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Seven Huskies and the UConn coaching staff received recognition from the conference on Wednesday
UConn vs Drexel (photo by Stephen Slade)
Having completed her 18th season with the UConn field hockey coaching staff in 2017, Cheri Schulz works primarily with the goaltenders.
In 2017, senior goalkeeper Nina Klein lead the Huskies to a perfect 23-0 record. Under the instruction of Schulz, Klein led the NCAA in win percentage (1.000), goals against average (0.68) and save percentage (0.816) as UConn captured its third national championship in five years. UConn finished the season with 12 shutouts which earned Klein First Team All-American honors.
During the 2004 season, Schulz's expertise proved to be a key factor at UConn. The team allowed just 0.57 goals per game to its opponents, which ranked first nationally and helped earn goalkeeper, Melissa Bostwick, second-team All-America honors. The Huskies have consistently ranked among the nation's leaders in fewest goals allowed during her tenure.
More recently, former Husky goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield was honored as a First Team All-American for the third straight year in 2013. Mansfield also earned a spot on the 2011 All-NCAA Tournament Team after leading the Huskies to a spot in the National Semfinal. Mansfield was also selected as the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year in 2010.
In 2014, the Huskies finished with nine shutouts, including back-to-back clean sheets in the NCAA National Semifinals and NCAA National Finals from redshirt-freshman keeper Nina Klein. Since then, Klein has been named All-Big East First Team and All-Mideast First Team in 2015; then she earned a spot on the All-Big East Second Team and All-Mideast Second Team in 2016, with Schulz's leadership.
"Cheri brings a wealth of goalkeeping experience to our program," UConn head coach Nancy Stevens said. "She has developed two All-America goalkeepers during her five years on the coaching staff. Cheri is a tireless worker who always puts the needs of the team first. We are very fortunate to have her in our program."
Schulz came to UConn from Providence College, where she served as an assistant coach for two years under head coach Bill Davidson. The Friars made the BIG EAST Field Hockey Tournament, eventually losing to UConn in the championship game in 2000. Prior to her stint at Providence, Schulz was an assistant field hockey coach at Fairfield University during the 1998 season, when they captured their first-ever Patriot League title.
She also served as a graduate assistant at Syracuse, her alma mater, from 1996-1998. While at Syracuse, Schulz was a four-year starter in goal for the Orangewomen. During her career, Syracuse went a combined 54-23-6, won two BIG EAST Championships and made two NCAA appearances under the direction of head coach Kathleen Parker.
Schulz, a member of the BIG EAST All-Conference Team in 1993 and 1995 and an All-America selection in 1995, is Syracuse's current record holder for career saves, save percentage, goals against average, single game saves and shutouts at Syracuse. She was named the MVP of the 1995 BIG EAST Tournament.
Schulz is a native of New Holland, Pa. She graduated from Syracuse in 1996 with a bachelor degree in Physical Education. Schulz is also involved in the USFHA Futures Program. She has served as a coach in the program since 1996 and was named Site Director of New York State Central Region in 1998.
In Oct. 2004, Schulz was inducted into the Hall of Fame at her alma mater, Garden Spot (Pa.) High School.
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