What to Watch This Week: Connecticut Sports
After losing the series against the Somerset Patriots, the Bluefish are up for a full schedule this week starting tonight at home against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. The last time these two teams met was in May when the ‘Fish went 3-1 in the four-game series. They hope to get back on the winning streak and carry that over to their road trip on Thursday where they will meet the York Revolution.
Player to Watch: Second baseman Juan Martinez is coming off a solid hitting performance in the previous series, and played key roles against the Crabs in May including a late rally in the second game of the series to win it 4-2.
New Britain Rock Cats
The Rock Cats have been on a losing streak after a crazy schedule being dictated last week by the weather, and they face a doubleheader tonight on the road, the first two of five games against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Friday they will return home for a four-game series against the Reading Phillies. Last time they went up against the Fisher Cats, they were swept in the series, however the Rock Cats currently one spot ahead of them in the standings, posting up at third in the Eastern League Eastern.
Player to Watch: According to local articles, Rock Cats first baseman Kennys Vargas has a special mentor in Boston Red Sox star, David Ortiz. The two share similar characteristics, particularly in terms of their size and slugging abilities. Keep an eye on him all season long as he will be working hard to improve and make the rise to the majors.
The Sun squeaked out a close one against Tulsa Shock this past weekend thanks to Renee Montgomery’s winning layup, and they will continue their road trip this week first against Atlanta Dream, a game that will be televised on ESPN2, and then finishing in Indiana against the Fever. The Sun are currently one spot behind the Dream, who is first in the Eastern Conference with a 12-5 record. As for the Fever, the Sun are 2-1 against them, winning their last two by a landslide.
Player(s) to Watch: Katie Douglas has been outstanding for the Sun, and showed some emotion last game by taking charge and motivating her teammates to get off of their losing streak. She has been the vocal leader on the court and has been averaging 21.3 ppg in the last three games. Also look for June’s Rookie of the Month Chiney Ogwumike to continue her contributions to the team’s success, particularly on this road trip to get them closer to the number one spot in the East.
Keeping Up With the UConn Huskies
Men’s Ice Hockey: Perhaps the biggest and most exciting recent news in all of UConn Athletics right now is that the UConn Men’s Ice Hockey team has officially moved into the Hockey East Conference. What’s more is that the team can now call the Hartford XL Center home, since all of the home games have been moved to the bigger venue. UConn will be hosting teams such as Boston College, UMass, Providence, Maine, and other dominant hockey powers. They will also be a part of the first-ever Frozen Holiday Classic at Webster Bank Arena.
Men’s Soccer: The 2014 Men’s Soccer schedule has been released, and UConn will be taking on a challenging but exciting schedule, particularly at home at the Joseph J. Morrone Stadium where ten games of their season will be played. Opponents include Wake Forest, AAC newcomer Tulsa, 2013 Conference Champions South Florida, and school wide-rival Syracuse.
Note: Keep your eyes out for former UConn basketball stars in the NBA Summer League. Shabazz Napier and DeAndre Daniels will be playing with their new teams, the Miami Heat and the Toronto Raptors respectively. Niels Giffey will also be a part of the action after receiving an invitation from the Memphis Grizzlies to play on their roster.