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STORRS, Conn. – A top-five showdown highlights the upcoming weekend for the No. 1 UConn field hockey team, which will take on No. 5 Maryland on Sunday at 12 p.m. (ET) in College Park, Md.
The top-ranked Huskies (15-0, 5-0 Big East) face conference foe Georgetown on Friday at 1 p.m. (ET), looking to remain the only unbeaten team in all of Division I. Both games can be followed on live stats, live streams or @UConnFHockey on Twitter.
Coming off two home wins over Liberty and Yale, including an 8-1 win over the Bulldogs on Senior Day, UConn will face its toughest challenge of the season against the fifth-ranked Terrapins (12-3, 6-1 Big Ten).
UConn is 1-4 all-time against Maryland, with its last victory over the Terps coming in 1985 in the NCAA Quarterfinals. The Huskies went on to win the program’s second NCAA title that season.
Junior forward Charlotte Veitner tied the program’s all-time assists record against Yale, recording the 46th of her career. It matches the record of Lizzy Peijs, graduate of 2008. Veitner also is just nine points away from tying Lauren Henderson’s all-time points record of 213.
As a team, the Huskies continue to lead the nation in several categories: scoring average (5.41), scoring margin (4.47), goals per game (5.40), and points per game (15.27). They rank second in goals against average (0.93) and assists per game (4.47).
Three Huskies are in the top 10 when it comes to goals per game and points per game in Division I. Veitner leads the nation in both stats, while junior Casey Umstead and sophomore Amanda Collins are tied for sixth in each.
UConn is 7-0 on the road this season, as it prepares to end the regular season with three road contests in the final four games.
SCOUTING THE HOYAS
The Huskies are 13-0 in the all-time series with Georgetown, dating back to 1992. Currently, the Hoyas (4-10, 0-5 Big East) have lost three of four games – all to conference opponents (Temple, Liberty, Providence).
Georgetown goalkeeper Rachel Skonecki is averaging 9.07 saves per game, the most in the Big East. UConn has posted three straight shut-outs against the Hoyas since 2013.
No. 5 Maryland is riding a five-game winning streak heading into Sunday’s matchup with the Huskies. The victories include two ranked opponents in No. 12 Michigan and No. 6 Penn State.
The Terrapins’ only losses this season have come against three teams currently in the top 10 – No. 2 Duke, No. 3 Syracuse and No. 10 Northwestern. Luus Welma leads the team with 12 goals this season.
Sunday’s game with Maryland will be the highest-ranked opponent UConn has played this season. The Huskies already hold victories over No. 18 Stanford, No. 9 Virginia, No. 13 Boston University and No. 20 Harvard.