STORRS, Conn. - The sophomore forward duo of Charlotte Veitner and Casey Umstead each recorded hat tricks to propel the top-ranked University of Connecticut field hockey team to a convincing 7-0 victory over intrastate foe Quinnipiac on Friday evening at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs, Conn. With the win, the Huskies' 17th-straight dating back to last season, UConn improves to 3-0 on the year while the Bobcats slip to 0-3.
The back-to-back defending national champs have picked up where they left off this season, outscoring the opposition by a 17-1 count, including a 6-0 edge in first-half scoring.
The UConn defense has been stifling this year as the squad has not given up a goal over the last 144:12, dating back to the 4-1 season-opening win at No. 10 Northwestern on August 28.
Veitner got the scoring started for the Huskies just 3:57 into the first stanza. Senior midfielder Megan Palmisano was able to find Veitner through traffic deep in the circle and the Dusseldorf, Germany native was able to punch one past QU net-minder Megan Conaboy. UConn applied pressure to Conaboy all night as she was forced to make eight saves on 17 shots on goal. Conaboy was assisted by two defensive saves by Quinnipiac defenders.
UConn goalie Nina Klein did not face a shot in 60:01 of action on the evening. She was relieved by Katie Guarini over the last 9:59 of the contest. Guarini stopped the only shot she was challenged with.
Veitner's second tally came at the 15:10 mark when she took a Mckenzie Townsend feed and ripped a back-handed shot into the back of the net to give UConn some insurance. Montana Fleming continued the onslaught with her first goal of the season after she redirected a hard pass from Amanda Collins at the 32:16 mark.
Veitner registered the hat trick, and her seventh goal of the season, when she controlled the ball deep in the circle and connected on a shot that was saved by Conaboy. Veitner was able to collect the rebound and give the Huskies a 4-0 lead just 18-seconds before the first half expired.
All three of Umstead's goals came in less than five-minutes of action, the first coming when she beat Conaboy on a penalty stroke at 45:54. She also added scores at 49:51 and 51:35 to round out the scoring for the Huskies.
UConn held a commanding 27-2 advantage in shots and the Huskies were able to create 11 penalty corner chances without allowing QU a single opportunity.
The Huskies are back in action on Sunday, September 6 when the team travels to New York City to take on Columbia. Game time is set for 1 p.m.