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STORRS, Conn. – Junior Charlotte Veitner and senior Anna Middendorf earned Big East Offensive Player of the Year and Co-Defensive Player of the Year, respectively, as the No. 4 UConn field hockey team received numerous Big East season awards on Thursday.
In addition, Veitner and Middendorf were named All-Big East First Team, along with junior Casey Umstead. Redshirt junior Nina Klein and junior Karlie Heistand were selected to the All-Big East Second Team.
For Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany), it is her second straight Offensive Player of the Year honor. She currently leads the Big East in goals (23) and assists (14) and is UConn’s all-time assists leader (47). She leads the NCAA in points per game (3.16).
It is Middendorf’s (Bremen, Germany) third-career selection to the First Team and her first as Co-Defensive Player of the Year. The key piece to UConn’s defense, Middendorf is fourth in the Big East with 11 goals and helped the Huskies post five shut outs this season.
Following her sophomore season on the All-Big East Second Team, Umstead (Red Hill, Pa.) earned a First Team nod this season after scoring 17 goals – second-most in the conference – as a defender. She earned two Big East Defensive Player of the Week awards in 2016.
With her selection, Heistand is a back-to-back All-Second Team member as she solidified UConn’s midfield – helping the offense to score and the defense to limit opportunities. She has recorded three goals and three assists this season.
Klein, UConn’s standout goalkeeper, recorded five shut outs and held opponents to just 1.20 goals per game – eighth-best in Division I. She has recorded 46 saves (.667 save percentage) this season, allowing just 23 goals in 19 games.
Stevens – along with Caddy and Schulz – continue to draw praise from the Big East. The Huskies will be competing for their fifth-straight Big East Tournament title this weekend and have won their last 20 games against league opponents.
For Stevens, the all-time wins leader in collegiate field hockey history, it is her 10th Big East coaching award since arriving to UConn in 1990.
The Huskies (18-1, 7-0 Big East) prepare to play Temple on Friday in the Big East semifinals at Howarth Field in Philadelphia, Pa. Game time is 1 p.m. (ET) and can be watched on the Big East Digital Network.