Sept. 18, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - Senior forward Cara Silverman scored her second goal of the season but it wasn't enough as the No. 4 University of Connecticut field hockey team dropped a 3-1 decision to No. 8 Boston College on Sunday afternoon at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs, Conn. With the loss, the Huskies slip to 6-1 on the season while BC improves to 6-2.
Losses at the Sherman Complex are rare as Connecticut is now 56-5 on its home turf since the start of the 2006 season.
BC's Anna Wetherall scored just 3:15 into the first half when she dribbled into the circle and struck a shot into the lower far corner, just out of the reach of Husky keeper Sarah Mansfield. The goal marked the first time a UConn opponent had scored in 265:30 as Mansfield and the Husky defense had posted three-consecutive shutouts during the stretch.
The eventual game-winner came after the Eagles were awarded a penalty stroke at the 17:50 mark. Carla Tamer was able to convert by sneaking on past Mansfield's left side to give the Eagles a 2-0 edge.
Connecticut would answer though and cut the deficit in half with Silverman's 33rd career goal. The Huskies were awarded a penalty corner, which was struck at the top of the circle by Chloe Hunnable. Silverman dove into the circle and redirected Hunnable's shot towards the top of the goal and over the head of BC keeper Nicole Barry.
However, just over two-minutes later BC's Emma Plasteras added some insurance. Kara Mackintire hit a long shot into the circle and threaded the needle past the UConn defense. Plasteras was waiting in front of the net and she was able to find the back of the net.
Connecticut had a couple of chances to comeback, including a shot by Ali Blankmeyer that needed to be hit off the goal line by BC defender Maike de Jager. However, the Huskies were unable to punch one in and lost for the first time this season.
Mansfield made two saves for the Huskies while Barry stopped three shots for BC. UConn out-shot the Eagles by an 11-to-7 margin and held an 8-to-3 edge in penalty corners.
The Huskies are back in action on Saturday, September 24 when the team travels to Providence to take on the Friars. Game time is set for 1 p.m.