NORFOLK, Va. - When senior Anna Middendorf was needed in a big game, she delivered for the No. 5 University of Connecticut field hockey team.
Scoring two goals against No. 13 Old Dominion, including the game-winner with time expired in regulation, Middendorf helped the Huskies defeat the Lady Monarchs, 2-1, on Friday evening at Crenshaw Field.
With her two goals - both off penalty corners - Middendorf now has a team-high six goals on the season. UConn had an 8-4 edge in shots and 4-3 advantage in penalty corners, with none more important than the last.
Before time expired in regulation, the Huskies earned a penalty corner, which was originally saved by Old Dominion goalkeeper, Kealsie Robles. However, UConn earned another corner on that play due to a Monarch violation.
Junior Charlotte Veitner took the corner and sophomore Amanda Collins set up the pass for Middendorf, who ripped a shot past Robles into the left corner of the cage to give UConn a dramatic road victory in Norfolk - the site of the 2016 NCAA Final Four.
It was in the 64th minute that the Lady Monarchs made things interesting by scoring off a penalty corner to tie the game, 1-1, after trailing for the majority of regulation. It was that goal that set the stage for Middendorf and her second multi-goal game of the season.
The Huskies wasted no time to get on the scoreboard, when Middendorf scored her first goal off a corner in the third minute of play. Not even three minutes in, UConn had a 1-0 lead, an edge it held for the next 61 minutes of regulation.
Veitner and Collins each had two assists in the game - adding to Veitner's team-leading six assists and Collins' team-high 15 points this season.
In addition to remaining unbeaten and earning a road victory over a ranked Big East opponent, the Huskies continued their six-game stretch this season of allowing two or fewer goals in each contest. It's a streak they will carry into Sunday's showdown with Virginia.
UConn plays No. 14 Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. on Sunday at 1 p.m. (ET). The game can be seen on ACC Network Extra, as part of ESPN3.
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