STORRS, Conn. - The No. 2 University of Connecticut field hockey team will look to push its winning streak to 32 games when it concludes its non-conference schedule against UMass on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at the George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex at 4 p.m.
UConn (17-0, 4-0 Big East) is coming off a pair of weekend victories over league foe Providence and No. 20 Princeton. Earlier this week, sophomore forward Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) was named the Big East Offensive Player of the Week for the seventh time this season. Her two goals and six assists helped the Huskies secure an 8-0 win over the Friars and defeat the Tigers, 4-1. Senior midfielder Roisin Upton (Limerick, Ireland) was placed on the conference's Weekly Honor Roll after tallying three goals on the weekend.
Through 17 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 (4.71), goals per game (6.12), points per game (16.94), scoring average (6.12), scoring margin (5.76), save percentage (0.875), goals against average (0.35) and shutouts per game (0.71).
Individually, Veitner leads the nation in points per game (4.53), stands second in goals per game (1.76) and is tied for first in assists per game (1.00). Redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.) tops the country in goals against average (0.30) and save percentage (.881). Upton checks in at No. 5 in points per game (2.62) while ranking ninth in assists per game (0.77) and goals per game (0.92).
Connecticut owns a 34-13-3 all-time record against UMass (8-8) in a series dating back to 1975. The Huskies have won the last four meetings against the Minutewomen, including last year's 2-0 victory with goals from Upton and Veitner.