What a day for UConn sports. Super Saturday, if you will. I was considering hyping it as such, but due to the Jewish High Holidays, I didn't know how much time I would have to promote it in the days before. However, I also have some exciting news.... I was officially cleared to return to UConn from medical leave for Spring 2012 semester. For those who are asking, I have a way of addressing the basketball tickets issue. I'll explain all this and more when I post a full post on this later tonight. For now, here's the (now standard) roundup on all the action that went down tonight.
Women's Ice Hockey: The Huskies suffered a disappointing loss against RPI to drop to 0-1-1 on the young season. With the score 0-0 and nine seconds left in OT, Alisa Harrison scored a sudden death goal and the Huskies took this one. The Huskies head off to upstate New York next weekend, facing St. Lawrence on Saturday at 1:00 PM and Clarkson at Saturday at the same time. I'm not entirely sure where (if at all) you can view/listen/track to these games live, but I'll find out.
Field Hockey: In a major Big East matchup, the #4 Huskies defeated the #19 Louisville Cardinals 4-2 at home. The Huskies are 9-1 overall and 3-0 in Big East play. This all but knocks the Cardinals out of contention for the #1 seed in the Big East and the right to avoid the other two in the first round. So it will come down to the UConn-Syracuse matchup on October 23, in Storrs. For now though, we play at in-state rival Yale tomorrow at 2:00 PM. No video, but Live Stats are available on the Yale website. Next Friday (October 7th), the Big East schedule continues as we head to Wasington, DC to face off against the Georgetown Hoyas. The Hoyas have just two wins this year and are 0-2 in conference. Do not expect a serious challenge. The neutral-site contest against Virginia was expected to be a challenge pre-season with the Cavaliers in the Top 5. But they have disappointed. It won't be an easy win, but that shouldn't be a toughie either.
Women's Volleyball: The Huskies fell to Marquette today, 3-1. In our first match at home, we took the first set but then lost the next three. Overall scoreline was 23-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-13 in favor of the Golden Eagles. Tomorrow at 2:00 PM, the Syracuse Orange will roll into Gampel Pavilion to face the Huskies. So what if it's not in basketball? You can still show up.
Football: I tried to put off writing this up by burying it under other sports. But I've got to do it eventually. The fact is, this was a crazy game and the ending sucked. Although frankly, on that fumble, it looked like he tried to signal time-out before he was down. Anyone else think the same thing? Frankly, though, if I'm right, I would find it less forgivable a mistake than just failing to hold onto the football, even at a crucial time like that. Because the latter happens to even the best of players. The former is just dumb. For those who haven't heard, we lost, 38-31 to Western Michigan and are now 2-3 on the season. Big East play starts next Saturday at noon at West Virginia. SNY and Big East Regional TV will have the game.
Men's Ice Hockey: The Huskies defeated Ryerson 7-4 in an exhibition game. For the box score, see here. The regular season gets underway next Friday and Saturday with a game at Bowling Green at 7:05 PM each day.
Men's Soccer: Another double OT thriller, though thankfully, this was against a far better team than Yale. And also thankfully, we beat them on a Stepane Djop goal in Double OT. In our first real test as the #1 team, we went into Cardinal Stadium at #8 Louisville. The Cardinals appeared to be dominating for the first 15 minutes or so. Then WHUS fixed the audio stream, and Bam! The Huskies were fixed too. One crucial play came on the 81st minute. Louisville was awarded a penalty kick. And we all know how penalty kicks have been our downfall in crucial games. Thankfully, it missed over the crossbar and we lived on. Djop would later end it once and for all. Next Tuesday, we host Manhattan at 7:30 PM in our final non-conference game of the season. GameTracker and Live Video are available online, though it is not currently listed as on WHUS.