STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut field hockey team wrapped up a two-win weekend with a 2-1 victory over Boston College on Sunday at George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex. With the win, the Huskies move to 6-0 while the Eagles drop to 4-2.
UConn opened the scoring on its first shot of the game, capitalizing on a penalty corner in the 10th minute. Sophomore Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) inserted the ball to senior Sophie Bowden (Somerset, England) who executed the stick-stop and gave junior Anna Middendorf (Bremen, Germany) space at the top of the circle. Middendorf ripped a shot into the top right corner of the cage past the Eagles' net-minder Leah Settipane to give the Huskies a 1-0 advantage.
Less than three minutes into the second half, the Huskies had a chance to go ahead when Middendorf slapped one towards the keeper that was turned away. Only 10 seconds later, sophomore Casey Umstead (Sellersville, Pa.) found room in the circle and flicked a shot on goal, which was also saved. UConn was also awarded back-to-back penalty corners ending with two shots on goal by Middendorf being denied.
BC drew even at the 39:13 mark after Kelcie Hromisin tipped in Romee Stiekema's pass from outside the arc.
UConn grabbed the lead for good on another penalty corner attempt. Veitner set the play in motion with a strong pass to the top of the crease for graduate student Pippa Lewis (Malvern, England) who left the ball for senior Roisin Upton (Limerick, Ireland). Upton ripped a shot towards goal that was tipped in by a cutting Veitner into the right corner.
After only three shots in the first half, the Huskies kicked up their offensive attack and were able to fire off 10 shots in the final 35 minutes.
UConn extended its winning streak to 20 games, dating back to the 2014 season. Through six games, the Huskies have kept each of their challengers scoreless in the first half.
Connecticut continues its homestand on Sunday, Sept. 20 when it hosts Lafayette at 2 p.m.