Huskymania

By Ken Best

Tracking Huskymania on and off the field.

Ice Hockey Reaches AHA Semifinals, Cecco Heads to NCAA Diving Championships

The men's ice hockey team celebrates their quarterfinal victory that will send them to the Atlantic Hockey Association championship round. (Steve Slade '89 (SFA) for UConn)

The men’s ice hockey team celebrates their quarterfinal victory that will send them to the Atlantic Hockey Association championship round in Rochester, N.Y., this weekend. (Steve Slade ’89 (SFA) for UConn)

Following a two-game sweep of Robert Morris last Friday and Saturday, the men’s ice hockey team advanced to the Atlantic Hockey Association semifinals for the second time in three seasons. The AHA Championship will take place at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y., this weekend.

The Huskies (19-13-4) took Friday’s opening game in the best-of-three quarterfinal round by scoring four consecutive goals before earning a 4-1 victory. On Saturday, the Huskies rallied from a 1-0 first period deficit to gain a 4-3 win and advance to the championship round.

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Carly Palmucci ’16 (CLAS) and Kacey Pippitt ’14 (CLAS) each scored four goals in leading the No. 20 lacrosse team to a 19-8 win over Binghamton on Saturday at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. The win gave the Huskies a 6-0 start to the season, its best ever in program history.

Freshman goalkeeper Shannon Nee ’16 (CLAS) earned the win, improving to 5-0 on the year with four saves.

The Huskies begin Big East play on Friday when they travel to No. 7 Syracuse for a 3 p.m. match.

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Senior diver Danielle Cecco ’13 (CLAS) earned a second place finish in the one-meter diving event on Saturday at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championship in Blacksburg, Va., to qualify for the NCAA Championships in both the one-meter and three-meter diving events on March 20-23 in Indianapolis. Cecco has now qualified for the NCAA Championships in each of the past three seasons.

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Audrey Grinnel ’14 (CLAS) hit two home runs and drove in five RBIs to lift the softball team to a 10-2 win against Central Connecticut in UConn’s final game at the Hofstra Invite on Sunday, as the Huskies finished the weekend tournament with a 2-2 record, 10-8 overall for the season.

The Huskies opened the tournament with 6-5 loss to Hofstra on Saturday, but bounced back with an 8-6 win over Central Connecticut, before falling again to Hofstra by a score of 18-0.

UConn is back on the field tomorrow for a 2:30 p.m. game against Sacred Heart in Fairfield.

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A 3-1 lead for the baseball team vanished in a four-run seventh inning leading to a 5-4 loss to Presbyterian College on Sunday afternoon, as the Huskies finished the weekend series with a 1-2 record.  The Huskies dropped to 10-6 on the year, while the Blue Hose improved to 13-8.

The Huskies committed four errors in a 6-4 loss on Friday to Presbyterian College, but had a 13-2 win on Saturday behind right-hander Carson Cross ’15 (CLAS), who improved to 4-0 on the year.

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Head coach Jim Penders ’94 (CLAS), ’98 MA announced that the Huskies’ home opening Big East series against Georgetown, scheduled for March 22-24, will take place at Dodd Stadium in Norwich. The weekend opener will take place at 3 p.m. on Friday followed by first pitches at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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The golf team finished in 12th place at the Mission Inn Spring Spectacular, led by a 2-under par 70 from freshman Zach Zaback ’16 (CLAS), the only sub-par round by the Huskies during the tournament in Howey-in-the-Hill, Fla.  Zaback finished in a tie for 27th place in the 116-player field.

UConn will continue the spring portion of its 2012-13 schedule on March 29-31, when the Huskies travel to The Fountains Country Club in Lake Worth, Fla., to compete in the Florida Atlantic University Spring Break Championship.