Huskymania

By Ken Best

Tracking Huskymania on and off the field.

Weekend Roundup: 9.17.12

Head coach Paul Pasqualoni and former UConn coach Randy Edsall spent some time together before the Huskies football game at Maryland on Saturday. The Huskies defense shut down a Maryland late game drive to preserve the win by a score of 24-21. (Photo by Bob Stowell ’70 (CLAS) for UConn)

The volleyball team moved to 8-6 on the year after finishing the New England Classic with a 2-1 record over the weekend. The Huskies started the tournament on Friday in Gampel Pavilion against Harvard, winning 3-0 before traveling to Northeastern, where they split matches, beating Boston College 3-0 and losing to NU 3-0.

Senior outside hitter Mattison Quayle ’13 (CLAS) scored 31 kills for the tournament, freshman middle blocker Erika Thomas had 22 kills and senior libero Kelsey Maving ’13 (CLAS) tallied 50 digs. Against BC, freshman setter Marissa Prinzbach ’16 (CLAS) had 31 assists.

“Every day we’re getting better,” said head coach Holly Strauss O’Brien following the Harvard victory. “Being a young team it’s important that we get better every day. We’re taking lessons from our wins and our losses. It’s exciting. Conference play is just around the corner, so it’s perfect timing.”

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The tenacious defense of the No. 5 field hockey team has held the opposition scoreless for the last 146:20 of competition as the Huskies picked up two shutouts over the weekend at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. The Huskies opened the Big East season on Saturday afternoon with a 5-0 win over Rutgers and then defeated Yale 3-0 on Sunday. UConn is now 7-0, its best start since 2009 when it posted an 11-0 early season record.

Marie Elena Bolles ’14 (NUR) continues to lead the UConn offense, scoring her seventh goal of the season against Yale. In the win over Rutgers, defender Louisa Boddy ’14 (ED) turned in a hat trick, the Huskies’ second one of the year. Forward Chloe Hunnable ’15 (CLAS) recorded the second hat trick of her career earlier this season. UConn has posted five hat tricks in the past two years.

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Preseason All-American Mamadou Doudou Diouf ’14 (CLAS) finished with two goals and an assist to lead the No. 4/4 men’s soccer team to a 6-0 win over Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., on Friday. Diouf finished with two goals and an assist. Carlos Alvarez ’13 (CLAS) added a goal and an assist. UConn last scored more than six goals in an 8-1 victory over Iona on September 13, 1995. Head coach Ray Reid subbed goalkeeper Andre Blake ’15 (CLAS) after 80 minutes, with Jacob Wagmeister ’15 (CLAS) getting his first-ever game time as a Husky.

The Huskies will host Boston College at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Morrone Stadium, rescheduled due to the predicted storm on Tuesday. The game will be aired on WHUS -FM 91.7 and streamed online at whus.org.

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Danielle Schulmann ’13 (CLAS) started the scoring early for before Andrea Plucenik ’16 (CLAS) earned her first collegiate hat trick with three consecutive goals on Sunday  in Queens, N.Y. in leading the women’s soccer team to a 5-1 victory over St. John’s. Junior goalie Leigh-Ann Jaggon ’14 (CLAS) played her first complete collegiate game and moves to 1-1 on the season after allowing only one goal The Huskies are now 5-3-1 and 1-1 in the Big East while the Red Storm fall to 4-5-1 and 0-2 in conference play.

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The men’s cross country team had a third-place finish at the Minutemen Invitational at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass., its first race of the 2012 season. Junior Ryan McGuire ’14 (CLAS) finished second with a time of 24:24.37 and finished less than four seconds behind the race-winning pace of 24:20.90. Huskies senior Jordan Magath finished sixth with a solid time of 24:31.59, while Alex Bennatan ’13 (CLAS), 25:23.16, and Joe Clark ’13 (CLAS), 25:26.94, also placed in the top-30.

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The fall tennis schedule is underway for both the men’s and women’s teams. The men will host Hartford Wednesday at 3 p.m. and the women travel to West Point, N.Y. for the Army Invitational Sept. 21-23.