STORRS, Conn. - Despite holding No. 9 Stanford without a penalty corner attempt for the entire game, the No. 2 University of Connecticut field hockey team fell, 3-1, to the Cardinal on Friday night at the George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex. With the loss, the Huskies now stand at 6-1 in 2014, while the Cardinal move to 9-1.
The loss snapped a 14-game winning streak for the Huskies and marked their first home loss since Oct. 6, 2013.
Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Nina Klein made one save in the losing effort, while Stanford keeper Dulcie Davis turned away three Husky shots and thwarted a penalty corner attempt.
Freshman forward Charlotte Veitner wasted no time getting the Huskies on the board just 7:15 in the first half. The Dusseldorf, Germany native took a pass from Chrissy Davidson (West Lawn, Pa.) in the center of the box and shuffled to the left before depositing her fourth goal of the season past Davies.
Stanford struck back in the 25th minute when Maddie Secco fed Alex McCawley the ball on the far post. Secco juked Klein and blasted a shot into the lower left of the cage. For the Cardinal forward, it was her team-leading eighth goal of the season. The Cardinal took the lead with 52 second remaining in the first frame when Katie Keyser scored her second goal of the year off a pass from Elise Ogle.
The Cardinal pushed their edge to 3-1 at the 43:06 mark when Clemence Couteau worked through traffic in the middle of the circle and slapped a shot past Klein and the Husky backline.
The Huskies had an excellent chance in the 10th minute when Roisin Upton (Limerick, Ireland) threw a centering pass into Veitner, who whirled around but had her shot sail wide left of the net.
Overall, the Huskies held a 7-to-4 shot advantage over their West Coast rivals.
Next up, the Huskies travel to Newton, Mass. for a neutral site game against No. 1 North Carolina. Action is set to begin at 12 p.m.