PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior Casey Umstead scored her 10th goal of the season in the 32nd minute, while freshman Svea Boker added an insurance goal in the 62nd as the No. 1 UConn field hockey team shut-out Providence on Friday, 2-0.
The Huskies (11-0, 3-0 Big East) remain the only undefeated team in Division I and extend their unbeaten streak against the Friars to 11 straight games with the victory.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Nina Klein had a season-high five saves against Providence in a tightly-contested game for large chunks of regulation. The Huskies and Friars both fired eight shots in the game and exchanged scoring chances.
Junior Charlotte Veitner added to her point total by recording an assist on Boker’s goal when she found the freshman forward at the far left post. It was Boker’s second career goal and helped put the game away.
With another assist, Veitner now is tied with sophomore Amanda Collins this season with a team-high nine. She has 42 for her UConn career – just four away from the all-time program record.
The Huskies faced a strong defense in the Friars, who are allowing just 1.55 goals per game this season. When the UConn defense needed to step up, it did just that, being led by Klein in the cage.
The action went back and forth until Umstead scored on a penalty stroke late in the first half, giving UConn a 1-0 lead heading into the intermission.
Prior to Boker’s goal, the Huskies held-off the Friar attack, which included two penalty corners and five shots in the second half. Once the freshman found the back of the cage, the Huskies had breathing room.
UConn has now won 37 straight regular season games, dating back to 2014. The No. 1 Huskies return to action next Friday when they host Villanova on Friday at 6 p.m.