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Six In A Row! No. 1 FH Wins BIG EAST Tournament Championship

Nov. 5, 2017

Final Stats

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The No. 1 University of Connecticut field hockey team won its sixth-consecutive BIG EAST Tournament Championship on Sunday afternoon, after blanking the Liberty Flames, 3-0, at Lennon Family Field, in Providence, R.I.

"We are so happy and thrilled for our seniors," said Head Coach Nancy Stevens. "They started their journey to the 2014 National Championship in Providence; this is what we wanted for them. We hope to be home next week and host the NCAA tournament. This win today just springboards off our successful season."

With the win, UConn (19-0) receives an automatic berth into the NCAA Championship. Connecticut has qualified for the NCAAs in 15 consecutive seasons, including back-to-back national titles in 2013 and 2014.

The NCAA Selection Show will air tonight at 10 p.m. (ET) on the NCAA.com homepage, where UConn will find out their upcoming opponent and site of play for the first and second rounds, held on November 11-12.


 

 

The Huskies posted two shutouts on their way to the programs' 17th BIG EAST Tournament victory. UConn outscored its opponents 6-0 on the weekend and is posting a NCAA-leading 12 shutouts in 2017.

Junior Amanda Collins was tabbed the tournament's Most Outstanding Player following a three-point weekend (1g, 1a). Seniors Charlotte Veitner, Casey Umstead and Karlie Headstand were named to the all-tournament team for their performances during the tournament.

It took less than three minutes, just 268 seconds, for freshman Jessica Dembrowski and the Huskies to net their game-winning goal. UConn earned its first penalty corner of the game at 2:48 thanks to a miscue by the Flames' (8-11) defense. After receiving a pass from senior Charlotte Veitner at the top of the circle, freshman Margot van Hecking Colenbrander sent a pass towards the right post that found the stick of Dembrowski who deflected it into the back of the cage.

Liberty's defense continued to falter against a tough UConn offense, allowing the Huskies to earn four penalty corners in the first half. The Flames' biggest miscue came in the 14th minute when UConn was awarded a penalty stroke. Umstead, who is a perfect 4-for-4 from the line, found the back of the cage to give her team the 2-0 advantage on her 14th tally of the year.

The tournament's Most Outstanding Player, Collins, put the final nail in the coffin with an unassisted goal, 3-0, at 24:13. The Flames were held scoreless in the final 35 minutes, as the top-seeded Huskies held their counterparts to just six shots.

Redshirt-senior Nina Klein made four saves in the contest on her way to her 37th career shutout. Klein and the UConn defense have allowed an NCAA-low 10 goals in 2017. The Huskies currently lead the nation with a 4.37 scoring margin.

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