Sept. 17, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - Senior midfielder Ali Blankmeyer and freshman forward Chloe Hunnable each scored a pair of goals and sophomore goaltender Sarah Mansfield and the Husky defense posted their third-straight shutout en route to a 6-0 victory over Villanova on Saturday afternoon at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs. With the win, the fourth-ranked Huskies improve to 6-0 on the season while the Wildcats slip to 2-4.
The Connecticut defense lowered its goals against average to 0.66 and it has now held the opposition scoreless for 262:15. Mansfield already boasts nine shutouts in her young career.
Connecticut got the scoring started early as Blankmeyer netted the eventual game-winner just 1:49 into the contest. Sophomore forward Marie Elena Bolles dribbled to the top of the circle and drilled a shot towards the net, which was deflected past a stunned Megan Goelz and into the back of the net. Blankmeyer is tied for the team lead with five goals and her 13 points this season are second-most on the squad.
Less than seven minutes later, the Huskies hooked up on a familiar scoring combination off of a penalty corner. Junior defender Allison Angulo served the ball to a waiting Kim Krzyk, who set the ball perfectly for one of Jestine Angelini's patented strikes from the top of the circle, which found the goal at the 8:31 mark.
Blankmeyer returned the favor from Bolles on UConn's first goal when Blankmeyer assisted on Bolles' fourth goal of the season. Blankmeyer drilled a shot deep into the circle towards Bolles, who poked it into the goal to give Connecticut a 3-0 edge going into intermission.
It was more of the same for UConn in the second stanza as Blankmeyer completed her five-point afternoon with another goal, once again thanks to a Bolles helper, and Hunnable added goals number three and four thanks to a pair of assists from Jestine Angelini.
UConn dominated this one statistically, out-shooting Villanova 37-5 on the afternoon and 18-4 on shots on goal. Goelz made 11 saves for Villanova and Alex Diekmann relieved her for the last 11:02 of the second half and stopped one shot. Mansfield made four saves for the Huskies.
Connecticut also held a dominating 16-1 advantage in penalty corners.
The Huskies return to action on Sunday, September 18 when the team welcomes No. 8 Boston College to Storrs. Game time is set for 2 p.m. at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. Tomorrow will also mark Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day at the Sherman Complex. The team will warm up in special t-shirts which will be on sale for $15 at the game. All proceeds benefit ovarian cancer research.