fieldhockey-d1 flag

UConn Athletics | August 27, 2016

No. 3 UConn edges No. 11 Stanford in opener

  Montana Fleming scored the deciding goal in the 69th minute to give UConn a season-opening win.

PALO ALTO, Calif. – In the final minutes of a tied game, it was senior forward Montana Fleming that gave the No. 3 Connecticut field hockey team a huge 2-1 victory over No. 11 Stanford on Friday night. 

In the 69th minute, Fleming scored off a penalty corner – assisted by junior Charlotte Veitner â€“ to break the tie and give the Huskies (1-0) a win on opening night. 

RELATED: 5 returning stats leaders | 5 fierce players to watch

Though it was Fleming’s goal that put UConn ahead permanently, it was the Huskies’ stifling defense that frustrated the Cardinal the entire game. Stanford recorded just one shot for the entire game – a goal by Jessica Welch in the 58th minute. 

UConn tallied 14 shots, including a first half goal by Veitner who fired a shot over the goalie’s shoulder and into the cage. Veitner, who led the nation in scoring in 2015, found the back of the net in the eighth minute of action. 

The Huskies had eight penalty corners to Stanford’s one, proving its offensive attack to be more lethal. Freshmen Antonia Tiedtke, Svea Boker and Barbara van den Hoogen all played significant minutes in the opener. 

For Fleming, it is the sixth goal of her career and it happened at a very crucial time. Just when it seemed the game was destined for overtime, Fleming’s late-game dramatics scored the Huskies a valuable road win over a highly-ranked opponent.

UConn vs. Tennessee women's basketball: Time, how to watch

No. 3 UConn will face No. 23 Tennessee at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., on Thursday, Jan. 23. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. ET and the game will be televised on ESPN. 
READ MORE

The 50 states, ranked by the total number of men's basketball championships

Here's every state, ranked by how many men's basketball national championships each school has won.
READ MORE

We picked the all-time starting 5 for UConn women's basketball

Here's one take on the all-time starting five for the UConn women's basketball team, which has won 11 NCAA championships, produced 38 WNBA players and nine Olympic gold medalists.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners