Oct. 21, 2012
PRINCETON, N.J. - Senior back Alicia Angelini scored her fifth goal of the season but it wasn't enough as the No. 4 University of Connecticut field hockey team dropped a 4-1 decision at No. 2 Princeton on Sunday afternoon in New Jersey. The loss is the first of the 2012 season for UConn as the team's record now stands at 16-1. It also marks the end of UConn's incredible 26-game regular-season winning streak.
Sunday marked the first time the Huskies had given up more than two goals this season. Prior to today, UConn had given up two goals only twice this season, defeating No. 16 New Hampshire, 3-2, on September 21 and downing No. 12 Boston University, 3-2, on September 30.
The loss marks UConn's first in the regular season since dropping a 3-1 decision to Boston College on September 18, 2011. The Huskies had not dropped a regular-season game on the road since October 23, 2010, a span of 11 games.
Princeton's Michelle Ceasan gave the Tigers an early 1-0 lead when she scored just 4:05 into the contest. Cesan corralled the loose ball in the circle and beat UConn's All-American goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield.
Junior forward Marie Elena Bolles nearly knotted the score up at one less than two minutes later, but Princeton keeper Julia Boyle made a diving save that preserved the Tigers' 1-0 edge.
The 1-0 Princeton lead stood for the remainder of the first half but the Tigers extended the lead to 2-0 3:55 into the second stanza. Princeton's Kathleen Sharkey struck a shot that was saved by Sarah Mansfield but Sydney Kriby collected the rebound and tipped it past Mansfield and into the back of the net.
Sharkey then managed to score her 22nd goal of the season at the 46:31 mark to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead.
Senior back Alicia Angelini
cut the Tiger lead to 3-1 when she converted on a penalty stroke at the 50:36 mark. Angelini improved to a perfect 3-3 on penalty strokes this season and the goal was her fifth of 2012.
Princeton held a 15-6 advantage in shots and a 10-6 edge in shots on goal. Mansfield stopped six shots on the day for UConn while Boyle made five saves for the Tigers.
Connecticut rounds out the 2012 regular season when the team travels to Syracuse to take on the third-ranked Orange on Saturday, October 27. Game time is set for 1 p.m.