Local roundup: UConn, BC agree on football series
Hartford — UConn and Boston College have agreed to renew their regional rivalry on the football field.
The programs announced Wednesday they will play a home-and-home series in 2022 and 2023.
The first game will be played on Oct. 29, 2022, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. The return game will be played on Oct. 28, 2023, at Chestnut Hill.
The Eagles and Huskies have played 14 times since 1908 and Boston College has never lost to UConn, going 12-0-2. That includes a 39-16 win in their last meeting, which was played in 2017 at Fenway Park.
UConn is currently in its final year as a member of the American Athletic Conference and is looking to fill up its schedules once it becomes an independent program next season.
• UConn was selected to finish third in the American Athletic Conference men's soccer preseason poll. The coaches' vote has Central Florida as No. 1 with seven of the eight first-place votes and 49 points. Southern Methodist is second with 42 points and the other first-place vote and UConn has 36 points.
UConn junior Robin Lapert was named the AAC's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Sophomore Felix Metzler, senior Dayonn Harris and Lapert were selected to the preseason all-AAC team and Metzler and Lapert were unanimous picks.
UConn opens its regular season on Aug. 30 against Rider at the University of Hartford. The Huskies will play their home games this season at the University of Hartford and Dillon Stadium in Hartford due to construction at Morrone Field in Storrs.
• Mark Olivier of North Stonington won the Battle of Stonington 5K on Tuesday night, finishing with a time of 16:23. Katie Esposito of Branford was the top women's finisher, coming in 23rd in 20:28.
Also finishing in the top 10 were Sam Alexander of Waterford (16:29), Aidan Pepin of Waterford (16:35), Nicholas Migani of Southington (17:03), Michael Waterbury of Branford (17:12), Frank Sternberg of Stonington (17:17), Nathan Gonzalez of Pawcatuck (18:00), Ryan Gruczka of Stonington (18:20), Joseph Jake Sullivan of Mystic (18:22) and Sean Colman of Quaker Hill (18:31).
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