Sept. 27, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - The No. 5 University of Connecticut field hockey team will put its status as one of only two undefeated teams nationally on the line this weekend with games against BIG EAST foe Providence on Friday evening and at No. 12 Boston University on Sunday. Connecticut enters the weekend as the nation's top-rated team in the RPI and sports a 9-0 overall record.
The game against Providence is scheduled for Friday night under the lights in Storrs. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. Fans who attend Friday evening's game will receive a free UConn Lanyard and ID Holder.
UConn and No. 1 Syracuse are the only two teams in the country without a loss. UConn has now won nine-consecutive BIG EAST regular season contests.
The Friars have improved substantially after a 2011 season that saw the team finish with a 4-14 overall record. This season, PC is off to a 5-3 start overall with its only losses coming to No. 22 Maine and No. 14 Boston University in overtime and a 3-2 loss to No. 22 Boston College.
Providence is outscoring the opposition 27-15 and three of its five victories have come on the road. Caitlin Malone leads the way for Providence with four goals and six assists for 14 points while Henni Tietze has added five goals and three assists for 13 points.
1989 Connecticut graduate and former UConn field hockey great Diane Madl is the head coach of the Friars. Madl was a two-time All-American, helped the squad to the 1985 national championship and won the Honda Broderick Award during her senior year in Storrs.
BU enters the weekend with a 6-3 overall record and the team will square-off against Albany on Friday. BU has beaten No. 17 Boston College and No. 25 UMass and has lost to No. 2 Syracuse and No. 7 Virginia. The team has already played four overtime games this and has come out victorious each time.
Jacinda McLeod leads the way for BU with five goals for 10 points and five more Terriers have tallied at least four points. The team is only outscoring the opposition by a 16-13 margin. Comparatively, the Huskies are outscoring their opponents, 29-5 in 2012.
Connecticut also boasts a balanced scoring attack as three Huskies, Marie Elena Bolles, Chloe Hunnable and Louisa Boddy, are ranked in the top-40 nationally in scoring. Hunnable is the reigning BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after totaling six points and scoring the game-winner in overtime against No. 16 New Hampshire on September 21.
The Husky defense has continued to be outstanding 2011 as First Team All-American and All-NCAA Tournament Team selection Sarah Mansfield has picked up where she left off last season. Mansfield leads the country with a 0.56 goals against average and is also first in save percentage at .868. Mansfield, the 2012 Preseason BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, has allowed only five goals in nine games this year. All five goals came against ranked opponents.