Updated BIG EAST Field Hockey Notes and Statistics
Trophy Presentation Video
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Sophomore Chloe Hunnable scored two second-half goals, including the gamewinner with 16 seconds remaining, as No. 2-seeded Connecticut erased a 3-1 second-half deficit to take a 4-3 win against top-seeded Syracuse giving the Huskies their 12th BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship title Sunday at Trager Stadium.
The Huskies (18-2) earned the BIG EAST's automatic bid to the NCAA Chamiponship with the win. Connecticut's Louisa Boddy, was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player and was one of five Connecticut selections to the all-tournament team.
Laura Hahnfeldt scored two first-half goals for Syracuse (17-2), which took a 2-1 lead into halftime and built a 3-1 cushion on Liz McInerney's sixth goal of the season with 22:08 remaining.
Hunnable's gamewinner for Connecticut came with 16 seconds remaining in the game as the forward slashed through the middle of the circle and received a pass from Bolles, who was charging up the sideline.
Hahnefeldt scored her second goal of the championship midway through the first half on a penalty corner that was inserted by freshman Gillian Pinder and stopped by sophomore Jordan Page.
Connecticut tied the game with 15 minutes remaining in the half on a scramble in front of the Syracuse net. Junior Marie Elena Bolles fought through a line of Syracuse defenders to find the back of the cage.
Hahnefeldt struck again one minute before the end of the first half on a penalty corner. Jordan Page picked up her second assist on the penalty corner stop, with Pinder inserting. Syracuse held a 4-2 penalty corner and a 6-3 shot advantage entering halftime.
Syracuse added to its lead early in the second half when McInerney tucked in a penalty corner rebound to give the Orange a 3-1 lead.
Connecticut called timeout to regroup with 25 minutes remaining. Hunnable responded by tapping in a pass from Bolles to make the score 3-2 with 23 minutes remaining in regulation.
With 20 minutes remaining, Syracuse goalie Leann Stiver saved a penalty stroke by Boddy, but could not control the rebound. Katherine Baker ran behind the Syracuse defense to tap in the rebound, tying the game at 3-3, setting the stage for Hunnable's late heroics.
Sunday's BIG EAST Championship final marked the eighth time the teams competed for the league title. Connecticut and Syracuse are tied in the conference final series 4-4. Connecticut and Syracuse first met 20 years ago in the 1992 final, with the Huskies winning 1-0. Connecticut and Syracuse have also played each other in the semifinal round nine times. The Huskies lead the BIG EAST Championship series 12-5 all-time against the Orange.
BIG EAST Championship Final
No. 2 Connecticut 4, No. 1 Syracuse 3
2012 BIG EAST All-Tournament Team
Louisa Boddy, Connecticut, B
Marie Elena Bolles, Connecticut, F
Chloe Hunnable, Connecticut, F
Sarah Mansfield, Connecticut, GK
Roisin Upton, Connecticut, M
Erin Schneidtmiller, Louisville, F
Henni Tietze, Providence, B
Laura Hahnefeldt, Syracuse, B
Kelsey Millman, Syracuse, F
Jordan Page, Syracuse, M
Gillian Pinder, Syracuse, M
Most Outstanding Player
Louisa Boddy, Connecticut, B