Oct. 20, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - The No. 4 University of Connecticut field hockey team is set for its Sunday showdown against No. 2 Princeton at 1 p.m. at Bedford Field, in Princeton, N.J. The Huskies enter the top-four contest with a perfect 16-0 record while the Tigers enter the weekend 11-1.
The Tigers are led by Kathleen Sharkey's 21 goals and 48 points. In fact, Sharkey leads the county at 4.0 points per game. Princeton is 4-1 against ranked teams with wins over No. 5 Duke, No. 13 Wake Forest, No. 8 Penn State and No. 5 Maryland.
The Tigers lone loss came to No. 2 Syracuse on Sunday, September 23. UConn is 12-7 all-time against the Tigers and defeated Princeton twice last season. UConn took Princeton down by a 3-1 score on October 16 of last season and then dispatched of the Tigers by a 3-2 count in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament in Storrs.
The Huskies, off to their best start since 1999, are coming off a 5-1 defeat of No. 16 Boston College. With that victory, UConn improved to a perfect 7-0 against ranked teams this season, including wins over No. 9 Penn State, No. 15 Michigan, No. 21 Albany, No. 16 New Hampshire, No. 12 Boston University and No. 13 Stanford.
UConn sports a more balanced scoring attack, featuring three players with double-digit goals and five players with at least 12 points. UConn is led by graduate student back Louisa Boddy, who is tops on the team with 14 goals and 33 points. Sophomore forward Chloe Hunnable has 10 goals and is tied for the team lead with 10 assists and junior forward Marie Elena Bolles is second on the squad with 11 goals.
Sophomore midfielder Chrissy Davidson has come on strong of late and she is tied for the team lead with 10 assists and is fourth on the squad with 14 points.
The Princeton defense has allowed only 14 goals in 12 games this season but the Huskies have allowed an even more impressive 12 goals in 16 games this year. Junior goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield is second in the country with a .69 goals against average and she has posted six shutouts this year.