UConn upsets top-seeded Syracuse to win its 12th Big East Championship
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- In the final minute of play, UConn's Chloe Hunnable scored a game-winning goal, sealing a 4-3 win against Syracuse and the 2012 Big East Field Hockey Championship at Trager Stadium on Sunday.
The win gives the No. 5 Huskies (18-2) their 12th Big East Championship as they upset the top-seeded and No. 3 Orange (17-2). UConn trailed 3-1 early in the second half and stormed back with three unanswered scores to earn their first tournament title since 2009.
The game-winning goal was the second of the game for Hunnable and 14th of the season, while junior midfielder Marie Elena Bolles collected her second assist of the day and eighth of the season.
Junior goaltender Sarah Mansfield had six saves in the cage for Connecticut, while senior Leann Stiver made three stops for Syracuse.
Graduate student Louisa Boddy was honored as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. She was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Bolles, Hunnable, Mansfield and freshman back Roisin Upton.
The first score of the game came on a penalty corner by SU in the 15th minute. Junior Laura Hahnefeldt scored off of an assist from sophomore Jordan Page.
UConn tied the game in the 21st minute on a goal by senior forward Erin Koonz. Koonz won the ball in the circle and fought through three Syracuse defenders to knock the ball into the cage for her third goal of the season.
The Orange regained the lead off a penalty corner to go up 2-1.
Early in the second half, Syracuse added to its lead on a goal by graduate student Liz McInerney, assisted by senior Kelsey Millman.
In the 47th minute, Connecticut cut the lead in half as the Huskies countered a SU attack. Hunnable netted a goal off an assist from Bolles.
UConn tied the game just four minutes later on the second goal of the season by graduate student midfielder Katherine Baker. Baker started the play by feeding a penalty corner to sophomore mid Chrissy Davidson. Baker came in behind the Orange goalie and made a shot for the game-tying score.
The Huskies earned the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The field for the tournament will be announced on Tuesday.