STORRS, Conn. – The No. 2 University of Connecticut field hockey team will look to add to its winning streak when it travels to Philadelphia to take on Big East rival Temple on Friday, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. before stopping by Drexel for a 1 p.m. outing on Sunday, Oct. 11.
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Through eleven games, UConn and Syracuse are the only Division I teams that remain undefeated. Nationally, the Huskies check in at No. 1 in all but two categories. Connecticut tops the national rankings in winning percentage (1.000), assists per game (5.00), goals per game (6.55), points per game (18.09), scoring average (6.55), scoring margin (6.09), save percentage (0.833), goals against average (0.45) and shutouts per game (0.64).
Individually, sophomore forward Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) ranks second nationally among statistical leaders in points per game (4.82) and goals per game (2.09). Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.) leads the country in goals against average (0.38) and save percentage (.840). Senior midfielder Sophie Bowden (Somerset, England) is eighth in assists per game (0.80).
Veitner leads the Big East with a career-high 23 goals and 53 points, more than 30 points ahead of her nearest competitor, while topping the conference in seven categories. Bowden ranks first with eight assists while Veitner and senior Roisin Upton (Limerick, Ireland) are tied for second with seven assists. Upton checks in at No. 1 as she averages 1.00 assists per game while Bowden (0.80) and Veitner (0.64) are second and third, respectively. Klein has the best goals against average and save percentage in the conference.
Earlier this week, Veitner earned her fifth Big East Offensive Player of the Week honor on Oct. 5 after posting a season-high four goals against Yale and two assists in the conference opener against Villanova for 10 points on the weekend. Upton was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Week for her first career hat trick along with two assists against the Wildcats and an assist last Sunday.
Sophomore Casey Umstead (Sellersville, Pa.) added a goal and assist in the 10-0 shutout over Villanova and one goal coupled with two assists in the 8-0 victory over the Bulldogs to make the Big East Weekly Honor Roll.
Veitner was also chosen as the Eastern College Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week while Upton received the Defensive Player of the Week honor.
UConn (11-0, 1-0 Big East) sports a 7-2-1 advantage in the all-time series with Temple (3-8, 0-0 Big East), dating back to 1986. The two squads met twice last year, starting with a 4-3 win for the Huskies behind goals from Veitner (2), Bowden and Umstead to clinch the conference regular season title. Friday’s game will be a rematch of last year’s Big East Tournament Championship game, which ended with a 4-1 UConn victory.
The Huskies and Dragons met for the first time in 2009 and UConn owns a 3-1 all-time series lead. Drexel (4-6) and Connecticut haven’t taken the field together since 2011 when the Huskies came away with a 2-0 win.