UConn field hockey looks to stay perfect against Minutemen
Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 22:10
The UConn field hockey team will travel to Massachusetts tomorrow night to play in a weekday game against UMass. The Minutewomen have an overall record of 5-6 and are 25th in the NCAA league. With an inconsistent season of wins and losses, UMass will be eager to start a winning streak after defeating Maine 4-2 on Sunday. The first half of this contest was evenly matched where neither team scored for thirty-three minutes. Kim Young helped get UMass’ momentum going by scoring the first goal of the game at 33:02. UMass’s Nicole Cordero and Noralie Weusthuis scored the next two goals, giving the Minutewomen a 3-0 lead. Freshman defender and midfielder, Noralie Weusthuis, not only scored her first collegiate goal on Sunday, but was also named UMass’s athlete of the week on Monday. The Minutewomen’s main offensive threats on the field are seniors Kim Young and Nicole Cordero. Young with 32 shots and Cordero with 12, have a combined 13 goals scored this season.
Last year the Huskies beat UMass 4-1; UConn outshot them 18-9 and had 10 corners compared to UMass’ 8. However in 2010, UConn was defeated 1-0 by the Minutewomen, resulting in the Huskies’ first loss of that season. The main difference between the games against UMass is that the 2011 win was at home for the Huskies. This will be the first time UConn has traveled to UMass after their 2010 defeat. With their win over Maine on Sunday, UMass has had four victories over a ranked opponent this season. Nonetheless, UConn remains confident with their team as a whole. The Huskies sophomore forward Chloe Hunnable was named the Big East offensive player of the week for the second week in a row. Hunnable has been honored with this recognition four times in her career so far. In the past two games Hunnable scored six goals, and rightfully remains their top scorer with twenty-five points in the 2012 season. The Huskies and Hunnable look forward to the Minutewomen’s challenge and hope to keep their undefeated record alive.