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April 3, 2014

Sports in a Minute: Methuen teacher proud alum of UConn hoops

UConn alums abound!

Because of its proximity (100 miles from Eagle-Tribune offices), our area has more University of Connecticut alums in the area than any of the Final Four teams still playing men’s college basketball. And they’re coming out of the woodwork.

Methuen fourth grade teacher Maureen Licciardi is one of them, which means she is crazy about UConn basketball.

“I went there for the four years (2004 to 2008) when nothing great happened in basketball,” said Ms. Licciardi. “My freshman year was the year after the men’s and women’s basketball teams were dual national champions. During my time, they lost to George Mason in the first round.”

Ms. Licciardi said the school also did away with the popular activity of camping out for tickets when she was a freshman, instead going to a lottery.

“Needless to say, I never won the lottery,” she said. “So I opted to watch most of the games from my favorite watering hole.”

Ms. Licciardi says her love affair with UConn began as soon as she stepped on campus when she was touring colleges as a high school junior.

“I never thought I would like a large school but even though UConn is huge, you are literally in the middle of nowhere so there is a large sense of community,” she said.

How much did she love UConn?

“After graduation, my college roommates and I decided to get a UConn tattoo,” she said. “While a portrait of ‘Jonathan the Husky’ was suggested, we opted for just the UConn paw print instead.”

Hunt stays hot

Andover resident Dustin Hunt was honored last week for the second time with the Rookie of the Week award for his 7-plus innings of work against College of Charleston.

Hunt allowed five hits and three runs in getting his third win in three starts for Northeastern University.

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