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UConn Football Cancels Its 2020 Season

The UConn football team will not be playing football in 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY: Photo by Stephen Slade/UConn Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The University of Connecticut will not be playing football this season.

Following a slew of reports and tweets this morning surrounding the Huskies’ upcoming season, the athletic department posted an official announcement just a short time ago, stating the 2020 season has been canceled after receiving guidance from both the state and public health officials, along with input from the student-athletes.

“The safety challenges created by COVID-19 place our football student-athletes at an unacceptable level of risk,” said David Benedict, the school’s director of athletics, via today’s release.

Added Randy Edsall, who is the head coach of the Huskies, “We engaged and listened to the concerns of our football student-athletes and feel this is the best decision for their health, safety, and well-being.”

Members of the UConn football team echoed statements from both Benedict and Edsall, saying even they were concerned about the impact the coronavirus could have on them, as well.

“We have many health concerns and not enough is known about the potential long term effects of contracting COVID-19,” said the student-athletes of the UConn football program in a combined statement.

Prior to today’s announcement, a few games had been removed from the 2020 schedule, including contests against Maine and Mississippi. Maine canceled its football season last month, along with the rest of its fall athletic schedule.

Last season, the Huskies posted just two wins, including a local victory over the University of Massachusetts.

Jim Calhoun Named Men’s Basketball Coach at Univ. of St. Joseph’s (Conn.)

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Jim Calhoun was named the first-ever men’s basketball coach at the University of St. Joseph’s College (Conn.) on Wednesday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Univ. of St. Joseph’s Conn.)

By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11

Jim Calhoun will be spotted on the hardwood this winter as the initial head coach of the University of St. Joseph’s (Conn.) men’s basketball program, which will play its first-ever NCAA Division III contest on Friday, November 9th against William Paterson University.

The Blue Jays’ initial game of the 2018-19 season will be played at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Trinity’s gymnasium, according to a report from yesterday, can seat 2,200 people, about 1,000 more than the gymnasium at Saint Joseph.

Calhoun was tabbed to lead the first-year program last September as a consultant, but was officially named the first-ever head coach in program history yesterday.

According to yesterday’s release, the announcement and signing took place in the O’Connell Center lobby with both the President Rhona Free and Athletic Director Bill Cardarelli in attendance.

Calhoun, as many know, was previously the men’s basketball coach at the University of Connecticut for 26 seasons where he accumulated a record of 873-380.

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Mass. College Lax: Weekend Schedule

By Matt Noonan 

A variety of local lacrosse squads will be competing this weekend in either the first or second round, and below is the schedule. Remember to circle back for a daily roundup, as well as releases and news, too.

Men’s Lacrosse: 

* Western New England @ Nazareth (Saturday, May 11), 12 p.m.

* Stevens Inst. @ Tufts University (Saturday, May, 11), 12 p.m.

Women’s Lacrosse: 

* Boston College vs. Dartmouth College (Friday, May 10), 4 p.m. in Syracuse, NY – Winner advances to face Syracuse on Sunday in the second round

UMass vs. UConn (Friday, May 10), 6 p.m. in University Park, PA – Winner faces Canisius/Penn State in second round on Sunday

Stonehill College @ LIU Post (Saturday, May 11), 12 p.m.

* Endicott College at Middlebury College (Saturday, May 11), 11:30 a.m. – Winner advances to Sunday’s quarterfinals against Gettysburg/RPI.

Mass. College Soccer: Northeastern 1, Boston College 0 (NCAA First Round)

By Matt Noonan

BROOKLINE, MA – Northeastern University needed just one goal to secure a spot in the second round of the NCAA tournament, as junior Dante Marini headed a pass from senior Don Anding in the 14th minute into the Boston College net, which provided the Huskies with a 1-0 victory.

“It was a massive win for us,” exclaimed Northeastern head coach Brian Ainscough, who claimed Thursday’s contest was his first NCAA tournament match.

“[The win] was pretty gratifying for my players, staff and probably everybody at Northeastern.”

During the opening minutes, Northeastern attempted to register their first strike with shots outside the box. Yet, during the 14th minute, junior Nikko Lara located Anding in the Boston College box on a throw in, who redirected the ball to Marini, who then headed it past the senior goaltender Justin Luthy (six saves)on the left post for the goal.

“When Nikko went out there, I said I’m going to make my run to the back post, and obviously no one really marks me because I’m not a big threat in the box, and Don got the flick on it and I was just standing there with no one on me and did everything I could to not miss,” Marini said of his team’s only goal.

“That [goal was] actually my header goal since I was [playing youth soccer, but] it was a good time to get one, though.”

Marini had a chance to double his team’s advantage roughly 13 minutes later, but an offside call negated the strike and kept Boston College in contention to tie the game prior to halftime.

“Someone did mark me [on the second potential goal], but he pushed off and I was able to sneak back around and thought I had two [goals],” said Marini.

Boston College’s effort to tie the game increased in the second half, but missed opportunities on free kicks and blocked shots kept Northeastern in the lead.

“We just tried to attack while they were trying to defend because they had a goal, which is human nature kind of routine, so we had just more [of a] psychological edge to go after compared to today,” Boston College head coach Ed Kelly exclaimed.

“They were trying to play on the break, and knowing they were under pressure, so it was good. Unfortunate for us, we came up [on the] short end.”

Eagles senior Stefan Carter had two chances to even the score during the final 10 minutes, but both of his shots, including one that was directed toward the left post were denied by Northeastern senior goaltender Oliver Blum (nine saves).

“Everyone’s so close [on this team] and you can look at the guy next to you and know everyone’s going to put what they have in the game,” stated Marini. “That’s how we’re winning these grind-it-out results this year.”

Despite the loss, Boston College outshot Northeastern, 17-10. The Eagles also committed 12 fouls compared the Huskies 11.

Northeastern, which hasn’t been to the second round since 2002, will continue their quest on Sunday when they travel to Storrs, Connecticut to face UConn at 1:00 p.m.

Highlight Of The Night: UMass Football’s Defense

By NoontimeSports.com 

Thursday marked the first time UMass’ football team participated in a FBS game. And despite losing their first contest of the season to UConn, 37-0, the Minutemen did leave a lasting impression of their defense, as safety Darren Thellen redirected a pass from the Huskies quarterback into the hands of teammate Tom Brandt

The pass, which was heading for the sidelines, ended up being tapped to Brandt by Thellen. Brandt then collected the tipped pass and raced up the field for a 20-yard dash before he was tackled at the UMass 37.

The Thellen-to-Brandt pass happened to the be biggest play for UMass in the first half, and we have provided the video of this particular sequence below.