STORRS, Conn. - Seniors Casey Umstead and Nina Klein were named the BIG EAST Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, as announced by the league office on Monday afternoon. The No. 4 UConn field hockey team stayed hot with a 2-1 defeat at No. 11 Michigan on Sunday afternoon for their third straight victory.
With the win, the Huskies improved to 3-0 overall and have now won three straight against top-15 opponents in as many games, while the Wolverines suffered their first loss of the season with the defeat.
Coming off a NFHCA Defensive Player of the Week honor and five point performance (2h, 1a), as part of opening weekend, the back continued to be an offensive threat for the Huskies. In a scoreless match against No. 11 Michigan, the senior put UConn on the board off a penalty corner in the 55th minute. Nearly three minutes later, Umstead found the back of the cage for a second time in the contest. Following a Wolverine miscue on defense, the referee sent Umstead to the penalty stroke line where she flicked the ball into the cage for her team-high fourth tally of the season. Overall, the senior notched four points, while also anchoring a Husky defense that has only allowed one goal in 2017. In three games, UConn is outscoring their opponents 11-1.
Redshirt-senior Nina Klein continues to be a force in the cage as she enters her final season as a Husky. With a 0.00 goals against average and perfect 1.000 save percentage in her first two games, Klein came up big with five saves in the squad's toughest match to date. Making a save with 30 seconds left off a Wolverine shot in the final 30 seconds, the goalkeeper preserved UConn's undefeated mark denying a potential game-tying goal. Despite the loss, Klein saw her impressive 206-minutes shutout streak come to an end during Sunday's tilt. So far this season, the goalkeeper is boasting a 0.43 goals against average, .917 save percentage and two shutouts in net.
Additionally, for the second consecutive week, freshman back Margot van Hecking Colenbrander was named to the BIG EAST honor roll after an impact performance. Off a penalty corner from senior Charlotte Veitner, the back connected with Umstead as UConn took a 1-0 lead at Michigan. van Hecking Colenbrander currently sits third on the team with five points (2g, 1a), while being a part of a defense that has allowed one goal so far this fall.
The team is back in action at home on Friday, September 8 against west coast rival Pacific. The game is slated to begin at 6:00 p.m. ET.