Rain and wind? Soccer weather, people.
But before we get into previewing all of tonight’s action the Hartford women’s soccer team took to the pitch last night in Worcester, Mass., against the Crusaders of Holy Cross. The Hawks struck in the 60th minute when Caitlin Alves put home a loose ball after a scramble in front of the Holy Cross net. The win, Hartford’s first on the young season, improves them to 10-1 versus the Crusaders all-time.
|Binghamton's Jamie Holliday|
On the hardwood last night, several squads continued their international exhibition tours. The UNH men rebounded from a loss on Wednesday with an 75-65 overtime win over Quebec University. Bill Herrion blogged about the contest afterward saying that “food really does taste better after a win.” UAlbany wrapped up its Canadian tour with a win against Carleton University in Ontario. The Danes went 4-1 on the trip. On the women’s side, Boston U. fell to Unigirona 77-75 in Barcelona but did receive 15 points from senior Alex Young. The Hartford women start their exhibition contests tonight in Rodez, France against FC Lyon.
The first men’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball games of the season will all happen today. Boston U., preseason pick to win the AE soccer title, travels to Worcester tonight for a match with Holy Cross. The Terriors edged out UMBC, who opens play tomorrow at home against Mt. St. Mary’s, for the top spot in the poll. Vermont pays a visit to Central Conn. St., for its season opener. Catamount TV has more on that game. Elsewhere on the pitch, Binghamton is at Bucknell and New Hampshire hosts the Rams of Rhode Island.
Seven of nine America East women’s soccer squads will take the field tonight. Boston U., Binghamton, Maine and Albany will all play at home while UMBC, Stony Brook and New Hampshire all hit the road for early-season tournaments.
Field hockey gets underway with conference favorite and #19 Boston U. traveling to Maryland to deal with the #1 Terrapins. Northeastern heads up to Orono to take on the Blackbears in Maine while Vermont welcomes #14 Boston College to Burlington for an afternoon bout.
|Stony Brook's Evann Slaughter|
And who could forget about Volleyball. Not us here at AExtra. Every volleyball team plays at least once today with several teams lacing up for two matches all over the country. Conference favorites Albany and UMBC open up in tournaments on opposite coasts with the Danes taking on Kentucky in Tallahassee, Fla., at the Florida State tournament and the Retrievers doing battle with Long Beach State out in California. Providence, New Hampshire, Binghamton, Hartford and Stony Brook are all in action, as well.
We’ve got some news from the diamond. Literally, the ‘Diamond.’ Former Binghamton pitcher Scott Diamond will make his second big league start tonight for the Minnesota Twins. Diamond made his MLB debut back on July 18 against Cleveland and will have to take on AL Central leading Detroit in his second go around.
We’ll leave you today with a video from Binghamton. It is the final installment of the men’s soccer preseason all-access tour.
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