STORRS, Conn. - Freshman Amanda Collins (Binghamton, N.Y.) recorded her first career hat trick to help the top-ranked University of Connecticut field hockey team to an impressive 8-0 victory over Lafayette on Sunday afternoon at the George J. Sherman Family Sports-Complex. With the win, the Huskies improve to 7-0 and continue their 21-game winning streak dating back to last season while the Leopards fall to 5-3.
UConn controlled the ball for the majority of the game, limiting Lafayette to a single shot and no penalty corners. The Huskies totaled 27 shots and 11 corners on the afternoon.
Connecticut’s scoring barge started just two minutes into the game. Sophomore Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) put the ball in play off the penalty corner to senior Sophie Bowden (Somerset, England) who laid down the stick-stop. Junior Anna Middendorf (Bremen, Germany) stepped up and blasted a shot past the head of the Leopards’ goalkeeper Katelyn Arnold to put the Huskies up 1-0.
Collins dribbled around Lafayette’s defense and slipped the ball into the left corner of the cage for her first goal of the game. Two minutes later, Middendorf’s shot was saved and put back into play. Collins caught the rebound off the net-minder’s shin and flipped it in to give UConn a 3-0 lead.
Freshman Amelia Iacobucci (Malvern, Pa.) earned a goal after the ball popped in the air off a defender’s stick. Once she gained control of the drop, she chipped the ball in high.
The Huskies capitalized on another penalty corner that was taken by Veitner, who inserted the ball into graduate student Pippa Lewis (Malvern, England). Lewis stopped the ball at the top of the circle and senior Roisin Upton (Limerick, Ireland) slapped a shot into the back of the cage for her first goal of the season. Less than a minute later, Collins dropped the ball in front of the goal for Veitner to push in, increasing the Huskies lead to 6-0 heading into halftime.
Veitner and Collins joined forces again to help the rookie complete her hat trick. Running full speed, Veitner executed a perfect cross to Collins, who stood in front of the Leopard’s net and tipped in the goal.
The final tally of the afternoon came as Collins dropped off a pass and sophomore Maureen Schott (New Canaan, Conn.) flicked a shot into the top right corner for her first career goal.
Connecticut has limited each of its seven opponents to a scoreless first half and outscored them 20-3 after intermission.
The Huskies will welcome No. 6 Stanford to Storrs on Friday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m.
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