Oct. 25, 2013
NORFOLK, Va. - Three Huskies managed to put multiple shots on goal but the fourth-ranked University of Connecticut field hockey team was unable to capitalize on any of its chances as UConn dropped a 5-0 decision to No. 10 Old Dominion on Friday afternoon in Norfolk, Va.
With the loss, which marked UConn’s first shutout in 57 games, the Huskies slip to 13-3 on the season while ODU improves to 10-6.
The Huskies held a 14-9 advantage in shots and a 9-6 edge in shots on goal but the Monarchs converted on five of their six shots on goal and ODU goalkeeper Megan Hept stopped all nine of UConn’s attempts on net.
Friday marked UConn’s eighth loss in its last 53 contests and today’s setback was only the second of those eight that came by a deficit of two goals or more.
The contest also marked the first time in 57 games that the Huskies have been shutout. The last time UConn failed to score at least one goal came in a 1-0 loss at No. 16 Albany on September 10, 2011.
The five goals are the most the UConn defense has surrendered since 2002.
Connecticut had a great chance to get on the board early after it created two shots on its first penalty corner opportunity in the game’s ninth minute. However, both attempts were thwarted by Hept.
UConn keeper Sarah Mansfield made one stop for the Huskies and both teams created four penalty corners.
UConn is back in action tomorrow when the team remains in Norfolk to take on No. 2 North Carolina. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at the L.R. Hill Complex.