Field Hockey

Bowman's Goal Leads UMass To Upset Over #4 UConn, 1-0

Mika Black (Northampton, Mass.) set up the winning goal.

Mika Black (Northampton, Mass.) set up the winning goal.

Sept. 11, 2010

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AMHERST, Mass. - Lindsay Bowman scored the first goal of her career off a pass from fellow freshman Mika Black to lead UMass field hockey (2-3) to the upset victory over No. 4 UConn (3-1), 1-0, on Saturday afternoon at Garber Field. It is the Minutewomen's first victory over the Huskies since 2000, a span of 11 games. It is also the highest ranked opponent UMass has defeated in the Justine Sowry era, replacing last season's win over No. 9 Iowa.

UMass last defeated UConn on Sept. 30, 2000, 2-1, in Amherst. The Huskies had won the last 10 meetings.

The pair of freshmen teamed up to break the scoreless tie and give the Minutewomen the lead with 14:26 left in the first half. Black dribbled the ball into the top of the circle from the right and with the reverse stick put the ball in front of the goal where Bowman knocked the ball out of the air and into the top of the goal. It was the first career points for both rookies.

The duo of Bowman and Black helped lead Sowry's revamped lineup that saw three freshmen and two sophomores play all the minutes at forward.

The UMass defense was able to hold off a late UConn charge, with goalkeeper Alesha Widdall coming out of the goal to make a crucial save with 33 seconds left. The junior finished the game with six saves to earn her first shutout of the season and 15th of her career.

The Minutewomen controlled the play throughout the first half, outshooting the Huskies, 5-3, and holding them without a shot for the final 20 minutes of the half. Penalty corners were 3-0 in favor of UMass in the opening 35 minutes.

For the game, UConn held a slight edge in shots, 11-10, and UMass held the advantage in penalty corners, 6-4.

The Minutewomen travel to New Haven, Conn. on Sunday to take on Yale in a 3 p.m. contest.



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