NEWTON, Mass. - Despite a pair of goals from senior captain Chrissy Davidson (West Lawn, Pa.) and junior midfielder Sophie Bowden (Somerset, England), the No. 2 University of Connecticut field hockey team fell to No. 15 Boston College, 3-2, in a shootout on Sunday afternoon at Newton Field Hockey Complex. With the setback, UConn stands at 4-1 in 2014, while BC moves to 5-1.
Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.) made six saves in the loss. Her 236-minute scoreless streak was snapped early in the second half when Brittany Sheenan squeezed a shot into the cage. BC keeper Leah Settipane earned the victory after making 12 saves.
The Huskies launched a 29-shot barrage throughout the game and held a 15-to-6 edge in 30 minutes of overtime play.
After a scoreless first half, the Huskies jumped on the board first when Davidson made a move in the circle and slipped a shot by Settipane. Bowden) was credited with an assist on the play.
After the Eagles drew even at one, Connecticut capitalized on a penalty corner opportunity at the 61:50 mark when Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldrof, Germany) inserted the ball to Davidson who executed an excellent stick stop and gave Bowden a chance to fire a shot into the bottom right corner of the cage. For Bowden, it marked her third score of the season after tallying five goals through her first two seasons.
The Eagles again responded, grabbing the equalizer in the 69th minute. Connecticut came out strong in overtime, earning two quick penalty corner attempts but a shot from Roisin Upton (Limerick, Ireland) was blocked in the middle of the circle by the Eagles' defenders. Less than a minute later, Olivia Bolles (Phoenixville, Pa.) received the ball in space and took a shot on goal that was saved.
Klein came up huge in the waning minutes of the first overtime period, stopping two blistering shots after the Eagles earned a pair of corner attempts.
Following the conclusion of the second overtime period, each team missed its first three shootout attempts. After Katlyn Soucy gave Boston College a 1-0 edge in the shootout, Chloe Hunnable (Halstead, England) stepped up and made a nifty move before depositing the ball into the cage to pull UConn even. Klein again rose to the occasion, making a stop on the fifth BC shot and forcing another best-of-five sequence.
Davidson took the next stroke for UConn and buried the attempt. BC missed its next attempt and Upton was able to step up and connect for the Huskies. BC buried its next stroke and grabbed an advantage after Hunnable's shot was turned away. Freshman Casey Umstead (Sellersville, Pa.) moved UConn closer with a converted attempt but the Eagles could not be denied, hitting their next attempt and sealing the game.
The Huskies had the game's first scoring opportunity when Veitner collected the ball, side-stepped a defender, and ripped a shot on goal that was turned away by Settipane.
Next up, UConn travels to Amherst, Mass. on Friday, Sept. 19 for a showdown with UMass. Action is set to begin at 4p.m.