Oct. 24, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The fourth-ranked University of Connecticut field hockey team is ready for two critical showdowns this weekend as the team travels to Norfolk, Va. to play at No. 10 Old Dominion on Friday at 12 p.m. and then against No. 2 North Carolina the next day in Norfolk at 1 p.m.
UConn is coming off only its second loss of the season, a 4-3 setback at American last weekend, and enters this weekend with a 13-2 mark and a spotless 5-0 record in Big East play.
The Monarchs got off to a rough start in 2013, but have managed to right the ship. ODU lost six of its first seven games in a brutal stretch of the schedule, which included games against five top-10 teams, but the team has won its last eight games and comes into this weekend with a 9-6 record. Most recently, ODU defeated top-ranked Maryland 3-2 on October 20.
Rosario Villagra leads the way for Old Dominion with 13 goals and 10 assists for 36 points while Sarah Breen is right on her heels with 10 goals. Goalkeeper Megan Hept and the ODU defense has settled in late in the season and has allowed only two goals in its last six games after surrendering 19 in the season's first seven contests.
The Huskies are 10-23 all-time against the Monarchs but UConn won the most recent contest between the two squads, a 3-2 victory over then No. 9 Old Dominion, on September 8, 2007.
The Tar Heels' two losses were to No. 13 Duke and No. 1 Maryland, both of which came in overtime. UNC has 11 players who have tallied double-digit point totals, including 26 apiece from Nina Notman and Emily Wold. Casey DiNardo leads the team with 12 goals while Wold is tops on the squad with 18 assists.
North Carolina has outscored the opposition by a 76-14 count this season and owns and even more lopsided 46-5 scoring edge in the first period.