Field Hockey Falls To No. 6 UConn, 4-0
Sept. 25, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. -- The No. 6-ranked Connecticut Field Hockey team scored three second half goals to break open a 1-0 game and defeat the University of Massachusetts, 4-0, this afternoon at Garber Field. Kati Cavanagh scored twice for Huskies. With the win, UConn is now 9-0 this season while UMass drops to 1-7.
"We played very well this afternoon and surprised UConn," said UMass Head Coach Patty Shea. "We strung together some nice passes and just could not find the back of the net. UConn does a very good job of not allowing you to come down the field and we were able to break them at times. I am very proud of the way that they played and now we just need to carry that over into tomorrow's game."
UConn wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard as Laura Puddle scored her fourth goal of the year when she picked up a rebound and beat UMass senior goalkeeper Christine Tocco (Reading, Mass.). Lauren Henderson took the initial shot which was saved by Tocco creating the rebound chance.
For the rest of the half, UMass had the better scoring chances. With 10:07 left, the Minutewomen got their first penalty corner but UConn goalie Melissa Bostwick showed why she is the best in the nation. Sophomore Marije Tigchelaar (The Hague, Netherlands) took the first shot off the corner opportunity but it was saved by Bostwick. Freshman Nicole Phelan (North Andover, Mass.) then got the rebound right in front of the net. With the goalie down, Phelan tried to lift it over her head, but it went over the crossbar.
UMass' next scoring chance came with 1:51 left in the first half. Off a penalty corner, junior Jaime Bawden (Penticton, British Columbia) got the ball after junior Katelyn Woolfrey (Somerset, Mass.) received the pass from junior Patricia Borneo (Arima, Trinidad & Tobago). Bawden faked to create some space and then let loose a hard shot which was saved by Bostwick. Tigchelaar then got the rebound, but her shot was saved by Bostwick as well. Right before halftime, UConn had a penalty corner with no time on the clock, but the shot attempt was blocked.
In the second half, UMass had the first chance. Tigchelaar had another shot saved on a penalty corner, but after that UConn took over and out the game away. The Huskies scored three goals in less than 10 minutes to take control of the game. Lauren Henderson, the nation's leading scorer, tallied her 12th of the year from Puddle with 28:03 left in the game. Then Cavanagh scored consecutive goals at 21:22 and 18:51 to end the Minutewomen's upset bid.
UConn held the edge in both shots (19-8) and penalty corners (10-4) this afternoon. Massachusetts will host Vermont tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. on Garber Field.