"Field hockey's all-time winningest coach finally notched the biggest W of them all on Sunday.
Nancy Stevens and her UConn Huskies are national champions at last after blanking Duke 2-0 on a bitterly cold afternoon at Old Dominion University's L.R. Hill Sports Complex. It was the program's first national title since 1985 and third overall.
No Big East team had won the championship since those Huskies, as the ACC has dominated, winning 10 of the past 12. Princeton defeated North Carolina in the 2012 title game.
Stevens, who surpassed ODU's Beth Anders earlier this year as the sport's most successful coach, has amassed 572 victories in her 35-year coaching career that includes 24 years in Storrs.
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Nancy Stevens, far left, can finally add national championship to her record number of wins.
Even Blue Devils coach Pam Bustin, who won her 200th game on Friday, had to admit, "This is long overdue."
"As an assistant [lacrosse] coach at Penn State, I was part of two national championships, but it's nice to also feel what it's like to win a national championship as a head coach," Stevens said. "At the end of the day, it's about the players, isn't it?""
Can't believe she got the record for most wins before ever getting a title