Oct. 17, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - The No. 4 University of Connecticut field hockey team will put its 25-game regular-season winning streak on the line when the team travels to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to take on No. 16 Boston College on Thursday evening. Game time is set for 7 p.m. The Huskies enter the game with a 15-0 overall record while the Eagles are 9-6.
UConn, which enters the game ranked No. 2 nationally with a goals against average of 0.72, is 6-0 against ranked teams this season after most recently defeating No. 13 Stanford on October 14. BC is 4-4 this year against ranked competition but has won three of its last four contests against ranked opponents. The Eagles defeated No. 10 Northeastern and No. 20 New Hampshire over the weekend.
BC is led by a balanced scoring attack as the Eagles feature five players with at least nine points. Leading scorer Virgynia Muma leads the way for Boston College with five goals and two assists for 12 points.
Connecticut, off to its second-best start in school history, is led by graduate student back Louisa Boddy's 28 points. She is complemented by junior forward Marie Elena Bolles' 25 points and sophomore forward Chloe Hunnable's 25. All three members of the trio are ranked in the top-35 nationally in points per game. Bolles and Hunnable are each ranked 35th at 1.67 points per game while Boddy is 17th at 2.0 points per contest.
The Huskies are also one of the most prolific teams nationally in creating penalty corners as the team creates 9.0 corners per contest, which is ranked fifth in the country.
The UConn defense is one of the best in the country and it is anchored by junior goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield. A 2011 First Team All-America selection, Mansfield is second in the country with a 0.67 goals against average and leads the nation with a save percentage of .846.