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STORRS, Conn. – Wins over two-ranked teams, Big East awards, program records, a boost in the NFHCA Coaches Poll and a top-four spot in the NCAA RPI; it’s been quite a week for the No. 3 University of Connecticut field hockey team.
Coming off road wins over then-No. 13 Old Dominion and No. 14 Virginia propelled the Huskies (7-0, 1-0 Big East) back to No. 3 in the country – the spot they were ranked in the NFHCA Preseason Poll.
On Friday, UConn looks to capitalize off its current momentum when it hosts Temple at 3 p.m. (ET) at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. Another tough road matchup will follow on Sunday, when the Huskies travel to play No. 9 Boston University at 1 p.m. (ET).
Junior Charlotte Veitner was named Big East Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after scoring a program-record six goals against Virginia in an 8-0 win. Senior Anna Middendorf scored twice at Old Dominion, including the game-winner, and was selected Defensive Player of the Week.
Veitner was also named Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday, following her offensive explosion on Sunday.
On Tuesday, the NFHCA Coaches Poll had UConn moved up two spots and receiving four first-place votes. Also, the NCAA RPI was released and had the Huskies ranked fourth – with tough road games still left against No. 9 BU, No. 6 Maryland and No. 9 Boston College (tied with BU).
Now the Huskies shift their focus to Temple and Boston University – two teams they have had past success against. UConn has beaten the Owls in the past three meetings by a combined 19-3 margin. The Huskies have won seven straight over the Terriers, dating back to 2008.
Sophomore Amanda Collins is tied with Middendorf for the second-most goals this season (6). Veitner leads with eight and has 22 points on the season, putting her third on UConn’s all-time points list.
The Owls (1-7, 0-1 Big East) have lost seven of their first eight games, including a 3-2 overtime loss to Providence in Big East action on Sept. 16. Temple’s only win came against La Salle on Sept. 4.
Temple’s roster includes eight freshmen, emphasizing the program’s youth. The Owls were 8-13 (3-2 Big East) in 2015, losing to UConn in the Big East Championship by a 7-3 margin on Nov. 8 in Norfolk, Va.
The No. 9 Terriers start the season with a 7-0 record (1-0 Patriot League), including wins over ranked opponents in No. 11 Northwestern and No. 19 Maine. Most recently, BU dominated Colgate, 9-0.
Amanda Cassera leads the team with five goals, as the Terriers hold a 128-53 shots advantage over opponents this season. UConn beat the Terriers, 4-1, in an exhibition game back on Aug. 13 in Storrs.