Full Big East Release
STORRS, Conn. – For the third time this season, UConn field hockey took both the Big East Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week when juniors Charlotte Veitner and Casey Umstead won the honors, respectively.
Veitner recorded nine points in wins over Temple and No. 9 Boston University by way of a hat trick against the Owls and a goal, plus an assist, against the Terriers. She moved into a tie with former Olympian Tracey Fuchs for second on UConn’s all-time points list.
She leads the team with 12 goals and 31 points this season, picking up where she left off in 2015 as the top scorer in all of Division I and being named an NFHCA First Team All-American.
It is Veitner’s second consecutive week earning the award and the 11th time in her UConn career. Last Wednesday, she was also honored as the NFHCA Offensive Player of the Week, beating all other players in Division I.
A key part of the defense this past weekend, Umstead earned her second nod as DPOW after helping the Huskies to hold Temple and No. 9 BU to just one goal combined. Umstead scored twice against the Terriers in a 5-1 win on Sunday.
The junior defender won the award back on Sept. 5, when sophomore Amanda Collins was named Offensive Player of the Week at the same time.
Umstead was selected to the 2015 All-Mideast Region Second Team, as part of UConn’s run to the NCAA Final Four last season. She is currently second on the team in scoring with eight goals.
Freshman Svea Boker was named to the Big East Honor Roll for the second time this season, after scoring a goal and recording an assist against Temple in Friday’s 6-0 shut-out win.
The No. 3 Huskies host UMass on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex and travel to play Providence on Friday at 5 p.m.