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Chris Duffy's Sports Editor's Notebook: One more time at Larkin Field for SNHU, St. A

By CHRIS DUFFY
Union Leader Sports Editor

September 13. 2017 12:13AM


Some random thoughts while enjoying the pennant races, football and soccer, and preparing for the start of hockey and hoops ...

• Today marks the final Southern New Hampshire University-St. Anselm College soccer games at SNHU’s Dr. George J. Larkin Field. The women’s teams play at 4 p.m., followed by the men at 7 p.m. These are the only meetings of the year between the rivals, and starting Saturday, Oct. 14, SNHU will play its games across campus in the new Penmen Stadium.

The SNHU women, who received two goals from senior Abigail Maker in their 3-1 win at Le Moyne on Saturday, are 3-1. The Hawks women are 2-1. SNHU’s men, ranked No. 18 nationally in the latest Division II poll, take a 3-0 record into the contest against 0-1-1 St. Anselm. ...

• The University of New Hampshire’s Wildcat Stadium is a great place to watch football, and it’s not bad for soccer, either — especially when the product you’re watching is top notch. The Wildcats, who stayed unbeaten with a 1-1 draw on Saturday night against Columbia — or suffered their first blemish, depending on how you view ties — jumped from 24th to 16th in the latest Division I United Soccer Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

UNH (4-0-1) hosts Holy Cross tonight and Rhode Island on Saturday night at Wildcat Stadium. Of course, the big ballpark is the Wildcats’ temporary home until the planned soccer/lacrosse stadium is built next door.

The Wildcats boast a 1-2 punch of Windham residents, goalkeeper Andrew Pesci, who allowed his first goal of the season on Saturday, and 6-foot, 2-inch forward Chris Arling, who, despite not scoring on Saturday, has a serious motor and was a force all night. Arling has two goals this season, one behind team leader Linus Fallberg, a freshman from Sweden. ...

• The Concord Cavalry, who are 5-3 in the fledgling East Coast Football League, are stepping up for hurricane victims. The Cavalry, who play the 7-1 Connecticut Ravens on Sunday at 1 p.m., at Amoskeag Field in Bow, will collect canned and non-perishable goods, bottled water, diapers, toiletries, large trash bags, first aid kits, paper towels and toilet paper. The team asks that you bring those items to 510 Hall St. in Bow, anytime from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more information, contact Casey DeStefano at nhcavalryfootball@gmail.com. ...

• So which camp are you in, Patriots fan? The one that thinks the team just had a bad game plan against the Chiefs, or the one that thinks their personnel, after a handful of key injuries, wasn’t good enough? It’s an interesting debate that comes after national prognosticators pegged them for another Super Bowl appearance and maybe even a 19-0 record. ...

• The current streaks of the Dodgers and Indians are fascinating. Once untouchable, Los Angeles just can’t get out of its own way anymore. Before Tuesday night, Dave Roberts’ men had lost 11 straight and 16 of 17.

Meanwhile, Cleveland can’t lose, taking a 19-game win streak (fourth-longest of the modern era) into Tuesday’s game with Corey Kluber on the mound. The Indians are doing it in dominating fashion, too, and here’s the tidbit I like most, courtesy of ESPN: During the run, they have allowed 32 runs and hit 38 home runs. Chew on that one, Red Sox fans. ...

• Atkinson Resort & Country Club is hosting a PGA Junior League Northeast Regional on Saturday and Sunday. Four teams of “All-Star” junior golfers will compete for the chance to advance to the PGA Junior League Championship in Scottsdale, Ariz., Nov. 16-19.

The Atkinson “All-Stars” are: James Robbins, 13; Joe Lenane, 14; Alex Landry, 13; Jack Pepin, 14; Aiden Azeredo, 13; Shivani Vora, 13; Stephen Ramos, 11; Evan Desjardins, 14; Nicholas Samaha, 12, and Zachary Diamond, 13. The team captain is Peter Doherty and the assistant coach is Brian Diamond. ...

• The Dartmouth men’s basketball team will play at Notre Dame on ESPN2 on Tuesday, Dec. 19. This is the Big Green’s second year under coach David McLaughlin. ...

• The weekly columns are coming fast and furious on these Sports pages. Here’s a reminder of our fall lineup:

— New Hampshire College Football, by Roger Brown, runs on Thursdays.

— High School Football, by Roger, runs on Fridays, accompanied by his weekly Grid Picks.

— State of Sports, by Roger, runs on Mondays.

— High School Soccer, by Joe Duball, runs on Tuesdays.

— New Hampshire College Notebook, by Alex Hall, runs on Sundays.

— City Sports, by John Habib, runs on Saturdays.

Mike Shalin’s Working Press will continue to run three times a week, including Sundays, and Tom Herzig’s Trackside will continue on Thursdays through September. ...

• Boston Bruins camp opens on Thursday at Warrior Ice Arena in beautiful Brighton, Mass., which means it’s perfectly OK to think hockey. ...

• So if the coffee and doughnuts chain offers 87-cent coffees (in honor of Rob Gronkowski) in New England the day after Patriots wins, did the Kansas City-area shops sell 27-cent coffees last Friday in honor of Kareem Hunt? Just wondering.

cduffy@unionleader.com


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