STORRS, Conn. – The No. 1 University of Connecticut field hockey team is preparing for an action packed weekend at home in the George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex against No. 9 Stanford on Friday at 6 p.m. before hosting California at noon on Sunday.
Husky fans can keep up with all the action via the gametracker and video links posted above. To keep up with the team on Twitter, follow @UConnFHockey.
Through seven games, UConn is one of four Division I teams that remains undefeated. Nationally, the Huskies rank among the top-3 in nearly every category. Connecticut tops the national rankings in winning percentage (1.000), assists per game (5.00), goals per game (5.86), points per game (16.71), scoring average (5.86), scoring margin (5.43) and goals against average (0.43). The team clocks in second in shutouts per game (0.57) and third in save percentage (0.850).
Individually, sophomore forward Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) ranks second nationally among statistical leaders in points per game (4.86) and goals per game (2.14). Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper (Topton, Pa.) Nina Klein tops the country in goals against average (0.30) and checks in at No. 2 in save percentage (.882). Senior midfielder Sophie Bowden (Somerset, England) is second in assists per game (1.00).
Earlier this week, freshman forward Amanda Collins (Binghamton, N.Y.) received her first conference honors as a Husky, being named the Big East Rookie of the Week and Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 21 after she tallied her first career hat trick along with two assists to help the Huskies to an 8-0 victory over Lafayette. With a goal and three assists, Veitner was added to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll.
Friday’s game will be the eighth meeting between UConn and Stanford (6-2) in a series that began in 1986. The Huskies have won six of the seven matchups. The two squads battled each other twice last year, starting with a 3-1 Cardinal victory on Sept. 26, 2014. Connecticut rebounded when it mattered most, getting a 3-1 win to advance to the semifinals of the 2014 NCAA Tournament on two goals from Veitner and a score from sophomore forward Casey Umstead (Sellersville, Pa.).
UConn has been triumphant in each of its three games against California (5-3), dating back to 1987. In their last meeting in 2013, the Huskies downed the Bears, 2-1, thanks to goals from the All-America duo of Marie Elena Bolles and Chloe Hunnable.