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No. 7 UConn Field Hockey Takes Home 2013 BIG EAST Championship

Hunnable finished off the game with her 20th goal of 2013

Nov. 10, 2013

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STORRS, Conn. - Less than two minutes into overtime, junior forward Chloe Hunnable found the back of the net for the 20th time in 2013, giving the No. 7 University of Connecticut field hockey team a dramatic 1-0 victory over No. 5 Old Dominion University in the BIG EAST Championship Final. With the victory, the Huskies claimed the 2013 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship title and improved to 17-4 this season, while the Lady Monarchs fall to 13-7 and will await seeding, pairing and location for the 2013 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship.

The game-winner came at 71:03 on a fast break attack between senior Marie Elena Bolles and Hunnable.  Bolles took the ball into the left side of the circle before flipping a pass back to a waiting Hunnable, who put a shot halfway up the cage. Following the game, Hunnable was named the 2013 BIG EAST Field Hockey Tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

The win gives the Huskies their 13th-ever BIG EAST Championship Title and second in a row. Despite being shutout against the Lady Monarchs, 5-0, on October 25th, the Huskies were able to defeat the No. 2 seed, holding them to just six shots.

Neither team could muster much on offense in the opening 35 minutes, as there were just six combined shots. Montana Fleming had one of UConn's better opportunities in the first half when she received a high pass in the middle of circle and sent a backhanded shot on goal that was saved by a diving Megan Hept at 24:51.

With just over three minutes remaining in regulation, Roisin Upton nearly gave the Huskies a late lead when she fired a shot from the top of the circle that was blocked by a Lady Monarch defender on a corner penalty.  

Head coach Nancy Stevens, who is in her 24th year at the helm of the Huskies, improves to 33-10 all-time in BIG EAST Tournament contests and now boasts 568 career wins.

Sarah Mansfield finished the game with three saves in the cage, thwarting four corner penalty attempts and earning her 10th shutout of the season. Her effort helped extend her own school shutout record to 29. Her counterpart, Hept, was able to stop four Husky shots but allowed the sudden-victory goal.

The Huskies earned the league's automatic big to the NCAA Tournament.  The field for the tournament will be announced on Sunday, November 10 at 10:00 pm.

Most Outstanding Player

Chloe Hunnable, Connecticut, F

2013 BIG EAST All-Tournament Team
Anne Jeute, Connecticut, F
Marie Elena BollesConnecticut, F
Chloe HunnableConnecticut, F
Sarah MansfieldConnecticut, GK
Roisin UptonConnecticut, B
Alyssa Voelmle, Louisville, B
Amber Youtz, Temple, F
Molly Doyle, Temple, B
Chrissy Longacre, Old Dominion, B 
Kelsey Smither, Old Dominion, M
Nicole Goff, Old Dominion, F