Sept. 23, 2012
Philadelphia, Pa. - Graduate student defender Louisa Boddy scored her fifth goal of the season with under five-minutes remaining in the contest and the Husky defense put forth another stingy effort to lead the No. 5 University of Connecticut field hockey team to a 1-0 victory over Villanova on Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia, Pa. With the win, UConn improves to 9-0 on the season and 2-0 in BIG EAST play while the Wildcats slip to 4-5 overall, 0-2 in the loop.
The shutout was UConn's fifth of the season and the fourth credited to All-American goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield. Mansfield sports a 0.56 goals against average and she has played all but 17:16 of the season in net for the Huskies. UConn, which is ranked No. 1 in the RPI, had seven shutouts during the 2011 season.
The Huskies' 9-0 start is the best since the 2009 team began the season by winning its first 11 games. Connecticut has outscored its opponents by a decisive 29-5 margin this season, including 17-3 in the second half.
The only goal of the game came at 65:37. UConn was awarded one of its 12 penalty corners and took advantage as Hunnable took the feed from Katherine Baker and dished to Boddy who was inside the top of the circle. Boddy struck a shot that snuck inside the right post and past a diving Alex Diekmann.
The UConn defense was plenty good enough to make that goal stand up as the Huskies won their ninth-straight BIG EAST regular season contest.
Mansfield was not tested with a single shot on goal on Sunday as the Husky defense held Villanova to only one penalty corner and one shot attempt. Conversely, Diekmann had a busy afternoon as she was forced to deal with 15 shots on goal and stopped 14 of those attempts. The UConn offense out-shot Villanova by a 28-1 margin and held a 12-1 edge in penalty corners.
Connecticut is back in action on Friday, September 28 when the team welcomes Providence to Storrs. Game time is set for 7 p.m., under the lights, at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.