STORRS, Conn. – The No. 1 UConn field hockey team completed a perfect regular season after blanking No. 11 Boston College, 3-0, on Senior Day. Seniors Karlie Heistand, Nina Klein, Maureen Schott, Casey Umstead and Charlotte Veitner were honored for their accomplishments over the past four years in a special pregame ceremony.
With a 17-0 record this fall, the 2017 senior class recorded its second undefeated season following an 18-0 clip in 2015. UConn will look to carry its 17-game win streak into the BIG EAST Tournament where the Huskies will seek their sixth-straight tournament title. Top seeded UConn will battle No. 4 Providence in the semifinal game Friday, Nov. 3 at 1:00 p.m. The league tournament will be held at Providence College, with the championship game being played Sunday, Nov. 5.
With the win, UConn owns an 8-0 clip against top-20 opponents this season. Goalkeeper Nina Klein posted four saves in the outing for her 11th shutout of the season. Through 17 games, Klein has allowed just 10 goals and is boasting an impressive .076 goals against average.
After 39 minutes of scoreless play to begin the game, junior Amanda Collins broke open the scoring for the 1-0 edge. Jessica Dembrowski played a hand in the action, as the midfielder continued her impressive freshman campaign with her 16th point of the season.
UConn extended their lead to, two goals thanks to a shorthanded score by Veitner at 51:51. The nation’s leader in goals per game struck from eight yards out for the 2-0 advantage and her 27th tally. Umstead later joined her classmate with a goal of her own in the 68th minute. Freshman Vivienne Tucker notched her first career point with an assist, as UConn ran its lead to 3-0.
The Huskies handed the Eagles (11-7) their first non conference loss of the fall, and held Boston College to just five shots in the match. UConn held the advantage in penalty corners, 5-0, on its way to another top-20 victory.