DURHAM, N.H. - The University of Connecticut field hockey team picked up its first road win of the season on Friday afternoon at Memorial Field, downing New Hampshire, 3-0. With the win, the Huskies move to 4-0, while the Wildcats drop to 1-4.
Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Nina Klein picked up her fourth win and third consecutive shutout after making one save in 70 clean minutes. In the 61st minute, Klein was able to get in the way of a whistling shot from Lindsey Nerbone at the upper edge of the circle.
The Huskies dominated possession, holding a 15-to-4 shot advantage. Through four games and 300 minutes, the Huskies own a stellar 91-to-27 shot edge over their opponents. UConn, which entered the game first in the nation with 14.0 penalty corner attempts per game, earned four on Friday.
Anna Middendorf (Bremen, Germany) continued her string of recent success when she got the Huskies on the board at the 20:45 mark. After Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) inserted the ball on the penalty corner attempt, Roisin Upton (Limerick, Ireland) faked a shot and slid a perfectly-placed pass over to the waiting Middendorf, who deposited the ball into the bottom right corner of the goal.
Chloe Hunnable (Halstead, England) doubled the Husky advantage in the 29th minute when she collected a rebound in front of the net and beat Tarbell to score her third goal of the year. Veitner gave UConn a commanding 3-0 lead before the break when she scored unassisted at the 33:02 mark.
UConn's first opportunity of the game came in the fourth minute when Chrissy Davidson received a centering pass in the middle of the circle and fired a shot that was turned aside by Tarbell. A minute later, Davidson again found space and took a shot that bounced off the chest of Tarbell and was cleared to safety by the defense.
In the 11th minute, the Huskies earned back-to-back penalty corner opportunities but couldn't find the back of the cage as two Middendorf shots were blocked in front of the keeper.
Next up, UConn prepares for a Sunday battle with No. 15 Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Action is set to begin at 2 p.m.