Villanova is riding a wave of emotion into todays game after its 3-1 win over West Chester on Wednesday, which made Wildcat coach Joanie Q. Milhous the winningest coach in the history of Villanovas field hockey program. The Wildcats also boast wins over Ursinus and Lafayette, while having fallen to Drexel and No. 11 Penn State.
UConn vs. Villanova
The series records between these two teams currently stands at 13-2. The Wildcats have not taken a game from the Huskies since a 1-0 win on Sept. 26, 1992. Since 1995, UConn has outscored Villanova, 40-6, with the largest margin coming on Sept. 27, 1997, in an 8-0 victory for the Huskies.
Last Time Out
A week and a half hiatus didnt slow the Huskies down as they trampled Harvard Wednesday for a 4-1 win at the George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex. Junior Kelly Stolle led the way with two goals and one assist for the game, and was complemented by freshman Lauren Henderson with one goal and sophomore Amy Marland with a goal and an assist. Junior goalie Maureen Butler also tallied 16 saves off the Crimsons 20 shots.
Queens of the Castle
Through three home games, UConn is still undefeated on its home field at the George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex. The Huskies have tallied home victories over St. Josephs, Albany and Harvard and will put their perfect 3-0 home record to the test against Villanova today.
The UConn field hockey team takes on its first BIG EAST opponent today with Villanova. The Huskies went a perfect 5-0 last season in the conference and took the conference tournament. They are looking to repeat that feat with a victory today.
In light of last Tuesdays national tragedy, three UConn field hockey games were canceled. On Sept. 12 the Huskies were slated to take on New Hampshire at Harvard. Then, after an excecutive decision from UConn Athletic Director Lew Perkins, all Husky athletic events for the weekend were canceled, including field hockey match-ups with No. 4 Michigan and No. 9 Iowa in the BIG EAST-Big Ten Challenge in Storrs.
Junior Kelly Stolle and sophomore Amy Marland are boasting shot percentages of .500 and .308, respectively, through the five games played this season. Both were 100 percent against Harvard on Wednesday as every shot they tallied scored a goal.
More Than One
Three different Husky players have had multi-goal games so far this season. Freshman Lauren Henderson and junior Kelly Stolle both tallied two goals apiece in UConns first victory of the season over St. Josephs. In their second win, sophomore Amy Marland netted a whopping three goals, then Stolle added two more in Wednesdays win over Harvard.
Junior goalie Maureen Butler has started all five Husky games this season, and has played all but 3:34 of the 350 minutes of the games. She has tallied one shutout, against St. Josephs, and has allowed only nine goals this season. In UConns 4-1 win over Harvard on Wednesday, she deflected 16 of the Crimsons 20 shots and allowed just one goal. She currently has 37 saves on the season and an .804 save percentage.
Rulin the Conference
At the beginning of this week, three Husky players were sitting pretty atop the BIG EAST statistical categories for points and goals. Freshman Lauren Henderson, sophomore Amy Marland and junior Kelly Stolle were sitting at third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in points, and second and third, respectively in goals.
The team as a whole is also running the show as UConn leads in the goals scored category with 11 and sits at second in assists with 9, led only by Boston College with 12.
In her 12th season at the University of Connecticut, Nancy Stevens continues to lead the Huskies down the path to success.
While at UConn, she has tallied 12-straight winning seasons, five-straight BIG EAST regular-season championships, five BIG EAST tournament championhips, five-straight NCAA tournament appearences (six overall), three NCAA Final Eight appearances, and two NCAA Final Four appearances.
In her 22 seasons of coaching, Stevens has climbed the charts, and now holds the fourth-highest winning total with a career record of 344-114-24 for a .739 winning percentage.
Wares Final Campaign
Megan Ware, the lone senior on this years roster has begun her final campaign in good fashion, leading her team to a championship at the Morgan Stanley Husky Classic on Sept. 1-2. Ware has played and started in all four games, tallying 12 shots and two assists on the season thus far.
Two of the nine freshmen on this seasons squad have seen action in every game this season. Lauren Henderson and Kirsty Slagter have started all five UConn games. In addition, Henderson is currently sitting atop UConn and BIG EAST statistical categories with four goals, one assist and nine points. She has also taken the most shots out of all the players in the Husky line-up with 25, 12 more than the next highest.
Puttin Em In
After going scoreless in their first outing of the season, the Huskies have come back in fine fashion, scoring 15 goals in their past three games to lead the BIG EAST in goals scored.
Junior Kelly Stolle was named the BIG EAST Co-Offensive Player of the Week for the week of August 27-September 2, along with Syracuses Kristin Aronowicz. Stolle was also named the MVP for the Connecticut team at the Morgan Stanley Husky Classic.