No. 7 UConn travels to Albany to face Michigan
Published: Thursday, September 6, 2012
Updated: Thursday, September 6, 2012 23:09
The No.7 UConn Huskies will take on No.15 Michigan Wolverines in their first away game on Saturday.
Michigan has had their ups and downs so far with a 2-2 record for the 2012 season. The high point of Michigan’s season thus far was Leslie Smith’s recent hat trick to beat Delaware 4-1. “We start four seniors on defense and have a First Team All-America in goal, so we have a lot of confidence in our defensive unit. Michigan has excellent attack penalty corner set pieces, so we are working hard on defending their corner options.” Said UConn’s head coach Nancy Stevens
Michigan’s low point was when Wake Forest scored the game-winning goal with 77 seconds left to defeat the Wolverines 2-1.
“We have three game films on Michigan, so each game they have played to date helps us to prepare for our match up with them,” Stevens said. “It is always difficult to lose a game, especially to a late goal. A team that experiences that disappointment works very hard to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Nancy Stevens has the upmost confidence in her offense.
“We have good speed on our front line, so we will look to challenge Michigan’s back three. Our attack corner set pieces are dangerous, so it will be important to create those scoring opportunities.” She said.
Marie Elena Bolles was also named the Big East offensive player of the week, so Michigan clearly has their hands full.
This is UConn’s first away game of the season. They have had a consecutive game-winning streak on their home field and with a win in 2010 against the Wolverines, they hope the year gap between playing will still keep them on top.
“We are replacing seven starters from last year’s team, so playing our first away games will be a good challenge for us,” Stevens said. “We will look to our five starting seniors to lead the team this weekend.”
UConn will be put to the test on Saturday as they fight for another win, hoping to maintain their perfect season.