Nov. 13, 2010

Courtesy of Connecticut Athletics

College Park, Md. - Rayell Heistand (Hamburg, Pa.) posted the game-winning goal in the sudden death stroke off for the University of Connecticut field hockey team as UConn defeated American and advanced to the Quarterfinal Round of the NCAA tournament this afternoon in College Park, Md. The Huskies are now 16-5-0 on the season and will face Maryland tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.

After two scoreless overtimes, Heistand recorded the game-winning stroke when she followed up an AU miss in the sudden death stroke off. The Huskies and Eagles tied during the first stroke off, 4-4, forcing the sudden death stanza. Jestine Angelini (Boiling Springs, Pa.), Alicia Angelini (Boiling Springs, Pa.), Ali Blankmeyer (Convent Station, N.J.) and Robin Kleine (Uithoorn, Holland) each had successful strokes for the Huskies.

The Huskies jumped out to a 2-0 lead just seven minutes into the game as Anne Jeute (Meerbusch, Germany) and Blankmeyer scored less than two minutes apart. Juete posted her 13th goal of the season from 10 yards out at the 5:13 mark of the first half when Kim Kryzk (Seaville, N.J.) fed her off of the UConn penalty corner.

Blankmeyer gave Connecticut the two goal lead at the 6:54 mark when Cara Silverman (Roseland, N.J.) found her in front of the goal after battling with the AU defense.

Jaclyn Anspach brought the Eagles within one at the 54:48 mark when she scored unassisted after an AU penalty corner. Less than three minutes later, Anspach evened the score putting one past Sarah Mansfield (Cornwall, England) from 20 yards out. Anspach's goal proved to be the last of regulation as well as the two overtime periods.

After ending the first half with an even 7-7 shot total, American had the 18-12 advantage after regulation, and ended the game with a 21-18 edge. AU also had the penalty corner advantage, ending the game with 14 to UConn's 10.

Mansfield tallied 10 saves on the day, including six during the first half and allowed just two goals.

The Huskies return to action tomorrow (Nov. 14) when they face Maryland at 2:00 p.m. in the NCAA second round.