EASTON, Pa. - The University of Connecticut field hockey team wrapped up a two-win weekend with a 2-1 victory over Lafayette on Sunday at Rappolt Field. With the win, the Huskies move to 6-0 in 2014, while the Leopards drop to 4-4.
The Leopards opened the scoring, capitalizing on a penalty corner in the 29th minute. Kelsey Mead inserted the ball to Ami Turner who executed the stick-stop and gave Brittany Blass space at the top of the circle. Blass fired a shot that slipped by the Husky defense and gave the home team a 1-0 edge.
The Huskies drew even at 44:44, taking advantage of their own penalty corner attempt. Roisin Upton (Limerick, Ireland) ripped a shot towards goal was tapped in by a cutting Sophie Bowden (Somerset, England). For Bowden, it marked her team-leading third score of the year.
Nearly 10 minutes later, UConn grabbed the lead for good on another penalty corner attempt when Upton squeezed a shot past the pad of keeper Katelyn Arnold. Olivia Bolles (Phoenixville, Pa.) and senior captain Chrissy Davidson (West Lawn, Pa.) were credited with assists on the scoring play.
Redshirt-freshman keeper Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.) earned her sixth win of the year, making three saves and helping the Husky defense stop five Leopard penalty corner attempts.
After tallying four shots in the first half, the Husky offense was able to fire off seven attempts in the final 35 minutes.
The Huskies had an opportunity in the 20th minute when Bowden checked back into the game, found room in the circle, and flipped a shot on goal that was turned away by Arnold.
UConn nearly drew even less than a minute into the second half when Veitner inserted an excellent ball on the penalty corner but Upton's shot was blocked and cleared away by the Lafayette back line.
The Huskies return home to the George J. Sherman Family-Sports on Friday, Sept. 26 when they host Stanford at 6 p.m.