LIVE STATS: Old Dominion | Virginia
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STORRS, Conn. – Two big challenges await the No. 5 University of Connecticut field hockey team, as the Huskies will travel to play No. 13 Old Dominion on Friday and No. 14 Virginia on Sunday in the most grueling weekend of the season to this point.
The Huskies (5-0) remain unbeaten after a 2-1 win over UMass and 4-0 shut-out victory against Harvard this past weekend. Now with Big East play beginning against the Monarchs, followed by a tough matchup with the Cavaliers, UConn will be tested.
The Old Dominion game will start on Friday at 5 p.m. (ET) and Virginia has a revised start time of 1 p.m. (ET) on Sunday. Both games can be followed on live stats, video streams or @UConnFHockey on Twitter.
The UConn-Virginia game on Sunday can be seen on ACC Network Extra, which is available to authenticated subscribers of ESPN3. It can be seen on WatchESPN or the ESPN app – click the link HERE.
UConn has had recent success against both programs, beating conference-rival Old Dominion in each of the past four meetings and Virginia back in 2011 in Storrs.
To this point, the Huskies have already played and beaten one ranked opponent in then-No. 11 Stanford in the season-opening game on Aug. 26.
Strong defense continues to be the storyline for the Huskies, which has allowed just six goals in the first five games. With seniors Anna Middendorf and Olivia Bolles, as well as juniors Casey Umstead and Karlie Heistand, the backfield is a major strength.
On the offensive side, sophomore forward Amanda Collins continues her impressive play – scoring two goals against Harvard and recording an assist against UMass. For the second straight week, she was named Big East Offensive Player of the Week.
Collins and Umstead are tied with a team-high five goals, while junior Charlotte Veitner has a team-best four assists. UConn’s 4.01 goals per game average is eighth-best in the nation and its 3.6 assists per game is fifth-most.
SCOUTING OLD DOMINION
Following a 6-2 loss to No. 4 Penn State in the season-opener, the Lady Monarchs have won four straight games – propelling them into the No. 13 spot in this week’s NFHCA Poll.
Erin Huffman and Danielle Grega lead Old Dominion with three goals each this season. Kealsie Robles was named Big East Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, while Huffman was selected as Rookie of the Week.
The Lady Monarchs holds wins over No. 12 Delaware and Richmond, among their four victories. Old Dominion hasn’t beaten the Huskies since the 2013 regular season – before UConn went on to win the NCAA championship.
No. 14 Virginia is currently 3-3, with losses only to No. 4 Penn State, No. 12 Delaware and No. 2 Duke. Most recently, it pulled off a big 2-1 win over Liberty, a formerly-ranked opponent now in the Big East.
The Cavaliers will have a busy weekend at home with No. 10 Princeton coming to town on Friday and the No. 5 Huskies on Sunday.
Riley Tata leads the team with four goals, as Virginia holds a 120-75 shots advantage in six games this season. The Cavaliers’ roster features nine seniors out of 30 players.