Junior Lindsey Leck scores game-winner with 2:47 remaining in regulation
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (November 4, 2007) – Junior Lindsey Leck (Clarksburg, N.J.) connected off an assist from sophomore Katie Semanoff (Lehighton, Pa.) with 2:47 remaining in regulation as the No. 1 seed University of Connecticut field hockey team edged No. 3 seed Providence 1-0 in the 2007 BIG EAST Championship Game on Sunday afternoon at J.S. Coyne Field in Syracuse.
The win improves the Huskies to 20-2 on the season and earns them the BIG EAST's automatic berth to the 2007 NCAA Field Hockey Tournament, which will begin play on Nov. 10-11 at campus sites to be announced.
The 2007 NCAA Field Hockey selection show will be televised live on CSTV (College Sports Television) beginning at 8:00 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Connecticut won its fourth consecutive BIG EAST Tournament crown and claimed both the conference’s regular season and tournament titles in the same season for the eighth time in the program’s history.
The Huskies improve to 25-8 all-time in BIG EAST Tournament games following the one-goal victory in the conference title game over the Friars. The win also secured the fifth 20-win season in the history of the Connecticut program and its second consecutive overall.
The Huskies have now claimed a total of 20 combined BIG EAST regular season and tournament.
The two teams battled to a scoreless first half as each team attempted a total of four shots over the opening 35 minutes. Providence had the best scoring chance of the first half as Nelllie Poulin got loose on a breakaway following a downfield feed, but UConn goalkeeper Andrea Mainerio (Emmaus, Pa.) made a diving save at the 27:15 mark, to keep the game scoreless heading into intermission.
Connecticut out-shot Providence 12-0 over the final 35 minutes en route to the victory. UConn goalkeeper Mainiero made two saves in the win, while Connecticut also won the penalty corner battle with six opportunities to the Friars’ three.
Semanoff was named the most outstanding player of the BIG EAST Tournament as she totaled two goals and an assist in the Huskies’ two wins over Syracuse and Providence. UConn’s Lauren Aird (Harare, Zimbabwe), Meghan Wheeler (Canton, Mass), Jennifer Kleinhans (Mannheim, Germany) and Melissa Gonzalez (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.) were also named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament squad.
Scoring Summary 1st 2nd Final
No. 1 Connecticut (20-2) 0 1 1
No. 3 Providence (14-8) 0 0 0
UConn Leck, Lindsey (10), 67:10 (Semanoff, Katie)
Statistical Summary UConn PC
Shots 16 4
Saves 2 9
Penalty Corner 6 3