STORRS, Conn. – The No. 1 University of Connecticut field hockey team has a big weekend ahead of them, starting with its home opener against Quinnipiac on Friday at 6 p.m. at the George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex in Storrs. The Huskies will get on the road to face Columbia on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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UConn (2-0) is heading into the weekend after posting a 6-0 victory over Northeastern last Saturday. Five different Husky players scored in the win, including two goals from sophomore forward Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany). Veitner was named the Big East Offensive Player of the Week for her four goal effort in UConn’s two-game opening weekend. Freshman forward Amanda Collins was chosen as the Rookie of the Week (Binghamton, N.Y.) after she scored her first career goal and earned an assist one of Veitner’s goals against Northwestern. Sophomore midfielder Casey Umstead (Sellersville, Pa.) put away a goal against the Wildcats and picked up a goal and assist versus Northeastern to make the Big East Weekly Honor Roll.
The Huskies are currently on a 16-game winning streak, dating back to 2014. The victory against Northwestern marked UConn’s 13th straight season-opening win.
As a team, the Huskies out-shot Northeastern, 23-6, putting 14 on goal. The squad also tallied 11 penalty corner attempts. UConn effectively shut down Northeastern's seven penalty corner attempts while redshirt sophomore Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.) faced six shots and recorded two saves in cage.
Connecticut and Quinnipiac have a long history, dating back to the 1998 season. The two teams have faced each other 10 times over the years, with the Huskies winning every game, including a 6-0 victory when they last met in 2009. Sunday’s match-up against Columbia will be the second time the two programs have faced off. Last year, junior midfielder Anna Middendorf (Bremen, Germany) scored two goals to push UConn to a 4-0 win over the Lions.