Sept. 17, 2009

Courtesy of Connecticut

STORRS, Conn. - Sophomore Ali Blankmeyer (Convent Station, N.J.) scored a career-best three goals to lead the No. 6 University of Connecticut field hockey team to a 5-2 win over No. 12 Drexel on Thursday night at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.

The win pushes the Huskies record to a perfect 6-0 and runs their winning streak against ranked opponents to three straight, which includes wins in the previous two games over No. 11 Penn State and No. 20 Michigan. Drexel suffers its first loss of the season and slips to 5-1 overall.

Blankmeyer gave UConn a 1-0 lead just 4:05 into the contest when she put a rebound past Drexel goalkeeper Jenna Phillips.

Drexel knotted the game at 1-1 on a goal by Susan Ciufo following a penalty corner opportunity at 11:09.

Blankmeyer netted her second score of the game at 14:44 off an assist from senior Loren Sherer (Essex, England) to give Connecticut a 2-1 lead at intermission.

Ciufo tied the game again at 2-2 with her second goal of the game just 3:02 into the second half but Connecticut responded with three unanswered goals to put the game away.

Cara Silverman (Roseland, N.J.) registed her fourth goal of the season at 55:34 off another assist from Sherer to give the Huskies the lead for good at 3-2. Blankmeyer followed at 56:29 with her third goal of the game and seventh of the season, before Jestine Angelini (Boiling Springs, Pa.) rounded out the scoring with her second tally of the season at 61:02.

For the game, UConn out-shot Drexel 23-6. The Huskies attempted 10 penalty corners while limiting the Dragons to six opportunities.

UConn returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 19 when it opens BIG EAST Conference play at Providence in a 1:00 p.m. (ET) start.

 her fourth goal of the season at 55:34 off another assist from Sherer to give the Huskies the lead for good at 3-2. Blankmeyer followed at 56:29 with her third goal of the game and seventh of the season, before Jestine Angelini (Boiling Springs, Pa.) rounded out the scoring with her second tally of the season at 61:02. For the game, UConn out-shot Drexel 23-6. The Huskies attempted 10 penalty corners while limiting the Dragons to six opportunities. UConn returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 19 when it opens BIG EAST Conference play at Providence in a 1:00 p.m. (ET) start.