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No. 1 Field Hockey Prepares for UMass, Providence

Sept. 26, 2016

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STORRS, Conn. -
Coming off a road victory at No. 9 Boston University on Sunday, the No. 1 UConn field hockey team has only a few days to prepare for a midweek matchup with UMass on Wednesday at 4 p.m. (ET) at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.

The Huskies (9-0, 2-0 Big East) host the Minutewomen before traveling for another Big East game on Friday at Providence for a 5 p.m. (ET) game. Links to live stats and video streams can be found above for both games.

Junior Charlotte Veitner continued her hot streak this past weekend, as UConn earned a dominant 5-1 win over the Terriers on Sunday and a 6-0 shut-out against the Owls on Friday. Veitner recorded a hat trick in the win over Temple, while scoring a goal and grabbing an assist against BU.

With the nine-point weekend, Veitner tied UConn alum and former Olympian Tracey Fuchs for second on UConn's all-time career points list with 178. She is 36 points away from passing Lauren Henderson for the top spot.


 

 

Junior Casey Umstead added two goals against the Terriers, giving her eight this season - second-most on the team. Freshmen Svea Boker and Barbara van den Hoogen each tallied a score in the most recent weekend, as well.

Prior to Tuesday's poll release, UConn was ranked third in the country. No. 1 Syracuse and No. 2 Duke both lost to No. 5 North Carolina this past weekend, meaning the Huskies are the only undefeated team left in Division I.

SCOUTING UMASS

UConn and UMass met back on Sept. 9 in Amherst this season - a 2-1 win for the Huskies - which ended with Umstead scoring the game-winner on a penalty stroke in the 64th minute. Senior Anna Middendorf scored the tying goal, after UConn trailed 1-0 at halftime.

The Minutewomen (5-4, 1-0 A-10) are coming off a 3-2 overtime victory at No. 9 Boston College on Sunday. Boston College and Boston University shared the No. 9 spot after receiving the same amount of votes last week.

Since the loss to the Huskies, UMass has gone 3-1, with the only loss coming to No. 18 Stanford, 1-0. Sarah Hawkshaw and Melanie Kreusch lead the team with five goals each this season. The Minutewomen are outshooting opponents, 141-91.

PROVIDENCE REPORT

The Friars (8-2, 2-0 Big East) are off to a fast start in 2016 and will be riding a five-game winning streak heading into Friday's matchup with the Huskies. Providence is 2-0 in Big East games, with wins over Temple and Villanova.

Adrienne Houle leads the Friars with nine goals this season, while Megan Guilbert has recorded 43 saves in 10 games as goalkeeper. Providence is averaging close to 14 shots per game and has a 78-59 advantage in penalty corners over opponents this season.

The Huskies are 33-8-3 all-time against the Friars and have not lost to Providence since 2007 - a streak of 10 straight matches.

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