STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut field hockey team celebrated its 2014 national championship at its annual team banquet on Saturday night at the Alumni Center on the Storrs campus.
Student-athletes and their families, staff members, and players from the 1981 national championship field hockey team were treated to a slideshow, video highlight reel, and speeches from head coach Nancy Stevens and UConn Director of Athletics Warde Manuel.
Leslie Davidson, mother of senior standout Chrissy Davidson, who is one of four Huskies on the U.S. National Team, took the floor as a representative for the student-athletes’ parents and thanked the coaching and support staff for their efforts during the 23-game season.
Following a 45-minute dinner, Stevens and associate head coach Paul Caddy recognized each letterwinner before presenting the four seniors, Davidson, Casey Higgins, Jamie Schlotterer, and Chloe Hunnable, with a framed jersey.
Prior to the banquet, the team signed autographs for the public at Gampel Pavilion during halftime of the UConn women’s basketball game vs. Memphis.
The 2014 crown marked UConn's fourth title (1981, 1985, 2013, 2014) and second under Stevens. The Huskies capped their incredible season with 14-straight wins and have won eight straight NCAA Tournament contests, hoisting two trophies in as many years. Overall, Connecticut owns a 37-22 (.627) mark in the national tournament and has won 24 of 41 tournament games since Stevens arrived to the Storrs campus prior to the 1990 season. Additionally, UConn swept both the Big East regular season and tournament titles.
Three Huskies, Roisin Upton, Davidson and Anna Middendorf, were named All-Americans and four different Husky athletes were placed on the All-Big East First Team. Regionally, the team boasted five selections to the NFHCA All-Mideast Region squads.