Oct. 21, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - The fourth-ranked University of Connecticut field hockey team is set for one of the biggest games of the year, a showdown against No. 6 Syracuse, with the winner clinching at least a share of the 2011 BIG EAST Regular Season Championship. Syracuse enters the weekend sporting a 13-2 overall record, including a 4-0 mark in league play. The Huskies are 14-1 and 4-0 in the BIG EAST.
The team is asking all fans to come to Sunday's game dressed in white as the Huskies will look to "Whiteout the Orange".
Sunday will also mark the final regular-season home game for UConn's seven seniors. Jestine Angelini, Ali Blankmeyer, Colleen Connolly, Rayell Heistand, Kim Krzyk, Katie Littlejohn and Cara Silverman will all be honored in a pregame ceremony.
Syracuse and UConn are two of the nation's hottest teams as the Huskies enter on an eight-game winning streak and the Orange are riding an 11-game winning streak. Both teams have one more conference game next week.
The Huskies have won 11 BIG EAST Regular Season titles, all since 1996.
Connecticut is led by Chloe Hunnable's 13 goals and 40 points while Marie Elena Bolles has posted eight goals and 11 assists for 27 points. Jestine Angelini is just one point shy of Bolles with seven goals and 12 assists.
UConn is coming off a 2-1 victory over No. 16 Boston University on Wednesday.
Syracuse is 13-2 overall with its only two losses coming to No. 2 North Carolina (3-2 on 9/2) and No. 2 Old Dominion (2-1 on 9/10). The Orange have not lost since September 10 and have outscored their last three opponents 26-1.
Kelsey Millman leads the way for Syracuse with 14 goals and 13 assists for 41 points. Heahter Susek has netted a team-high 15 goals for SU. Both the UConn and Syracuse defense have allowed only 13 goals all season long.