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Local roundup: UConn football turns to Cochran once again

Published November 23. 2013 4:00AM

Philadelphia - The UConn football team, 0-9, will play its final road game of the season at 7 tonight, meeting Temple at Lincoln Financial Field.

UConn coach T.J. Weist said earlier this week in a press conference that he's worried his team's losses are getting harder and harder to overcome as the weeks go on.

The Huskies have games at home against Rutgers and Memphis to end the season.

"(Instinctively), it gets harder and harder each week," Weist said. "Some of the guys are young, so this is all they know. The only way to do this is finish. We need to finish every play, every drive and every quarter."

Former New London High quarterback Casey Cochran, a redshirt freshman for UConn, made his first career start in last week's 38-21 loss at Southern Methodist and went 25-for-42 for 227 yards and two touchdowns.

"When he threw the ball well, he threw it well," Weist said of Cochran. "When he threw it bad, he threw it bad. He made his two bad decisions late in the game, but we were pleased at what we saw. He's a guy with good leadership abilities, good physical skills and makes sound decisions for us."

UConn is 0-5 in the American Athletic Conference. Temple is 1-9 overall, 0-6 in the league.

Women's hockey

• Cassie Hunter and Leah Kallen scored for Conn College in the third period, as the Camels came from behind two goals to forge a 2-2 tie with Hamilton in overtime. Hunter scored on the Camels' fifth power play of the game, breaking Hamilton's shutout streak of 74:58. Kelsie Fralick made 31 saves for Conn, 0-1-2 overall and in the NESCAC.

Men's hockey

• Williams scored three goals in the third period to hold off Connecticut College 5-2 in a NESCAC matchup at Dayton Arena. Paul Steinig, Frankie Mork and George Hunkele each had a goal and an assist for the 12th-ranked Ephs (2-0-1). JC Cangelosi scored his third goal of the season in the opening period for Conn (0-3) and Tim DiPretoro added a goal on a penalty shot in the third period.

Men's basketball

• Eric Paschall had 21 points and five rebounds for St. Thomas More in a 92-73 loss to Hargrave Military in the National Prep School Showcase being played at Albertus Magus College in New Haven. Yuta Watanabe had 15 points and seven rebounds and Cane Broome had nine points and three assists. St. Thomas More will play Fork Union Military Academy in the tournament at 9:30 a.m. today.

H.S. boys' soccer

• Montville (14-6) finished eighth and Waterford (16-3) ninth in the final Connecticut High School Boys' Soccer Coaches' Final Poll for the Class M/S divisions. Class M state champion Suffield finished first, receiving all 11 first-place votes. Old Lyme (12-5-3) also received votes.

• Montville was honored with the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America Team Academic Award for the 2012-13 academic year. The Indians maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.37 to be recognized. Only 140 high school boys' teams from throughout the United States earned the award.

Thanksgiving Day tickets

• Tickets to the Westerly-Stonington Thanksgiving Day football game will be on sale at both schools starting Monday. Pre-sale tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for students and senior citizens. All game day tickets will be a $5 fee for all. Children under 10 will be free in all instances.

• Ticket sales for the Thanksgiving Day football game between Ledyard and Fitch high schools will begin on Monday. Tickets can be purchased at Ledyard on Monday and Tuesday from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. in the main office. Tickets can be purchased at Fitch on Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 8-11 a.m. in the main office. Pre-game tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students. All tickets at the game will be $5. Kick-off is set for 10 a.m. at Ledyard.

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