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Field Hockey Holds Down The No. 1 Spot for the Third Straight Week

Sept. 26, 2017

NFHCA Release

GILBERT, Ariz. --
A weekend victory against the defending national champion on Sunday has solidified the UConn field hockey team's hold on the No. 1 ranking in the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I Coaches Poll, as  announced on Tuesday.

The Huskies defeated then-No. 5 Delaware, 1-0, in an overtime thriller on Sunday to push their record on the season to 9-0, remaining the last unbeaten team in the nation. UConn accumulated 1,146 points and 44 first-place votes to remain at the top of the poll for the third straight week.

Duke held on to the No. 2 spot, while Virginia inched up to No. 3 and Penn State fell one spot to No. 4. North Carolina climbed back into the top-5, after nailing down a pair of wins over the weekend.

Head Coach Nancy Stevens has led the UConn field hockey program to its fourth No. 1 ranking since taking over at the helm. Stevens and the Huskies last held the distinction in 2016, after a 9-0 start to the season.

In Sunday’s match against the Blue Hens, UConn’s senior forward Charlotte Veitner broke the scoreless tie in overtime when she found the back of the cage to secure the road victory, the Huskies’ sixth win over a top-20 opponent. On the season Veitner ranks third in the nation with both 13 goals and 31 points, and has been named National Offensive Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks.

Defensively, UConn is led by senior back Casey Umstead, who has garnered BIG EAST recognition in five consecutive weeks.In last week’s pair of contests, UConn outshot its opponents 40-10, and through the opening nine games have outscored its opposition 39-6, while outshooting them 184-49. Entering Sunday’s match, then-No. 5 Delaware’s prolific offense had averaged 3.88 goals per game and 17.6 shots per game. However, the Huskies tamed the Blue Hens by limiting them to only seven shots, zero in the overtime period, while picking up their fourth shutout of the season. 



UConn is facing one of the nations most rigorous regular season schedules in 2017, as the squad has faced six top-20 opponents in nine games so far this season. In addition to their No. 1 ranking, the Huskies have claimed the No. 1 spot in the RPI rankings for a second straight week.

UConn returns to action with a pair of home games this 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.