Nov. 24, 2013
RECAP: UCONN wins NCAA Field Hockey Championship
NORFOLK, Va. - The University of Connecticut claimed its third NCAA Championship crown in field hockey on Sunday afternoon, defeating Duke, 2-0, at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. The Huskies, who are an associate member of the BIG EAST Conference in field hockey and women's lacrosse, finish their title season with a 21-4 record.
UConn, which won the BIG EAST Tournament title as well, scored both of the game's goals in the decisive first half, both scored off of penalty corners. Junior Chloe Hunnable notched the first goal at 23:05, stuffing home a rebound off a shot by Roisin Upton for her 23rd goal of the season. The Huskies extended their lead to 2-0 with 5:36 remaining in the first stanza when sophomore Mckenzie Townsend redirected a shot by Hunnable, which lifted over the Duke goalkeeper.
Hunnable, Upton, Marie Elena Bolles, Chrissy Davidson and Sarah Mansfield were all named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team following the game.
The NCAA Championship is the Huskies' third in program history, first since 1985, and first since being a member of the BIG EAST Conference. UConn won its first field hockey crown in 1981.
The Huskies become not only the first BIG EAST Conference team to claim a national field hockey title, but the first to advance to the championship game. A pair of conference teams (UConn, Syracuse) advanced to the national semifinals in 2012, and an additional six teams have made it to the semifinal round since the BIG EAST began sponsoring field hockey in 1989.
UConn is the second BIG EAST Conference team this weekend to claim an NCAA title. The Providence women's cross country team won the NCAA Championship on Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind. Since opening its doors in 1979, the BIG EAST Conference has won 36 national championships in seven different sports.