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Middendorf Scores Game-Winner Against No. 13 Old Dominion

Photo by Bob Bradlee, ODU Athletics
Sept. 16, 2016

Final Stats

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.

Junior Casey Umstead, as well as freshmen Barbara van den Hoogen and Svea Boker, all recorded shots for the Huskies, who controlled possession for most of the game.

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.