Bobcats shutout for a second straight game in blowout loss to UConn


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Kaylyn Terry

The University of Connecticut remains undefeated all-time against Quinnipiac after a 6-0 win on Thursday.

The Huskies came out strong in the first quarter getting two penalty corners in the first seven minutes. That was just the beginning of an unfortunate game for the Bobcats.

Jerri Lankford scored the first goal of the game off a short penalty corner for the Huskies. Her first career goal for UConn brought the Huskies the lead with plenty of time left in the first.

With just over a minute left in the first, Sophie Hamilton broke through the Bobcats defense and put one in through the legs of Quinnipiac goaltender Nina Santore.

With a slow start for the Bobcats offensively, being outshot 10-1, UConn led 2-0 going into the second quarter.

The Huskies were just getting started, as Anna Horan extended the score to three just four minutes into the second quarter off a feed from Claire Jandewerth.

Six minutes later, Erica Solomen nabbed another one for the Huskies as they furthered their lead to 4-0 to end the first half.

Heading into the third, the Bobcats’ deficit grew even larger as UConn’s Sophie Hamilton scored her second goal of the game for the Huskies just four minutes in.

The steam was all but gone for the Bobcats as Hamilton brought the final nail in the coffin for.

After a penalty on Quinnipiac, Hamilton got set up for her penalty stroke and nailed it past Santore to bring the score to 6-0.

The saving grace for the Bobcats was junior defender Jess Halley. Halley came away with multiple saves and blocks to keep the Huskies from adding more.

“The main thing was to get it upfield and breakaway to attack,” Halley said. “I was always just following and tracking the ball to hopefully come up with it”

The Bobcats lacked offensively, generating just one shot in the game to UConn’s 30.

“We decided to give up on the attacking side of the ball to kind of protect a little bit more, which paid off in a lot of ways, but I also think our basic skills need to get a little better,” head coach Becca Main said.

“We knew we would suffer on the attack side. So that’s what we’re going to evolve from. How do you break an attack out of that?”

The Bobcats also lost momentum by giving up 14 penalty corners to the Huskies.

“That’s seven corners that were blocked by our own players and not even our goalkeeper,” Main said. “We did a great job of doing our homework.”

“Using the outside of the circle,” Halley said. “That’s the main thing for us. Just keeping balance and protecting our feet.”

That would be all for the game as UConn was able to put the pressure on Quinnipiac and win in dominating fashion.

Quinnipiac is set to play Providence Sunday and will look to attack more and protect less.