UConn extended its winning streak to four games and has now won 19 of its last 21 Big East match-ups. Additionally, the win marks the Huskies' eighth in a row over the Friars.
The seven goal out-put is the most for Connecticut since it blanked Temple, 7-0, on Nov. 2, 2013.
Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.) turned in another fine performance, earning her 10th win after stopping two Providence shots and helping stop three Friar penalty corner attempts.
The Huskies first connected at the 23:00 mark when Casey Umstead (Sellersville, Pa.) took a long pass at the right edge of the circle and flipped in a ball to Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) who chipped a shot into the upper right corner of the net. For Veitner, it marked her team-leading sixth tally of the season.
Connecticut scored six times in the final 20:45, started by Sophie Bowden's (Somerset, England) sixth score of the year at the 49:45 mark. Less than eight minutes later, Darby Smith notched her second career goal, taking a pass from Olivia Bolles (Phoenixville, Pa.) and finishing the shot into the left corner of the cage.
The Friars responded with a quick goal but UConn refused to be denied, grabbing goals from Chloe Hunnable, Roisin Upton and Kendall Youngblood to push its lead to 7-1. Youngblood connected on her first career score when Anna Middendorf (Bremen, Germany) dished a pass to the near post where the freshman was able to gather and send home a backhanded attempt.
The Husky defense stood tall in the first 10 minutes, thwarting a pair of Friar corners, including an acrobatic, diving save from Klein. Overall, UConn held a 6-to-5 overall shot advantage in the first 35 minutes, including a 4-to-1 edge in shots on goal.
The Huskies nearly added to their advantage in the early stages of the second half. Bowden collected the ball in the circle and fired a shot on the far post that was saved but sent a rebound out to Veitner, who sent a ball just over the crossbar.
Following the game, former Husky standout and current Providence head coach Diane Madl was honored with the unveiling of a hanging banner.
The Huskies round out regular season home action on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. vs. in-state rival Yale. The game will serve as the 2014 Senior Day.
UCONN OFFICIAL STORE
UCONN OFFICIAL AUCTIONS