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.

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