NEW YORK - Sophomore Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) and freshman Amelia Iacobucci (Malvern, Pa.) each posted hat tricks as the No. 1 University of Connecticut field hockey team cruised to a 9-1 victory over Columbia on Sunday afternoon. It was the second consecutive game in which Veitner recorded three goals. UConn improves to 4-0 this season and tallied its 18th-straight win dating back to last season while the Lions fall to 0-2.
The Huskies were firing on all cylinders as they out-shot the Lions 31-3 and created 12 penalty corner opportunities while limiting Columbia to only two chances.
Veitner opened up a scoring barge after she picked up a loose ball, spun to control it and scored from point blank range. She quickly added her second goal by redirecting a hard pass from the top of the circle into the left side of the cage. She completed her trio as freshman Amanda Collins (Binghamton, N.Y.) centered the pass and Veitner timed it perfectly into the back of the net to give UConn a 3-0 lead.
At the 32:03 mark, sophomore Karlie Heistand (Hamburg, Pa.) centered the feed from the right side before Iacobucci tipped it in. Two minutes later, Iacobucci had the breakout play, stick handling to the right side and sent the ball flying past Columbia’s keeper for her second goal. The Huskies had a 5-0 lead at the half.
It only took 47 seconds into the second half before senior Mckenzie Townsend (Harpursville, N.Y.) passed from the right corner, finding Collins all alone in front of the cage as she chipped in the goal.
Veitner put the ball into play off of penalty corner and sophomore Casey Umstead (Sellersville, Pa.) sent it into the circle from the right corner to Townsend, who tipped it in.
After 57:27 of play, the Huskies perfectly executed a set play off the penalty corner. Junior Anna Middendorf (Bremen, Germany) received the pass from classmate Oliva Bolles (Phoenixville, Pa.) who dropped the ball off for graduate student Pippa Lewis (Malvern, England) to score.
Iacobucci sent one flying into the net to tally her third goal of the game and fourth of the season, to put the Huskies up 9-0.
Columbia’s lone goal came one second before the game ended as Meredith Kalberer pushed the ball to Katie Ruesterholz, who got it past UConn’s redshirt junior goalie Katie Guarini (Schnecksville, Pa.). Guarini relieved redshirt sophomore keeper Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.) in the 60th minute.
UConn’s defense did a solid job of protecting the goal with Klein only facing two shots.
The Huskies return to Storrs to host New Hampshire on Friday, Sept. 11 at George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex. The action is set to begin at 7 p.m.