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Upton, Veitner Take Home Big East Regular Season Awards

Roisin Upton was named the 2014 Big East Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday.
Nov. 5, 2014

NEW YORK - Junior co-captain Rosin Upton (Limerick, Ireland) was tabbed as the 2014 Big East Defensive Player of the Year, while freshman standout Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) earned recognition as the league's Rookie of the Year, as announced by the conference on Wednesday afternoon. In addition, four Husky players were selected to the All-Big East First team and the UConn coaching staff was honored with as the Big East Coaching Staff of the Year.

Upton was joined on the All-Big East First Team by fellow captain Chrissy Davidson (West Lawn, Pa.), junior midfielder Sophie Bowden (Somerset, England), and sophomore defender Anna Middendorf (Bremen, Germany). Olivia Bolles (Phoenixville, Pa.) Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.) and Veitner were placed on the All-Conference Second Team.

In total, the Huskies have had 75 All-Big East First Team selections in program history. 

Upton, who was named as the conference's preseason Defensive Player of the Year in August, was a critical part in helping UConn capture the 2014 regular season crown with a 14-2 overall record and a perfect 5-0 mark in league play. The junior has made 15 starts, tallying an impressive 20 points on five goals and 10 assists. She has converted a pair of stroke attempts and also notched the game-winning goal in UConn's 2-1 win over Lafayette on Sept. 21.



Veitner has burst onto the collegiate scene with a team-best 12 goals in her first 16 games, including five game-winners. The freshman was named the conference's Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 20 and scored twice in the final 4:18 against Temple on Saturday to help the Huskies secure the conference regular season title.

Davidson, who was invited to play in the NFHCA Division I Senior Game, has turned in a solid senior campaign, notching a team-high 10 assists to go along with a pair of goals. A 2014 U.S. National team member, Davidson has been one of the most consistent offensive weapons for the Huskies, highlighted by a season-best four points on a goal and two assists in the Huskies' dominant 8-3 victory over yale on Oct. 19

Bowden earns a spot on the First Team after tallying seven goals through Connecticut's first 16 games. She is one of four Huskies with at least six goals and scored the game-winning goal to secure a 1-0 victory for UConn over then-ranked No. 8 Penn State (Sept. 6)

Middendorf rounds out the First Team after establishing herself as one of the nation's premier threats on penalty corner attempts. The sophomore defender has found the back of the net on nine different occasions, highlighted by a season best five points in UConn's 4-0 defeat of Old Dominion on Oct. 10.

Klein, a redshirt-freshman, has earned the starting nod in the net in each game this season and boasts an impressive 1.14 goals against average. The keeper has tallied seven shutouts and was named the conference's Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 13.

Bolles proved to be one of the league's most dangerous threats in the midfield, recording nine points on two goals and five assists. She notched a pair of goals in UConn's 8-3 win over Yale and made a crucial defensive save against Northwestern in the Huskies' season opener.

The Husky coaching staff, which includes head coach Nancy Stevens, associate head coach Paul Caddy, and assistant coach Cheri Herr has won back-to-back regular season titles and also has earned the last two Big East Tournament crowns, dating back to 2012. UConn has won 21 of its last 23 games against league foes. In total, Stevens' squad has won eight Coaching Staff of the Year honors.

Next up, UConn will compete for the 2014 Big East Championship this weekend when it heads to Providence, R.I. to take on the Friars in a tournament semifinal match set for Friday, Nov. 7 at 3:30 p.m. Fans can watch the game live via the Big East Digital Network.

BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year

Amber Youtz, Temple, Sr., F


BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year

Roisin Upton, Connecticut, Jr., B*


BIG EAST Rookie of the Year

Charlotte Veitner, Connecticut, Fr., F

BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year


All-BIG EAST First Team^

Daniella Bernasconi, Providence, Sr., F

Sophie Bowden, Connecticut, Jr., F/M

Sarah Breen, Old Dominion, Jr., M*

Chrissy Davidson, Connecticut, Sr., M*

Kayla Kenney, Villanova, Jr., F/M

Nicole Kroener, Temple, Sr., M

Kate Malone, Providence, Grad., M*

Anna Middendorf, Connecticut, So. , B

Lizzy Millen, Temple, Sr., GK

Kelsey Smither, Old Dominion, Sr., M*

Henni Tietze, Providence, Sr., B

Roisin Upton, Connecticut, Jr., B*

Rosario Villagra, Old Dominion, Sr., F*

Amber Youtz, Temple, Sr., F*

^extra members were added due to a tie in voting

*unanimous selection

All-BIG EAST Second Team

Olivia Bolles, Connecticut, So., B/M

Megan Byas, Old Dominion, So., B

Deidra Clymer, Providence, Sr., GK

Alyssa Delp, Temple, Jr., M

Katy Fuhrman, Old Dominion, R-Sr., F

Aliyah Graves-Brown, Georgetown, So., F

Megan Hamilton, Providence, Fr., F

Nina Klein, Connecticut, R-Fr., GK

Jess Swoboda, Villanova, Sr., F/M

Charlotte Veitner, Connecticut, Fr., F

Caitlin Walsh, Old Dominion, R-Jr., M

*unanimous selection