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STORRS, Conn. – The No. 1 UConn field hockey swept the BIG EAST Player of the Week awards after improving to 9-0 on the season, while knocking off defending National Champion, No. 5 Delaware in an exciting overtime thriller.
Seniors Charlotte Veitner and Casey Umstead were tabbed the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for the third consecutive week, while freshman Margot van Hecking Colenbrander earned her first Rookie of the Week distinction.
The Huskies turned in a 2-0 clip last week to remain the only undefeated team in Division I. UConn continued its BIG EAST dominance with a 4-1 victory at Temple on Friday, for its 19th straight conference win, before upping No. 5 Delaware on Sunday afternoon.
Veitner, one of the most lethal offensive weapons in DI, turned in a three point performance last week, including a heroic showing against the Blue Hens. In its toughest match up thus far, No. 1 UConn found itself in a 0-0 gridlock after 70 minutes of regulation play at No. 5 Delaware. Veitner, the team's leading goal scorer, stamped the book close with a tally in the 81st minute to continue to Huskies perfect season. With the tally, she tied the program’s all-time goals record with her 97th career score. Additionally, the forward had a hand in one of the squad’s four goals against Temple, dishing out her fifth helper of the season. The senior
For a league-best fifth consecutive week, Umstead has received a BIG EAST Player of the Week honor, earning Defensive accolades for the fourth time this season. Proving she’s a force on both sides of the ball, the back collected her fifth goal of the year against conference foe Temple, while anchoring a defense that held the Owls to just three shots. UConn’s defense showed why it’s one of the most prolific in the nation, after holding the Blue Hen’s scoreless, despite their 3.88 goals per game average.
Van Hecking Colenbrander’s freshman campaign has been nothing short of extraordinary, as the back has landed on the BIG EAST Honor Roll every week in 2017, prior to earning her first Rookie of the Week selection. Suiting up in only one game last week, her impact on the field never faltered. The back posted three points in the team’s victory at Temple, marking her sixth multi-point game. Van Hecking Colenbrander first connected with teammate Barbara van den Hoogen in the second half to break the scoreless tie, before providing her team with an insurance goal later in the contest in route to a 4-1 victory. She now owns six goals and four assists for 16 points through eight games in 2017.
UConn returns to action with a pair of home games next week. The Huskies will first welcome conference foe Providence (6 p.m.) on Friday, Sept. 29, before welcoming Massachusetts (1 p.m.) on Sunday, Oct. 1 in a nonconference matchup.