ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Senior back Casey Umstead notched two goals to lift the No. 4 UConn field hockey team to a 2-1 victory at No. 11 Michigan on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Huskies stay hot as they improve to 3-0 overall, while the Wolverines (3-1) suffer their first loss of the season.
UConn saw their 206 shutout minutes come to an end at the hands of Michigan's Meg Dowthwait. The Huskies are currently out scoring their opponents 11-1 thus far in 2017. Additionally, the Huskies are now 3-0 against top-15 ranked opponents this fall.
Umstead broke open the scoring midway through the second half, off a penalty corner in the 55th minute. With an assist from freshman back Margot van Hecking Colenbrander, the Huskies we able to gain the 1-0 edge thanks to Umstead's third tally of the year.
Nearly three minutes later, the senior continued to show her leadership and found the back of the cage for the second time in the contest. After a miscue by a Michigan defender provoked a whistle by the official, Umstead found herself at the penalty stroke line with a chance to extend the squad's lead once again. With a goal in the 58th minute, the senior now leads all Huskies with four goals and nine points so far this season.
With just under four minutes remaining in the game, Michigan cut the deficit to one thanks to Meg Dowthwaite. In the Wolverines first penalty corner of the contest, Dowthwait took a shoot that deflected off an UConn defender and into the back of the net for the 2-1 score.
Michigan earned a penalty corner as time was dwindling down, creating their best scoring opportunity and a chance to tie the game. The Wolverines were able to get off a shot but senior Nina Klein came up big with a save in the final 30 seconds of the match.
Klein posted five saves in the outing, while her counterpart picked up two.
The Huskies recorded 11 penalty corners to the Wolverines two, while UConn outshot their opponents by a slight 8-7 margin.
The team is back in action at home on Friday, September 8 against west coast rival Pacific. The game is slated to begin at 6:00 p.m. ET.
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