STORRS, Conn. – Senior All-America midfielder Roisin Upton posted a hat trick and junior midfielder Anna Middendorf added two scores as the top-ranked University of Connecticut field hockey team defeated Villanova, 10-0, on Saturday afternoon at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs. With the win, the Huskies improve to 10-0 on the season while the Wildcats slip to 3-7. The game was the Big East opener for both squads.
UConn goaltender Nina Klein earned her third solo shutout of the season and lowered her goals against average to a minute 0.42. Her personal record matches UConn’s spotless 10-0 mark as she has seen action in all but 27:48 minutes this season.
With the win, UConn improved to 27-6 all-time vs. Villanova.
Overall, the Husky defense continued to be a dominant force, posting its fifth shutout of the season and allowing Villanova only two shots and two penalty corner opportunities. The UConn defense has allowed only five goals this season and is yet to allow the opposition a single first-half score.
Middendorf got the scoring started just 4:37 into the contest. Charlotte Veitner served the ball into play and Casey Umstead stopped it for Middendorf to rip it past Villanova net-minder Erika Miller, giving the Huskies a lead they would not relinquish.
UConn had plenty of chances in the ensuing minutes but took 14-minutes to build the lead to 2-0 on another Middendorf score. Middendorf’s second goal of the game, and fifth of the season, came on another perfectly executed corner opportunity with an assist from Upton. Upton ended the game with two assists to go along with her three goals.
Pippa Lewis’s third goal of the season was the final score of the first half for the Huskies as she dribbled into the top of the circle and fired a shot past Miller, giving UConn a commanding 5-0 lead heading into intermission.
Mckenzie Townsend opened the second half in the same fashion UConn had played the first stanza when she scored off a rebound at 37:23 while Olivia Bolles netted her first goal of the season with a redirection off a corner strike by Upton 10-minutes later.
The UConn offense created 32 shots and 13 penalty corners to dominate all facets of this game.
UConn is back in action on Sunday, October 4 when the team travels down I-91 to take on Yale. Game time is set for 2 p.m. in New Haven.
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