Oct. 26, 2013
NORFOLK, Va. – The Huskies held a 1-0 lead at halftime but second-ranked North Carolina rallied to defeat the No. 4 University of Connecticut field hockey team, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon in Norfolk, Va. With the loss, UConn slips to 13-4 on the year while the Tar Heels improve to 14-2.
Sophomore defender Roisin Upton got the Huskies on the board when she converted on a penalty stroke just 15:35 into the contest. The goal was Upton’s ninth on the season. She is now third on the squad with 29 points.
Today marked only the second time all season that UConn scored first and did not capture a victory.
The Huskies and Heels went toe-to-toe for the next 30 minutes and UConn carried the 1-0 edge into the break. In fact, UNC outshot UConn by only a 5-4 margin and both teams created two penalty corner opportunities.
However, the North Carolina defense thwarted a couple chances the Huskies had to stretch the lead to 2-0 and managed to knot the score up on a Samantha Travers goal at the 43:46 mark. The game-winner came off the stick of Kristy Bernatchez with only 10:59 remaining in the contest.
UConn had a couple opportunities late to restore parity and created penalty corner chances at 64:26 and 64:57. Junior forward Chloe Hunnable fired a shot off one of the corners that was saved by Sassi Amer, to preserve the UNC win.
Senior All-American goaltender Sarah Mansfield made 11 saves for the Huskies while Ammer stopped three shots for UNC. Both teams ended the game with five penalty corners.
The Huskies return to action on Saturday, November 2 when the team welcomes No. 17 Temple to Storrs. Game time is scheduled for 12 p.m. and the contest will be preceded by senior day festivities.