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Chaos on the UMass Amherst campus following Patriots loss

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Moments after that devastating loss by the Patriots, chaos ensued at UMass Amherst.

Thousands of people - many of them students - gathering in Southwest for a post-game riot.

A spokesperson for UMass said that number could change, but what we're told is that there were 2,000 people gathered in Southwest.

Seven arrests were made and a dozen people were transported by ambulance.

The last time the Patriots lost in a Super Bowl, it was to the New York Giants in 2012 and riots erupted at UMass.

Six years later, not much seems to have changed in the Southwest residential area.
"There were a lot of people yelling '*** the Eagles' and there were a lot of fights breaking out and the police got involved," said Marty Clayton, a junior at UMass.
With roughly 2,000 gathered in Southwest around 10:15 p.m. Sunday, UMass Police, Amherst Police, and Massachusetts State Police stepped in and medical calls included head injuries and alcohol intoxication.
"Throwing beer cans, bottles, glass shattering everywhere, fights breaking out.  It was madness," said Brianna Fox, a junior at UMass.
UMass spokesperson Ed Blaguszewski added, "After three dispersal orders, a number of people did not leave. The police line came out and we used pepper-ball to help disperse the crowd."
Blaguszewski told Western Mass News that riots like these are hard to predict and that officers did the best they could.

"It was a difficult scene out there. People were throwing things at the police," Blaguszewski noted.
Students living in the Southwest residential area describe the aftermath.
"There were beer cans everywhere. I saw a laptop keyboard in a puddle...just stuff everywhere," said Joshua Lafond, a freshman at UMass.
By early Monday afternoon, all appeared clear, but the school plans to review its policies to try and prevent this from happening again in the future.

UMass spokesperson Mary Detloff added that about $2,685 in damages were reported in six Southwest residence halls.  

"Mostly limited to bathrooms, the damages included things like removed or damaged toilet paper and soap dispensers, a shattered toilet and door vents being kicked in," Detloff explained.

Detloff told Western Mass News that one of those arrested, 22-year-old Jordan Ortiz of Marshfield, was arraigned Monday on a charges of disorderly conduct, rioting, and failing to disperse.

The six other students will be arraigned on Tuesday.

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