WASHINGTON, D.C. – For the fourth-straight season, the No. 1 UConn field hockey team has won the Big East regular season championship, following a 5-3 win over Georgetown on Friday afternoon at Cooper Field.
With the victory, the top-ranked Huskies (16-0, 6-0 Big East) also clinch the top-seed in the Big East Tournament, which is scheduled for Nov. 4 and 6 in Philadelphia.
Five different players scored in the win for UConn, including junior Casey Umstead, who connected on a penalty stroke in the 66th minute to put the game out of reach for the Hoyas.
Junior Karlie Heistand, freshman Barbara van den Hoogen, sophomore Amanda Collins and senior Anna Middendorf all scored on Friday, leading the Huskies to their 16th Big East regular season title under head coach Nancy Stevens.
It is the second consecutive game that the Huskies have had balanced scoring without one player recording a multi-goal performance. UConn is now 22-1 in its last 23 Big East contests.
Umstead and Heistand each tallied an assist on Friday, as the Huskies also improve their all-time record to 14-0 against Georgetown. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Nina Klein had six saves, the second-highest total in a game for her this season.
In the first five minutes of the game, both Heistand and Hoogen scored to give UConn an early 2-0 lead. Both goals were unassisted, as backhanded shots past Georgetown goalkeeper Rachel Skonecki gave Heistand her third and Hoogen her sixth this season.
In the seventh minute, Georgetown scored to narrow the gap to 2-1. The next 26 minutes were relatively quiet, until Collins buried a shot into the upper right corner of the cage in the 33rd minute to give UConn a 3-1 lead at halftime.
Following Middendorf’s goal off a penalty corner in the 43rd minute, the Hoyas scored twice – in the 51st and 53rd minutes – to close UConn’s lead to just 4-3 and resulting in a Husky timeout.
In the 66th minute, however, Umstead scored an insurance goal on a penalty stroke, sealing the win for the Huskies at Cooper Field. It was her 16th of the season, tying Collins for second-most on the team.
No. 1 UConn will have little time to celebrate its regular season title, as a matchup with No. 5 Maryland looms on Sunday at 12 p.m. (ET). It will be the second ACC opponent the Huskies have faced this season (Virginia on Sept. 18).