COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- For the second consecutive season UConn finished as the nation's top team, defeating Syracuse 1-0 in the 2014 NCAA National Championship game on Sunday afternoon at the Maryland Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex. The Huskies conclude their historic campaign with a 20-2 record, winning both the conference regular season and tournament crown to go along with the national title, while the Orange round out the season at 18-6.
The 2014 national championship in field hockey is the 19th NCAA title in UConn history and the 20th overall national championship. The other NCAA Championships are in field hockey (1981, 1985, 2013), men's basketball (1999, 2004, 2011, 2014), women's basketball (1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014) and men's soccer (1981, 2000). The 1948 UConn men's soccer team was named the national champions by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America before there was an NCAA tournament in men's soccer.
The Huskies scored on their first shot of the game, taking advantage of the game's first corner. Charlotte Veitner inserted the ball to Chrissy Davidson, who executed the stick stop and fed the ball to Anna Middendorf. Middendorf blasted a shot towards the keeper and allowed Mckenzie Townsend a chance to redirect the ball into the upper right of the net. It marked Townsend's fourth goal of the season.
The Huskies were playing in their sixth NCAA Final and now sport a 4-2 record in such contests. Connecticut also improves to 28-11-1 all-time against the Orange.
Redshirt-freshman Nina Klein posted her second consecutive and ninth overall shutout, turning away four Syracuse attempts. Her counterpart Jess Jecko finished with a pair of saves.
Syracuse had the game's first offensive opportunity bringing the ball to the endline and throwing a centering pass into the middle of the circle, but Klein rushed out and kicked the ball away from danger. The Huskies had a chance in the final two minutes of the first half when Davidson slapped a shot on goal that popped straight up into the air and was knocked away by the Orange keeper.
The Huskies earned a corner with 13 minutes left but Middendorf's blast was blocked away by the defense. The Orange had an excellent look with 300 ticks remaining but Emma Russell's shot skipped just wide right of the cage.
Roisin Upton, Middendorf, Davidson and Klein were named to the All-Tournament team following the win.