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UConn Alum, Yale Student to Bring Home Bronze

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 20: Sara Benz #13 of Switzerland celebrates with teammates Laura Benz #21 and Jessica Lutz #17 after scoring a third-period goal against Sweden during the Ice Hockey Women's Bronze Medal Game on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

    UConn’s Jessica Lutz and Yale’s Pheobe Staenz are bringing home bronze medals from Sochi.

    Both were on the winning side of Switzerland’s 4-3 win over Sweden in the medal round of women’s hockey.

    What made the win so exciting for hockey fans is that Switzerland came back from 2-0 deficit after the second period.

    Quinnipiac University student Erica Uden Johansson was the person to score the second goal for Sweden before Switzerland launched a high-energy comeback.

    Staenz scored Switzerland’s second goal, tying the game up and Lutz scored the go-ahead goal.

    A few minutes later, Sweden took out the goalie, took a time out and played with an empty net. 

    Switzerland answered with yet another goal, winning the game, 4-2.

    "Everybody believed in those two goals, and then we even scored four," Staenz said. "When the first goal went in, that's like when the knot unties. That's how it was for our team. The second goal going in, that just showed us that it only takes one more goal to win this game."

    Sweden spent the last 30 seconds trying to clear the puck out of its own zone, though, and when the last seconds ticked off the clock the Swiss poured over the boards and threw their equipment into the air in celebration.

    And Switzerland won.

    Staenz grew up in Zurich, Switzerland, but she has another connection to Connecticut.

    She attended Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, a breeding ground for many Olympic hockey players, including Julie Chu, Hilary Knight and Josephine Pucci, who are all on this year’s U.S. women’s Olympic team.  

    Now, she is a freshman as Yale this year.

    Lutz spent her time in Connecticut in Storrs, graduated from UConn in three years. While she was with the women’s hockey team, she played in 95 games and made four goals.

    Uden Johansson, a native of Sweden, currently attends Quinnipiac and there is a lot of bob Bobcat pride in the Olympian.

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