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UMass basketball: After disappointing loss, Minutemen head to George Washington in need of a win

02-26-2024 5:06 PM

By GARRETT COTE

Saturday was one of the those games that the UMass men’s basketball team had to win – regardless of by how much or how pretty it looked.The biggest Mullins Center crowd (7,016) since 2015 was on hand as were a ton of alumni sitting courtside. The...


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UMass will reportedly join the Mid-American Conference (MAC) in all sports in 2025-26

02-26-2024 3:30 PM

By GARRETT COTE

According to multiple sources, the University of Massachusetts is set to join the Mid-American Conference (MAC) for an all-sports move beginning in the 2025-26 academic year.The Athletic’s Nicole Auerbach and ESPN’s Pete Thamel were among those to...


Colleges: UNH rallies late, takes down UMass hockey in OT

02-24-2024 9:48 PM

Clinging to a 2-1 lead late in the third period, the UMass hockey team was just a few minutes away from a weekend sweep over New Hampshire. The Minutemen defeated the Wildcats at the Mullins Center 3-2 on Friday night, and headed to Durham for...


UMass basketball: St. Bonaventure beats Minutemen at own game, scores 75-67 win in front of largest crowd of the season at Mullins Center

02-24-2024 7:32 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — Throughout the season, it’s clear the UMass men’s basketball team has built its identity doing the dirty work. Following several conference matchups over the past month, most coaches took the time to say the Minutemen are the most resilient...


Colleges: Samuli Niinisaari scores pair, UMass hockey overcomes adversity in 3-2 win over New Hampshire

02-23-2024 9:40 PM

Challenges, disallowed goals, penalties… it was all on display Friday night at the Mullins Center.The 14th-ranked UMass hockey team had two goals disallowed due to video replay, and survived five shorthanded situations to No. 16 New Hampshire. Despite...


UMass basketball: Winners of three of their last four, Minutemen look to keep momentum going against St. Bonaventure

02-23-2024 2:20 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

The UMass men’s basketball team found a good time to play its best basketball of the season. The Minutemen have won three of their last four contests, with Tuesday’s victory over VCU certainly checking in as one of their best victories of the season....


UMass hockey: After being swept by BC, Minutemen turn page to series against UNH

02-22-2024 3:59 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

With just six regular season games remaining on the schedule, the UMass hockey team must quickly turn the page after a pair of tough losses to top-ranked Boston College this past weekend. After falling to the Eagles, 5-1, on Friday, the Minutemen...


UMass basketball: Minutemen bounce back, roll to 74-52 victory over VCU

02-20-2024 10:23 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — Anxious murmurs percolated throughout the Mullins Center crowd as a Roosevelt Wheeler layup cut VCU’s deficit to 48-38 – the closest it had been since 12-2 in the opening minutes – with exactly 14 minutes to go in regulation.The UMass...


UMass basketball great George “Trigger” Burke dies at 91

02-19-2024 5:45 PM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

 UMass basketball great George “Trigger” Burke died at his home in Quincy on Feb. 14. He was 91. The namesake for the UMass Athletics Hall of Fame, Burke played point guard for the Minutemen from 1954-1956 and shares a No. 32 with Julius Erving in the...


UMass basketball: Red-hot VCU comes to Mullins Center on Tuesday

02-19-2024 5:38 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — The saying all season long for the UMass men’s basketball team is a simple one: Don’t let the highs be too high, and don’t let the lows be too low.After a disappointing loss to then last-place La Salle over the weekend, the Minutemen are...


UMass hockey: Amherst’s Ryan Leonard scores hat trick to lift No. 1 Boston College past Minutemen 6-4

02-18-2024 4:56 PM

By GARRETT COTE

For the second time in three days, the UMass hockey team was overwhelmed by the offensive firepower of Boston College, as the N0. 1 Eagles completed a weekend – and season – sweep of the Minutemen with a 6-4 victory at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill on...


UMass basketball: Minutemen dig double-digit hole, drop road game at last-place La Salle, 82-81 

02-17-2024 4:49 PM

Just three days removed from its biggest win of the season, the UMass men’s basketball team followed it up with perhaps its worst loss of the year on Saturday.The Minutemen dug themselves a double-digit halftime hole on the road against last place La...


UMass hockey: Boston College locks down Minutemen, pulls away for 5-1 victory in front of packed Mullins Center (PHOTOS)

02-17-2024 12:10 AM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — Late in the third period, Boston College freshman Ryan Leonard found himself free in the attacking zone, skating into the slot with nobody between he and UMass goalie Michael Hrabal.Leonard loaded up and snapped a wrist shot into the top...


UMass basketball: Minutemen travel to last-place La Salle on Saturday

02-16-2024 6:05 PM

By GARRETT COTE

There’s nothing quite like a huge road win in the Atlantic 10 Conference.The UMass men’s basketball team traveled down to Virginia and handled league-leading Richmond on Wednesday, defeating them 69-59 after being up as many as 17 points in the second...


UMass hockey: No. 1 Boston College heads to Amherst on Friday

02-15-2024 2:39 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

The top-ranked team in college hockey is coming to Amherst. UMass, the No. 10 ranked team in PairWise, will host No. 1 Boston College at the Mullins Center on Friday before heading to Chestnut Hill to play the Eagles on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the return...


The Real Score: You Need to Calm Down, Embracing the Taylor Swift Effect on the NFL

02-15-2024 2:04 PM

Taylor Swift won this year’s Super Bowl. I mean… the Kansas City Chiefs won this year’s Super Bowl. If you don’t know by now, pop star Taylor Swift and Kansas City Chiefs’ tight end Travis Kelce are dating. The relationship caused a media stir as...


UMass basketball: League-leading, defensive-minded Richmond next for Minutemen

02-13-2024 2:48 PM

By GARRETT COTE

As has been said for the last three games, the next one marks the UMass men’s basketball team’s most important game to date on the calendar.Every game from here on out – given the current state of the Atlantic 10 – is the most important one.UMass...


UMass basketball: Minutemen hold off Rhode Island despite free throw woes 81-79

02-11-2024 5:17 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

It seems that no matter what happens during a UMass men’s basketball game, all roads lead to a photo finish in the end.Such was again the case on Sunday at the Mullins Center in Amherst.The Minutemen trailed Rhode Island for almost the entire first...


UMass hockey: Michael Hrabal (35 saves) rises to the occasion again as Minutemen finish sweep of UConn via 3-1 win

02-10-2024 9:58 PM

With a series against the No. 1 team in the country on deck, the UMass hockey team took care of business over the weekend.After a win on the road Friday night, the Minutemen capped a weekend sweep of UConn with a 3-1 victory on Saturday at the Mullins...


UMass hockey: Michael Hrabal pitches shutout, Minutemen blank UConn 2-0

02-09-2024 9:44 PM

A pair of third-period goals pushed the UMass hockey team past UConn, 2-0, on Friday night in Storrs, Conn. in the two teams’ first of two matchups this weekend as part of a home-and-home series.Freshman forward Dans Locmelis scored less than three...



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