The Radcliffe field hockey team yesterday edged the University of Connecticut, 1-0, fending off a strong second half rally by their opponents.
"The big thing is that we were able to play as a team," team captain Ann Dupuis said after the game.
Coach Debi Field said yesterday that the Radcliffe strategy centered on "setting each other up with small gains," and trying a lot of short passes, rather than going for long shots.
Dupuis said that this strategy was especially important against UConn., which she described as a breakaway team.
The first half of the contest was thoroughly dominated by the Crimson, which was able to maintain steady pressure with 15 shots on the UConn goal.
The Crimson should have scored four or five times with the opportunities they were given, Dupuis said, but they managed only one, coming with 12:30 left in the first half.
The score came as Jenny Stone's drive shot was redirected into the goal by Gwill York.
UConn turned the tables in the second half, pressuring the Crimson with breakaway tactics and forcing numerous mistakes.
The defense held out, making this the fifth straight shutout for the Crimson.
The UConn attack failed because of that team's inability to penetrate the Crimson defensive backs. UConn managed only nine shots on goal in the game.
Radcliffe goalie Ellen Seidler was credited with saves on two of the shots, both solidly hit drives.
Susie McCure and Karen Linsley led the Crimson offense with five shots on goal apiece. Linsley had the distinction of being marked one-to-one by UConn's best defender.