NEW YORK – University of Connecticut sophomore forward Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) has been named the Big East Offensive Player of the Week while freshman forward Amanda Collins (Binghamton, N.Y.) was chosen as the Rookie of the Week, as announced by the conference on Monday afternoon.
Veitner scored the first goal of the 2015 season in UConn’s 4-1 victory against No. 10 Northwestern on Friday in Evanston, Ill. when she struck from 10 yards out on a reverse chip. She connected for her second goal after UConn took a two-on-one advantage with Collins passing to Veitner, who lined up 10 yards out and chipped the ball in off the right post.
In the Huskies 6-0 win over Northeastern on Saturday, Veitner gave UConn a 4-0 lead in the second half after she dodged multiple defenders in the circle and dribbled around the goalie to find the net. She quickly added another goal to the scoreboard off a beautiful baseline cross from junior Olivia Bolles (Phoenixville, Pa.) and pushed the ball in low to the far post.
Through two games, Veitner leads the team and league in points (8) and goals. She took nine of UConn’s 11 penalty corners against Northeastern.
Coming off the bench in her first appearance as a Husky, Collins delivered the pass that helped Veitner tally her second goal of the season against Northwestern. She netted the Huskies final score of the game and notched her first career goal after senior Sophie Bowden (Somerset, England) crossed the ball from the right side and Collins deflected it off the left post past the goalkeeper. She finished with weekend with three points (1g, 1a).
Sophomore Casey Umstead (Sellersville, Pa.) put away a goal against both Northwestern and Northeastern and also picked up an assist versus Northeastern to make the Big East Weekly Honor Roll.
UConn is back in action on Friday, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. for its 2015 home opener against Quinnipiac at George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex.