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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.

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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.

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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