Oct. 2, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - The No. 3 University of Connecticut field hockey team is set to take on UMass on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. in Amherst. The Huskies, 11-0 overall and 3-0 in BIG EAST Conference play, will look to post the second 12-0 start in their history. The Minutewomen enter with a 5-6 overall record and have not yet played an Atlantic 10 Conference game.
UConn, which is also rated No. 3 in the latest edition of the RPI, has matched its second-best start in school history by winning the first 11 games of the 2012 season. Both the 1996 and 2009 squads started the season 11-0 and the 1999 team won its first 23 games.
UMass has had a hard-luck start to the season, losing three overtime games and dropping four contests to ranked opponents. The Minutewomen are dangerous though, defeating No. 18 New Hampshire, No. 15 Ohio State, No. 17 Boston College and No. 24 Maine this season.
UConn has defeated five ranked opponents in 2012. Most recently, Connecticut won at No. 12 Boston University on Sunday.
UMass is led by Kim Young's 16 points and Nicole Cordero's 12. Thando Zono also has 10 points in just six games this year.
The Huskies have been outstanding on both ends of the field this season and are ranked second
nationally in goals against average at 0.8 and 11th in the country at 3.2 goals per game. 2011 All-American Sarah Mansfield has paced the defense and she is second in the country with a 0.82 goals against average.
The Huskies boast a balanced scoring attack, which includes three players in the top-17 nationally in scoring. Reigning BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week Chloe Hunnable leads the Huskies and is 13th nationally at 2.27 points per game while Louisa Boddy, recently of Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd fame, and 2012 Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year Marie Elena Bolles are tied for 17th in the country at 2.0 points per contest.
UMass is outscoring the competition by a 29-26 margin while the Huskies' scoring margin is a more robust 36-9.