by Corey Mansfield

On October 22, 2016,  I got a chance to visit Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field the home of the University of Connecticut Huskies football team as the took on the University of Central Florida Knights.

A photo of scoreboard prior to the game against Central Florida (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
I had emailed the athletic department prior the game and was given media credentials for the game so I didn't need to buy tickets. However, tickets are affordably priced with most tickets between $32-$60 depending on the seats.  You can click on the following link to purchase tickets.

Here are photos of the college hockey game between the Union College Dutchmen and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers on October 28, 2016 at Houston Field House in Troy, NY.

The Dutchmen dominated the Engineers in route to 4-1 victory in the first ECAC game of the season.

Mike Vecchione scored his NCAA (Divison 1) leading 9th goal of the season and added an assist. Alex Sakellaropoulos posted 32 saves with his only blemish coming on Jimmy DeVito goal with 6:16 remaining.

The Dutchmen move to 4-1-1 on the season while the Enginners drop to 1-4. The two teams will square off again tonight in Schenectady, NY at Mess rink.

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Alex Sakellaropoulos (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Here are photos of the college hockey game between the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers on October 22, 2016 at Houston Field House in Troy, NY.

The Engineers earned their first victory of the season with a 6-3 win over RIT on Saturday night at Houston Field House. The Engineers had a commanding 3-1 lead in the second period but allowed RIT to tie the game up. RPI settled down and rolled off three unanswered goals in route to victory. The RPI special teams were outstanding scoring two power-play goals and along with a short-handed goal. Captain Riley Bourbonnais lead the way for the Engineers with two goals and an assist.

Cam Hackett looks for the puck after making a save (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Here are the game photos of the college football game between the University of Central Florida Knights and the University of Connecticut Huskies on October 22, 2016 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT.

In a back and forth battle, UCF pulled out a huge 24-16 victory over UConn. Freshman quarterback McKenzie Milton spoiled the UConn homecoming by completing 29 of 45 passes for 317 yards and three touchdowns for the Knights. Milton was able to avoid the UConn pressure and complete some big passes down the field.

Arkeel Newsome had a solid game for the Huskies, rushing for 101 yards on 21 carries in the loss.

Central Florida improved their record to 4-3 and is now within two wins of becoming bowl eligible. The Huskies drop to 3-5 on the season.

Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Here are photos of the college hockey game between the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers and the Union College Dutchmen from October 21, 2016 at Messa Rink in Schenectady, NY.

The Dutchmen defeated the Tigers 5-2 in their home opener, behind Mike Vecchione who lead the way with two goals and an assist. Alex Sakellaropoulos was solid in net for the Dutchmen, allowing only two goals and making 16 saves.

Mike Rotolo makes a save (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Face-off (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

(photo credit: UConn Athletics)
by: Corey Mansfield

For the longest time, I've wanted to attend a "big time" college football game. However, my options are pretty limited since I pay for all the travel expenses myself and couldn't afford to attend a game at like Alabama or Michigan. Many people told me I should go to Syracuse and attend a game, but I've already been there.

After looking at a map I realized that the University of Connecticut (UConn) is only two hours away from where I live (closer than Syracuse). It would be a perfect opportunity to attend a "big time" college football game.

After chatting with one of their athletic communication directors I was given media credentials to their October 22nd game against the University of Central Florida, which is their homecoming game.

It's going to be really awesome to experience UConn football; especially the stadium, atmosphere, and tradition. Every college and university are different and I want to see what separates UConn from the rest.

The game itself should be unbelievable also as both UConn and Central Florida have three wins on the season and are fighting to get to six wins to become bowl eligible. Last week the Huskies lost to the University of South Florida 42- 27 to drop their record of 3-4 on the year. While Central Florida lost a heartbreaker in the final seconds to Temple 26-25 to drop to 3-3 on the season. 

The Knights and the Huskies both like to throw the ball. A big difference in this game could be whether the UConn defense can rattle UCF's freshman quarterback McKenzie Milton and cause him to make mistakes. Also, both teams have been susceptible to the run on the season and this game may come down to who can control the line of scrimmage. It should be a fun game to watch.

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Here are photos of the college football game between the Hobart College Statesmen and the RPI Engineers on October 8, 2016 at East Campus Field in Troy, NY.

The Statesmen and Engineers traded blows in the fourth quarter. However,  a pass inference call gave RPI first and goal with under a minute left in the game. A couple plays later Ed Trimpert scampered in from 5-yards out to give the Engineers 21-17 lead with only 20 seconds left. The RPI defense held off Hobart in the final seconds to secure the upset victory.

National Anthem (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Coin toss (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

by Corey Mansfield 

The New York Mets season ended Wednesday night with a crushing defeat to the San Fransisco Giants in the National League Wild Card game.

Curtis Granderson (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

There were some very questionable decisions made by Mets manager Terry Collins  in the game.
 
The first was in the bottom of the 5th inning when TJ Rivera led off with a double (the first hit off Madison Bumgarner). Collins elected to have Jay Bruce swing away instead of sacrificing (bunt) Rivera to third. Since runs were going to be at a premium this would have have put a runner on third base with two cracks at driving the run in. Instead Bruce didn't advance the runner and nothing materialized.  Some would say that Jay Bruce is a power hitter and shouldn't be bunting because of his intentional to hit a home run. However, Bruce is hitting below .200 in his career versus Bumgarner.

The second and I think most devastating mistake was Terry Collins not intentionally walking Conor Gillaspie in the top of the ninth inning. Bruce Bouchy had already put a pinch hitter on-deck for Bumgarner.  If Collins would have walked Gillaspie then the Mets would have gotten a chance to face the Giants very shaky bullpen with Bumgarner out the game. However, Collins decided to pitch to Gillaspie who then hit a three-run dinger giving the Giants a commanding lead. It also allowed Bumgarner to stay in the game and he eventually sat down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 9th inning. Even if the Mets walked Gillaspie and the Giants sent up Bumgarner instead of the pinch hitter, then you are facing a pitcher not a seasoned hitter.

Ultimately, the players still play the game. But I felt Terry Collins did a poor job managing the game which led to the loss.


Here are photos of the college hockey game between the McGill University Redmen and the RPI Engineers on October 2, 2016 at Houston Field House in Troy, NY.

In a very physical game, the Engineers defeated the Redmen 3-0 behind a shutout from freshman goalie Chase Perry. Riley Bourbonnais, Jacob Hayhurst, and Evan Tironese all scored goals for RPI.

RPI Goalie, Chase Perry (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Cam Hackett warms up before the game (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

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