STORRS, Conn. – The No. 1 UConn field hockey team is set to open conference play this week as part of a two game home stand. The squad will welcome BIG EAST foe Old Dominion on Friday, Sept. 15 (1 p.m.) before entertaining No. 20 Boston University on Sunday, Sept. 17 (1 p.m.). The match against the Terriers will mark the Huskies fifth top-20 opponent in seven games.
Catching Up With UConn
The No. 1 Huskies, 5-0, are coming off a pair of wins in last week’s contests. Last Friday, UConn overpowered west coast rival Pacific, 6-2, behind four goals from senior Charlotte Veitner. Later that week, the Huskies left Cambridge, Mass. victorious following a 3-1 win against No. 18 Harvard.
Seven different players have scored for the Huskies so far this season, five of whom have found the back of the cage multiple times this fall. Veitner is pacing the squad with 13 points and six goals, while sophomore Svea Boker is posting a team-high five assists. Goalkeeper Nina Klein is boasting a 1.03 goals against average, 15 saves and owns two shutouts in net.
Managing the Monarchs
Old Dominion enters the contest 3-3 after collecting two wins at home last week. The Monarchs defeated Michigan State, 3-2, on Friday before edging Richmond, 4-2, to end the week. Erin Huffman is headlining the offense with 12 points and six goals, while Danielle Grega is dishing out a team-high three helpers. In net, goalkeeper Kealsie Robles is recording a 2.26 goals against average and a .681 save percentage.
Testing the Terriers
No. 20 Boston University owns a 4-2 record and is coming off a pair of losses. The Terriers saw their first loss of the season come at No. 21 UAlbany, 3-1, before falling at in-state foe Massachusetts, 2-1. Ailsa Connolly is notching a team high in goals (3) and points (6), while two players are posting a team-best two helpers. Goalkeepers Keegan Kathleen and Millie Baker have split time in the cage as the two are averagin a 1.17 goals against average and a .696 save percentage.
Huskies Leading the Pack
After a 5-0 start, a 4-0 clip against top-20 opponents and the fourth-best scoring margin (3.2) in Division I, the UConn field hockey team was pegged No.1 in the Penn Monto/ NFHCA Division I Poll on Sept.12.
Following a loss by No. 1 Duke (4-1), the Huskies propelled from second to first with 1,129 points and 28 first-place votes.
Following a 10 points, five goal, performance, senior Charlotte Veitner was named the Longstreth/ NFHCA Division I Player of the Week on Sept. 13. Classmate Casey Umstead was named to the NFHCA Honor Roll on Sept. 3, after notching four points (2g, 1a) in a 2-0 week for the Huskies.
UConn is currently riding a five-game win streak, spanning from Aug. 25-Sept. 10. The Huskies remain one of four undefeated teams in DI and are outscoring their opponents 20-4 during this time.
Defending the Wall
Goalkeeper Nina Klein and the Huskies held their opponents scoreless for 206-minutes to begin the season. During that time UConn was outscoring their opponents 11-0.
For an unparalleled eighth straight season, the University of Connecticut field hockey team was picked to finish first in the BIG EAST Preseason Poll, while four players were tabbed to the All-BIG EAST Preseason Team.
UConn has strung together five consecutive BIG EAST Tournament Championships dating back to 2012. Since 2012, UConn is 28-2 in BIG EAST play, entering 2017 on an 18-game conference winning streak following last season’s 7-0 mark.
The Huskies return two of their leading scorers in Veitner and Umstead, who were selected as the BIG EAST Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively. Klein and sophomore Barbara van den Hoogen received All-BIG EAST honors as well.