BIG EAST Release
STORRS, Conn. – Senior back Casey Umstead was tabbed the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after a five point performance in a 2-0 week for the No. 4 UConn field hockey team, as announced by the league on Monday afternoon.
The back began her final season for the Huskies by anchoring the defense in a pair of shutout victories against a pair of ranked opponents. Umstead led a tough UConn defense that held their opponents to a combined 140 minutes of scoreless play, en route to the squads’ 2-0 win against No. 13 Stanford and a dominating 7-0 victory against No. 14 Northwestern. Limiting action against UConn’s goalkeeper, the defender helped the Huskies outshoot Stanford, 22-4, and Northwestern, 25-7.
Offensively, the senior tallied the game-winner against Stanford before notching a goal and an assist against the Wildcats. Umstead is tied for a team-best two goals and five points so far this season.
Collins paced all Huskies with two goals and an assist against No. 14 Northwestern for her first multi-goal contest of the season. Additionally, the junior’s five points and two goals are matched for first on the squad.
In her collegiate debut, van Hecking Colenbrander sealed the 2-0 victory against No. 13 Stanford, finding the back of the net in the 57th minute. In a strong defensive effort, the freshman aided the Huskies who outshot their opponents 47-11 on the weekend. Overall, the freshman scored a pair of goals in her opening weekend.
UConn is back in action on Sunday, September 3 at Michigan in their first road tilt of the season.