STORRS, Conn. - The No. 2 UConn field hockey team strung together three consecutive first-half goals to take down No. 18 Harvard for its fifth straight win, Sunday afternoon.
With the win, the Huskies now own a 5-0 mark in 2017, including a 4-0 record against top-20 opponents. UConn is currently outscoring their counterparts 20-3 so far this season.
Despite trailing 1-0 early in the contest, the Huskies' win was fueled by a hungry offense and a second half shutout by a tough UConn defense.
Junior Amanda Collins broke open the scoring for the visitors with a tally in the 20th minute. Freshman Margot van Hecking Colenbrander and sophomore Svea Boker were awarded the helpers, as the Huskies and Crimson were knotted at 1-1.
The Huskies were able to claim the lead two minutes later following sophomore Barbara van den Hoogen's first score of the young season. Van Hecking Colenbrander and Boker connected with the forward for their third and fifth assists, respectively, of the fall.
With nearly three minutes remaining in the first half, senior Charlotte Veitner was able to add an insurance goal for the squad with an unassisted tally at 32:19. The forward is currently pacing all Huskies with six goals, five of which have come in the last two games.
Senior goalkeeper Nina Klein denied four shots in the contest, while her counterpart recorded six saves of her own. UConn held a heavy advantage in penalty corners (9-2) and shots (16-8).
The Huskies open up conference play next weekend with a home tilt against BIG EAST foe Old Dominion on Friday, Sept. 15. The match is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Sherman Family Complex.