NEW YORK – After helping lead the University of Connecticut field hockey team to a pair of wins this weekend, sophomore forward Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) has been named the Big East Offensive Player of the Week while senior midfielder Roisin Upton (Limerick, Ireland) was chosen as the Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the conference on Monday afternoon.
Veitner earned her fifth honor by tallying 10 points on four goals and two assists over the weekend. She assisted the first goal in UConn’s 10-0 win against league-rival Villanova on Saturday. Veitner set up the penalty corner that led to junior Anna Middendorf (Bremen, Germany) scoring. She also helped Upton post her second tally of the game off the corner. In the Huskies 8-0 victory over Yale on Sunday, Veitner notched a season-high four goals. Veitner had her first goal of the game after she flicked the ball past Yale’s goaltender just five minutes into the contest. Veitner cushioned UConn’s lead heading into halftime when she flicked the ball into the right corner of the cage. She also caught Middendorf’s rebound off the goalie’s shin and pushed it in for the score. Veitner tipped in Upton’s blast from the top of the circle for her final goal.
Through eleven games, Veitner tops the national Division I leaders in points per game (4.82) and ranks second in goals per game (2.09), both of which leads the Big East. She paces the team and conference with a career-high 23 goals and 53 points.
Since returning from injury, Upton has played a key role in Connecticut’s shutouts protecting redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.). Along with having a strong defensive presence, Upton is also an offensive threat for the Huskies. She nabbed her first weekly accolade after she posted a hat trick and two assists in UConn’s conference opener against Villanova. Upton came in from the top of the circle for her first goal before sending a scorcher into the net from a corner four minutes later. She had her final goal on a successful penalty stroke. She also assisted one of Veitner’s scores against Yale.
Sophomore Casey Umstead (Sellersville, Pa.) put away a goal off a rebound and added an assist against the Wildcats on Friday. She scored UConn’s first goal against Yale on a penalty stroke and assisted the final two tallies by Middendorf and sophomore Kendall Youngblood (Milwaukee, Wis.) to make the Big East Weekly Honor Roll.
The Huskies continue conference play on Friday, Oct. 9 when they travel to Philadelphia to face Temple at 2 p.m.