// Massachusetts

Four BC Eagles, One UMass Minuteman Selected in NFL Draft

Boston College football had its best season in three years in 2013, finishing with a winning record and seeing postseason action for the first time since 2011, and winning more games (seven) than in 2011 and ’12 combined (six). However, no Eagle had his name called in either of the first two days of the […]

UMass Guard Derrick Gordon Is First Openly Gay Player in D-I

University of Massachusetts guard Derrick Gordon has come out as gay, becoming the first player in Division I men’s basketball ever to do so. Gordon made the public announcement in a conversation with ESPN’s Kate Fagan, where he said that he told his teammates on April 2, a few days after coming out to his […]

College Basketball Postseason Roundup: Harvard Adds Another Win to Record

March Madness rolls on, but the 2013-14 college basketball season is over for the seven Massachusetts Division I teams. Harvard and UMass both took part in the NCAA Tournament, but with very different results, as the Crimson advanced to the Round of 32 while the Minutemen could never get their offense going and were one-and-done. […]

Harvard, UMass Headed to the Big Dance

For the first time since 2007, two Massachusetts teams will play in the NCAA Tournament starting this week, as Harvard and UMass both had their names called on Selection Sunday. Harvard was an automatic qualifier after winning the Ivy League title, while the Minutemen, seemingly a lock earlier in the season, received an at-large bid […]

College Basketball February Roundup: 4 Mass. Teams in Good Position for Stretch Run

Harvard Record: 23-4, 10-1 (1st in Ivy League) Harvard went 7-1 in February to secure its place atop the Ivy League standings, demolishing Penn and Cornell twice each and losing only to Yale on February 8. The Crimson’s seven wins came by a whopping 17.3 points on average, as it took full advantage of the […]

College Basketball January Roundup: UMass Holds in Top 25

#21 Massachusetts Record: 17-3, 4-2 (4th in Atlantic 10 Conference) UMass climbed as high as number 13 in the AP rankings in January, before dropping two of its last three games of the month and plunging down to number 21, still two spots higher than it was at the end of December. The Minutemen reeled […]

College Basketball December Roundup: UMass, Harvard in First Place

#23 Massachusetts Record: 11-1 (1st in Atlantic 10 Conference) UMass climbed one spot in the AP rankings over the month of December despite sustaining its first loss of the season, a narrow five-point defeat at Florida State on the 21st. The Minutemen bounced back from that setback with a 69-67 overtime victory over Providence to […]

UMass Fires Charley Molnar After Two Seasons

The University of Massachusetts Amherst fired head coach Charley Molnar last Thursday following the program’s second straight 1-11 season. The 2013 season was also the Minutemen’s second at the Football Bowl Subdivision level, after their move from the FCS. In a statement, director of athletics John McCutcheon said that “it has become clear … that […]

College Football Week 14 Roundup: BC, UMass Lose Season Finales

Boston College, 31; Syracuse, 34 Boston College finished the regular season with a 7-5 record after a loss to Syracuse (6-6) at the Carrier Dome that ended the Eagles’ four-game winning streak. Like the previous week’s win at Maryland, this one came down to the very last play, but this time BC found itself on […]

College Basketball November Roundup: UMass Cracks Top 25

#24 Massachusetts Record: 6-0 (2nd in Atlantic 10 Conference) The UMass Minutemen earned their first top 25 ranking in the AP poll since 1998, the last year they played in the NCAA Tournament, thanks to a hot start in which they won their first six games by an average of 10 points. The run was highlighted […]

College Football Week 13 Roundup: BC Wins Fourth Straight, UMass Shut Out

Boston College, 29; Maryland, 26 Boston College continued its second-half surge, improving to 7-4 with its second road win of the season, over Maryland (6-5) at Byrd Stadium. Although BC outgained Maryland by nearly 100 yards, the game was close throughout and came down to the very last play. The win was the Eagles’ fourth straight, […]

College Football Week 12 Roundup: Big Day for BC, UMass Drops a Close One

North Carolina State, 21; Boston College, 38 Boston College became bowl-eligible by improving to 6-4 with a comfortable home win over N.C. State (3-7) at Alumni Stadium in which it never trailed. As has often been the case this season, the Eagles got the job done with their run game, gaining 420 rushing yards while […]

College Football Week 10 Roundup: Big Win for BC, UMass Obliterated

Virginia Tech, 27; Boston College, 34 Boston College bounced back from a disappointing loss at North Carolina with a wild win over Virginia Tech (6-3), another Atlantic Coast Conference rival, at Alumni Stadium. The BC offense was dominated in the yards gained category, 446 to 289, but successfully capitalized on the four second-half turnovers forced by […]

College Football Week 9 Roundup: Disappointing Losses for BC, UMass

Boston College, 10; North Carolina, 34 Boston College missed a good chance to go above .500 with a poor showing against North Carolina (2-5) at Kenan Memorial Stadium. The Tar Heels hadn’t won since September 7 against Middle Tennessee, and the win was their first in Atlantic Coast Conference play. On Saturday, they outgained the […]

College Football Week 8 Roundup: UMass Gets Blown Out

Massachusetts, 3; Buffalo, 32 UMass never really stood a chance against MAC East-leading Buffalo (5-2), getting manhandled on its trip to upstate New York and dropping to 1-6 on the season. The offense, as has typically been the case this year, was particularly listless in the loss. The Massachusetts defense managed to hold off the Bulls’ […]