STORRS, Conn. - Sophomore Anna Middendorf (Bremen, Germany) scored two goals to propel the No. 3 University of Connecticut field hockey team to a 4-0 victory over Columbia at the George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon. With the victory, UConn now sports a perfect 3-0 mark in 2014, while Columbia falls to 1-1.
For the second consecutive game, UConn tallied 16 penalty corner attempts. In addition, The Huskies out-shot the Lions, 24-4, putting eight on goal. The game marked the first time the two programs met on the pitch.
Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Nina Klein posted her second-straight clean sheet, making two saves in the win. Klein made a tremendous stop with just under 12 minutes to play, knocking aside a shot from Rebecca Pope. Middendorf chipped in a defensive save late in the second half.
The Huskies wasted no time getting on the board in the first half, capitalizing on a penalty corner attempt when Middendorf fired a shot past Lions' keeper Kimberly Pianucci. Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) and Chrissy Davidson (West Lawn, Pa.) were credited with assists on the play. Less than four minutes later, Davidson doubled the Husky lead when she stole the ball from a Columbia defender and whipped a backhanded shot into the bottom right corner of the cage. For Davidson, it was her first goal since the 2012 season.
The Huskies made it 3-0 later in the first half when Chloe Hunnable (Halstead, England) notched her second goal of the season, dodging multiple defenders in the circle before depositing the ball past the keeper.
Middendorf capped off her sensational afternoon at the 42:51 mark, scoring on another penalty corner with a hard shot into the bottom left of the goal. In all, Middendorf attempted a game-high 12 shots and was able to put seven on goal.
UConn nearly added another goal in the waning moments of the first half when Veitner collected the ball in the middle of the circle with her back to the goal and ripped a backhanded shot that missed just wide. With the two assists in the contest, the freshman has now tallied four points in 2014.
The Huskies attempted four straight penalty corners in the first 6:01 of the game but were unable to slip anything by the Lions' defense.
The Huskies will hit the road for the first time this season when they travel to Durham, N.H. for a Friday afternoon battle with New Hampshire. Action is set to begin at 4 p.m.