STORRS, Conn. - Senior forward Charlotte Veitner notched her first hat trick of the season with four goals as the No. 2 UConn field hockey team routed Pacific, 6-2, on Friday night at the Sherman Family Complex.
With the win, the Huskies improve to 4-0 overall, while their counterparts fall to 1-3 on the season.
Veitner led all scorers with four goals, as seven different players tallied points in the contest. Additionally, four Huskies posted multi-point performances- junior Amanda Collins recorded three helpers, while senior Casey Umstead and freshman Svea Boker notched two assists apiece. Junior Amelia Iacobucci and freshman Margot van Hecking Colenbrander rounded out the scoring with one goal apiece in the contest.
As a team, UConn recorded four of their six goals off penalty corners, as the Huskies held a six to one advantage against the Tigers.
For the first time all season, the Huskies found themselves trailing in a game thanks to a goal by Pacific's Gaby de Kock. After picking up a loose ball, de Kock tapped the ball into the back of the cage for the 1-0 edge in the 13th minute.
UConn would only trail for nine minutes before Veitner scrapped her first goal of the tilt for the 1-1 tie. Umstead and Boker were credited with the assist after setting up Veitner for her second goal of the season.
Nearly six minutes later, the senior was back at it again- providing her team with their first lead of the game. This time Veitner deflected the ball past the goalkeeper off a penalty corner. Following suite from their first goal, Umstead connected with her classmate once against for the 2-1 lead.
The home team was able to walk into halftime with a comfortable 3-1 advantage thanks to Iacobucci. After an interception by Collins provided the Huskies with a breakaway situation, Collins connected with her teammate who put one home for her second goal of the season.
The second half continued to fall in favor of the home team, who outscored their opponents 3-1 in the final half of the tilt.
Veitner broke open the second half scoring when she tapped in a loose rebound off an original shot by Collins, completing the hat trick for the 4-1 score. Three minutes later, Pacific cut their deficit back down to two, 4-2, following a flick by Savannah Burns off a penalty corner.
The Huskies answered the visitor's goal with two unanswered goals of their own. At 54:46, van Hecking Colenbrander grabbed her first point of the game, with a lazer from the top of the circle. Just as the night seemed to be going, Veitner rounded out the scoring with her fourth and final goal of the contest with a one timer from the far post to secure the 6-2 victory.
UConn is back in action on Sunday, Sept. 10 in Cambridge, Mass. at No. 18 Harvard. The game is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m.
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