Monday, October 31, 2011

UConn Sports Rounup, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween, everybody. Internet is still out in the Koch household so I am here at Starbucks. Here is the rundown...

Men's Soccer: The Huskies' late-season collapse continued yesterday, as they lost 1-0 to Seton Hall. The Pirates had previously been winless in Big East play. Nevertheless, they pulled off their second major upset of the year, following the 0-0 tie with then-#1 Maryland. We will earn the #3 seed in the Big East Tournament, and will host DePaul with the date and time TBD, though it will likely be Wednesday or Thursday.

Women's Volleyball: The Huskies pulled off their second straight win, defeating DePaul, 3-1. After falling in set 1, 25-14, the Huskies beat the Blue Demons the next three times, 26-24, 25-21, and 25-20. Next up, we host West Virginia and Pitt on Friday and Sunday at 7:00 PM and 2:00 PM, respectively. The Mountaineers and Panthers rank in the bottom of the Big East standings. Then, we wrap up with Rutgers and Seton Hall on the road, both of whom are at or below .500. With a little help, we could theoretically make the Big East Tournament by winning out.

Men's Basketball: Just three days until the Huskies open their exhibition schedule with a contest against American International. That game is at 7:30 PM on and WTIC.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Husky Sports Roundup, October 30th 2011

No internet, phone, or tv at my house due to the storm. I'm here at Fishkill All-Sport writing this post on the wi-fi. 

Men's Soccer: The game against Seton Hall was changed to 6 PM tonight. Marquette beat Pitt and West Virginia beat Notre Dame, so a win against the Pirates nets us second place in the Blue Division wile a loss or draw nets us third. As the #3 seed, we would host DePaul in the First Round for the second year in a row and if we win, we will play at Rutgers in the quarterfinals. If we get the #2 seed, we will host the winner of St. John's and either Notre Dame of Georgetown, depending on whether the Fighting Irish can beat the Pirates tomorrow. 

Field Hockey: The game today vs. Princeton was canceled since Princeton needs to play Cornell today due to the snow yesterday. Big East Tournament Semifinal vs. Louisville is next on Friday at 12:30 PM.

Men's Ice Hockey: The game against Army has been postponed and will be Tuesday, February 7th at 7:05 PM. 

Saturday, October 29, 2011

UConn Sports Roundup from October 29th, 2011

Snow in October? Come on, man! But for now, it's the UConn Sports Roundup.'

Field Hockey: The Huskies clinched the Big East regular season title outright with a 5-0 win over Rutgers yesterday. Anne Jeute scored two goals, and Rayell Heistand, Jestine Angelini, and Marie Elena Bolles added one each. This game was not close, nor was it expected to be. The Huskies improve to 6-0 in Big East play and 16-1 overall and will wrap up the regular season at Princeton on Sunday at 2 PM. Next Friday, the Huskies will "host" Louisville at 12:30 PM in the first Big East Semifinal. That game will be played at Coyne Field in Syracuse and will air on The winner will face the winner of Syracuse-Villanova on Sunday at 1 PM.

Women's Ice Hockey: The Huskies lost to Syracuse 4-0 in a non-conference matchup. Nicole Paniccia made 30 saves, but it wasn't enough as Syracuse outshot the Huskies 34-17. The two teams will square off again today at 4:00.

Men's Soccer: The Huskies will wrap up the regular season today at Seton Hall. A win clinches them a bye in the first round of the Big East Tournament followed by a home quarterfinal. They can win the Blue Division regular season title with a win and a Marquette loss or draw to Pittsburgh. The Pirates have not won a Big East game this year, so this should be an easy win for us. Then again, that's what Maryland says and they played to a 0-0 draw. And we've had some poor offense in some games this season. Don't count out a trap game. In any case, it will air on WHUS and Live Stats can be found on the Huskies' website.

Women's Volleyball:The Huskies host Notre Dame today at 2:00 PM. That game will be on Huskies All-Access, as will tomorrow's game vs. DePaul, also at 2:00 PM. The Huskies need wins to keep their extremely slim postseason hopes alive.

Men's Ice Hockey: The Huskies host Army tonight at 7:05, looking to improve to 3-0 in Atlantic Hockey play. They are 3-2-1 overall right now. Next weekend, the Huskies will play two 7:05 games at Mercyhurst on Friday and Saturday night.

Update 1:39 PM - Lots of weather cancellations. Field Hockey has been cancelled since Princeton needs to play today's conference game tomorrow. Men's soccer will be played tomorrow at 6 PM.

Friday, October 28, 2011

UConn Sports Roundup, October 28th

Busy weekend. Let's look ahead

Cole Schneider scored a
goal in last night's 4-2 UConn
victory over Holy Cross.
Men's Ice Hockey: The Huskies defeated Holy Cross, 4-2, in the Atlantic Hockey opener home opener. Garret Bartus had 26 saves in the victory, and Billy Latta added the game-winner. Brant Harris, Cody Sharib, and Cole Schneider added goals for the Huskies. They improve to 3-2-1 overall and 2-0-0 in AHA play. Next up, the Huskies will host Army on Saturday at 7:05.

Field Hockey: The Huskies are in New Brunswick today to face Rutgers as they wrap up their Big East schedule. That game will begin at 3:00 PM. Gametracker can be viewed on Rutgers' website. A win would clinch the Big East regular season title outright for the Huskies, who are 15-1 overall and 5-0 in Big East play. Next up, the Huskies will face Princeton on Sunday at 2:00. Then, they will head up to Syracuse on Friday the 4th and Sunday the 6th for the Big East Tournament. Louisville will be the "road" team against the Huskies, and Villanova will face Syracuse in the 3-2 matchup, with the winner of this weekend's game between those two teams being "home". All Big East Tournament games will be on

Owen T. Carroll Field, home of
Seton Hall's soccer and baseball teams
will host UConn's final regular season
game tomorrow at 1:00. 
Men's Soccer: The Huskies wrap up the regular season facing the Seton Hall Pirates tomorrow at 1 PM. That game will be on WHUS. A win clinches us a bye in the first round and a home quarterfinal and a home quarterfinal on Saturday, November 5th. And with a Marquette loss or tie to Pitt, we will also win the Blue Division. We should win this game. Key word "should". Seton Hall managed a scoreless tie with Maryland at home earlier this year. Don't be surprised to see us fall victim to a trap like we nearly did against Boston University and Yale.

Women's Ice Hockey: Fresh off their first win of the year, the Huskies head up to Syracuse to face the Orange. Tonight's game starts at 7:00 PM, and tomorrow they will play at 4:00. Syracuse is 3-6 on the season while UConn is 1-5-2. Next weekend, the Huskies have a Friday-Saturday home-and-home with Northeastern as Hockey East play continues.

Women's Volleyball: Tomorrow and Sunday, the Huskies will open their final homestand of the season, facing Notre Dame and DePaul. Both games will be at 2 PM. The Huskies are currently 1-7 in conference and 11-12 overall. Theoretically, UConn is not eliminated from Big East contention, but they would need a miracle to work. Both of this weekend's games are on Huskies All-Access. Next weekend, the Huskies play their last two home games of the year. They host Pitt on Friday, November 4th, and West Virginia two days later.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

UConn Huskies Sports Roundup, October 27th, 2011 (UPDATED)

Here we go again. Heading into a big weekend, here is today's roundup.

Men's Soccer: In a crucial Blue Division matchup, the Huskies defeated Marquette, 3-0. The Huskies are now 14-1-2 on the season. Allando Matheson opened the scoring and Mamadou Doudou Diouf added two more as UConn rolled to victory. This pulls us within one point of the Golden Eagles for first place in the Blue Division. If we can beat Seton Hall Saturday night, then with a Golden Eagles loss or tie to Pittsburgh, we will win the Blue Division outright. A win would earn us a first-round bye and a home quarterfinal as the #2 see regardless of what Marquette does. The game vs. the Pirates gets underway at 7:30 PM and will be on WHUS. The Golden Eagles will host Pitt at 8:05 Eastern, or 7:05 PM CT local. And really, we should beat Seton Hall. They're 0-7-0 in Big East play. Then again, they did manage a scoreless tie with Maryland. This could be a trap. Update: According to the Seton Hall athletic websitethe game will now start at 1:00 PM. It should still be on WHUS, though I have not confirmed tis.

Football: An ugly loss for the Huskies last night, falling 38-20 to Pittsburgh. So much for turning this season around. We now fall to 3-5 overall and 1-2 in Big East Play. In order to get to a bowl, we will need to get through Syracuse, Louisville, Rutgers, and Cincinnati with at most one loss. Not happening. This season is likely over for us.

Men's Ice Hockey: The Huskies will play their first home game of the year tonight when Atlantic Hockey foe Holy Cross comes to Freitas Ice Forum at 7:05 PM. The action will continue Saturday night at 7:05 as they face Army at home. Currently, UConn is 2-2-1 and 1-0-0 in AHA play.

Field Hockey: The Huskies will look to clinch the Big East regular season title outright tomorrow at 3:00 PM when they face Rutgers. Gametracker will be available on Rutgers' website, but no webcast. The Huskies will hen face Princeton on Sunday at 2:00 PM to wrap up the regular season.

Baseball: Just a reminder, the tentative 2012 baseball schedule is up on my site here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

UConn Sports Roundup, Wednesday, October 27th

Freshman phenom Andre
Blake has been amazing
in goal this year. Can he
get some help?
Men's Soccer: The Huskies fell to #5 in the nation following a tough week.That's still pretty good though. Tonight, they will  face off with Marquette in their final home game of the year, at 7:30 PM. The Huskies are currently in second place in the Blue Division, four points behind the Golden Eagles and one ahead of Georgetown and Providence. Remember, the top two in each Division get byes, so this is a crucial game for the Huskies. It can be heard on WHUS or seen on the UConnHuskies All-Access.

Football: The Huskies will head to Pittsburgh at 8:00 PM tonight. That game will be on ESPN. That's right, folks. A football game on a Wednesday Night! Why on earth would you want to do that? Oh wait, I know... Money! Because ESPN likes exploiting student athletes so they can put their football games on TV. They don't care if Pitt students can't go to games because they have class the next day. As long as they're getting money (and they are), they keep doing it. Crazy. But that's the way it is. Also, the Syracuse-UConn game on November 5th will start at noon on ESPNU.

Men's Ice Hockey: The Huskies will face Holy Cross at home tomorrow at 7:05. You can look GameTracker on the Huskies website or paid video is available too shortly. The Huskies are 2-2-1 this year and 1-0-0 in AHA. The Huskies will also host Army on October 29th at 7:05.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

UConn Huskies Player an Team of the Week for October 17-23

Here we go again...

Player of the Week: Nicole Paniccia, GK, Women's Ice Hockey:

Nicole Paniccia is our UConn Player of the Week.

Alexandra Garcia struggled in goal on Friday night against Maine, so Heather Linstad pulled her and brought in Paniccia, the young sophomore  Paniccia played 44 minutes and made 21 saves while allowing only a single goal. On Saturday, she was back in the lineup against the Black Bears, and recorded a shutout as the Huskies notched their first win of the year, 3-0. She was also named the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts.

Honorable Mentions (in order)

1. Marie Elena Bolles, W, Field Hockey: Bolles notched the game winner against Syracuse in a 3-2, double OT win. The Huskies clinched at least a share of the Big East title and will have the #1 seed in the conference tournament.
2. Anne Jeute, F, Fiel Hockey: Jeute was named Offensive Player of the Week in the Big East thanks to scoring two goals and an assist this past week. Jeute scored a goal against BU on Wednesday night and added one against Syracuse on Sunday. She then assisted on Bolles' game winner vs. the Orange to help them win.
3. Mattison Quayle, OH, Women's Volleyball: Quayle recorded her third straight double-double on Friday and had 15 kills on Sunday.

Team of the Week:

As mentioned above, the Huskies went 2-0 and clinched a share of the Big East regular season title. They will face Rutgers and Princeton away next weekend before heading up to Syracuse for the Big East Championship. Then, it's on to the NCAA's and hopefully host a regional.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

UConn Huskies Sports Wrapup, October 24th, 2011

It's still Sunday Night, but here we go. Exciting day, indeed.

Marie Elene Bolles scored the
game winner to lead the
 Huskies to victory
Field Hockey: The Huskies defeated Syracuse in Double Overtime, 3-2. They thus clinched at least a share of the Big East title and secured at least a share of the regular season title. They can clinch it outright by beatng Rutgers next Friday. The Huskies are now an amazing 15-1 on the season. The game was very exciting throughout. Cara Silverman got things started in the 14th minute off a Penalty Corner but the Orange scored two goals within two minutes of eachother early in the second half to go up 2-1. The Huskies bounced back, however, as Anne Jeute scored at 49:37 to even the game. It would go to overtime, and eventually in the second OT,  Jeute played a long ball into the circle and Marie Elene Bolles poked it home for the game winner.

Women's Volleyball: A tough loss for the Huskies today. They lost to Georgetown 3-2. The Huskies lost the first set but took the next two. But Georgetown won set #4 25-20 and #5 went 15-11 in favor of the Hoyas. So went the match. The Huskies are now 1-7 in the conference and 11-12 overall. Jordan Kirk had 15 kills while Mattison Quayle and Devon Maugle each had 14. Next up, the Huskies host Notre Dame and DePaul, next Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

Football: Gameday is only two days away (from Monday) as the Huskies will roll into Pittsburgh to face the Panthers. I'll write more on that tomorrow along this week's awars.

UConn Sports Roundup, October 23rd 2011

Farewell Tony Cascio. You will be missed.
Other seniors, good bye to you too.
Men's Soccer: On Senior Night, the #1 Huskies took on the Georegtown Hoyas in a crucial Big East Blue Division showdown. However, in spite of outshooting GU 18-8, UConn managed only a scoreless draw. Sure, we had plenty of opportunities.  A lot of shots seemed to sail just wide or just high. We also nearly allowed a last-second goal (literally) but it sailed just over the bar as time expired.  Bad luck for us tonight. Let's hope this two-game winless streak doesn't become a trend. The Huskies are still in second place in Blue Division with 14 points and are one point ahead of Notre Dame and Providence for the last bye. Marquette has 18. The Huskies will face the Golden Eagles Wednesday at 7:30 PM. That game is on WHUS and All-Access.
Laura Diclemente dashed
UConn's hopes and dreams

Women's Soccer: A heartbreaking finish to the season for the Huskies. Jessica Shufelt gave the Huskies a 1-0  edge for much of this contest, but ultimately, they surrendered two goals in the final nine minutes to lose 2-1. Needing only a draw to advance to the Big East Tournament, it looked like the Huskies would get it done, But Laura Diclemente scored at 80:59 to tie it, and again with 38 seconds left to win it. Once again, bad luck for us tonight.

Women's Ice Hockey: Finally, some good news! UConn defeated Maine yesterday, 3-0. Sami Evelyn, Taylor Gross, and Christine Bauer all netted goals for the Huskies. Nicole Paniccia started in goal after relieving Alexandra Garcia yesterday. She made 32 saves and did not allow a goal. I would not be too surprised if she started from here on out. Next up, the Huskies will be in Syracuse for two non-Conference games Friday and Saturday. Friday will be at 7:00 PM and Saturday at 4:00 PM. This was our first win of the year, improving us to 1-5-2, and 1-1-0 in Hockey East.

Men's Ice Hockey: The Huskies fell 5-0 to Merrimack in a non-conference game. For the first 19 minutes, it looked like it would be close as it was 0-0. But Merrimack scored a goal and kept them coming. But they're the #12 team in the nation so this was hardly unexpected.

Syracuse will be looking to celebrate again. The Huskies
want to stop them. Tune in today at Noon and see
who wins the Big East regular season title. 
Field Hockey: The day has finally arrived. UConn vs. Syracuse. Winner wins the Big East regular season title. But it looks like Louisville is going to get the #4 seed, thus making it less illustrious than we first thought. Of course, Syracuse gets to host the tourney either way, so we'll be looking for revenge from last year when they came to us. The winner of the Big East Tournament will also likely host an NCAA Regional. If they're the #1 seed in the Big East Tournament as well, they almost certainly will. So let's hope we win this game. It will be on All-Access at noon. Next weekend, we head to Rutgers on Friday at 3:00 to wrap up Big East play, then face Princeton Sunday, October 30th at 2:00 PM to wrap up the regular season.

Women's Volleyball: Huskies are in Georgetown today. Video is available on the Hoyas' website. Next up, the Huskies will host Notre Dame and DePaul on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM, respectively.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

UConn Sports Roundup, October 22nd (UPDATED 10:05 PM)

Maine beat the Huskies on Friday
but it was a close contest.
Women's Ice Hockey: A Huskies' comeback fell just short in their Hockey East opener against Maine, falling to 0-5-2. The Huskies lost 4-3. The Black Bears led 3-1 after the first period and added an additional goal in the second to go up 4-1. Rachel Ferrel and Caitlin Hewes cut the deficit to 4-3, but it wasn't enough as the Black Bears moved on to victory in this contest. The two teams will meet again today at 2:00 PM. You can see that game on All-Access.

Mattison Quayle has been
amazing for the Huskies this year
even when the rest of the team has
Women's Volleyball: The Huskies fell to Villanova on Friday night, 3-1. The two teams split the first two sets, with the Wildcats winning 25-18 in number 1 and the Huskies taking the second, 25-22. But the Wildcats would win the next two easily and take the contest. Mattison Quayle recorded 10 kills and 16 digs. This is her third straight double-double. And she still has one year left after this, as she is only a junior. She could be very impressive if we could get some other players. The rest of our team has struggled, but Quayle has been one of the few bright spots. Lets hope she can keep it up through next season when she graduates.

Men's Soccer: As I mentioned yesterday, tonight at 7:30PM  is SENIOR NIGHT!!!! The game is sold out already. The Huskies will face Georgetown in a crucial Blue Division showdown. Providence beat West Virginia last night, 2-1, which moved them (for now) into a tie with us for second place in the Division with 13 points. Marquette has 15 and will head to Seton Hall today at 1:00. Georgetown and West Virginia are right behind with 12 points. Of course, the Friars and Mountaineers have played one more game than everybody else. So this will be a very exciting stretch run. The Huskies will host Marquette Wednesday at 7:00 before heading off to Seton Hall to wrap up the season.
In a New England rivalry,
the Huskies will face the
Friars today at 1 PM. 

Women's Soccer: Last night, St. John's defeated Syracuse 2-0. So, now they have 15 points to our 14 and Providence's 13. And the Huskies will face the Friars today in Rhode Island. With a win, the Huskies would host Rutgers from the National Division in the first round, and if they win, would face either Louisville or Georgetown (depending on if the Cards can beat Cincinnati today) in the Quarterfinals. With a tie, the Huskies get a #5 seed upon tying with St. John's and losing the tiebreak. In this case, they would face West Virginia again if they win. A loss to the Friars sends the Friars and Red Storm through instead of the Huskies. Opening round games would be on Thursday afternoon/evening sometime.

Men's Ice Hockey: The Huskies head to Merrimack today at 7:00 PM. The Warriors are 3-0 and are heavy favorites in this game. You can view live state here or tune your radio to WLLH 1400 AM out of North Andover, MA. Also, for those not in Northern Mass, you can listen to the Merrimack audio here. (RealPlayer is required).

Bring it on, Otto. You'll
never match us!
Field Hockey: Tomorrow is the big showdown - Huskies and Orange for the Big East marbles. At least, the regular season marbles. The winner will win the regular season crown and likely face Louisville in the first round. The Cardinals hammered Providence 6-0 yesterday, but have struggled mightily recently. They'll be looking to get revenge, but it probably won't happen. But I'll be writing more on this

Update 3:17 PM: The Huskies lost to Providence 2-1, thanks to two goals in the last nine minutes. The Huskies led 1-0, but Laura Diclemente scored in the 81st and 89th minute to give the Friars the win. The Huskies are now eliminated from the playoffs. Also, the women's hockey team looks to be on the way to their first win of the season, leading 3-0 after two periods. Sophomore Nicole Paniccia got the start after relieving Alexandra Garcia last night for the last 42 minutes. Don't be surprised if she's the full-time starter soon.

Update 3:57 PM: Huskies defeat Black Bears 3-0 is the final. Paniccia gets the shutout. Huskies get their first win of the year. All is well. UConn is 1-5-2 on the year and will head up to Syracuse for two games. Game 1 is Friday the 28th at 7:00, and Game 2 is Saturday the 29th at 4:00.

Update 9:53 PM: 0-0 after one OT period at Morrone for the Huskies vs. Hoyas. Getting ready to start the second and final one. A goal ends it. If nobody scores, it's a scoreless draw.

Update 10:05 PM: And 0-0 is your final. Georgetown almost scored a last-second goal (literally!) but it sailed over the bar. Full write-up tomorow.

Friday, October 21, 2011

UConn Sports Update, October 21st

Let's take a look ahead to the weekend. The football team is off, but that doesn't mean there isn't anything going on.

The Huskies will host the Maine Black
Bears tonight and tomorrow.
Women's Ice Hockey: The Huskies open up their Hockey East schedule at home tonight as they face the Maine Black Bears. The Huskies are 0-4-2 while the Black Bears are 4-2-0 so this should be a very tough matchup. Face-off is at 7:00 PM on WHUS and Huskies All-Access. The two teams will meet again tomorrow at 2:00 PM, also on All-Access.

Women's Volleyball: Fresh of their first conference win of the season, the Huskies will go on the road tonight and Sunday. Tonight at 7:00, they travel to Villanova, where they face the 13-8 (5-2 Big East) Wildcats. Video is available on 'Nova's website. Then, on Sunday afternoon, they'll be in Georgetown for a 2:00 PM contest. The Hoyas are 2-5 in Big East and 10-10 overall. Video for that is on the Georgetown website.
Senior Midfielder Tony
Cascio will be honored on
Saturday night as a fitting
end to a great career as a
Husky. (New England Soccer

Men's Soccer: It's Senior Night at Morrone Stadium tomorrow evening at 7:30. The Huskies will host the Georgetown Hoyas in a crucial Big East Blue Division Showdown. Also, the game has SOLD OUT! Lionel Brown, Nickardo Blake, and Tony Cascio will be honored before the game. UConn suffered its first loss of the season on Tuesday night to West Virginia and will look to bounce back. Currently, the Huskies are two points back of Marquette at the top of the Big East Blue Division, and one point ahead of the Hoyas and Mountaineers. This will be a critical stretch run, ending with the game vs. Marquette on Wednesday night (the Huskies wrap-up their season on Saturday the 29th at Seton Hall, but the Pirates are in last place in the Blue Division and have not won a conference game yet, so that should be an easy win). In any case, tomorrow's game will be on WHUS as well as on All-Access.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies will wrap up their season on Saturday as they head to Providence for a 1:00 PM contest on WHUS. Those in Rhode Island can watch this game on Cox Sports, but everyone else will have to listen to audio or use GameTracker. With a win or tie, the Huskies will clinch a spot in the Big East Tournament,  and will play in an Opening Round match on Thursday afternoon. If they win today, that match will definitely be at home. With a tie, St. John's can overtake them on the tiebreak if they beat Syracuse, and the Huskies will go on the road. Should the Huskies lose, they would still make the Tournament if St. John's doesn't beat the Orange, but once again, that would be a road game. The Red Storm play at 7:00 PM tonight against Syracuse. You can watch that game on the Red Storm website. This means that come tomorrow, we will know exactly what we need to do to get a home game in the Tournament, and to get a game at all.

Men's Ice Hockey: The Men's Ice Hockey team heads to Merrimack tomorrow at 7:00 PM. I have yet to find information on coverage of that game, so check back when it ends.

Field Hockey: The field hockey team hosts Syracuse Sunday at noon in a huge Big East contest. The winner, of course, will clinch the Big East regular season title, so this is likely a preview of the Championship Game, which will be in Syracuse on November 6th. But for all we said about avoiding Louisville, it may not even apply or matter. The Cardinals have lost five of six and are in fourth place in the conference, tied with Rutgers for the last Tournament spot. The Cards do own the tiebreak, however and their remaining opponent is Providence while the Scarlet Knights have to host us a week from today. We will wrap up the regular season a week from Sunday at Princeton, before heading up to the Big East Championship in Syracuse Friday-Sunday.

Women's Basketball: For the first time since 2005, the Huskies are not pre-season favorites to win the Big East. Notre Dame edged the Huskies in the poll by a mere three points, 219-216, with 9-7 on first place votes. The Huskies' first game is November 13th vs. Holy Cross.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

UConn Huskies Sports Roundup, October 20th, 2011

Field Hockey: The #4 Huskies defeated Boston University under the lights, 2-1. UConn improves to 14-1 on the year. Anne Jeute scored a goal for the Huskies early, and Chloe Hunnable added the game-winner in the 39th minute. Next up is the biggest game of the regular season, as we host the Syracuse Orange on Sunday at noon. Coverage is available on All-Access. The winner will win the Big East regular season crown. However, that is not as good as we once thought as they still might play Louisville. But the Cardinals have been struggling, so that's not too bad.

Men's Basketball: UConn and Syracuse were voted co-favorites in the Big East pre-season poll. The Huskies received seven first place votes and 209 total. The season opens on November 2nd with an exhibition vs. American International.

Men's and Women's Tennis: Both teams won a dual match at Quinnipiac. The women took their end 4-3, an the men won 5-2. The men swept their doubles, 3-0. Read more here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Unofficial 2012 UConn Baseball Schedule

According to someone I received an email from a reader of this blog, here is a complete (but unofficial) UConn baseball schedule for 2012. It was apparently distributed at the Alumni Baseball game a few weeks ago. After it, you will find some comments by me.

Preseason Tournaments

Feb 17-19 at Clearwater...Purdue, Ohio State and Indiana
Feb24-26 at College of Charleston Xavier, C ofC, Rhode Island
Mar 3-5 at Miss State ..against Lipscomb(Sat), Lipscomb and Miss State (Sunday), Miss State (Monday)
Mar 9-11 at Oregon (Nike Showcase) Oklahoma (9th), Oregon State(10th), Illinois(10th) and Oregon(11th)
Mar 16-18 at Coastal Carolina Coastal, Michigan and UAB

Regular Games (Big East Games have a *)

Mar 13 at Sacred Heart (Harbor Yard, Bridgeport)
Mar 21 Yale
The Huskies no longer have George Springer
 (first photo, right) or Matt Barnes (above)
 but will look to repeat as Big East regular
 season champions and reach the
NCAA Tournament.
Mar 23-25 at WVU *
Mar 27 Hartford
Mar 28 CCSU
Mar 30-Apr 1 Seton Hall *
April 2/Apr 25 at UMass
Apr 3 at Boston College
Apr 5-7 at Pitt *
Apr 9 at Quinnipiac
Apr 11 at Brown
Apr 13-15 at St John's *
Apr 17 at Fairfield
Apr 18/May 9 Northeastern (see below)
Apr 20-22 Rutgers *
Apr 24 Bryant
Apr 28-29 at Louisville (DH on 28th) *
May 5-6 Cincinnati (DH on 5th at Norwich or Dodd) *
May 11-13 at USF *
May 15 vs. URI at Dodd Stadium, 11 AM
May 17-19 Notre Dame (17th and 18th in New Britain or Norwich) *

May 23-27: Big East Tournament, Clearwater, Florida

My Thougts:

  • From the last game of the Seton Hall series on April 1st until we host Northeastern on April 18th, we do not have a single home game. Additionally, from March 24th until April 14th, our women's lacrosse team does not have a single home game. (I said this yesterday). I wonder if this is intentional or not. Probably not.
  • A game at Sacred Heart on the 13th that is listed on Sacred Heart's schedule is not listed here. I'm not sure if this is a mistake on Sacred Heart's schedule or ours or if the source simply forgot to include it. This was an error by the source. He confirmed this.
  • The two Big East teams who we do not face are Georgetown and Villanova, the two worst teams from last year. 
  • I'm not sure if the Cincinnati DH is the only game(s) in Norwich/New Britain. I've heard other reports saying we may play one game vs. Rutgers and/or Notre Dame there. Update: It appears we are playing the Irish in New Britain or Norwich on the 17th and 18th.  The game on the 19th will be in Storrs. 
  • Our last home game during the academic year is April 24th vs. Bryant. 
  • UConn typically releases their baseball schedule very late, so don't expect them to release this via a press release for at least another month. 
  • Of course, it's unofficial at this point as well.
Edit: The Northeastern schedule shows the game between us as being on May 9. I cannot confirm which is correct. We will see. It is possible that they moved it to May 9th to add another game on the 18th. We'll see. Schedule should be officially released within the soon future.
Edit 2 (11/27): UMass's baseball schedule says they play us on April 2nd, in contradiction to the previous date of the 25th of April. However, I could find no official announcement on UMass's website so I will assume it is tentative. This would give us five games in five days with Seton Hall x 3 before and Boston College after, plus it would give us eight games in nine days due to the Pitt series, so I'm guessing BC got moved. However, they have not announced their schedule yet. Also, URI's schedule states that their game vs. us on May 15th is at 11:00 AM at Dodd Stadium

UConn Huskies Sports Roundup, October 19th, 2011

Women's Cross Country: UConn's team is nationally ranked for the first time in program history. The USTFCCCA announced yesterday that the Huskies were ranked 28th in the nation. This comes following a 2nd place finish at Penn State Nationals. A press release on the UConn website can be found here and quotes coach Andrea Grove-McDonough as saying "I am so happy for the team and for what this will mean to them. These women have worked so hard this summer. Right from the start when we talked about bringing Connecticut to the NCAA Championships in Cross Country.... This team ... believed that it was possible, and set about quietly making it happen. They should all be very proud of themselves," We haven't reached the championships yet, but we're well on our well.

Field Hockey: For the eighth straight week, the Huskies are ranked #4 in the NFHCA Coaches Poll. The Top 3 of Old Dominion, UNC, and Maryland also remained the same. Notably, however, Duke leapfrogged Syracuse to #5, relegating the Orange to #6. The Orange and Huskies will square off on Sunday at noon for the Big East regular season championship. But first, the Huskies host Boston University tonight at 7:00. That game can be seen on Huskies All-Access.

The Huskies upset
Michael Budd and
UMass Lowell in
Nashua, NH last night.
Men's Soccer: So much for the undefeated season. UConn was dealt their first loss yesterday, 2-0  at West Virginia. The Huskies fall to 13-1-1, and are 4-1-1 in Big East play. Fortunately, they will still be in second place in the Blue Division heading into the weekend, but will host Georgetown on Saturday at 7:30 PM in a crucial contest. That is Senior Night and will be on WHUS and All-Access. The Huskies will then host Marquette a week from today which could decide the Blue Division Champion.

Men's Ice Hockey: Marcello Ranallo scored the game-winning goal in OT and the Huskies defeated UMass-Lowell, 3-2. UConn improves to 2-1-1 on the year. Miles Winter and Brant Harris also scored for the Huskies. This was an impressive victory because the Riverhawks were heavy favorites heading in. Hopefully this is a sign of a good seasonf or us. UConn's next game is on the road at Merrimack on Saturday at 7:00 PM. The Huskies then return home October 27th for a rare Thursday night game vs. Atlantic Hockey rival Holy Cross.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

2012 Women's Lacrosse Schedule Officially Released

The 2012 UConn Women's Lacrosse Schedule was officially released today (release here), after being posted on the Super Scoreboard per my earlier post. Here is the schedule in its entirety.

Saturday, February 18: vs. Iona, 1:00 PM
Saturday, February 25
: vs. Quinnipiac 1:00 PM
Wednesday, February 29: vs. Boston College, 3:00 PM
Saturday, March 3: at Binghamton, 12:00 PM
Wednesday, March 7: at New Hampshire, 3:30 PM
Saturday, March 10: vs. Fairfield, 1:00 PM
Friday, March 16: at Sacred Heart, 3:00 PM
Saturday, March 24: vs. Syracuse, 1:00 PM
Friday, March 30: at Georgetown, 4:00 PM
Sunday, April 1: at Rutgers, 1:00 PM
Saturday, April 7: at Columbia, 1:00 PM
Saturday, April 14: vs. Notre Dame, 12:00 PM
Friday, April 20: at Cincinnati, 3:30 PM
Sunday, April 22: at Louisville, 1:00 PM
Friday, April 27: vs. Villanova, 4:00 PM
Sunday, April 29: vs. Loyola, 1:00 PM

Thursday, May 3: Big East Tournament @ Syracuse
Saturday, May 5: Big East Tournament @ Syracuse

Here are the comments from the original post, as well as some more thoughts.

  • It's good to see we're opening in the afternoon this time instead of on 4:00 PM on a rainy, dreary day. Let's hope the sun is shining when we take the field against Iona.

  • The game against Quinnipiac is the same day as College Gameday comes to Storrs for the basketball game vs. Syracuse. Gameday will go off air at noon, and the ticket hallway back to Sherman provides a good exit strategy. Plus, you get to see the game. Interestingly, that's supposed to be Senior Night for the Men's Ice Hockey team as well. If the women aren't hosting a Hockey East quarterfinal, that may get bumped up to afternoon. Which could make for a very interesting Saturday.

  • I'm guessing the road game at Columbia has some connection to the basketball game they're playing at our place. Those have a funny way of popping up.

  • Two games over Finals Weekend this year. Procrastinators, beware. Or happy, for now.

  • Outdoor Track also has the "Dog Fight" meet at home on April 14th. What this means for the women's lacrosse vs. Notre Dame, I don't know. They used to play at Morrone, perhaps a game there?
  • Of the four teams that made the Big East Tournament last year, we have three of them at home (Syracuse, Loyola, and Notre Dame, but on the road against Georgetown). This should make things a little easier, but we'd still need to see a lot of improvement to go to the Big East Tournament. 
  • We host Fairfield the Saturday Spring Break begins (March 10th), but other than that, have no home games during break. 
  • We have a three week gap from March 24th until April 14th, where we have no home games. After hosting Syracuse, we play four of our next five Big East games (plus Columbia) on the road, before hosting Villanova and Loyola. That's unusual, to say the least.

UConn Huskies Sports Roundup for October 18th, 2011