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Umstead Tabbed Defensive Player of the Week

Aug. 28, 2017

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.

Two other Huskies found themselves earning BIG EAST honors, as junior Amanda Collins and freshman Margot van Hecking Colenbrander garnered Honor Roll accolades for their weekend performances.

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.