Sept. 28, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - Graduate student defender Louisa Boddy scored a pair of goals and added an assist to lift the No. 5 University of Connecticut field hockey team to a 4-2 victory over Providence College on Friday evening at the rain-soaked George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs. With the win, UConn improves to a perfect 10-0 on the season and 3-0 in BIG EAST play. Providence slips to 5-4 overall, 1-1 in the loop.
The Huskies have now won 10-consecutive BIG EAST Conference regular season contests dating back to the 2010 campaign.
Boddy has been outstanding, especially of late. She has registered at least one point in five of UConn's last six games and she has scored six goals in the last five contests. Boddy, who was recently featured in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd, is now tied for second on the team with seven goals and is third with 18 points.
The Huskies got on the board at the 20:38 mark when Marie Elena Bolles netted her ninth goal of the season after the Huskies were awarded one of their four first-half penalty corners. Louisa Boddy struck a shot from the top of the circle towards Bolles, who was deep in the circle. Bolles deflected the shot past Kathi Weidman and into the back of the net to give UConn and early 1-0 lead.
UConn took that 1-0 edge into intermission but Boddy's sixth goal of the season just over two-minute into the second half put the Huskies up 2-0. Boddy nailed one of her patented strikes from the top of the circle past Weidman after sophomore forward Chloe Hunnable found Boddy on the wing.
Hunnable netted a goal of her own just over 10-minutes later off a corner. Graduate student midfielder Katherine Baker inserted the ball to senior back Alicia Angelini, who set up Hunnable's seventh goal of the season. The score came off one of UConn's 16 penalty corners. The Husky defense allowed PC to create just three penalty corners on the night.
The Friars would make things interesting though and scored two goals in less than a two-minute span. Prior to the goals, the Friars were yet to post a single shot on the night.
Boddy's eighth goal of the season off a direct corner iced the game for the Huskies though, giving UConn a 4-0 lead with just over 10-minutes remaining in the contest.
The Connecticut defense was outstanding once again on Friday, allowing PC to attempt only two shots on the evening. The UConn offense took 19 shots and forced Weidman to make five saves.
Connecticut is back in action when the team travels to Boston to take on BU on Sunday. Game time is set for 5 p.m.