College roundup: McCombs, UConn rumble past Pitt

Lyle McCombs ran for 120 yards and a touchdown and Connecticut beat Pittsburgh, 24-17, Friday night in Hartford for the Huskies’ first Big East win after four losses.

Chandler Whitmer threw for 213 yards and a score for the Huskies (4-6, 1-4), and Nick Williams returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown.

Tino Sunseri threw for 302 yards and two TDs for Pitt (4-6, 1-4), which trailed 24-0 at halftime. The Panthers and UConn must now win out to become bowl eligible.

McCombs, who ran for more than 1,100 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman, had just 547 yards and four scores coming into the game. He carried the ball 29 times in this one.

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The Huskies held Pitt running back Ray Graham to 41 yards on 15 carries after he rushed for 172 against Notre Dame a week ago in an overtime loss.

Women’s soccer

BC 2, Hofstra 0 — The Eagles won their first-round game in the NCAA Division 1 tournament for a fifth straight year. It pushing past Hofstra, 2-0, on Friday night in Newton. was BC’s 19th NCAA victory all time.

Senior Kristen Mewis played a part in both goals for BC (11-7-3), assisting on Stephanie McCaffrey’s 10th goal of the season at the 11:45 mark and scoring her own (No.14 on the season) at 79:51.

Alexa Gaul denied Hofstra (11-7-3) on all four of its shots.

Dowling 0, Southern N.H. 0— The Penwomen (13-5-4) lost in the first round of the NCAA Division 2 tourney, out on penalty kicks, 5-4, in Manchester, N.H.

Field hockey

UMass-Lowell 2, Merrimack 0 — The River Hawks (19-3) earned a return trip to the NCAA Division 2 national championship game and a rematch with defending champion West Chester.

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