Field hockey to host No. 7 UMass
Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 23:09
The No. 4 UConn field hockey team will face No. 7 UMass tonight in their push to remain undefeated this season.
Tough competition lies ahead in this next stretch of games, where the Huskies will face UMass, Rutgers and Villanova. This will be a significant test for UConn to prove to the American Athletic Conference that they are a dominant force.
“UMass is a top 10 team,” head coach Nancy Stevens said. “They have outstanding players, well coached.” The Minutewomen are an overall 6-1 this season, only losing to No. 6 Syracuse this past weekend.
Midfielder Brooke Sabia will be the major threat for UConn’s defense this game. She has a total of eight goals along with 33 shots on goal, leading the Minutewomen offensively this season.
The team’s success comes as no surprise for the Huskies. UMass has historically been a challenging opponent for UConn.
However, in the past two seasons, UConn has seen success against UMass. In 2012, UConn beat UMass 2-0 in Amherst and in 2011, UConn dominated UMass 4-1 on their home turf.
“Every game has been close with them in recent history,” coach Stevens said. “So we expect an exceptionally close and exciting game.”