STORRS, Conn. -- Juniors Charlotte Veitner and Casey Umstead each scored two goals for the No. 1 UConn field hockey team in Friday night's 6-0 win over Villanova, its fourth straight over Big East opponents this season.
Seven assists were recorded for UConn, including two from senior Darby Smith, on a chilly night at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.
The Huskies (12-0, 4-0 Big East), who remain the only undefeated team in Division I, recorded 27 shots to Villanova's four -- including 18 shots on goal and eight penalty corners. The Wildcats had just one shot on goal off a penalty corner, which goalkeeper Nina Klein saved to preserve the shut-out.
It was the third multi-goal game of the season for Umstead and the fourth for Veitner, who is now just 21 points away from tying Lauren Henderson for UConn's all-time points record (213).
Collins scored the first UConn goal in the 15th minute off a pass from senior Montana Fleming in front of the cage, her ninth score of the season. Less than two minutes later, Umstead scored on a reverse shot after a pass from Smith, making it 2-0.
The Huskies led 2-0 at halftime, before an offensive explosion in the second half gave them some insurance. Veitner connected in the 42nd minute off a rebound from Umstead's shot. Five minutes later, Umstead scored off a penalty corner, assisted by freshman Svea Boker and senior Olivia Bolles.
Hoogen recorded her fourth goal of the season at 47:21, while Veitner wrapped-up the offensive attack with her second tally in the 61st minute.
UConn's defense was solid once again, led by senior Anna Middendorf, who also recorded five shots on the evening. The Wildcats had three penalty corners in the game, but managed just one shot on target.
The No. 1 Huskies return to action on Sunday to host Dartmouth at 12 p.m. at the Sherman Complex.
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