STORRS, Conn. – No. 1 UConn field hockey took another step toward its fourth-straight Big East regular season championship with a 7-2 victory over Liberty on Saturday afternoon at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.
Freshman Svea Boker had a career-high four assists, as the Huskies (14-0, 5-0 Big East) remained the only undefeated team in Division I. Six different players scored for UConn, including sophomore Amanda Collins with two goals.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Nina Klein made seven saves for the Huskies, including six in the first half, fending-off the early attack by the Lady Flames. UConn held a dominant 32-12 shots advantage, controlling the ball for most of the game.
Inching closer to three major program records was junior forward Charlotte Veitner, who scored a goal and recorded two assists in the win. Veitner is now just 13 points away from tying Lauren Henderson for the most points in program history.
Top-ranked UConn improves to 21-1 in its last 22 Big East contests and extends its home winning streak to 22 games.
It was a two-on-one breakaway that got things going for the Huskies, as Fleming capitalized off a dish from Boker in the sixth minute to take a 1-0 lead. Five minutes later, Collins scored off a pass from Veitner on another breakaway.
Over the next 18 minutes, the Huskies saw their lead balloon to 5-0 after scores from Veitner, Smith and Iacobucci, putting them in total control. A Liberty goal at 33:02 made it a 5-1 lead for UConn at halftime.
Less than two minutes into the second half, Collins scored on her own breakaway to stretch the lead back to five. Umstead scored the final goal for the Huskies at 46:21, delivering the final blow to Liberty.
The Lady Flames came into Saturday having brought No. 2 Syracuse into overtime earlier in the season. No. 1 UConn outplayed Liberty from start to end, preventing that same fate.
The Huskies will celebrate Senior Day on Sunday against Yale, with a start time of 2 p.m. at the Sherman Complex. Six seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony.
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