Oct. 27, 2012
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Sophomore forward Chloe Hunnable scored two goals but it wasn't enough as the No. 4 University of Connecticut field hockey team dropped a 3-2 decision to No. 3 Syracuse on Saturday evening in Syracuse. With the loss, UConn slips to 16-2 overall and 5-1 in BIG EAST play. The Orange improve to 16-1, 6-0.
UConn's suffers its first defeat in BIG EAST regular season play since October 30, 2010 at Syracuse. The Huskies had won 12-straight BIG EAST regular season contests since their last trip to Upstate New York. UConn and Syracuse have now combined to win the last six BIG EAST regular season titles.
The Huskies will seek their 12th BIG EAST Tournament crown next weekend as the team earned the No. 2 seed in the upcoming BIG EAST Championship in Louisville, Ky. The Huskies will take on the host No. 3 seed Cardinals on Friday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. The winner of that game will play either No. 1 Syracuse or No. 4 Providence on Sunday at 1 p.m. for the BIG EAST crown.
Connecticut, which lost at No. 2 Princeton last weekend, had not lost two-consecutive games since dropping two straight on November 9 and November 15, 2008.
Liz McInerney got the scoring started at the 28:23 mark when she punched in a rebound but Hunnable restored parity at the 39:39 mark. Hunnable's 11th goal of the season came when she stole a pass from the right side of the circle and drilled a shot inside the near post, to knot the game up at 1-1.
Syracuse's Kelsey Millman gave the Orange a lead they would not relinquish 10-minutes into the second half when she converted on a tip-in from a pass by Gilllian Pinder. Pinder then gave the Orange a 3-1 edge when she tipped in a shot off a penalty corner shot attempt by Jordan Page.
The Huskies would not go quietly though and Hunnable made things interesting when she took a feed from Louisa Boddy during a corner attempt and found the back of the net with 4:4:8 remaining in the contest. Hunnable also nailed a shot with under two-minutes remaining that looked to have a chance but it was blocked by the Syracuse defense and the Orange were able to run out the clock.
Syracuse outshot the Huskies by an 18-14 count but UConn held an 8-4 shots edge in the second half. The Orange created eight penalty corners to the Huskies' five but again the Huskies held a 4-3 advantage in that category in the second stanza.
Junior goaltender Sarah Mansfield stopped six shots for the Huskies while Leann Stiver made two saves for the Orange.