STORRS, Conn. - The No. 2 University of Connecticut field hockey team sent their seniors out on a high note, defeating No. 20 Princeton, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon at the George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex. With the win, the Huskies jump up to 17-0 (4-0 Big East) while the Tigers fall to 8-6.
Prior to the game, the field hockey program honored its seven senior class members with a short ceremony that included parents, coaches and members of the athletic administration. The class has compiled a 77-10 overall record in three-plus seasons in Storrs, the best mark of any four-year class in Husky history.
For the first time this season, an opponent got on the board before UConn after Princeton's Maddie Copeland dribbled from the 25-yard line to score. The Tigers had a 1-0 lead heading into halftime.
The Huskies went on an offensive charge to take command of the second half.
UConn successfully converted a penalty corner after sophomore Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) inserted the ball into graduate student Pippa Lewis (Malvern, England). Lewis executed the stick-stop before Upton fired a shot that skipped by Princeton's goalkeeper Anya Gersoff.
Four minutes later, the trio joined forces again to run the set play off the corner. Lewis collected Veitner's pass from the left corner and set the ball at the top of the circle. Upton stepped up and blasted the ball into the cage, stretching the Huskies lead to 3-1.
Veitner tallied her 30th goal of the season when she dodged multiple Princeton defenders and lifted the ball over the head of the Tigers' net-minder.
Connecticut's redshirt-sophomore goalie Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.) made three saves to help her team remain undefeated.
The Huskies outshot the Tigers 21-5 and earned 12 penalty corners while Princeton only notched two corner attempts.
UConn will close out its non-conference schedule on Wednesday, Oct. 28 when it hosts UMass at 4 p.m.