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STORRS, Conn. – Friday marks the beginning of a potential postseason run for the No. 4 UConn field hockey team, which plays Temple in the Big East semifinals at Howarth Field in Philadelphia, Pa. Game time is at 1 p.m. (ET).
Winners of their last 20 Big East games, the Huskies (18-1, 7-0 Big East) will have an opportunity to win their fifth-straight Big East Tournament championship this weekend.
All games in the tournament will take place on the Temple campus and therefore can be followed on Temple’s live stats. They can also be viewed on the Big East Digital Network, with Kevin Copp and Faye Curran on the call.
UConn is 9-1 in its last 10 games in the Big East Tournament, dating back to 2012. The Huskies are 3-0 all-time against Temple in the tournament, including wins over the Owls in the championship game each of the past two seasons.
Entering the weekend, the Huskies rank first across the nation in several NCAA categories – scoring average (5.00 goals per game), scoring margin per game (3.81), goals per game (5.05) and points per game (14.11).
Junior Charlotte Veitner leads the Big East in goals (23) and assists (14) this season, totaling 60 points – putting her just six behind Lauren Henderson for the all-time program record.
UConn was the only team to go undefeated in conference play, earning them the top seed in Philadelphia. A game with fourth-seeded Temple awaits, while the other semifinal is between No. 2 Liberty and No. 3 Providence.
Temple (7-11, 3-4 Big East), the tournament host, earned a spot in the Big East semifinals on the final weekend of the regular season. The Owls earned league victories over Georgetown, Old Dominion and Quinnipiac this season.
Rachael Mueller is the team’s leading scorer with 10 goals and Sarah Keer has a team-high six assists.
Back on Sept. 23, the Huskies earned a 6-0 shut out win over the Owls at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. Veitner scored a hat trick in the victory, as four different Huskies scored in the game.
UConn is 10-2-1 all-time against Temple and has not lost to the Owls since 1989, when Diane Wright was head coach of the Huskies.