STORRS, Conn. – The No. 1 University of Connecticut field hockey team plays at home for the third straight weekend when it welcomes Lafayette on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex.
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Through six games, Connecticut (6-0) ranks in the top-5 among the national statistical leaders in almost every category. The Huskies lead the country in goals per game (5.50), scoring average (5.50) and scoring margin (5.00) while standing second in assists per game (4.67), points per game (15.67) and goals against average (0.50).
Individually, sophomore forward Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) ranks second nationally among Division I leaders in points per game (4.83) and goals per game (2.33). Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper (Topton, Pa.) Nina Klein checks in at No. 2 in the country in goals against average (0.35) and third in save percentage (.882). Senior midfielder Sophie Bowden (Somerset, England) is in a six-way tie for third in assists per game (1.00).
Earlier this week, Veitner was named the Big East Offensive Player of the Week for the third-straight time on Sept. 14 after tallying her third consecutive hat trick against New Hampshire and adding a goal and assist in the win over then-ranked No. 10 Boston College. Veitner tops the conference in points (29), goals (14), points per game and goals per game. She was also honored as the Eastern College Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week after last week’s performance.
Junior midfielder Anna Middendorf (Bremen, Germany) made the Big East Weekly Honor Roll after she notched her first goal of the season along with an assist on Friday and gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead over the Eagles on Sunday.
UConn head coach Nancy Stevens made history when she totaled the 600th win of her career when the Huskies beat Boston College, 2-1, on Sept. 13. She is the only head coach in field hockey across all divisions to reach the 600-win plateau and it only took her 803 games to do it.
Sunday’s game marks just the sixth meeting between the Huskies and Lafayette in a series that dates back to 1991. UConn has won four of the five matchups, including a 2-1 victory for the Huskies last year with goals from Bowden and senior midfielder Roisin Upton (Limerick, Ireland).
This season, the Leopards are off to a 5-1 start, headlined by a team-high five goals from senior forward Katie Birle.
In 2015, the Huskies have held each of their opponents to a scoreless first half and outscored them by an 18-to-3 margin in the second half. UConn is currently on a 20-game winning streak, dating back to the 2014 season.