STORRS, Conn. - With the NCAA Tournament beginning this weekend, the UConn field hockey team prepares for a first round matchup with Boston College on Saturday - but is already a member of an elite club.
On Monday, NCAA Research provided a statistic on Twitter that said UConn is one of just three teams in the 2016 NCAA Tournament that received an APR academic award last season.
All three schools - UConn, Princeton and Stanford - recorded an APR of 1000, which is also the Huskies' current academic mark at this point in the season.
Recently ranked No. 6 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll on Tuesday, the Huskies (20-1, 7-0 Big East) play No. 11 Boston College on Saturday at 2 p.m. (ET) in Syracuse, N.Y.
A win on Saturday would mean an NCAA second round game against either third-seed Syracuse or Harvard. The Orange are ranked No. 3 and the Crimson are No. 15 in the NFHCA Coaches Poll.
UConn is coming off its fifth-straight Big East championship after a 3-2 win over Liberty on Sunday in Philadelphia, Pa. It is the 16th time that head coach Nancy Stevens has led the Huskies to a Big East Tournament title.