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Alicia Angelini Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week

Alicia Angelini has been honored as the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week.

Aug. 27, 2012

STORRS, Conn. - Senior back Alicia Angelini has been named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts in leading the No. 6 University of Connecticut field hockey team to a 2-0 opening weekend, as announced by the league on Monday.

Angelini anchored a UConn backline that shutout the opposition over two games this weekend. The Husky defense dominated Bucknell on Saturday and Sacred Heart on Sunday as each team was only able to manage one shot a piece.

Angelini also contributed on the offensive end, scoring one goal against Bucknell on Saturday and adding a goal and an assist on Sunday against Sacred Heart. Angelini was honored as an All-BG EAST Second Team selection in 2011.

A Husky earned Defensive Player of the Week honors four times last season as Jestine Angelini, Alicia's sister, won two times and Kim Krzyk and Rayell Heistand each took home the award once.

Freshman forward Chloe Hunnable also earned recognition from the Conference on Monday as she was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. Hunnable, the 2011 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, registered the second hat trick of her career on Sunday in UConn's 8-0 victory over Sacred Heart. Hunnable hit the post with a shot just 3:52 into the game but then scored UConn's next two first-half goals and added the third early in the second half.

Hunnable is one of only five Huskies all-time to record a hat trick and is one of only three to post multiple hat tricks. She now has 17 goals in her young career after scoring 14 last season.

Connecticut is back in action on Friday, August 31 when the team welcomes No. 9 Penn State to Storrs. The game, which is a rematch of the 2011 NCAA Quarterfinal, is set to begin at 7 p.m. at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.