STORRS, Conn. – The No. 1 UConn field hockey team looks to continue its success on the road, as the squad prepares for a weekend road trip. The Huskies will first visit Temple in BIG EAST action on Friday, Sept. 22 (6 p.m.), before battling at reigning national champions No. 5 Delaware on Sunday, Sept. 24 (12 p.m.). The tilt against the Blue Hens will mark UConn’s sixth top-20 opponent in nine games.
Catching Up With UConn
The No. 1 Huskies, 7-0, are coming off a pair of wins in last week’s contests. Last Friday, UConn overpowered BIG EAST rival Old Dominion, 6-0, before dominating No. 20 Boston University, 8-1, for their seventh straight win. Outscoring their opponents, 14-1, on the week, the program now stands alone in Division I as the only team with an unblemished record.
Nine different players have scored for the Huskies so far this season, seven of whom have found the back of the cage multiple times this fall. Senior Charlotte Veitner is pacing the squad with 28 points and 12 goals, while junior Amanda Collins is posting a team-high seven helpers. Goalkeeper Nina Klein is boasting a 0.94 goals against average, 18 saves and owns two shutouts in net.
The Owls are 2-5 overall in 0-1 in conference play after splitting a pair of decisions last week. Temple was handed a 4-2 loss at Providence in the squad’s BIG EAST opener on Sept. 15, before bouncing back to top Holy Cross, 3-1, on Sept. 17. Rachael Mueller is headlining the offense in points (12), goals (4) and assists (4) through seven games this fall. Goalkeeper Maddie Lilliock (1-5) owns the majority of decisions in the cage and is posting a 4.08 goals against average and 37 saves.
The No. 5 Blue Hens (6-1) are currently riding a five-game win streak after blanking No. 2 Penn State, 2-0, in their lone contest last week. The offensive is producing three, double-digit point scores in Greta Nauck (17), Taylor Lister (15) and Lotte de Koning (13). Goalkeeper Emmeline Oltmans holds a 5-1 clip in net, while boasting a 2.11 goals against average and a .688 save percentage.
No. 1 Across the Board
After a 7-0 start and the second-best scoring margin (4.1) in Division I, the UConn field hockey team holds the distinction of No. 1 in the Penn Monto/ NFHCA Division I Poll for the second consecutive week. The Huskies are leading the way with 1,165 points and 43 first place votes.
Head Coach Nancy Stevens has now led the UConn field hockey program to its fourth No. 1 ranking since taking over at the helm. Stevens and the Huskies last held the honor in 2016, after a 9-0 start to the season.
Additionally, UConn serves as No. 1 in the national RPI, after an impressive 7-0 start and 5-0 clip against top-20 opponents.
National Players of the Week
Senior Charlotte Veitner garnered back-to-back Longstreth/ NFHCA Division I Offensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 13 and Sept. 20, respectively. Veitner recorded consecutive 10-point (5g) and 15-point (6g, 3a) performances on her way to two NFHCA weekly selections. 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.
Statistically the Best
UConn has garnered a handful of top NCAA statistics, both individually and as a program. Senior Charlotte Veitner sits second in the nation with 4.00 points per game and 1.71 goal per game, while junior Amanda Collins ranks sixth with 1.00 helpers per game. As a whole, UConn is boasting a 4.86 scoring average and a 4.14 scoring margin, both second best in DI.
UConn is currently riding a seven-game win streak, spanning from Aug. 25-Sept. 17. The Huskies remain the lone undefeated team in DI and are outscoring their opponents 34-5 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 its opponents 11-0, after blanking then- No. 13 Stanford, 2-0, and No. 14 Northwestern, 7-0.
Klein now owns 28 career shutouts for second most in program history, trailing only Sarah Mansfield’s 33 (2013-2013).
Did You Know
Charlotte Veitner’s 96 career goals are just two shy of breaking UConn’s all-time goals record of 97, set by Lauren Henderson (2001-04). Veitner currently holds the program’s top spot in points (246) and assists (54), claiming both distinctions during the 2016 season.
Queens of the BIG EAST
The Huskies are currently riding an 18-game regular season conference win streak, dating back t the 2013 national championship season. 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.
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.
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.