Hamden, Conn. – The No. 1 UConn field hockey team pushed its record to 16-0 in 2017 after slashing Quinnipiac, 3-1, to close out its BIG EAST regular season slate on Friday afternoon.
The Huskies finished conference play with a perfect 7-0 clip and 25-straight BIG EAST wins. The program’s BIG EAST regular season win streak dates back to the 2013 national championship season.
For the fifth consecutive year UConn was crown the BIG EAST Regular Season Champions and have earned the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament held at Providence. The Huskies will play the No. 4 seed Providence in the semifinal round on November 3 at 1:00 p.m., as the team will battle for their sixth-straight BIG EAST Tournament title.
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Three different players scored for the squad, while goalkeeper Nina Klein posted three saves and her 80th career win.
Senior Charlotte Veitner broke open the scoring just eight minutes into the contest. Veitner notched her conference-leading 26th tally of the season. The forward provided her team with the 1-0 advantage after putting home a rebound off an initial shot from the top of the circle.
The Bobcats (6-12, 3-4 BIG EAST) later knotted the score, 1-1, thanks to Lauren Belskie. Belskie’s goal was the first tally allowed by UConn since October 8 when then-No. 14 Princeton scored in a 5-3 victory for the Huskies.
UConn would later end the opening half with a 2-1 edge following a score by sophomore Barbara van den Hoogen at 23:05. Junior Amanda Collins and freshman Margot van Hecking Colenbrander were accredited with the helpers after connecting with van den Hoogen on a penalty corner.
In the second half, the visitors were able to build their lead to two goals, 3-1, with a tally by senior Casey Umstead. After splitting a pair of defenders, Umstead sent one home to give her team the insurance goal at 42:28.
Behind another strong defensive performance, the Huskies shutout their opponents out in the second half. UConn held Quinnipiac to just six total shots and two penalty corners in the tilt.
UConn will conclude its regular season slate Saturday, October 28 at the Sherman Family Complex. The Huskies will host No. 11 Boston at 4:00 p.m. UConn will honor its 2017 Senior Class with a special pregame ceremony beginning at 3:50 p.m. The tilt against the Eagles was originally scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 29 but due to inclement weather, the match has been moved forward to Saturday.
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