LIVE STATS: UMASS | HARVARD
LIVE STREAM: UMASS | HARVARD
TWITTER: @UConnFHockey on Twitter
STORRS, Conn. – The No. 4 University of Connecticut field hockey team returns to action this weekend and will be staying close by with a road game at UMass on Friday and home game against Harvard on Sunday.
The Huskies (3-0) play the Minutewomen at 4 p.m. and the Crimson at 1 p.m., with the latter being played at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. Both games can be followed on live stats, @UConnFHockey on Twitter or watched on a live stream.
UConn is fresh off a 7-2 win over Drexel on Labor Day weekend, as six different players scored in the win. The Huskies now have an 18-game home winning streak, dating back to the 2014 season.
Junior Casey Umstead led the way with two goals, while sophomore Amanda Collins had a goal and two assists. Umstead was named Big East Defensive Player of the Week and Collins earned Big East Offensive Player of the Week as a result.
Freshmen Svea Boker and Barbara van den Hoogen each tallied their first-career collegiate goals against the Dragons – joining the list of eight Huskies who have scored this season. Umstead, Collins and senior Anna Middendorf each have a team-high three goals.
UConn’s defense has been as stifling as its offense has been dominant, with opponents recording just 16 total shots in the first three games combined. The Huskies hold an impressive 64-16 shots advantage over opposing teams.
Historically, the Huskies have dominated the all-time series with UMass and Harvard with a 34-13-3 record against the Minutewomen and 27-4-2 mark against the Crimson.
UMass was one of several teams receiving votes in the NFHCA Preseason Poll, after qualifying for the NCAA Tournament in 2015 before losing in the first round to Syracuse – the team that went on to beat UConn in the semifinals.
Losses to New Hampshire and No. 16 Northwestern started the season on a low note, but the Minutewomen have rebounded to win their most recent two against Columbia and UMass-Lowell.
13 players on the UMass roster are either juniors or seniors, meaning the Huskies will be facing an experienced team on Friday afternoon.
Harvard is 1-1 after a win over Holy Cross and a loss to New Hampshire to start the season. The Crimson face Pacific on Thursday evening, a team that UConn beat 5-2 back on Aug. 28.
As of Thursday morning, Harvard has an 18-11 edge in shots on goal over opponents and carries 12 juniors and seniors on the roster.
Harvard is one of three Ivy League teams that the Huskies will play this season, coupled with Dartmouth and Yale.