2011 season review University of Connecticut 28 NCAA Appearances
8 B I G E A ST R e g u l a r S e a s o n T i t l e s
2 B I G E A ST T o u r n a m e n t T i t l e s
The University of Connecticut women’s soccer program ended the 2011 campaign with a 7-8-2 overall mark and went 4-2-2 in the BIG EAST under the guidance of head coach Len Tsantiris. The Huskies fell short of a postseason berth, not reaching the BIG EAST Tournament for the first time since 1993, the first year of BIG EAST Tournament play. UConn began the regular season at home splitting the first two contests as they prepared to hit the pavement for a tough roadopening weekend at the Wake Forest Nike Challenge where the Huskies were slated to face two nationally ranked opponents. The Huskies shocked the hosting No. 15 Deacons with a 2-1 victory in front of Wake Forest’s 2,000 home crowd when midfielder Devin Prendergast (Babylon, N.Y.) hit a rocket from thirty yards out to notch the game winner with seven minutes remaining in regulation. Senior keeper Jessica Dulski (Pittsford, N.Y.) had her best performance of the season tacking a career-high 11 saves on the night and allowing only one goal. Connecticut fell to 2-2 when they wrapped up the Wake Forest Nike Challenge on Sunday, Sept. 4, with a 1-0 loss to No. 25 Virginia Tech.
Senior Jessica Dulski ended her career with 255 career saves which ranks third in UConn’s all-time record book.
The Husky calendar remained daunting looking forward to their return home when they welcomed No. 20 Boston University on September 9. Once again the squad pulled together to defeat a second nationally ranked opponent posting a 3-0 shutout over the Terriers. Dulski recorded her second shutout of the season en route to UConn snapping Boston’s five-game win streak and handing the Terriers their first loss of the year. Four Huskies tallied points in the matchup with Danielle Schulmann (Saddle River, N.J.), Prendergast and Jessica Shufelt (Rochester, N.Y.) finding the back of the net.
Inconsistency continued to haunt UConn as the 2011 season carried on. Coming off three consecutive contests against ranked opponents where the Huskies showed great poise, Connecticut fell to Harvard, 2-1, on the road despite outshooting the Crimson 11-8. Returning to Morrone Stadium to open conference action the Huskies faced off against Syracuse on September 15 and improved to 4-3-0 with a 1-0 victory over the Orange. The Huskies rallied behind their two leaders in Schulmann, who led the team with 15 points on seven goals and an assist on the season, and Dulski to tally the win. Dulski notched her third shutout after stopping three shots on goal, while Schulmann hit her third goal of the season. After opening the 2010 season with five straight overtime battles and seven total (2-2-3), the Huskies did not fight an OT clash until their eighth match when they dropped a 1-0 (OT) decision at St. John’s on September 18. It was the first of three consecutive overtime contests as UConn went on to host back-to-back BIG EAST double overtime draws against Louisville and Cincinnati. Following the three OT games, the Huskies were 4-4-2 and 1-1-2 in the BIG EAST. Connecticut traveled to the Midwest for a pair of tough matchups as they began their journey at defending National Champion Notre Dame for a game under the lights in South Bend which was aired on ESPNU. The Huskies were shutout by the Fighting Irish, 3-0. The team moved north to the windy city where they defeated DePaul, 2-1, to run their all-time win mark over the Blue Demons to 7-0-0. Schulmann lifted the Huskies with two goals as Prendergast and defender Danielle Dakin (Wilbraham, Mass.) each had an assist. Dakin,
Senior Jessica Shufelt led the Huskies in assists with three as she tallied seven points her final campaign at UConn with two goals and three assists.
2012 UConn women’s soccer media guide
Published on Aug 23, 2012