Oct. 5, 2013
PROVIDENCE, RI – Junior forward Chloe Hunnable posted the third hat trick of her career and sophomore midfielder Mckenzie Townsend scored her second goal of the season as the second-ranked University of Connecticut field hockey team won at Providence, 4-1, on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Huskies remain unbeaten at 10-0 on the season and improve to 3-0 in the Big East. The Friars fall to 5-6 overall, 1-2 in the loop.
Hunnable has scored a team-high 11 goals this season and has accumulated 98 career points 40 career goals. She is two-points shy of becoming only the 16th Husky all-time to tally at least 100 points. Teammate Marie Elena Bolles is right on her heels and needs only three points to reach 100 for her career.
The Huskies trailed for only the second time this season during this game, surrendering a goal to Daniella Bernasconi 15:43 into the contest off a rebound.
However, Hunnable restored parity at the 31:30 mark when she took a feed from Bolles and redirected it past Deidra Clymer and into the back of the net. The Huskies seized control less than a minute later when Townsend tipped a Hunnable strike from the top of the circle into the goal, giving UConn a lead it would not relinquish.
An unassisted goal by Hunnable at the 39:38 mark capped UConn’s third goal in only an 8:08 span as she controlled deflection from the PC keeper off a Chrissy Davidson shot and knocked it in. Hunnable’s 11th goal of the season came at 48:36 after sophomore midfielder Sophie Bowden struck the ball towards the goal from the top of the circle and Hunnable tipped it in.
The Huskies outshot Providence by a 14-12 margin, and held a 13-6 edge in shots on goal. Clymer made nine saves for the Friars while Sarah Mansfield stopped five shots for the Huskies to improve to 64-12 in her career at UConn.
Connecticut is in for a quick turnaround and will play host to ninth-ranked Boston College on Sunday in Storrs. Game time is set for 2 p.m. at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.