STORRS, Conn. - Freshman Margot van Hecking Colenbrander and sophomore Svea Boker notched a goal apiece to help lift the No. 1 UConn field hockey team to a 2-0 victory against Providence on Friday evening.
With the victory, the Huskies push their BIG EAST regular season win streak to 20 games, dating back to the 2013 national championship season. UConn (10-0) improves to 3-0 in conference action, while the Friars (6-4) suffer their first conference loss of the season to sit at 2-1.
Senior goalkeeper Nina Klein picked up her fifth shutout of the season and 30th career blank sheet. Klein sits second on the all-time career shutout list, trailing only Sara Mansfield's 33.
After 56 minutes of scoreless action, van Hecking Colenbrander pegged her biggest goal of the season with a flick shot from the top of the circle. The freshman provided her team with the 1-0 edge on her seventh goal and first game-winner of 2017, off a penalty corner for the Huskies. Van Hecking Colenbrander owns 18 points (7g, 4a) so far this season, posting points in eight of her nine games played.
With less than two minutes remaining, UConn was able to close the book on the Friars thanks to an insurance goal by Boker. After crashing the cage, the forward settled a loose rebound on her stick before tapping it home for the 2-0 lead at 68:11.
UConn's defense was nearly perfect in the contest as the Huskies denied the Friars of a single shot, while holding them to only a single penalty corner. The home team out shot their counterparts 22-0 in the tilt and earned a hefty 13-1 advantage in penalty corners. Additionally, Providence's goalkeeper recorded 14 saves in the tilt.
The No. 1 Huskies are back in action on Sunday, Oct. 1 in a nonconference match up against Massachusetts at the Sherman Family Complex. The tilt is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m.
— UConn Field Hockey (@UConnFHockey) September 30, 2017