Jeffrey Field after a hard fought overtime battle. Freshman Nick Dolik scored three goals on the day, including the game-winner in overtime, while sophomore Matt Mackrides contributed four goals of his own in the victory.   The upset against...

Plourde gets fifth no-hitter of the year in Minutewomen victory.

By Kara Deyermenjian

April 21, 2010

Pitcher Sara Plourde and the Massachusetts softball team defeated Quinnipiac 6-0 Tuesday afternoon at home, after Plourde threw her fifth no-hitter of the season and sixth of her career. With the win, UMass increases its winning streak to 13 and improves its record to 28-7, while the Bobcats fall to...

Depth for Minutewomen scoring runs, benefiting UM

By Adam Miller

April 21, 2010

Even when the hitting isn’t going well for the Massachusetts softball team, the offense finds a way to score runs. Quinnipiac threw two no-hit innings to start the game, but the Minutewomen still took a 2-0 lead to start the third inning, finishing the game with a combined .217 average and while...

Minutemen pitching collapses against Blue Devils

By Michael Wood

April 21, 2010

The Massachusetts baseball team once again saw its pitching staff falter and another contest slip away, losing 17-12 to Central Connecticut State. Trouble came early for the Minutemen (7-20, 5-7 A-10), who trailed by six runs after three innings of play. Timely hitting by the Blue Devils (15-12) helped...

Fielding and pitching miscues lead to loss against Blue Devils

By Dan Gigliotti

April 21, 2010

Untimely, fielding miscues and a lack of control on the mound were the Massachusetts baseball teams’ demise in an outing in which 12 runs scored were not enough to win Tuesday afternoon against Central Connecticut. “We stayed fighting and that part was good, but the other part was that we couldn’t...

Kellogg inks recruit Traynham

By Adam Miller

April 21, 2010

Massachusetts men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg is hoping size doesn’t matter when it comes to point guards this season. The Minutemen signed recruit Daryl Traynham from Upper Marlboro, Maryland, on April 19. He recently played in the Capital Classic, where he finished with 15 points and six...

UMass topples Warhawks, Sun Devils over weekend

By Scott Cournoyer

April 21, 2010

The Massachusetts men’s club rugby team took two steps closer to winning the national championship over the weekend, beating Wisconsin-Whitewater 32-18 and Arizona State 22-6  to advance to the semi-finals.  UMass (10-1) used its aggressive style of passing patterns in close proximity to confuse...

Minutemen fall short despite late scoring surge

By Mike Gillmeister

April 20, 2010

A late scoring surge couldn’t help the Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team as it lost to Delaware, 9-6. The No. 12 Minutemen (7-4, 2-2 Colonial Athletic Association) committed 20 turnovers, including eight turnovers in the first and third quarters in the loss. Freshman attackman Will Manny led...

Minutewomen trounce UConn before having doubleheader rained out

By Adam Miller

April 19, 2010

Before the second game against Boston University, the last team to put up more than three runs against the Massachusetts softball team was Kansas when it put up six against the Minutewomen on March 18. This weekend, the weather was the only thing that could stop UMass from having its way on the defensive...

Minutemen win consecutive A-10 series

By Pete Vasquez

April 19, 2010

With a lopsided 13-1 victory on Sunday afternoon, the Massachusetts baseball team captured its second consecutive Atlantic 10 series, taking two out of three games from Rhode Island over the weekend. “I think we’re playing better,” UMass coach Mike Stone said. “We played a really good game...

UMass splits weekend in dramatic fashion

By Herb Scribner

April 19, 2010

A last-second goal kept the Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team from taking first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference. This past weekend was filled with two tight contests for the Minutewomen (8-8, 5-2 A-10), the latter of which halted them from nabbing the top seed in the upcoming A-10 tournament. “I’m...