Nov. 8, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The No. 7 University of Connecticut field hockey team got an early goal just 6:44 into the game from senior Anne Jeute and never looked back, defeating No. 19 Temple, 3-0, in BIG EAST Semifinal showdown on Friday night at the George J. Family Sports Complex. With the victory, UConn moves into its 12th consecutive BIG EAST Tournament Final set to be played on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Huskies will face the winner of the Old Dominion/Louisville Semifinal contest. Connecticut moves to 16-4 (6-1 The Big East), while Temple drops to 14-6 (4-3 The Big East) with the loss.
UConn struck first when Jeute sent a back-handed shot from the top of the circle past the dive of Temple goalie Lizzy Millen. The goal marked Jeute's ninth of the season and moves her up to fourth on the team with 30 points.
Just over 15 minutes later, Roisin Upton doubled the Husky lead, knocking home her 12th goal of the season on a drag flick off a corner penalty at 22:08. Juete and Chrissy Davidson were credited with assists on the play.
The Huskies added a late goal in the waning minutes of the second half when Chloe Hunnable took a cross from Marie Elena Bolles on a fast break and beat Millen, giving the Huskies a 3-0 lead with under nine minutes remaining.
24th-year head coach Nancy Stevens was impressed with her squad's tough defense on a night when the temperatures dipped into the high 30's.
"An important thing is that we were able to get the shutout," said Stevens. "Going forward into championship play, if you're really stout defensively you have a much better chance to win. We have three shutouts in our last three games and we're really happy about that."
The Huskies are now 5-2-1 all-time against the Owls, and have out-scored their conference foes, 10-0, in two games this season. The Huskies boast a 7-3-0 record against opponents ranked in the NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll.
Stevens, who had led UConn to each of its 12 BIG EAST Tournament titles, now holds a 32-10 record in conference tournament matchups. With the win, she moves to 567 career wins, extending her own all-time record.
Sarah Mansfield finished the game with three saves in the net for UConn, including an acrobatic stop on Molly Doyle's shot late in the first half. Her counterpart, Millen, made five saves but allowed each of UConn's three scores.