Sept. 15, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – Junior forward Chloe Hunnable scored two more goals and senior goaltender Sarah Mansfield became the Huskies’ all-time victories leader as the University of Connecticut field hockey team blanked Lafayette, 4-0, on Sunday afternoon at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs, Conn.
Mansfield notched her second-straight shutout and the 21st of her career on Sunday. UConn’s new victories leader is 59-12 in her three-plus years in net. Danielle Vile, the previous record holder, was 58-12 from 1996-99 for the Huskies.
The Huskies are now 5-0 for the second-straight year and the fifth time since the 2007 season.
Junior forward Anne Jeute got the scoring started for UConn early, giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead they would not relinquish just 4:53 into the contest. After UConn was awarded one of its nine penalty corners, sophomore back Roisin Upton dished to Jeute from the top of the circle. Jeute, who was in the corner, flipped a shot over Lafayette goalkeeper Jessica Deutsch’s head and inside the far post.
Hunnable would then net for the first of her two goals shortly before halftime as sophomore midfielder Sophie Bowden controlled the ball in the circle and flipped it ahead to a sprinting Hunnable. The Halstead, England native redirected Bowden’s pass past Deutsch and into the back of the net to give the Huskies some insurance.
Connecticut dominated all facets of this one, outshooting the Leopards 17-5 overall and 10-2 in shots on goal. UConn also created nine penalty corner opportunities while Lafayette managed four.
Deutsch ended the day with six saves for the Leopards while Mansfield turned away each of the two shots Lafayette put on net.
Freshman Montana Fleming added her first career goal to give the Huskies a commanding 3-0 lead at the 49:58 mark. The Huskies pushed the ball into the circle but Lafayette managed to pry it loose. However, Fleming controlled the free ball and ripped a backhand shot in. Hunnable’s sixth goal of the season came with 3:35 left in the game.
The Huskies are back in action on Wednesday, September 18 when the team welcomes No. 7 UMass to Storrs. Game time is set for 6 p.m. at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs.