STORRS, Conn. - Freshman Barbara van den Hoogen recorded her first-career multi-goal game and was one of four Huskies to score in No. 3 UConn field hockey's 5-1 win over Quinnipiac on Friday at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.
Sophomore Amanda Collins scored her 17th goal of the season, while senior Anna Middendorf and freshman Svea Boker each added a tally against the Bobcats. Middendorf and Collins were tied with a game-high six shots each.
In the fifth minute, it was Collins who put the Huskies on the scoreboard when she pocketed a shot in front of the cage off a pass from sophomore Amelia Iacobucci. It marked Collins' seventh-straight game with at least one point.
Later in the half, Middendorf capitalized off a rebound by firing a rocket into the lower-half of the cage and extending the lead to 2-0. Boker added another just four minutes later in the 25th minute.
The Bobcats' lone goal came on a breakaway, where Savannah Reilly beat redshirt junior goalkeeper Nina Klein to make it 3-1. However, just two minutes later, Hoogen scored the first of her two goals in the 32nd minute to make it 4-1 at the half.
A hard-fought second saw just one goal scored, as Hoogen made the most off a shot by junior Casey Umstead which was saved, but shot back out to her. The freshman successfully converted the rebound at 41:48, making it 5-1.
Quinnipiac had just one shot in the entire second half due to the tough defense from UConn's backline of Middendorf, Umstead and senior Olivia Bolles.
Due to the day's results around the league, it is confirmed that top-seeded UConn will play fourth-seeded Temple in the Big East semifinals next Friday in Philadelphia. In the other matchup, No. 2 Liberty will play No. 3 Providence.
Before that however, the third-ranked Huskies will travel to play No. 12 Boston College in the regular-season finale on Sunday at 1 p.m. (ET). The game will be broadcast on ESPN3, as part of ACC Network Extra.
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