ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Connecticut field hockey team’s season ended with a 3-1 loss in the NCAA Semifinals to Syracuse at Ocker Field on Friday afternoon. The No. 3 Huskies finished 22-1 overall, while the No. 2 Orange move on to the championship game with a 20-1 record.
The Orange got on the board first with two minutes off the clock after Alma Fenne slipped one past redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.) for a 1-0 lead.
In the 14th minute, Emma Russell found the back of the net to put the Orange ahead 2-0.
On the offensive attack, senior Roisin Upton (Limerick, Ireland) dribbled into the circle, drawing out Syracuse net-minder Jess Jecko before going down and earning the penalty stroke for the Huskies. The Orange used their video review to challenge the ruling on the field. After reviewing the play, the call on the field stood and sophomore Casey Umstead (Sellersville, Pa.) stepped up to take the stroke.
Umstead got into position in the middle of the circle and flicked the ball into the right side of the cage to remain a perfect 6-for-6 on strokes this season. UConn still trailed 2-1 with 3:25 left in the first half.
On the Huskies’ second-straight penalty corner in the 48th minute, junior Anna Middendorf (Bremen, Germany) and freshman Amanda Collins (Binghamton, N.Y.) each got shots off but both were saved in front of the goal.
With 60:02 on the clock, Fenne managed to earn her second tally of the game and give the Orange a 3-1 edge.
Klein made two saves in the cage for UConn.