STORRS, Conn. - For the third consecutive game, sophomore Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) posted a hat trick to help the University of Connecticut field hockey team to a 5-0 win over New Hampshire at George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex Friday night. With the victory, the Huskies remain undefeated with a 5-0 record and the Wildcats drop to 1-3.
UConn currently holds a 19-game winning streak, dating back to last season. Through five games, the Huskies have outscored their opponents by a 31-to-2 margin, including a 14-0 edge in first half scoring.
The Huskies pressured UNH goalie Melissa Rize straight out the gate, forcing her to make eight saves on 13 shots on goal.
After 13:22 of play, freshman Amelia Iacobucci (Malvern, Pa.) dribbled into traffic and dished to Veitner deep in the circle for her first goal of the game to give the Huskies a 1-0 advantage. Junior Anna Middendorf (Bremen, Germany) tallied her first score of the season after classmate Olivia Bolles (Phoenixville, Pa.) set up the penalty corner and slipped the ball into senior Sophie Bowden (Somerset, England).
After her shot was deflected by a UNH defender, sophomore Kendall Youngblood (Milwaukee, Wis.) stopped the rebound and dropped it off for Veitner, who pushed it past the goalie just 36-seconds before the first half expired, putting UConn up 3-0.
With 47:20 on the clock, Bowden put the ball into play and Veitner opened the scoring in the second half by delivering a strong shot from the top of the circle to complete her trifecta for the game.
Taking the penalty corner, Veitner powered the ball to the top of the circle, where Middendorf fired in a hot pass for senior Mckenzie Townsend (Harpursville, N.Y.) who tipped the ball into the left corner at the 65:35 mark to close out the game for the Huskies.
UConn net-minder Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.) was agile in the cage while making five saves, earning her third shutout of the season.
Connecticut held an impressive 23-5 advantage in shots and created seven penalty corner opportunities.
The Huskies have a quick turnaround as they prepare to host No. 10 Boston College on Sunday, Sept. 13. Action is set to begin at 2 p.m.