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No. 4 UConn Heads to No. 11 Michigan for Road Tilt

Sept. 2, 2017

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STORRS, Conn. - The No. 4 UConn field hockey team is wheels up this weekend as they head to the University of Michigan for their first road tilt of 2017. The Huskies and No. 11 Wolverines will clash on Sunday September, 3 at 1:00 p.m. (ET).

Head Coach Nancy Stevens and her squad will face their third Top-15 ranked opponent of the season in as many games.

Catching Up With UConn

The Huskies currently sit at 2-0 after winning a pair of home games on opening weekend. UConn began the season with a 2-0 shutout against No. 13 Stanford on August 25, before cruising to a 7-0 victory against No. 14 Northwestern on Aug. 27.

Currently, the Huskies have not allowed a goal in 140 minutes and are out scoring their opponents 9-0. Six different players have scored so far this season, half of whom have found the back of the cage multiple times this this fall. Senior Casey Umstead and junior Amanda Collins are pacing the squad with five points and two goals apiece. Goalkeeper Nina Klein owns two shutouts in as many starts, while racking up 12 saves along the way.



Managing Michigan

The Wolverines enter the weekend with a 2-0 record after sweeping the ACC/Big Ten Challenge with wins against No. 1 North Carolina and No.15 Wake Forest last weekend. Michigan will host No. 25 Liberty on Friday, Sept. 1 before entertaining the Huskies on Sunday. Meg Dowthwaite leads the squad with two goals and five assists, while Guadalupe Fernandez Lacourt's three helps are a team-high. Goalkeeper Sam Swenson (2-0) is posting a 3.00 goals against average and .700 save percentage this fall.

National Recognition

On August 31, senior Casey Umstead was awarded honorable mention status in the first Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I weekly awards after a five point (2g, 1a) weekend. The back notched the game-winning goal in a 2-0 victory against No. 13 Stanford before picking up a tally and an assist two days later, against No. 14 Northwestern.

Additionally, goalkeeping Nina Klein and UConn's defense found themselves amongst the DI leaders in a number of categories.

Thanks to back-to-back shutout victories to open the season, UConn and starting goalkeeper Nina Klein, are in a tie for first place for goals against average (0.00), shutout percentage (1.000), save percentage (1.000) and winning percentage (1.000). Only six other DI teams across the country have not allowed a goal so far.

Preseason Favorites

For an unparalleled eighth straight season, the University of Connecticut field hockey team was picked to finish first in the BIG EAST Preseason Poll, while four players were tabbed to the All-BIG EAST Preseason Team.

UConn has strung together five consecutive BIG EAST Tournament Championships dating back to 2012. Since 2012, UConn is 28-2 in BIG EAST play, entering 2017 on an 18-game conference winning streak following last season's 7-0 mark.

The Huskies return two of their leading scorers in Veitner and Umstead, who were selected as the BIG EAST Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively. Klein and sophomore Barbara van den Hoogen received All-BIG EAST honors as well.