Sept. 9, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - UConn handed No. 20/23 Boston University its first loss of the season behind senior goalkeeper Jessica Dulski (Pittsford, N.Y.) who earned her second shutout of the season in the Huskies 3-0 win. With four different Huskies recording points in the Friday night competition, Connecticut improves to 3-2-0 on the season. In front of a home crowd of 1,404 fans, UConn defeated a nationally ranked opponent for the second time in week as the Terriers marked the third consecutive Top 25 Husky foe.
Dulski, this week's BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week, shutout the nationally ranked Terriers who have recorded 12 goals on the season and are outshooting opponents 12-3. Dulski, now 3-2-0, finished the evening with six saves and no goals allowed.
"It was a great team effort by everyone from start to finish and the result we have been working towards all week," stated assistant coach Margaret Rodriguez.
The Terriers looked like a dominant force controlling the ball the first eight minutes of the game before redshirt junior forward Danielle Schulmann (Saddle River, N.J.) and junior forward Julie Hubbard (Waverly, Penn.) took over for the Huskies combining for 10 shots and a goal. The two UConn forwards never gave up and continually pressed the Terrier defense eventually leading to the first score of the game.
Scoreless at halftime, the Huskies entered the second half as a powerful offensive force going on to net three goals. Schulmann scored the game winning goal at 53:56 from 12 yards out on a pass from junior mid Linda Ruutu (Espoo, Finland). Ruutu crossed the ball through the Terrier defense and Schulmann capitalized after dodging a defender and beaming the ball past the charging goalie.
"When I finally put the ball in the net it felt amazing," Schulmann said. "I left halftime knowing that if I continued to pressure the ball something good would happen."
Connecticut maintained possession the majority of the remaining clock and added two more goals, both unassisted. A scramble after senior forward Jessica Shufelt's corner kick led to sophomore midfielder Devin Prendergast (Babylon, N.Y.) sending a rocket from 18 yards past BU's keeper to advance the Husky lead to two.
Prendergast leads the Huskies with three goals on the season, all coming from long distances.
With Boston University threatening to score, Shufelt gained possession of the ball at the top of the goal box and broke away to the opposite end of the field to net her first goal of the season and put away the visiting Terriers. After weaving through three BU defenders Shufelt pounded in a goal from 10 yards out with 18 seconds left in regulation.
UConn tallied 15 shots in the game and four on goal, while Boston University had 12 attempts and six on goal. Terrier goalkeeper, Kelly King, finished the night with one save and three goals allowed.
The Huskies travel to Harvard on Sunday, September 11, for a 1 p.m. matchup against the 1-1-0 Crimson.