UConn Field Hockey wins national title

John F. Silver

UConn won its second consecutive national title with a 1-0 win over Syracuse in College Park, Maryland on Saturday.

The lone score came in the first half, a goal by McKenzie Townsend on an assist from Anna Middendorf proved to be the difference.

Long-time coach Nancy Stevens has second national title in more than two decades at UConn (21-3). She took over the program in 1990.  UConn has four national titles, 1981, 1985, and then 2013 and now 2014.

Postgame News and Notes: No relief at home

Tim Boyle is sacked by Cincinnati during a 41-0 loss. USA TODAY.

Tim Boyle is sacked by Cincinnati during a 41-0 loss. USA TODAY.

John F. Silver

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Bob Diaco promises to win here.

He did it again on Saturday, saying that a championship will be built here.

Diaco said he is honored to coach here and that he would make the decision again 200 times.

Maybe he had to convince himself once again. No one would blame him for doubts, especially after Saturday night’s 41-0 loss .

It was a historic loss for UConn. The Huskies had only 129 yards of offense — tied for the lowest in its FBS tenure (2005 West Virginia) — and had three turnovers.

It’s just not happening in year 1 under Diaco. The Huskies are 2-8, are lost on offense, and aren’t even a complete team at this point.

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Recap: Cincinnati 41 – UConn 0

Result: Cincinnati shut out UConn 41-0 on Saturday night at Rentschler Field.

Need to Know: This was UConn’s first shutout loss at home since a 30-0 loss to Navy in 1978 at Memorial Stadium. It was UConn’s first shut out at Rentschler Field. The culprit was an offense that had 129 yards of total yardage, the lowest of the season.  It was tied for the lowest yardage as an FBS team, which came against West Virginia in 2005. the Huskies never got started. the defense wasn’t shredded, but gave up three touchdowns to Gunner Kiel and 108 yards rushing to Rob Moore. The UConn offense? Tim boyle started and got most of the action and had 70 yards passing on 13 of 21. The Huskies had three turnovers, an interception from Boyle, one from Chandler Whitmer and a muffed punt from Deshon Foxx. All led the points. Uconn has only nine yards of offense at the half. the Huskies were overwhelmed by Cincinnati as it started only two seniors on offense – -Foxx and Geremy Davis — and only linebacker Ruben Frank on defense. Ryan Crozier started for senior Gus Cruz.

Links: Box score | Recap 

Next up: UConn plays at Memphis on Saturday afternoon.

Ashiru, Abrams leave football team

John F. Silver

EAST HARTFORD — UConn junior linebacker Jefferson Ashiru, a long-time starter that has lost time to freshman Junior Joseph, left the team late this week for undisclosed reasons.  

The Huskies also lost WR Kamal Abrams, who left the team during the bye week. Both departures was confirmed by a UConn official.

Ashiru had started seven of nine games this season and was fourth on the team in tackles with 27. He had 58 tackles as a sophomore.

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UConn football: Boyle waiting in the wings

 Connecticut Huskies quarterback Chandler Whitmer (left) and quarterback Tim Boyle (right) warm up before the start of the game against the UCF Knights at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Connecticut Huskies quarterback Chandler Whitmer (left) and quarterback Tim Boyle (right) warm up before the start of the game against the UCF Knights at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

John F. Silver

STORRS, Conn. –Deshon Foxx has three games left in his career. Tim Boyle? He has two years remaining.  

The two are going different ways.

Boyle is the future. No other quarterback on the roster has the skills and talent that Boyle has.

Foxx?

His career will end with the unusual distinction of never having attended a bowl game. As the only four year, four year player, Foxx is the only one who didn’t even attend a bowl game.

The two have different outlooks on things with Cincinnati coming on on Saturday night.

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Huskies ready to turn words into action

By Carl Adamec

STORRS, Conn. — The short cooling-off period following the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team’s game at Stanford last Monday did little to cool down Breanna Stewart.

As the junior All-American answered questions at the postgame press conference after the Huskies’ 88-86 overtime loss to the Cardinal at Maples Pavilion, one emotion came through to those in the room.

Stewart was angry.
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UConn men: Brimah asserts control

John F. Silver

Where is the defense?

That was a good question for UConn at the half against Dayton. Over the course of the previous 40 minutes UConn didn’t play much defense.

Dayton had 41 points at the half Friday against UConn.

That’s not supposed to happen, not when Ryan Boatright is there to pressure the ball and Amida Brimah is supposed to be one of the great shotblockers in the nation.

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