Complete Big East Release
STORRS, Conn. – Junior Charlotte Veitner and senior Anna Middendorf were big winners this week, as the No. 5 University of Connecticut field hockey team went 2-0 against ranked opponents and both were recognized by the Big East on Monday afternoon.
Veitner was named Offensive Player of the Week and Middendorf earned Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league. It is Middendorf’s second DPOW award of the season, while it is the 10th time Veitner has won OPOW in her career.
Both players helped the Huskies (7-0, 1-0 Big East) beat No. 13 Old Dominion and No. 14 Virginia on the road – most recently dominating the Cavaliers on Sunday, 8-0.
Veitner scored a program-record six goals against Virginia on Sunday, the most goals and points (12) ever earned in a single game by a UConn player.
The junior forward (169 points) moved into third place on UConn’s all-time career points list, passing Lizzy Peijs (166). Veitner is only 44 points away from tying Lauren Henderson for the most in program history.
A prolific scorer, Veitner netted four of her six goals in the second half, helping the Huskies to cruise past Virginia in a game that was broadcast on ESPN3. She now leads the team with 22 points this season.
Middendorf proved to be the difference against Old Dominion, scoring twice in a 2-1 victory over the Lady Monarchs. Her second goal came off a penalty corner with no time left to beat Old Dominion and earn UConn a win in its first Big East game of the season.
It was the second multi-goal performance of the season for the senior defender, who is now tied with sophomore Amanda Collins for second on the team in goals (6). Middendorf led the UConn defense, which allowed just one goal and 15 shots in both games combined.
UConn players have now won three Offensive Players of the Week and three Defensive Players of the Week awards this season – Collins (2), Middendorf (2), Veitner (1) and junior Casey Umstead (1).
The Huskies host Temple on Friday, another Big East game, at 3 p.m. (ET) at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.