Minutewomen Falter In Tough Contest With #3 UConn, 2-0
Oct. 3, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - Against No. 3-ranked UConn, the UMass field hockey team battled through a back-and-forth contest with the Huskies before falling, 2-0 at Garber Field on Wednesday evening. Senior midfielder Kim Young and freshman midfielder Brooke Sabia led UMass' offense - combining for nine of the team's 15 attempts - while seven different Minutewomen totaled at least one shot.
After more than 30 minutes of even play to open the contest - with each team earning momentum and controlling the run of play at times - the Huskies broke the scoreless tie in the 32nd minute on a penalty stroke. During a UConn corner attempt, the UMass post defender was whistled for making contact with the ball behind freshman goalkeeper Sam Carlino, resulting in an automatic penalty stroke. Alicia Angelini converted on the attempt with a shot into the right-center of the cage, away from the diving Carlino, to push the Huskies into the lead.
With just more than nine minutes remaining, UConn doubled its lead when Erin Koonz redirected a pass into the circle to Marie Elena Bolles on the right post of the UMass cage, with Bolles tipping the play in for the 2-0 lead.
UMass outshot the Huskies, 15-10; however, UConn added more on-target attempts, 10-8. Penalty corners also favored the Huskies, 7-6 while total saves were even at 8-8. Sarah Mansfield tallied all eight saves for UConn while Carlino answered with six stops for the Minutewomen. UMass defenders Hannah Prince and Lauren Allymohamed each blocked one shot in front of the cage to secure defensive saves.
The strongest UMass scoring opportunity of the first half came in the 24th minute, when junior midfielder Renee Suter and freshman forward Allie Sabia recorded back-to-back on-target attempts following a corner opportunity.
After senior midfielder Kate Heineman inserted the play, Suter drove a shot on-target only to have Mansfield respond with a save to drop the ball in front of the cage. Allie Sabia rushed onto the loose play and attempt to flick the ball by Mansfield, only to have her attempt stopped by the Huskies junior goalkeeper as well.
In the second half, while trailing 1-0, UMass nearly evened play in the 52nd minute, with Nicole Cordero and Allie Sabia combining for another set of back-to-back attempts. In control of the ball, Cordero found space in front of the UConn cage and sized up a shot with her back to the target; however, Mansfield followed the play and stuffed the attempt back into the center of the circle. Allie Sabia again found her way to the ball - this time unmarked - but was unable to send her attempt at the cage, firing high.
The Minutewomen open conference season with a contest at No. 22 Richmond on Saturday, Oct. 8 before returning to Garber Field to host No. 1 Syracuse on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. Admission to all home field hockey contests is free.