STORRS, Conn. – The No. 2 University of Connecticut field hockey team will look to extend its 29-game winning streak, dating back to 2014. The Huskies will hit the road on Friday, Oct. 23 to face Big East rival Providence at 5 p.m. before heading back to Storrs to battle No. 20 Princeton on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 2:30 p.m.
Through 15 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 (4.53), goals per game (6.13), points per game (16.80), scoring average (6.13), scoring margin (5.80), save percentage (0.881), goals against average (0.33) and shutouts per game (0.73).
Individually, sophomore forward Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) leads the nation in points per game (4.47), stands second in goals per game (1.87) and ranks seventh in assists per game (0.73). Redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.) tops the country in goals against average (0.27) and save percentage (.889).
Veitner leads the Big East with a career-high 28 goals and 67 points, more than 30 points ahead of her nearest competitor, while topping the conference in seven categories. Sophomore forward Casey Umstead (Sellersville Pa.) and senior midfielder Roisin Upton (Limerick, Ireland) round out the top-three with 29 and 26 points, respectively. Upton checks in at No. 1 as she averages 1.00 assists per game while senior midfielder Sophie Bowden (Somerset, England) (0.80) and Veitner (0.73) are second and third, respectively. Klein has the best goals against average and save percentage in the conference.
UConn (15-0, 3-0 Big East) is coming off a pair of weekend victories over No. 11 Old Dominion and No. 17 Boston University. Earlier this week, Klein was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Week after posting her eighth shutout of the season along with three saves in each game. She was also chosen as the Eastern College Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Freshman Amelia Iacobucci (Malvern, Pa.) was tabbed as the Rookie of the Week, her first conference honor as a Husky after tallying the game-winner against the Lady Monarchs and adding a goal against the Terriers.
Umstead notched a hat trick while Upton had two assists and a goal in the win over BU to make the Big East Weekly Honor Roll.
The Huskies own a 32-8-3 all-time record against Providence (4-11, 2-1 Big East) in a series dating back to 1981. UConn has won the last eight meetings against their conference foe.
Connecticut and Princeton (7-5) met for the first time in 1996 and the Huskies hold a 14-7 all-time series lead. Last season, Veitner scored twice as UConn downed the Tigers, 4-3, to close out its non-conference schedule.
Sunday’s game against Princeton will serve as the 2015 Senior Day, during which the Huskies’ seven seniors Sophie Bowden, Katie Guarini, Pippa Lewis, Megan Palmisano, Mckenzie Townsend, Roisin Upton and Emily Walsh will be honored during a pregame ceremony. The seniors have posted a remarkable 75-10 overall record, which translates into a .882 winning percentage and is the best mark for any four-year class in the history of UConn field hockey.
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