Last Saturday night, the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs blanked the UMass Minutemen in the men’s hockey national championship to earn their second-consecutive title and third in program history.
After a short-lived stint in the national rankings, UConn (23-13, 7-5 The American) dropped out of the polls due to a rough weekend against Cincinnati. Since then, however, the Huskies have made a strong case to get back in the top-25, having won four of five including a series win over conference foe Memphis over the weekend.
The Huskies had three runs on six hits; however, most of them came in the first two innings of the ball game. From the third inning on, the Huskies would record just one run and two hits (both coming in the fifth), as they were shut down by UMass starting pitcher Kenadee Rausch, who pitched a complete game.
Hand up, I was wrong. In The Daily Campus’ first roundtable of the year about the most exciting game on UConn’s football schedule, I chose UMass. First of all, it was a trick question. There are no exciting games involving the 2018 edition of UConn football. Not unless you are a sadist and enjoy watching a young secondary get ripped to shreds.
On a night when the UConn men’s hockey team hoped to break the record for the longest win streak in program history, they instead took a heartbreaking 3-2 defeat to UMass in the regular season finale.
“It’s a somber locker room, and it hasn’t been that way for a long time,” head coach Mike Cavanaugh said following the loss. “It’s certainly a disappointing loss for our team, but it’s a good reminder that if you don’t play a whole 60 minutes, it’s up in the air if you’re going to win.”