UConn Field Hockey Wins 2013 National Championship

Andy Lyons

The Huskies defeated Duke 2-0 to claim the program's third national championship, first since 1985.

The UConn Field Hockey team finally got over the hump Sunday afternoon, beating Duke 2-0 to claim the program's first National Championship in nearly 30 years.

While I can't claim to be an expert on the sport of field hockey, it seemed clear even to me that UConn dominated this game pretty much wire to wire. The Huskies scored two quick goals off of penalty corners in the first half, the first by Chloe Hunnable and the second by McKenzie Townsend, and in the second half the Husky defense held strong as Duke fought to get back into the game.

Overall, Duke was 0-for-9 on penalty corners (which are truly a sight to behold if you're not familiar, truly a fantastic display of organized chaos) and UConn senior goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield recorded the shutout to end her career with a title.

The win also marks a new height for UConn head coach Nancy Stevens, who became the sport's all-time winningest coach earlier this year but had previously found a title to be elusive. Stevens has been UConn's head coach since 1990, and despite reaching the Final Four five times with UConn prior to this year, her teams had never even reached the championship game, much less won it.

Now, Stevens will have a championship trophy of her own to set besides the program's trophies from 1981 and 1985. The field hockey team also becomes the first non-basketball program to win a national championship since the men's soccer team won it all in 2000.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The UConn Blog

You must be a member of The UConn Blog to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The UConn Blog. You should read them.

Join The UConn Blog

You must be a member of The UConn Blog to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The UConn Blog. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker