Sept. 12, 2013
STORRS, Conn. -The fourth-ranked University of Connecticut field hockey team will open the home portion of its 2013 schedule this weekend with games against Fairfield on Friday and Lafayette on Sunday. The Huskies will square-off against the Stags at 6 p.m. and the Lafayette game is set for 12 p.m. All action takes place at the George J Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs.
The Huskies come into the contest with a spotless 3-0 record, which includes road wins against No. 12 Stanford and No. 6 Penn State. There is also the potential to witness history as All-America goaltender Sarah Mansfieldenters the weekend one win shy of tying Danielle Vile's school record for victories. Vile's record of 58 wins has stood since the 1999 season.
UConn comes into the weekend having won its last 10-straight home openers. The last home-oening loss came in 2002.
Fairfield comes into Friday's contest with a 3-1 record, which includes wins over Lehigh, Hofstra and Saint Joseph's and an impressive 4-3 loss at No. 3 Princeton. The Stags were 10-10 last year but played No. 15 New Hampshire tough, losing two overtime decisions to the Wildcats, including a 3-2 OT loss in the semifinal of the America East Conference Tournament. Fairfield is led by Felicitas Heinen's four goals and two assists and Julie DePaeuw's three scores.
Lafayette together a banner year last season, which included a 17-3 record and Patriot League Regular Season and Tournament titles. This season, the Leopards are off to a 1-2 start heading into a Friday showdown against Quinnipiac. Lafayette is led by Hanna Sotiropoulos' two goals and four points.