Sept. 16, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. – Andrea Plucenik tallied three consecutive goals on Sunday afternoon to record her first collegiate hat trick as she lifted the Huskies to a 5-1 victory at St. John’s. The Huskies are now 5-3-1 and 1-1 in conference action, while the Red Storm fall to 4-5-1 and 0-2 in the BIG EAST.
The Huskies took 18 shots and the Red Storm shot the ball 10 times, while both teams took five corner kicks on the afternoon.
Senior forward Danielle Schulmann (Saddle River, N.J.) got the Huskies offense rolling with a 10:39 goal after going one on one against Red Storm keeper Ellen Conway (3-4-0) and scoring from eight yards out to give UConn a 1-0 advantage.
Connecticut pushed its lead to 2-0 when senior defender Karen Gurnon (Tolland, Conn.) scored her second career goal following a corner kick from Riley Houle (Columbia, Conn.) at 31:13.
Plucenik took control of the game tallying three consecutive goals for the Huskies to give the squad a 5-1 victory. Her first goal came at 37:46 after rebounding a Conway save and sending the ball into the corner of the net. It took less than four minutes for the Brooklyn, Conn. native to strike again as she registered her second goal at 41:05 after breaking away from the pack and drawing Conway out of the net and shooting the ball from 10 yards out. Linda Ruutu (Espoo, Finland) was credited with the assist and now has three on the season after dishing out two assists against the Red Storm.
The Huskies held a 4-0 lead when Plucenik completed her hat trick connecting on a cross from Ruutu at 62:07. Plucenik is now second on the team in scoring with four goals on the season, while Schulmann is first with nine.
Junior goalie Leigh-Ann Jaggon
(Windsor, Conn.) played her first complete collegiate game and moves to 1-1 on the season after allowing only one goal when St. John’s Casey Marks scored from six yards out at 62:48 on a cross from Hailey Hemmer.
Connecticut returns to action on Friday, September 21 at BIG EAST foe Georgetown at 3 p.m. and then will head to Villanova on Sunday at 1 p.m.