STORRS, Conn. – The No. 5 University of Connecticut field hockey team continues Big East play on Friday, Oct. 24 when it travels to Philadelphia, Pa. to take on Villanova at 7 p.m. Following the game, UConn heads to Princeton to challenge the Tigers on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m.
The Huskies (11-2, 3-0 Big East) are coming off two lopsided victories over conference foe Providence and in-state rival Yale this past weekend. On Friday, UConn downed the Friars, 7-1, behind a pair of goals from senior forward Chloe Hunnable (Halstead, England) before defeating the Bulldogs, 8-3, courtesy of Olivia Bolles’ (Phoenixville, Pa.) first two tallies of the year.
On Monday, freshman forward Charlotte Veitner (Dusselforf, Germany) was named the Big East Offensive Player of the Week after tallying eight points (two goals, four assists) in the Huskies’ two-win weekend. Veitner checks in at No. 4 in the conference and No. 42 in the country with 1.64 points per game. Her 22 points are a team-best and she is also one of four Huskies with at least six goals in 2014.
Overall, Connecticut has won five straight games and sports a 19-2 record in its last 21 Big East match-ups.
The Huskies can claim a share of the 2014 Big East regular season title with a victory over Villanova. It would mark UConn’s second-consecutive regular season crown after earning a share in 2013. In total, Connecticut has captured 13 Big East regular season titles to date.
A win would also secure the Huskies the No. 1 in the upcoming Big East Championship in Providence, R.I.
The Wildcats and Huskies have played 31 times dating back to the 1988 season, with UConn holding a 25-6 all-time series edge. UConn has won 13 of 20 meetings with the Tigers since the two squads first met on the pitch in 1996.
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