Field hockey to play the Scarlet Knights, look to remain undefeated
Published: Friday, September 20, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013 01:09
After Wednesday night’s victory against No. 7 UMass, the UConn field hockey team will travel to New Jersey to play Rutgers on Sunday afternoon in their first Big East conference game of the season.
The Huskies have started strong this season, beating several ranked opponents to remain at No. 3 nationally. UConn has improved greatly within just six games this season showing the nation their dominance as a team. In the first three games, UConn won by only one point. Although this wasn’t a bad thing, the Huskies wanted to stand out. Both the offense and the defense stepped up to win their past few games by a larger margin.
UConn’s goalkeeper, Sarah Mansfield, was also named the Big East Defensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week this season. After earning her first two shut outs of the sesaon and breaking the school record for career wins, Mansfield seems nearly unstoppable.
Rutgers has had an inconsistent start thus far, as the Scarlet Knights are 3-3 in 2013. The main threat this season is junior midfielder Sophie Wright. She has been a dominant force, scoring four goals in the most recent three games.
In the past three seasons, UConn has performed well against Rutgers. In 2011, UConn beat Rutgers 5-0, and then again in 2012 by the same score. and in 2010 they also prevailed beating Rutgers 6-0. The last time Rutgers scored against UConn was in 2008, in a 4-2 victory for the Huskies.