STORRS, Conn. – The No. 2 University of Connecticut field hockey team will host an action-packed weekend at the George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex, starting with Big East foe No. 11 Old Dominion on Saturday at noon. The Huskies will take the field again on Sunday to face No. 17 Boston University at 3 p.m.
Husky fans can keep up with all the action via the Gametracker links posted above. To keep up with the team on Twitter, follow @UConnFHockey.
Through 13 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 (4.85), goals per game (6.62), points per game (18.08), scoring average (6.62), scoring margin (6.23), save percentage (0.857), goals against average (0.38) and shutouts per game (0.69).
Individually, sophomore forward Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) leads the nation in points per game (5.00) and goals per game (2.15). Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.) tops the country in goals against average (0.32) and save percentage (.867). Senior midfielder Sophie Bowden (Somerset, England) is tied for fourth in assists per game (0.80).
Veitner leads the Big East with a career-high 28 goals and 65 points, more than 40 points ahead of her nearest competitor, while topping the conference in seven categories. Bowden and senior midfielder Roisin Upton (Limerick, Ireland) are locked for second with eight assists. Upton checks in at No. 1 as she averages 1.00 assists per game while Bowden (0.80) and Veitner (0.69) are second and third, respectively. Klein has the best goals against average and save percentage in the conference.
Earlier this week, Veitner earned her sixth Big East Offensive Player of the Week honor on Oct. 12 after posting her sixth game with at least three goals and added two assists in UConn’s 8-0 triumph over conference-rival Temple. She finished out the 6-0 win against Drexel with the first and last goals of the game. Upton tallied her second-straight Big East Defensive Player of the Week award after she anchored the back line that allowed only 12 shots in UConn’s pair of wins in the City of Brotherly Love. She helped to limit Temple to four shots, all of which happened in the second half, while Drexel only tallied eight shots. Upton recorded a goal against the Owls along with one goal and one assist versus the Dragons.
Graduate student midfielder Pippa Lewis (Malvern, England) notched one goal and one assist in both of Connecticut’s outings to earn a spot on the Big East Weekly Honor Roll. Klein joined her teammate after making five saves, four of which were against Drexel. She had her fourth-straight and sixth overall solo shutout of the season.
The Huskies trail in the all-time series against Lady Monarchs, 12-24, dating back to 1979. UConn (13-0, 2-0 Big East) and ODU (8-4, 1-0 Big East) battled it out last year as the Huskies came away with a 4-0 win on two goals from junior midfielder Anna Middendorf (Bremen, Germany) followed by scores from sophomore forward Casey Umstead (Sellersville, Pa.) and Veitner.
UConn and BU (9-4) met for the first time in 1982 and the Huskies own a 26-8 all-time series lead, with Connecticut winning the last six outings. When the two teams squared off last season, the Huskies were victorious in a 2-1 penalty shoot-out with the Terriers, after Umstead tallied the game-winner.
Connecticut has not conceded a goal since Sept. 25 against then No. 9 Stanford and is currently on a 27-game winning streak, dating back to the 2014 season.