STORRS, Conn. - In the second game in as many days, sophomore Casey Umstead (Sellersville, Pa.) posted her third career hat trick to help the No. 2 University of Connecticut field hockey team top No. 17 Boston University, 5-0, on Sunday afternoon at the George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex. With the victory, the Huskies improve to 15-0 while the Terriers drop to 9-5.
UConn outshot BU 14-6 and tallied seven penalty corners to earn its seventh-straight shutout.
Senior Roisin Upton (Limerick, Ireland) opened the scoring after only 4:35 of play. On the penalty corner attempt, sophomore Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) inserted the ball to graduate student Pippa Lewis (Malvern, England). Lewis laid down the stick-stop as Upton stepped up to fire a shot from the top of the circle into the right corner of the net.
Less than six minutes later, Veitner set up the play off the corner to Lewis with Upton winding back for the shot. Umstead stood a few feet away and deflected the ball off her stick past BU's goalkeeper Cammy Jensen.
The Terriers had a chance to get on the board but the goal was waived off by the officials due to the shot being taken outside of the circle.
Junior Anna Middendorf (Bremen, Germany) and Lewis attempted to increase UConn's lead in the 19th minute but one shot went wide while the other was saved by the Terriers' defense. The Huskies headed into halftime up 2-0.
Just 1:48 into the second half, Umstead dribbled between defenders in front of the cage before flicking the ball into the goal.
Freshman Amelia Iacobucci (Malvern, Pa.) redirected Upton's shot off the corner for the tally.
A minute later, Umstead completed her trio after Veitner crossed the ball from the right side. The Sellersville, Pa. native dribbled towards the goal, drawing out BU's net-minder before taking a diving shot, wrapping the ball around Jensen to put the Huskies ahead 5-0.
The Terriers tried to rally, posting all six of their shots in the final 35 minutes but Connecticut's redshirt-sophomore goalie Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.) stepped up and made three crucial saves to shut them out. Upton also added a defensive save to the mix.
The Huskies get back into Big East Conference play when they hit the road to battle Providence on Friday, Oct. 23 at 5 p.m.