BIG EAST Release
STORRS, Conn. - Seniors Charlotte Veitner and Casey Umstead were tabbed the BIG EAST Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, in a 2-0 week for the No. 2 UConn field hockey team, as announced by the league on Monday. Freshman Margot van Hecking Colenbrander was selected to the BIG EAST honor roll for the third consecutive week.
The award marks Umstead's third straight major BIG EAST weekly award, while Veitner garners her first of the season. The Huskies improved to 5-0 overall after a pair of wins against Pacific, 6-2, on Friday, Sept. 8 and at No. 18 Harvard, 3-1, on Sept. 10. UConn remains one of four undefeated teams in Division I and owns a 4-0 clip against top-20 opponents.
Veitner had a strong offensive showing this week, after notching five goals for 10 points to pace all Huskies. With four goals against Pacific, the senior tallied her first multi-goal game and first hat trick of the season. The forward followed up her four-goal performance with two points at Harvard, with an insurance goal in the team's 3-1 victory. Veitner's 1.20 goals per game rank third in the NCAA, while her 13 points and six goals are a team high.
Umstead continues to play a major role in UConn's offensive, as the senior averaged 1.0 assists per game this week. The back picked up a pair of helps in the program's win against Pacific, aiding the Huskies on their game-tying and game-winning goals, respectively. Umstead's 11 points (4g, 3a) are a second best on the team, while her two game winners headline the offense. The senior is also part of a tough UConn defensive that is fourth in the nation in scoring margin with 3.20, as the team is currently outscoring its opponents 20-4 so far in 2017. Additionally, Umstead has been named to the Longstreth/ NFHCA Division I weekly team twice this fall.
With another impact performance, van Hecking Colenbrander landed herself a BIG EAST honor roll selection. The freshman dished out three helpers in her team's two wins, including two against Harvard. After picking up her first assist of the season against Pacific, the back went on to set up UConn in its first two goals against the Crimson on Saturday. Van Hecking Colenbrander has started all five games this season, while contributing to two defensive shutouts.
The Huskies open conference play next week with a home tilt against BIG EAST foe Old Dominion on Friday, Sept. 15. The match is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Sherman Family Complex.