Sept. 15, 2011
STORRS, Conn. -The University of Connecticut returned home on Thursday night to kick off BIG EAST play on a cold and rainy evening as they shut out Syracuse, 1-0, to improve to 4-3-0 (1-0-0 BE) on the season. Senior goalkeeper Jessica Dulski (Pittsford, N.Y.) earns her third shutout of the season after recording three saves and allowing no goals.
"It was a physical game for us and we needed to come out with the win," stated Head Coach Len Tsantiris.
The first ten minutes of the competition was a back-and-forth battle centered around midfield with the first shot of the day resulting in a goal by Husky redshirt junior forward Danielle Schulmann (Saddle River, N.J) 11:49 minutes into the game. Schulmann's third goal of the season came on a cross from senior forward Jessica Shufelt (Rochester, N.Y.) who raced two Orange defenders and Syracuse keeper to the ball. Reaching the ball first, Shufelt crossed to Schulmann who netted the ball from the left corner inside the box to an empty goal.
Fans witnessed a physical match between the BIG EAST foes as both teams played a man down following an altercation at midfield at the 12:03 mark.
Holding a 1-0 advantage over Syracuse, UConn continued to be aggressive as they tallied 10 shots in the first half compared to the Orange's three.
The second half of the game was a defensive clash with the Huskies able to take only four shots and the Orange only three.
Syracuse, who fell to 1-3-3 and 0-1-0 in the BIG EAST, continued to apply pressure to Dulski and the UConn backfield as the clock wound down to the final minutes of the game. With 14 minutes remaining in regulation, Dulski charged a Syracuse attacker entering the goal box to make a diving save.
"Dulski made some big time stops for us tonight, especially when we needed them," finished Tsantiris.
The Huskies, now 15-0-0 in the series history, won their third straight home game in a matchup that featured 13 Orange fouls and 10 Husky fouls, while both teams recorded three saves. UConn outshot the Orange 14-6 and took nine corner kicks as Syracuse only took five.
The Huskies continue BIG EAST action when they travel to Queens, N.Y. on Sunday, Sept. 18, to face St. John's at 1 p.m. UConn has been extremely successful over the Red Storm as they hold a 14-4-1 overall record. Sunday's competition will be available on Gametracker through uconnhuskies.com.