NFHCA Coaches Poll | NCAA RPI
STORRS, Conn. – Picking up two wins over then-No. 13 Old Dominion and No. 14 Virginia catapulted the University of Connecticut field hockey team back into the No. 3 spot in the NFHCA Coaches Poll, as announced on Tuesday.
The Huskies (7-0, 1-0 Big East) were ranked No. 3 in the NFHCA Preseason Poll and now are back in that spot, while receiving four first-place votes as well. UConn moved up two places after being No. 5 this past week. Syracuse continues to be ranked first, with Duke second.
A 2-1 win over ODU and 8-0 throttling of Virginia, both on the road, helped UConn in the NFHCA Poll and the NCAA RPI rankings. In the first release of the RPI on Tuesday, the Huskies were listed fourth – with a road game coming up against No. 9 Boston University on Sunday.
Later this season, the Huskies will play No. 6 Maryland and No. 9 Boston College (tied with BU) on the road to add to its already difficult schedule. UConn beat then-No. 11 Stanford in the season-opening game in Palo Alto, Calif.
Junior Charlotte Veitner led the team to victory over the Cavaliers this past Sunday, scoring a single-game program record of six goals in the 8-0 win. Veitner now has 22 points on the season, which moves her into third place on UConn’s all-time points list.
It was senior Anna Middendorf who scored two goals against the Lady Monarchs this past Friday, including the game-winner with expired time, to beat Old Dominion in UConn’s first Big East game of the season.
Veitner was named Big East Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, while Middendorf earned Big East Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season.
No. 3 UConn hosts Temple, its second Big East opponent, on Friday at 3 p.m. (ET) at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. The Huskies travel to play No. 9 BU on Sunday at 1 p.m. (ET) in Boston, Mass.