Full Big East Release
STORRS, Conn. – For the third straight week and the fourth time this season, the No. 1 UConn field hockey team swept Big East Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week awards, with junior Charlotte Veitner and redshirt-junior Nina Klein being honored by the league on Monday.
It is Veitner’s third consecutive nod as the Offensive Player of the Week after scoring four goals and grabbing an assist in an 8-1 win over UMass on Wednesday. For Klein, it is her first Big East recognition of the season.
UConn players have now accounted for 10 major awards from the Big East in 2016 – five of both Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week – and the season is just over one month old.
In addition to Wednesday’s performance, her third game with at least three goals this season, Veitner recorded an assist in Friday’s 2-0 conference win over Providence. She is just 26 points away from breaking Lauren Henderson’s program record of 213.
It is the 12th time that the junior forward from Dusseldorf, Germany has earned Offensive Player of the Week in her UConn career.
In addition to her points chase, Veitner is only 25 goals and four assists away from breaking UConn program records in those respective categories as well.
Klein, who is 53-3 in her career as UConn’s goalkeeper, earned her third all-time selection as Defensive Player of the Week. In wins over UMass and Providence, she allowed just one goal combined – picking up her fourth shut-out of the season on Friday.
With seven saves this past week, including five against the Friars in a tightly-contested game, Klein deterred nearly all scoring chances for UConn’s opponents. She has 20 saves this season and has allowed 0.82 goals per game – second-best in all of Division I.
The No. 1 Huskies are home for the next two weeks and will host Villanova in Big East action on Friday at 6 p.m. UConn plays Dartmouth on Sunday at 12 p.m., with both games at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.