STOCKTON, Calif. – Three different players scored for the No. 3 University of Connecticut field hockey team in a 5-2 win over Pacific on Sunday evening, including multiple goals from Amanda Collins and Anna Middendorf.
The west coast treated the Huskies (2-0) well in the season’s opening weekend, as UConn won both games against No. 11 Stanford and Pacific, a team receiving votes in the NFHCA Preseason Poll.
A strong offensive attack led the Huskies past the Tigers, as they held advantages in shots (16-8), shots on goal (13-4) and penalty corners (10-3). Middendorf had a game-high six shots, with five on goal.
Despite two late goals by Pacific, UConn was in control throughout regulation. A 3-0 lead at halftime quickly became 5-0 after goals by Middendorf and junior forward Casey Umstead within the first nine minutes of the second half.
Four players recorded assists in the game for the Huskies, including the first for freshman forward Svea Boker. Junior Charlotte Veitner, along with seniors Olivia Bolles and Darby Smith, each contributed one as well.
UConn got off to a slow start in the first 19 minutes of the first half, but once the offense started rolling, it didn’t stop. Three goals were scored in the final 16 minutes of the half for the Huskies.
Collins scored the first goal of the game off a rebound of sophomore Amelia Iacobucci’s shot, giving UConn a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute. In the 29th minute, Collins tallied her second of the game on a breakaway goal. It was the second multi-goal game of her career.
Just before the half, Middendorf extended the lead to three when she scored off a penalty corner, which was assisted by junior Charlotte Veitner and senior Darby Smith. It was the first of the season for the senior midfielder.
The Huskies outshot the Tigers in the first half, 8-3, and held a 7-1 advantage in shots on goal. UConn also had a 5-1 edge in penalty corners.
Drexel is next on UConn’s schedule, as the Huskies’ home-opener is slated for Sunday at 12 p.m. at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.