AMHERST, Mass. - The No. 4 University of Connecticut field hockey team relied on two second-half goals by seniors Anna Middendorf and junior Casey Umstead to defeat UMass on Friday afternoon, 2-1, at the Gladchuk Complex.
In the 64th minute, Umstead connected on a penalty stroke to help the Huskies (4-0) earn a comeback win on the road, after trailing 1-0 at halftime.
It wasn't long into the second half when Middendorf scored off a penalty corner for her fourth goal of the season in the 48th minute. Just 15 minutes later, Umstead scored the game-winner and tied Middendorf for the team-high in goals this season.
Just like in the first three games this season, the Huskies limited UMass' scoring chances - especially in the second half when it had an opportunity to extend its lead. The Minutewomen recorded only two shots in the entire half.
UConn had a 14-7 shots edge in the game and 8-3 advantage in penalty corners, where the Huskies are known to make it count. Senior Olivia Bolles and sophomore Amanda Collins assisted on Middendorf's penalty corner goal.
UMass scored first with a tally by Grace Horgan in the 16th minute, giving her team an early lead. For the first time this season, the Huskies faced a shots deficit at halftime (5-4). In the second half, UConn outshot UMass, 10-2.
Middendorf and Umstead have both earned Big East recognition this season for their stellar play, which helped UConn mount its first comeback victory of 2016.
Next up, the No. 4 Huskies host Harvard on Sunday at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. Start time is 1 p.m.