Oct. 3, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - Senior back Alicia Angelini scored her fourth goal of the season and 2012 Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year Marie Elena Bolles added her 10th to lead the No. 3 University of Connecticut field hockey team to a 2-0 victory over Massachusetts on Wednesday evening in Amherst, Mass. With the win, UConn improves to a spotless 12-0 on the season while the Minutewomen slip to 5-7.
Connecticut is off to a 12-0 start for only the second time in school history. The 1996 and 2009 teams each won their first 11 games before dropping the 12th contest. The 1999 team won its first 23 games and holds the program record for most wins to start a season.
The recipe for success all season was once again followed by Connecticut as the Huskies got off to an early 1-0 lead. After earning a penalty corner at the 31:21 mark, the Huskies turned that into a penalty stroke. Angelini converted for the second time in as many chances this season to give UConn a lead it would not relinquish.
The Huskies have now scored first in all but one game this season. No. 9 Penn State got on the board first on August 31 but Connecticut came back to win that contest by a 2-1 margin. UConn and No. 1 Syracuse remain the only unbeaten teams in the country.
The 1-0 lead could very easily have been 2-0 had it not been for a defensive save by the Minutewomen. Bolles took a shot that looked ticketed for the back of the net but UMass defender Lauren Allymohamed cleared the ball off the goal line to preserve what was then a scoreless tie.
Bolles' insurance tally came at the 60:52 mark. Senior forward Erin Koonz struck a shot that Bolles redirected past UMass keeper Sam Carlino. The assist was Koonz's first of the season.
2011 First Team All-American Sarah Mansfield made eight saves on Wednesday, including several that preserved the 1-0 Husky lead. The victory marked Mansfield's fifth shutout of the season and the 19th of her career. With the win, Mansfield's personal record stands at 47-9 in her third year as the Husky goalkeeper.
Carlino made six saves for UMass. UConn was outshot 15-12 by the Minutewomen but the Huskies held a 10-8 edge in shots on goal and a 7-6 advantage in penalty corners.
The Huskies are back in action on Saturday, October 6 when they travel to Louisville to take on the Cardinals. Game time is set for 12 p.m. Louisville entered the week with a 7-5 record.