Sept. 26, 2010
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Junior defender Rayell Heistand converted on a penalty stroke with 9:29 remaining in the second overtime to propel the No. 5 University of Connecticut field hockey team past No. 12 Boston College on Sunday afternoon in Chestnut Hill, Mass. With the win, UConn improves to 8-1 on the season while the Eagles slip to 6-4.
The Huskies are now a spotless 4-0 against ranked opponents this season and have won five-consecutive games. Connecticut has outscored ranked opponents by a 13-to-2 margin this season.
Heistand, the Preseason BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, took the clinching penalty stroke for UConn. The goal was Heistand’s third of the season. It also marked her second game-winner and she is now a perfect 2-for-2 on penalty strokes.
Boston College got on the board at the 29:33 mark after Emily Kozniuk dribbled into the box and hit a lift shot past Husky keeper Sarah Mansfield. Kozniuk’s score was only the fourth goal Mansfield and the Husky defense had allowed all season.
Cara Silverman’s equalizer came at the 45:24 mark. The Huskies created a penalty corner and Allison Angulo served the ball to Jestine Angelini. Angelini set the ball for Silverman to strike home her team-high sixth goal of the season.
The Huskies dominated this one, outshooting the Eagles 29-t0-7 and holding a 16-to-5 edge in shots on goal. Connecticut also had a 13-to-3 edge in penalty corners.