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Stadium Road: Field hockey must crush, kill

DESTROY THEM

DESTROY THEM

OK, let's pretend we're all caught up on UConn athletics after the last update (maybe I'll even get around to just-barely-underway ice hockey one of these days).

Two-and-a-half out of the four fall Olympic sports are cruisin' right now, and heading for postseason success. None more so than men's soccer, who picked up el gano superfantastico over No. 8 Harvard Wednesday night.

Anyway, it's time to wrap up the last week in under-the-radar UConn athletics. Below the jump, the first actual Stadium Road update, read all about:

  • Field hockey's REVENGE QUEST against dirty Syracuse girls
  • Why Ray Reid is slightly less gruff today
  • Poor women's soccer.

All that and more, below the jump.

Field Hockey

(14-1, 3-0 Big East; No. 7, NFHCA Top 25)

    Last week's results
  • Friday: W, 3-0, vs. No. 10 UMass
  • Sunday: W, 5-3 at Yale
  • Wednesday: W, 5-0 vs. RV Northeastern
    Next 10 days schedule
  • Saturday, 10/17: vs. No. 6 Syracuse
  • Wednesday, 10/21: vs. RV Boston U
  • Saturday, 10/24: at Rutgers

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Saturday's UConn-Syracuse field hockey clash will be the marquee matchup on campus this weekend. The Huskies are looking for revenge after choking away the Big East tournament title at home last season.

These seem to be unquestionably the two best teams in the league; both are destined for the NCAA Tournament, and probably a second meeting in Providence (site of the BE Tournament) next month.

As it is for all UConn coaches, beating Syracuse is job #1. I don't want to say this is the most important field hockey game ever, but if it encourages you to go to the Sherman Complex tomorrow afternoon and yell horrible things at athletes, maybe I will.

Recapping the past week: SuperBrit Loren Sherer had a pair of goals in the win over Northeastern, and four over the past week. She leads the Big East with 23 tallies. Cara Silverman had a pair of goals in both the Northeastern and Yale wins.

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Men’s Soccer

(7-2-3, 5-1-1 Big East; No. 17, NSCAA Top 25)

    Last week's results
  • Sunday: T, 0-0, at RV West Virginia
  • Wednesday: W, 4-0 vs. No. 6 Harvard
    Next 10 days schedule
  • Saturday, 10/17: vs. Pittsburgh
  • Tuesday, 10/20: at Yale
  • Saturday, 10/24: at Seton Hall

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I have to say, Wednesday's 4-0 throttling of previously-unbeaten Harvard was unexpected. Not that UConn won - they're 3-1-1 against ranked teams this year. Not that they shut out the Crimson - GK Josh Ford now holds a 560-minute shutout streak heading into this weekend's matches.

But four goals? From a team that only managed 13 in its previous 12 games? Hats off to the suddenly potent striker combination of Carlos Alvarez and Mike Ponce, who each had a pair of goals.

Following UConn's third 0-0 draw of the season, this time with West Virginia in a game postponed from Friday, Wednesday's effort was much needed. A win like that has to be a huge boost of confidence for the Huskies, who need to get maximum points from their fixtures with the Blue Division's bottom two teams in the upcoming week.

With four conference games to play, UConn has the inside track at the division title; it helps that West Virginia, Georgetown and Notre Dame will play each other round-robin in the next 10 days. Two UConn wins this week and they'll be sitting awfully pretty.

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Women’s Soccer

(9-5-0, 4-3-0 Big East; RV, NSCAA Top 25)

    Last week's results
  • Friday: L, 2-3, at Marquette (OT)
  • Sunday: L, 1-2 at So. Florida
    Next 10 days schedule
  • Friday, 10/16: at No. 7 Notre Dame
  • Sunday, 10/18: at DePaul
  • Friday, 10/23: vs. West Virginia
  • Sunday, 10/25: vs. Pittsburgh

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Two tough road losses leave UConn scrambling and in some sort of danger of missing the Big East tournament. Jessica Dulski had a rough week in goal, allowing two goals in two minutes at Marquette, and then being unable to stop USF's game-winner 10 minutes from time.

Astonishingly, the Big East is so bunched together, UConn could find itself outside of the top five of the American Division with a (probable) loss to the Irish and a loss/tie with DePaul.

The Huskies still control their postseason destiny, though, with home games against 6th-place Pitt and 2nd-place WVU to close out the regular season.

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Volleyball

(11-10, 4-2 Big East)

    Last week's results
  • Friday: W, 3-1, vs. Marquette
  • Sunday: L, 1-3 vs. Syracuse
  • Wednesday: PPD vs. Fairfield
    Next 10 days schedule
  • Saturday, 10/17: at Villanova
  • Wednesday, 10/21: vs. Fairfield
  • Saturday, 10/24: at St. John's

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Things are still positive for the volleyball team, which split a pair of Big East games last weekend. A win in the big match with 'Nova tomorrow will leave them in a good way midway through the conference season.

Rebecca Murray managed a whole bunch of everything in the 27-29, 25-23, 25-22, 25-19 win over Marquette. The junior had 16 digs and 15 kills. Chauntay Mickens led UConn with 16 kills.

All well and good, but losing to Syracuse? No. You're dead to me, volleyball.

Except for this final note: the Fairfield game was postponed due to, according to UConnHuskies.com, "unforeseen circumstances." My first guess: ghosts.