Aug. 26, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - Sophomore forward Chloe Hunnable posted the second hat trick of her young career and five other Huskies scored to lead the No. 6 University of Connecticut field hockey team to an 8-0 trouncing of Sacred Heart on Sunday afternoon at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs.
Hunnable, the 2011 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, also posted a hat trick against Providence on September 24, 2011. 2012 Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year Marie Elena Bolles recorded three assists on the afternoon.
The Huskies dominated this one throughout, outshooting the Pioneers by a 24-1 margin and holding a 20-1 edge in shots on goal. UConn also created 12 penalty corners while Sacred Heart managed just one.
Connecticut got on the board when graduate student Katherine Baker registered the first goal of her Husky career just 3:52 into the contest. Hunnable was once again in the middle of the play, hitting a shot that struck the post and deflected directly to Baker. The Cheshire, England native collected the deflection and hit it into the back of the net to give UConn a lead it would not relinquish.
2011 First Team All-American goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield was tested early when the game was still in doubt and she did not disappoint. Sacred Heart was awarded a penalty corner and Kate Boyd struck a shot from the top of the circle that Mansfield dove for and poked away with her stick to preserve the 1-0 lead with 26:30 remaining in the first half.
That set the stage for Hunnable's first goal of the game just over one-minute later. Senior back Alicia Angelini controlled the ball at the top of the circle during a corner and dribbled towards the goal. Hunnable got behind the SHU defense, took a feed from Angelini and promptly drilled a shot past Sacred Heart keeper Mary Altepeter.
Hunnable followed that up 16-minutes later when Marie Elena Bolles drove the baseline and dished to Hunnable in the middle of the circle. She took the feed and poked it by Altepeter to give UConn a 3-0 edge, which they took into intermission.
It was more of the same in the second half as senior forward Erin Koonz and freshman forward Elspeth McGillivray each notched the first goals of their career and Angelini added her second goal of the season to cap things off late in the second half.
Mansfield stopped the only shot she was challenged with in 56:08 of action in net. R-freshman Lauren Tarantino played the final 17:16 in net for UConn. Altepeter made seven saves for SHU and Kelsey Cox stopped five shots in 27:27 of action.
UConn is back in action on Friday, August 31 when the team welcomes No. 9 Penn State to Storrs. The contest, which is a rematch of last year's NCAA Quarterfinal, is set for 7 p.m.