Erin Koonz netted her second goal of the season on Sunday.
Sept. 16, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - Junior forward Marie Elena Bolles scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season and junior goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield and the Husky defense posted another shutout to lead the No. 5 University of Connecticut field hockey team to a 3-0 victory over Yale on Sunday afternoon at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs. With the win, UConn improves to 7-0 on the season while the Bulldogs slip 2-3.
Connecticut is now off to its best start since the 2009 season when the team got out of the gates with an 11-0 record. UConn's best start came during the 1999 season when the team won its first 23 games.
UConn has now held the opposition scoreless for the last 146:20, dating back to a late goal by No. 21 Albany last weekend. Mansfield, the reigning BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, recorded her third shutout of the season en route to lowering her goals against average to a miniscule 0.44. The Huskies have allowed only three goals in seven games this season.
The Huskies got the scoring started at the 18:38 mark. Bolles, the 2012 BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, got in position near the goal during a UConn corner and deflected a hard strike at the top of the circle by sophomore forward Chloe Hunnable. Bolles redirected Hunnable's shot inside the near post and past Yale keeper Emily Cain to give Connecticut a lead it would not relinquish.
Although the Huskies out-shot Yale 11-1 during the first half, they were unable to cushion the lead until senior forward Erin Koonz netted her second goal of the season at the 39:57 mark. Bolles was once again in the middle of the scoring opportunity as she found Koonz diving through the circle towards the goal. The assist was Bolles' fourth of the season and she leads Connecticut with 18 points.
UConn would add some insurance when senior back Alicia Angelini converted on a penalty stroke at 43:19. The score marked Angelini's third goal of the season.
The Huskies dominated on Saturday, out-shooting Yale by a decisive 28-1 margin and held a 17-0 edge in shots during the second half. Connecticut was also awarded 10 penalty corners while Yale created only one. Cain made 14 saves for Yale while Mansfield stopped the only shot she was faced with.
The Huskies are back in action on Friday, September 21 when the team welcomes New Hampshire to Storrs. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.