Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Wood: Fenway still delivers “firsts” for fans

By Michael Wood

January 22, 2012

Filed under Hockey, Sports, Sports Columns, Winter Sports

I was 17-years-old the first time I set foot inside America’s most beloved ballpark, and it’s a moment that will stand out next to all the other sporting experiences I’ll ever have in my life. When I finally got tickets ...

It’s time for a change in philosophy on offense

By Jay Asser

November 10, 2011

Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports Columns

If you watched the first-round exit by the Massachusetts men’s basketball team in the Atlantic 10 tournament last season, you were treated to an abysmal display of offense. The Minutemen scored 16 points in the first half and connected on 28.1 percent of their shots en route t...

Analyzing the “brotherhood”

By Herb Scribner

November 10, 2011

Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports Columns

It was sometimes dreadful watching the Massachusetts men’s basketball team last season. Aside from the fact that the Collegian press conference seat is stationed right next to the wicked loud band, I had to watch a sha...

Good looks to UMass hockey

By Michael Wood

October 6, 2011

Filed under Sports Columns

Growing up, I never liked hockey. I hated watching it on TV. It wasn’t fun to play. I didn’t know any of the teams in the NHL. The rules were confusing, and frankly, there were better things I could be doing with my ...

UMass soccer loses centerpiece, modern foundation over offseason

By Herb Scribner

September 5, 2011

Filed under Men's Soccer, Sports Columns

It’s a chaotic mess at Rudd Field as the Massachusetts men’s soccer team prepares for its 2011 season. The Minutemen will have to deal with the loss of four senior players, three of whom brought the Maroon and White to...

Pay-for-play, the only way

By Jay Asser

September 5, 2011

Filed under Football, Sports Columns

Remember when big-time college athletes were amateurs? Yeah, that was a long time ago. Technically speaking, college athletics is still a form of amateurism (smile and wave for the NCAA). But who are we kidding? While univ...

Virginia survives scare, holds onto top spot in polls

By Matt Lopes

April 26, 2011

Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The Virginia baseball team saw its seven-game winning streak vanish after the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader with North Carolina State, but the Cavaliers fought back at home this past weekend to take the series fr...

A-10 Tournament Picks: Men’s Hoops should, probably, most likely win

By Nick O'Malley

March 7, 2011

Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports Columns

While we don’t get to see the class of the Atlantic 10 in action until this weekend, we do get four solid matchups in the opening round of the conference tournament. Surprisingly, even the No. 11 and No. 12 seeds have a shot...

Minutemen need more than the ‘Gurley Show’

By Nick O'Malley

January 31, 2011

Filed under Sports Columns

At the beginning of the TV show “30 Rock,” Tina Fey’s character, Liz Lemon, is the head writer of the fictional “The Girlie Show.” At that point, the show’s main feature is the eccentric Jenna Maroney and didn...

The tale of two teams

By Nick O'Malley

January 24, 2011

Filed under Hockey, Men's Basketball, Sports Columns

Both the Massachusetts men’s basketball and hockey team have come back to Earth. Whether or not that’s a good or bad thing depends on which team you’re talking about. For men’s basketball, preseason expectations wer...

Justine Sowry coached team to next level

By Nick O'Malley

January 18, 2011

Filed under Field Hockey, Sports Columns

Since Justine Sowry took the head coaching job for the Massachusetts field hockey team back in 2007, she repeated one goal: to take the program to the next level. And in four short years, she did just that. With news coming...

Not quite like Mike, but close enough

By Adam Miller

December 9, 2010

Filed under Senior Columns, Sports Columns

Editor’s note: Sports Editor Adam Miller has worked for the Massachusetts Daily Collegian for the entirety of his time at UMass, and is graduating at the end of the current semester. Ever since...