It was a grey but warm Sunday morning when the UConn field hockey team to return to the turf. They hosted the UMass Minutemen at Sherman Field for a quasi-exhibition to kick off a slate of spring competition.
While their fashionable season is played inside the fall, the Huskies still get time to practice and play in each semesters. The game changed into unorthodox, played under an international time structure of four quarters rather than two halves. They also competed in rounds of penalty shootouts after the law game.
It became all UConn from start to complete as they ruled the first 1/2, retaining possession within the attacking give up and operating the UMass protection. By halftime, it turned into 5-0 UConn, capped off on a Abby Gooderham purpose from an Antonia Tiedtke penalty nook.
UConn might choose up greater dreams inside the 2d 1/2, and win the penalty shootouts, but it become a greater balanced affair as UMass positioned a couple waves of strain at the Huskies.
“There’s loads to like. Scoring the seven goals is incredible. Getting the shutout is critically critical,” Head Coach Nancy Stevens stated postgame, “All faces of the sport appeared really robust.”
Both teams had been playing with brief benches because of graduating gamers.
“We have one senior and one junior on the field. When you think of that during light of the performance nowadays, we couldn’t be extra thrilled,” stated Stevens.
The Huskies had been without leading returning scorer and growing senior Svea Boker who scored 18 desires and had 16 assists for fifty two points inside the fall. Boker is presently analyzing abroad in Melbourne, Australia and will omit the whole spring season. She is gambling even as overseas.
It wasn’t all best, and the spring season is a big length for improvement, even though the focal point doesn’t wane from prevailing.
“Here at UConn we assume that winning is a talent. We are going to play to win the whole lot because that could be a found out talent. We need to get our more youthful plays in to get that enjoy and the spring permits you to try this,” Stevens said.
“Obviously there are continually matters we need to paintings on. Our attack nook execution needs to enhance a bit. Our counterattack may be better,” Stevens said. “We ran in a half of field press the second one two quarters and we wished to interrupt out from that and counterattack more correctly. That may be a factor of emphasis going ahead.”
The contest towards UMass changed into the lone domestic day out for UConn this spring. They will continue on to St. Joseph’s (PA) on Saturday, April 6, to tackle St. Joe’s, Rutgers and Syracuse in a jamboree of sorts.
They will then move slightly eastward into New Jersey to take on Princeton on Sunday, April 7, They will finish with some other Ivy league foe as the finish at Harvard on Saturday, April thirteen.
During the autumn UConn defeated Syracuse three-0 in Syracuse and Rutgers 5-0 in the beginning spherical of the NCAA tournament. Princeton, however, came to Storrs on Oct. 7 and defeated UConn 5-2.