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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Friday's Best

A daily look at the best of the local sports scene ...

-- The Quinnipiac men's hockey team begins play in the ECAC Hockey tournament's first round best-of-three series against Brown at the TD Bank Sports Center. The game starts at 7 p.m.

Read Chip Malafronte's preview here

-- The Yale women's basketball team, which has quietly had an exceptional season, including an upset of then-nationally ranked Florida State, play host to Columbia. Yale is 9-3 in Ivy League play. Princeton is 10-1 with three games left. And get this, admission to games this weekend is FREE!

Read about it here

-- The Yale men's basketball team, which can finish 16-12, 9-5 in the Ivy with a sweep (still an outside shot at a postseason bid such as CBI??)  play at Columbia at 7 p.m.

Read Bill Cloutier's Game Day Preview Capsule here

-- The  UConn women do not play until Sunday, but there is still plenty of action at the XL Center in Hartford with the start of the Big East women's basketbal tournament.
The schedule: First round: Pittsburgh vs. South Florida, Noon; Syracuse vs. Seton Hall, 2 p.m.; West Virginia vs. Cincinnati, 6 p.m.; Providence vs. Villanova, 8 p.m.

Providence has former Hopkins standout Lauren Okafor, who was named to the Big East All-Freshman team Thursday.

-- In Bridgeport, the MAAC basketball tournament is in full swing for the women at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. The women's quarterfinals are in the afternoon, with the men's first round in the evening. The Fairfield women play at 3:30. The top-seeded Fairfield men do not start play until Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
The women's schedule Friday: Quarterfinals: Loyola, Md. vs. Canisius, 9:30 a.m.; Manhattan vs. Iona, 11:30 a.m.; Marist vs. Saint Peter’s-Rider winner, 1:30 p.m.; Siena vs. Fairfield, 3:30 p.m.

The men's schedule: First round: Niagara vs. Marist, 7:30 p.m.; Siena vs. Manhattan, 9:30 p.m.

-- In West Hartford at  the University of Hartford's Chase Family Arena, West Haven's Chantell Alford, the America East Player of the Year out of Boston University, plays in the first game of the America East tournament at 12:05.

Hamden's Ilicia Mathis plays for Hartford, which plays the final game of the night at about 8.

The schedule: Quarterfinals: Boston University vs. Vermont, 12:05 p.m.; Binghamton vs. New Hampshire, 2:15 p.m.; UMBC vs Stony Brook-Maine winner, 6:05 p.m.; Hartford vs. Albany, 8:15 p.m.

-- Class LL and Class M girls basketball quarterfinals take place tonight. A couple to spotlight: Lauralton Hall travels to Newtown in a rematch of the SWC championship and Career plays host to SCC rival Cheshire.
-- The Shoreline boys basketball final is at Old Saybrook at 7 p.m.  No. 1 seed Valley Regional takes on No. 7 seed Old Lyme. Here is a link to Joe Morelli's take on the game
-- The New Haven Athletic Center will play host to the New England wrestling tournament. The early rounds are Friday and start at 5 p.m.
Read Mike Pucci's capsule preview here

-- Looking ahead, Quinnipiac's men's basketball team plays host to Robert Morris at 2 p.m. Sunday in the NEC semifinals at TD Bank Sports Center.


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