Oct. 17, 2010

Courtesy of UConn

STORRS, Conn. - Freshman Anne Jeute broke a 2-2 tie late in regulation and classmate Marie Elena Bolles added some insurance with only eight-seconds remaining as the No. 5 University of Connecticut field hockey team defeated No. 4 Princeton, 4-2, on Sunday afternoon at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs, Conn. With the win, UConn improves to 12-3 on the season while the Tigers slip to 10-3.

Connecticut improves to 10-7 all-time against Princeton and the Huskies have won seven of the last nine meetings between the two squads. UConn is now 5-2 this season against ranked competition.

The Huskies dominated the run of play early and jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the strength of goals by Ali Blankmeyer and Cara Silverman. However, Princeton was able to knot the game up 20-minutes into the second half to set up Jeute's heroics.

With less than 10-minutes to go, Jeute found herself on the baseline and saw an opening. She kept dribbling along the baseline and then made a move into the circle, where she hit a quick shot past PU goalkeeper Christina Maida. The goal was Jeute's eighth of the season and the first game-winner of her young career.

With the clock winding down and Princeton on the attack in UConn territory, the Husky defense was able to hit a long clear towards the PU goal. Maida came out to play the ball but failed to clear the ball past a charging Bolles. Bolles corralled the attempted clear, dribbled towards the middle of the field and fired a shot into the back of the net to clinch the victory for the Huskies.

UConn net minder Sarah Mansfield had another solid outing, stopping five shots in the victory. Maida made two saves for the Tigers.

Princeton held a 14-11 edge in shots and penalty corners were even at six a piece.

Blankmeyer's 10th goal of the season got UConn off to a fast start. Rayell Heistand fired a shot from the top of the circle, which was saved. The rebound caromed out to Blankmeyer who hit the ball into inside the far post at the 10:29 mark. Cara Silverman's 12th goal, which came off a corner deflection, gave the Huskies a 2-0 edge at 22:46.

Kathleen Sharkey and Katie Reinprecht registered scores for Princeton to knot the game up.

The Huskies are back in action on Wednesday, October 20th when the team travels to Bean Town to take on Boston University. Game time is set for 3 p.m.