STORRS, Conn. – The No. 1 UConn field hockey team landed three players on the BIG EAST Weekly Award list as announced by the league on Monday. After a 2-0 week for the Huskies, senior Casey Umstead was pegged the Defensive Player of the Week, while junior Amanda Collins and Margot van Hecking Colenbrander garnered Honor Roll merits.
For the sixth consecutive week, Umstead has earned a BIG EAST Player of the Week honor, earning Defensive accolades for the fifth time this season. Coming off an honorable mention for National Player of the Week, Umstead anchored a Husky defense that shutout a pair opponents this weekend by a combined score of 10-0. In a battle of unbeaten, Umstead and the Husky defense outshot Providence 22-0, to defeat the Friars 2-0 and improve to 3-0 in BIG EAST play. In Sunday’s tilt against UMass, the Huskies held the Minutewomen to only five shots as UConn garnered its fifth shutout of the season. Overall, Connecticut outshot its opponents’ 48-5, and only gave up three penalty corners on the week. The senior defender also made her mark on the attack, tallying seven points (2g, 3a), while picking up the game-winner in an overpowering 8-0 victory against UMass.
Leading the BIG EAST with a 10-point weekend (2g, 6a), Collins helped UConn remain the only unbeaten team in the nation, while picking up its 20th consecutive conference victory. In Friday’s 2-0 victory against Providence, Collins got the Huskies on the board late in the second half when she connected with Margot van Hecking Colenbrander on the game-winner. On Sunday, against the Minutewomen, the junior tallied two goals and five assists, for a career-high nine point performance, as the Huskies rolled to an 8-0 win against UMass.
The freshman defender played two more complete games in the Husky defense, while garnering two goals and two assists on the week. Following a scoreless first half against Providence, van Hecking Colenbrander tallied the game-winning goal in the 57th minute, as the Huskies collected their 20th consecutive conference win, 2-0. In the victory against UMass, the defender found a hand on a trio of goals including an assist on the game-winner by Collins.
The Huskies will face BIG EAST rival Villanova on Friday, Oct. 6 at 7:00 p.m. to begin their three-game road stint.