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Huskies Move Up To No.2 In NFHCA Poll

Sept. 5, 2017

NFHCA Award Release 

STORRS, Conn. – 
Senior back Casey Umstead added to the UConn field hockey team’s national recognition this week after being selected to the Longstreth/ National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I honor roll, as announced on Wednesday. Earlier in the week, the UConn field hockey team was pegged No. 2 in the Penn Monto/ NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll.

Umstead garnered her second consecutive NFHCA award after notching two goals in UConn’s (3-0) hard fought, 2-1, victory at No. 11 Michigan. The senior is pacing all Huskies with nine points and four goals and is currently riding a three-game win streak.

All three Husky wins have come against top-15 ranked opponents, as they are one of seven remaining undefeated teams in DI. The squad began the year with a 2-0 victory against No. 13 Stanford, before turning in 7-0 and 2-1 wins against No. 14 Northwestern and No. 7 Michigan, respectively.

In addition to receiving 913 votes UConn also garnered six first place votes, only trailing undefeated No. 1 Duke (3-0) who leads all DI teams with 932 points and 23 first place votes.

Defensively, UConn sits fourth in the country with a 0.33 goals against average and .67 shutouts per game, while its .917 save percentage is fifth best in the NCAA. Offensively, UConn’s 3.67 goals per game are a 10th best in the nation, as the team is outscoring opponents 11-1 so far this fall.

UConn is back in action on Friday, September 8 against Pacific at the Sherman-Family Complex. The contest is slated to begin at 6:00 p.m.

For a full listing of the top-25 teams and full release, click here.

Institution                  Points (First Place Votes)
1. Duke (3-0)               932 (23)
2. Connecticut (3-0)   913 (6)
3. Penn State (4-0)       845 (6)
4. North Carolina (3-1)  844 (3)
5. Syracuse (5-0)          825 (1)
6. Delaware (3-1)         730 
7. Michigan (3-1)          718 
8. Boston College (4-0) 698 (1) 
9. Louisville (3-1)         684
10 Virginia (3-1)           624