PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The No. 2 University of Connecticut field hockey team topped Big East Conference rival Providence, 8-0, on Friday evening at the Lennon Family Field to remain perfect in league play.
With the win, the Huskies caputured the 2015 Big East Regular Season Title outright for the third-straight time. UConn improves to 16-0 (4-0 Big East) while the Providence falls to 4-12 (2-2 Big East).
Connecticut outshot Providence 16-5 and tallied eight penalty corners compared to its opponent’s pair. Redshirt-sophomore net-minder Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.) made two saves in goal.
Senior Roisin Upton (Limerick, Ireland) opened up the scoring for the Huskies in the 26th minute. Sophomore Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) set up the penalty corner, getting the ball into graduate student Pippa Lewis (Malvern, England). Lewis executed the stick-stop and Upton slapped a direct shot past Providence goalkeeper Deidra Clymer.
Freshman Amelia Iacobucci (Malvern, Pa.) added the second tally for the Huskies when she collected the loose ball and flicked it in after Upton’s shot ricocheted off the post. UConn went into halftime with a 2-0 lead.
The Huskies went on a scoring barge in the second half. Junior Anna Middendorf (Bremen, Germany) kicked things off after she sent a scorcher into the net off the corner with Veitner and Lewis on the assist.
In the span of six minutes, Connecticut notched three goals to take a 6-0 lead. It began as Veitner carried from the middle of the circle, dodged the Providence defense and lifted the ball in for the score. Less than two minutes later, she inserted the ball and Lewis lined it up for Middendorf, who tallied her second goal off the set play. Just as quickly, Veitner crossed the ball to freshman Amanda Collins (Binghamton, N.Y.), who clipped it in.
Sophomore Kendall Youngblood (Milwaukee, Wis.) caught the rebound off the blocked shot and sent it into the opposite corner of the net for her second goal of the season.
Youngblood lent a helping hand when she fed the ball to the right side to a sprinting Iacobucci, who pulled back and smacked a shot into the cage.
The Huskies have outscored their opponents by a 100-5 margin this season and have no conceded a goal since Sept. 25.