WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sophomore Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) notched four goals to help the No. 2 University of Connecticut field hockey team finish the regular season with a spotless record by defeating Big East Conference rival Georgetown, 8-0, on Saturday afternoon at Cooper Field.
The Huskies capped off their ninth undefeated regular season in Big East play en route to the program’s 15th regular season crown. In total, UConn has won 28 Big East Championships. The squad has now won three-straight regular season titles after earning a share of the 2013 trophy.
UConn tallied a season-high 18 penalty corners while limiting Georgetown to only a pair. The Huskies outshot the Hoyas, 22-2. Redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.) played all 70 minutes in goal and made one save.
Georgetown is the 17th opponent that Connecticut has held scoreless in the first half and the 13th team the Huskies have shutout this season.
The Huskies successfully converted the penalty corner opportunity to get on the board. Sophomore Casey Umstead (Sellersville, Pa.) opened the scoring when she slapped in Veitner’s pass from the outside.
With 15:03 on the clock, Veitner dribbled along the baseline and drew Georgetown’s goalie Rachel Skonecki out of the cage before flicking the ball in for a 2-0 lead.
Senior Roisin Upton (Limerick, Ireland) joined the UConn history books after she fired a shot from the top left of the circle, becoming the 19th Husky to reach the 100-career points plateau.
Upton scored again from the middle of the circle and Umstead tallied the assist off the corner. The Huskies had a 4-0 advantage heading into halftime.
In the span of seven minutes, Veitner posted three goals, starting when she drove up the middle before clipping the ball past the keeper. Freshman Amanda Collins’ (Binghamton, N.Y.) shot was deflected in front of the goal but Veitner caught the rebound and slipped the ball in. Four minutes later, she delivered the backhand to notch her fourth goal of the game and give UConn a 7-0 lead.
The Huskies were able to score off another corner after sophomore Karlie Heistand (Hamburg, Pa.) got the ball into a waiting Umstead, who stopped the pass and pulled back to slam the ball into the cage.
By winning the conference regular season crown, the Huskies will compete as the No. 1 seed in the Big East Championship set to begin on Nov. 6 in Norfolk, Va. The Huskies will take on the No. 4 seed Old Dominion in Friday’s semifinal contest set for 2 p.m.
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2015 BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP, PRESENTED BY NEW YORK LIFE
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Nov. 6 - Semifinals – L.R. Sports Complex – Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Va.)
No. 1 UConn vs. No. 4 Old Dominion – 2 p.m.
No. 2 Temple vs. No. 3 Villanova – 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 8 - Final – L.R. Sports Complex – Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Va.)
Semifinal winners – 1 p.m. (ET)
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