Oct. 20, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Huskies led 2-1 in the second half but American scored three goals in a 4:04 span and thwarted a late UConn comeback attempt as the No. 2 University of Connecticut field hockey team dropped a 4-3 decision at American on Sunday afternoon in Washington, D.C. With the loss, UConn slips to 13-2 on the year while the Eagles improve to 10-4.
The loss marks the Huskies’ first against an unranked opponent since dropping a 1-0 decision at UMass on September 1, 2010.
Junior forward Anne Jeute scored a pair of goals and classmate Chloe Hunnable added her team-high 15th goal in the loss. Senior forward Marie Elena Bolles dished-out two assists to complete an eight-point week.
Jeute’s eighth goal of the season, which came just 4:13 into the contest, gave the Huskies an early 1-0 lead. Senior forward Marie Elena Bolles, who notched her first-career hat-trick in UConn’s last game, found Jeute on a cross through the American circle. Jeute was able to redirect Bolles’ ball into the back of the net just past Ashley Dalisera.
Jeute’s second goal of the game came later on in the first half and nearly 20-minutes after Rebecca Treharne had tied the game up at 1-1. Bolles dribbled past the American defense and drove the baseline towards the circle. There she dished to Jeute, who was ready in front of the goal, and flipped it into the back of the net, giving UConn a 2-1 edge it would take into halftime.
However, American seized control of the game with goals at 56:08, 57:41 and 60:12.
The Huskies cut the American lead in half when Hunnable scored off a penalty corner with 3:51 remaining but the Eagles were able to run out the clock and clinch an upset.
UConn held a 15-7 advantage in shots and a 9-4 edge in penalty corners. Senior goaltender Sarah Mansfield made one save for the Huskies while Dalisera made five stops for the Eagles.
UConn returns to action when the team travels to Norfolk, Va. to take on Old Dominion. Game time is set for 12 p.m.