Nov. 6, 2011
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Sophomore forward Anne Jeute and senior back Rayell Heistand each scored but the No. 4 University of Connecticut field hockey team's furious comeback fell one goal short as the team dropped a 3-2 decision to No. 5 Syracuse in the Final of the 2011 BIG EAST Tournament at the J.S. Coyne Stadium in Syracuse, N.Y. With the loss, the Huskies slip to 17-2 overall while the Orange improve to 18-3.
The Huskies will now await seeding, pairing and location for the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship. The field will be announced on Tuesday, November 8 on NCAA.com.
For the second time in as many games, the Huskies found themselves in an early 2-0 hole as the Orange scored twice in the first 3:59 of the first half. Syracuse added to its advantage when it was awarded a penalty stroke at the 18:59 mark.
Martina Loncaria narrowly beat All-BIG EAST First Teamer Sarah Mansfield in the lower right-hand side to give the Orange an early 3-0 edge.
However, UConn answered when senior defender Kim Krzyk struck a hard shot into the circle and found two-time All-BIG EAST First Team selection Anne Jeute deep in the circle. Jeute redirected the shot past a frozen Leann Stiver and into the back of the net to cut the UConn deficit to two goals. Jeute's goal was her 12th of the season.
The UConn score came just moments after Orange forward Heather Susek was issued a 10-minute yellow card.
The Huskies were opportunistic and pulled to within one score after senior All-BIG EAST First Team pick Rayell Heistand converted on a penalty stroke at the 25:51 mark. The goal, which beat Stiver into the lower right-and corner, was Heistand's sixth of the season. She improved to a spotless 3-for-3 on penalty strokes in 2011.
Connecticut continued to apply pressure but was unable to post the equalizer. In fact, all seven of the Huskies first-half shots were recorded in the final 15-minutes.
The Huskies had several chances in the second half, including a corner opportunity that narrowly missed in the 67th minute. However, the Huskies were unable to restore parity.
For the game, Syracuse out-shot UConn by a 9-8 count but the Huskies held a 4-2 edge in penalty corners.