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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The No. 4 UConn field hockey team will have its first chance at a championship this season on Sunday when it takes on Liberty in the Big East final at 1 p.m. (ET) at Howarth Field.
For the Huskies (19-1. 7-0 Big East), who hope to make an NCAA Tournament run starting next weekend, Sunday's game is familiar territory. It will be the 15th-straight time that UConn has played in the Big East championship game.
For those unable to attend the game, it can be watched live on the Big East Digital Network or on the Fox Sports Go app. Head coach Nancy Stevens will have a chance of earning her fifth-straight Big East Tournament title and her 16th overall at UConn.
In the semifinal on Friday, the Huskies cruised to an 8-1 victory over host Temple - led by freshman Svea Boker's first-career hat trick. A pair of other freshmen, Barbara van den Hoogen and Antonia Tiedtke, each added two assists in the win.
Junior forward Charlotte Veitner tallied a goal, giving her 209 career points. She is now just four points away from Lauren Henderson (213), the program leader in career points.
Friday was the 25th consecutive win over Big East opponents for the Huskies, including the Big East Tournament, dating back to 2013.
UConn is 1-0 in the all-time series with Liberty, with that game being a 7-2 win back on Oct. 15 in Storrs. Six Huskies scored in that game, including two goals from sophomore Amanda Collins.
In its first season as a member of the Big East, Liberty (8-9, 5-2 Big East) earned a trip to the championship game after beating third-seeded Providence on Friday, 1-0, in the conference semifinals.
The Flames are led by twin sisters Serena and Bethany Barr, who have combined for 13 goals and 22 assists this season. Serena was named Big East Co-Defensive Player of the Year, along with UConn senior Anna Middendorf.
Agueda Moroni is the team's leading scorer with 10 goals in 17 games. Liberty goalkeeper Allison Schaefer ranks fourth in the league with 7.12 saves per game.
The NCAA Tournament selection show will take place via digital live stream on Sunday night at 10 p.m. (ET). The Huskies at that time will get their seed and find out the location of their first and second round games on Nov. 12-13.
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