Huskymania

By Ken Best

Tracking Huskymania on and off the field.

Big East Honors Huskies

The Big East recognized several Huskies earlier this week with conference honors:

Last season women’s cross country coach Andrea Grove-McDonough described Lauren Sara ’14 (CLAS) as having the potential to become an All-American. Running with confidence, Sara started the 2012 season by taking second place at last weekend’s Dartmouth Invitational, just behind the winner, Abbey D’Agostino, who placed third at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships. On Tuesday, the Big East named Sara as the conference’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week for the second time.

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Forward Danielle Schulmann ’13 (CLAS) was named Offensive Player of the Week for her 11-point effort last week in leading the women’s soccer team in two wins. Schulmann leads the conference in scoring with 20 points on seven goals and six assists this season. The Huskies open Big East Conference play on Thursday at Syracuse.

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The field hockey team swept this week’s Big East honors. Maria Elena Bowles ’15 (NUR) was named Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week, as she became the conference’s scoring leader with 15 points. Meanwhile All-American goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield ’14 (CLAS) earned recognition as Defensive Player of the Week for making 14 saves against two Top 25 teams last weekend in Albany.

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Senior defender Max Wasserman ’13 (CLAS) was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll for scoring a winning goal and leading the men’s soccer team to a 2-0-1 record last week. Wasserman has a goal and two assists on the season.

Meanwhile, tickets are going fast for the upcoming Big East men’s soccer matches against St. John’s on Sept. 22 and Notre Dame on Sept. 29, both a Morrone Stadium, which is one of the toughest places to play in as the visiting team. The Huskies are No. 4 in the latest NSCAA rankings and No. 1 in the Soccer America poll. Fans can order tickets at UConnhuskies.com or by calling 1-877-AT-UCONN.

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The football team is ranked third in the NCAA in Total Defense, giving up just 158.50 yards per game. In Rushing Defense, the Huskies are No. 1, giving up an average of only 28.50 yards per game.

The Huskies will square off against the Maryland Terps on Saturday in College Park, Md., (SNY, WTIC-AM 12:30 p.m.) and it will be the first time the team will play against former head coach Randy Edsall.

On the media conference call with beat writers Tuesday, Edsall expressed regrets about the way in which the Huskies learned about his departure for Maryland following the 2011 Fiesta Bowl. Edsall said: “If I could do it over again, I wish there was some way I was able to see the players and tell them face to face that I was going to leave. But due to the circumstances surrounding that, I wasn’t able to do that. That’s something I’ve got to live with.”

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If you’ve been tuning into the WTIC News Talk 1080 broadcast of the first two football games, you may have noticed a new tagline: “UConn-IMG Sports Network.” The UConn commercial radio broadcasts are now part of IMG College, the leading collegiate multimedia, marketing and licensing/brand management company in America representing more than 200 of the nation’s top collegiate properties including the NCAA.  WTIC, the state’s only 50,000-watt AM radio station, remains the flagship station for UConn football and both men’s and women’s basketball broadcasts. The veteran broadcast crews on WTIC remain behind the microphones.