Sept. 12, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut field hockey standout Rayell Heistand has been honored as the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week as announced by the league on Monday. Heistand, who was selected as the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year by the BIG EAST, helped the Huskies post wins in each of their two games over the weekend.
Heistand earns the honor for the fifth time in her career after being named Defensive Player of the Week twice in each of the last two seasons.
The Hamburg, Pa. native anchored a Husky defense that held the opposition without a goal in UConn's 2-0 week, which included wins over No. 16 Albany and Drexel. Heistand has been key in holding UConn's last three opponents (No. 8 Penn State, No. 16 Albany and Drexel) without a goal for the last 192:15.
Connecticut has allowed only four goals all season and sports a goals against average of 0.79.
Heistand has been honored as an All-BIG EAST First Team selection in each of the last two seasons and was selected to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America Second Team in 2010.
Heistand and the Huskies are back in action on Saturday, September 17 when the team opens up BIG EAST play against Villanova. Game time is set for 12 p.m. at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs.