The National Champion Huskies visited the Capitol on Wednesday.
May 2, 2014
HARTFORD, Conn. - After winning the program's third-ever national title in November, the University of Connecticut Field Hockey team took part in the 2014 Husky Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, April 30. The 2013 NCAA Division I Field Hockey National Champions joined the men's and women's basketball teams and the football team at the annual event.
Lawmakers and fans made their way to Hartford to celebrate one of the most successful athletic years in UConn history. For the first time, the Huskies claimed three national titles in one academic year and also won both the men's and women's basketball championships for the second time in program history.
Student-athletes were joined by Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy, who addressed the media and public before turning the floor over to each head coach who gave a brief statement. Following the speaking portion of the day, the players signed autographs and spoke with a crowd of fans.
UConn defeated Duke by a score of 2-0 to earn the program's third field hockey National Championship at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia on Nov. 24. The Huskies capped a sensational season on the highest possible note with a record of 21-4.
The national championship was the first at UConn for head coach Nancy Stevens. Under her reign, UConn field hockey has appeared in 12 consecutive NCAA Tournaments since 2002, improving Connecticut's all-time NCAA Record to 33-22. Moreover, on October 11th UConn defeated Louisville to log Stevens' 562nd career victory, making her the winningest coach in Division I history. Her overall coaching record of 572-175-24 surpasses former Old Dominion Head Coach Beth Anders in the NCAA Field Hockey record books.
On the field, senior goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield, senior midfielder Marie Elena Bolles, senior forward Anne Jeute, sophomore midfielder Roisin Upton, and junior forward Chloe Hunnable were honored as 2013 All-Americans as announced by the NFHCA.