PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – For the No. 4 UConn field hockey team, it was contributions from its younger players that helped the conference’s top-seeded Huskies cruise to an 8-1 victory over Temple in the Big East semifinals on Friday.
The Huskies (19-1, 8-0 Big East) attacked the Owls early and did not relent – earning their 15th-straight trip to the Big East Tournament championship game. Freshman forward Svea Boker led the offensive charge with her first-career hat trick in the win.
Not only did the freshmen produce, but sophomores Amanda Collins and Amelia Iacobucci combined for four goals – two apiece – meaning three freshmen and two sophomores totaled seven goals and four assists.
Junior forward Charlotte Veitner inched closer to the program’s all-time points lead by tallying her 24th score of the season, putting her at 209 career points. Lauren Henderson, the current program leader, has 213 career points.
Early in the game, it took a period of just 28 seconds for the Huskies to gain an early 2-0 advantage. Iacobucci scored first off a penalty corner when she deflected a pass from junior Casey Umstead at 3:38.
At 4:06, the Huskies struck again. Veitner, the Big East’s leading scorer, notched an unassisted goal to give UConn a multiple goal advantage in the blink of an eye.
In the 12th minute, Boker scored the first of her three goals – capitalizing off a beautiful cross from Tiedtke, pushing the lead to 3-0.
Temple scored off a penalty corner in the 17th minute, but the Huskies would respond. Just before halftime, Collins scored off a pass from van den Hoogen to give UConn a 4-1 lead in the 33rd minute.
Less than two minutes into the second half, Collins scored again – once again on a pass from Hoogen, which the sophomore had to hit out of mid-air to put it in the back of the cage.
UConn held a 9-3 edge in penalty corners and made good use of another in the second half, when Iacobucci once again successfully deflected a pass from Umstead to extend the lead to 6-1 in the 44th minute.
In the 49th and 56th minutes, Boker scored two more goals – her seventh and eighth of the season – to put the game far out of reach. Boker, a German native, scored on three of her four shots on goal against Temple on Friday.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Nina Klein had two saves in the win, as the Huskies held a sizable 21-8 advantage in shots throughout the contest.
With the win, the Huskies will play either second-seed Liberty or third-seed Providence (depending on Friday’s result) on Sunday in the Big East Championship at 1 p.m. (ET). The game will be broadcast live on the Big East Digital Network.
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