Field Hockey Loses a Close Battle Against UConn
ODU suffered a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to the undefeated UConn Huskies, eliminating them from the Big East Tournament and potentially ending their season. The Lady Monarchs’ performance was admirable, being the only team this season to out-shoot the Huskies, and to score more than two goals against them.
“You always want to have an edge on a team like this, get off to a fast start and we did that today. It just did not go our way at the end,” Head Coach Andrew Griffiths said.
The Huskies struck early, scoring just 39 seconds into the first half. ODU didn’t let that first goal stop them from putting up an impressive first half, out-shooting the huskies 7-6.
“When you play them the first time around and the score is 1-0, you know you’re going to get a fight,” UConn Head Coach Nancy Stevens said.
And fight is something the Lady Monarchs never ran out of. Sophomore Danielle Grega tied the game at one-apiece in the 17th minute off a corner, but UConn answered only a few minutes later leaving ODU down 2-1 going into the half.
The second half started very similarly to the first with UConn scoring another quick goal, this time 1:20 in, increasing their lead to 3-1.
“When they scored on us we didn’t drop our heads,” Grega said. “We continued playing with determination and passion.”
Freshman Chrissy Horn scored in the 43rd minute narrowing the deficit, but the Huskies were able to capitalize off a penalty stroke awarded in the 57th minute to increase their lead once again. After ODU pulled their goalie, Grega scored her second goal of the day with five minutes left to play bringing the Lady Monarchs within one.
ODU out-shot the Huskies again in the second half 6-3, bringing it to a total of 13-9 for the game, but couldn’t manage the finishing touch needed to tie the game.
“We played together, we played the right way, we played with a lot of class,” Griffiths said. “More than anything I was proud of how the team fought; they had a couple tough breaks and came back from them well and fought till the end.”
In a poignant display of how tight-knit the Lady Monarch Field Hockey team is, Grega said “we fought for each other.”