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No. 1 FH Prepares for BIG EAST Tournament

Nov. 2, 2017

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STORRS, Conn. -After a perfect 17-0 regular season, a 7-0 BIG EAST clip and a regular season conference title, the No. 1 UConn field hockey team is ready to begin its playoff run. The Huskies will fight for their sixth-straight conference tournament title and automatic bid to the NCAA this weekend in the 2017 BIG EAST Championship in Providence, R.I.

The Last Meeting
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September 29, 2017
Storrs, Conn. - Sherman Complex
No. 1 UConn Pushes Win Streak to 10, Tops Providence, 2-0
Freshman Margot van Hecking Colenbrander and sophomore Svea Boker notched a goal apiece to help lift the No. 1 UConn field hockey team to a 2-0 victory against Providence on Friday evening.

The 29th annual conference field hockey tournament will host a field of four teams- No. 1 UConn, Liberty, Old Dominion and Providence. The top-seeded Huskies will open tournament play against fourth seeded Providence, Friday, November 3 at 1 p.m.

The winner of the first semifinal game will play the winner of No. 2 Liberty and No. 3 Old Dominion in the championship tilt on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. The Huskies will look to carry their perfect record to the championship round in search for the program's 17th BIG EAST Tournament Championship and 29th NCAA appearance.

The 2017 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship will stream live on the BIG EAST Digital Network via the FOX Sports GO app.

Catching up with UConn


 

 

The Huskies have maintained their reputation as a top competitor having outscored their opponents 85-10 with ten shutouts this season. UConn is led by BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year Charlotte Veitner and BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year Casey Umstead. Veitner paced the league in points (30) and goals (12) in conference play. Overall, she leads the nation with 65 points and 27 goals in 16 outings. Umstead has also been essential for UConn on both sides of the field, anchoring a Huskies defense that outshot its opponents 362-100, while tallying 43 points, 17 assists and 13 goals on offense. In goal, senior Nina Klein currently ranks first in the nation in winning percentage (1.00) and goals against average (0.59), while her .808 save percentage is second best in the NCAA. UConn had six players named to the BIG EAST all-conference teams, while Head Coach Nancy Stevens and her staff were tabbed the Coaching Staff of the Year.

Scouting Providence

The Friars (11-7, 4-3 BIG EAST) will be looking to avenge a 2-0 defeat at the hands of UConn, Sept. 29 in Storrs, Conn. The Friars were 8-4 on their home turf during the 2017 regular season and were led by senior attacker Megan Hamilton, who was selected unanimously by the BIG EAST head coaches on the All-BIG EAST First Team. On both sides of the field, BIG EAST Freshman of the Year Manon van Weezel led the team with 13 points and two defensive saves, while also being selected unanimously to the All-BIG EAST First Team. In goal, Megan Guilbert (11-7, 1.87) started all 18 games for the Friars, recording 80 saves and three shutouts.

All-Conference Honors

Seniors Charlotte Veitner and Casey Umstead of the No. 1 UConn field hockey team were tabbed the BIG EAST Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively, as announced by the league on Thursday. The duo headlined a group of six total UConn players that earned all-conference honors.

Redshirt-senior Nina Klein and junior Amanda Collins joined Veitner and Umstead as BIG EAST First Team selections. Senior Karlie Heistand and freshman Margot van Hecking Colenbrander garnered Second Team accolades for their performances this fall.


A Senior Class to Remember

The 2017 senior class has had one of the most memorable careers in UConn field hockey history. Over the past four years, this senior class has put together an impressive 81-6 record to date and is on pace to finish their careers as the most successful class in program history. Additionally, their .930 winning percentage ranks first all-time in program history. As freshmen they contributed to the Huskies 2014 national championship run, helping the program capture its fourth national title.


No. 1 Across the Board

The UConn field hockey team maintained its unbeaten record last week to sustain its grip on the No. 1 ranking in the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I Coaches Poll as announced on Nov. 1.

UConn totaled 1,092 points and 39 first-place votes to claim the No. 1 ranking for the seventh straight week.

Head Coach Nancy Stevens has now led the UConn field hockey program to its fourth No. 1 ranking since taking over at the helm. Stevens and the Huskies last held the distinction in 2016, after a 9-0 start to the season.

National Players of the Week

Senior Charlotte Veitner has earned Longstreth/ NFHCA Division I Offensive Player of the Week honors three times this season. The senior was tabbed the Player of the Week on Oct. 10, Sept. 13 and Sept. 20. Additionally, classmate Casey Umstead pegged NFHCA Honorable Mention on Nov. 1, Sept. 27 and Sept. 3.

Statistically the Best

Senior Charlotte Veitner is boasting an NCAA-leading 4.06 points per game and 1.69 goals per game. Classmate Casey Umstead and Junior Amanda Collins are knotted for third in the nation in assists tallying 1.00 helpers per game, while sophomore Svea Boker is notching 0.86 assists per game to sit sixth overall.

Defensively, goalkeeper Nina Klein's impressive 0.60 goals against average leads all goalies, while UConn's 4.61 scoring margin rank atop the NCAA.

Going Streaking

UConn is in the midst of the programs' longest win streak of 17 games, spanning from Aug. 25-Oct. 28. The Huskies are the only undefeated team in DI and are outscoring their opponents 85-10.

Defending the Wall

Goalkeeper Nina Klein and the Huskies held their opponents scoreless for 206-minutes to begin the season. During that time, UConn outscored its opponents 9-0, after blanking then- No. 13 Stanford, 2-0, and No. 14 Northwestern, 7-0.

Did You Know...?

Forward Charlotte Veitner is now UConn's all-time goals, assists and points leader. After claiming the top spot in points (283) and assists (61) in 2016, Veitner completed the offensive trifecta with her record-breaking goal at Villanova on Oct. 6. The senior now owns 111 career tallies, becoming just the 12th player in DI history to eclipse the 100-goal mark.

Goalkeeper Nina Klein owns the program record for most wins and shutouts (35) by a goalkeeper. The redshirt-senior has notched 81 career wins in net- surpassing All-American and national champion Sarah Mansfield.

Queens of the BIG EAST

The Huskies are currently riding a 24-game conference win streak, dating back to the 2013 national championship season. UConn has strung together five consecutive BIG EAST Tournament Championships dating back to 2012.

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