SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Junior Charlotte Veitner made history in UConn field hockey’s 5-0 thumping of Boston College in the NCAA first round on Saturday, as she became the all-time points leader in program history.
The Huskies (21-1) used Veitner’s two assists, as well as two goals by sophomore Amanda Collins, to dominate the No. 11 Eagles at Coyne Stadium. With two points, Veitner now has 214 career points – one more than former record holder, Lauren Henderson.
Four different players tallied goals for the Huskies, as they defeated Boston College for the third time in the past four NCAA Tournaments. UConn earned a spot in the NCAA quarterfinals for the seventh straight season.
“It’s really important to peak at the right time. Today’s 5-0 victory was a great performance,” said head coach Nancy Stevens.
As it relates to her top scorer and First Team All-American, Stevens was happily surprised to learn that Veitner broke the all-time points mark.
“We couldn’t be happier for Charlotte and her accomplishments, but she would be the first person to say those points are the result of her teammates around her,” said Stevens. “We are really happy we have her for one more year.”
The Huskies were on the attack the entire second half, shutting down Boston College’s offense in the process. The Eagles had just three shots in the game.
Within a five-minute span late in the game, UConn scored three goals. First, Collins scored her second of the game in the 60th minute when Veitner found her in front of the cage – the assist that gave Veitner the record.
Just three minutes later, senior Anna Middendorf sent a rocket into the lower left corner of the cage to make it 4-0. Barely a minute later in the 64th, freshman Svea Boker tallied the final goal – her first-career NCAA Tournament goal.
A mix of offensive tenacity and defensive stubbornness helped the Huskies to a 2-0 lead at halftime. Goals by Collins and Iacobucci gave UConn the lead, while the defense held firm on Boston College’s three penalty corners.
A two goal lead could have been three when Collins was taken down in the circle by an Eagles’ defender in the 34th minute, but no call was made.
Collins struck first in the 11th minute, capitalizing on a pass from freshman Antonia Tiedtke in front of the cage. It was the 21st of the season for the sophomore forward.
Despite playing two down when senior Montana Fleming and Iacobucci received cards around the 19-minute mark, the Huskies continued to limit the Eagles’ chances.
However, a goal by Iacobucci in the 28th minute gave the Huskies some insurance. Veitner passed to the forward in front of the cage, who tapped it in. It was on that assist that Veitner tied Henderson’s points record.
The Huskies will meet third-seeded Syracuse in a rematch of the 2015 NCAA semifinals on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Coyne Stadium.
“My quote earlier today was we’re like two binary stars in a solar system just circling each other – and now the collision comes,” said Stevens of Syracuse. “They’re in our region. We expected this, we prepared for this and we’re excited.”