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STORRS, Conn. – As NCAA tournament play approaches, the No. 1 University of Connecticut field hockey team will play in friendly confines as they seek its fifth-consecutive trip to the Final Four. In the midst a perfect 19-0 season, the Huskies will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament this weekend at the Sherman Family Complex.
UConn headlines a four-team bracket, playing host to No. 6 Penn State, No. 7 Delaware and No. 20 Boston University.
— UConn Field Hockey (@UConnFHockey) November 9, 2017
The Huskies begin their tournament run against the Terries on Saturday, November 11 at 11:30 a.m. (ET). UConn and Boston University met earlier this season, when the Huskies rolled to a dominating 8-1 victory. Senior Charlotte Veitner notched a season-high 11 points in the contest, posting four goals and three helpers.
Defending national champions Delaware will challenge Penn State in Saturday's other first-round game set to begin at 2 p.m. ET following the conclusion of the UConn and Fairfield/Boston University matchup.
The winners of Saturday's games will advance to the second-round contest on Sunday, Nov. 12 at a time to be determined, also at the Sherman-Family Complex in Storrs.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for youth. UConn students will be admitted for free by showing a valid school ID.
The winner of the second round tilt will advance to the NCAA Final Four, which will be played in Louisville, Ky. The University of Louisville will host the semifinals and final on Friday, Nov. 17, and Sunday, Nov. 19, at Trager Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky.
Catching Up With UConn
UConn most recently took down Providence and Liberty on its way to winning its sixth-straight BIG EAST Tournament Championship. The Huskies posted two shutouts during their conference tournament run to outscore their opponents 6-0 on the weekend.
Junior Amanda Collins was tabbed the tournament's Most Outstanding Player following a three-point weekend (1g, 1a). Seniors Charlotte Veitner, Casey Umsteadand Karlie Headstand were named to the all-tournament team for their performances during the tournament.
No. 1 Across the Board
The UConn field hockey team maintained its unbeaten record last week to sustain its grip on the No. 1 ranking in the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I Coaches Poll as announced on Nov. 7.
UConn totaled 1,046 points and 38 first-place votes to claim the No. 1 ranking for the eighth straight week.
Head Coach Nancy Stevens has now led the UConn field hockey program to its fourth No. 1 ranking since taking over at the helm. Stevens and the Huskies last held the distinction in 2016, after a 9-0 start to the season.
Statistically the Best
Nationally, UConn ranks at the top in seven different NCAA statistical categories. Along with being the only remaining unbeaten team, UConn ranks first in goals per game (4.79), assists per game (4.58), points per game (14.16), scoring average (4.75), goals against average (0.52) and scoring margin (4.23). In addition, the Huskies rank second in save percentage (0.836) and in shutouts with 12, while ranking third in penalty corners per game (9.21).
Senior Charlotte Veitner is boasting an NCAA-leading 3.72 points per game and 1.56 goals per game. Junior Amanda Collins and senior Casey Umstead rank third and fourth in the nation in assists per game posting .95 and .89, respectively. Sophomore Svea Boker is notching 0.75 assists per game to sit seventh in Division I.
Additionally, goalkeeper Nina Klein is recording an NCAA-leading 0.53 goals against average.
Seniors Charlotte Veitner and Casey Umstead were tabbed the BIG EAST Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively, on November 2. The duo headlined a group of six total UConn players that earned all-conference honors.
Redshirt-senior Nina Klein and junior Amanda Collins joined Veitner and Umstead as BIG EAST First Team selections. Senior Karlie Heistand and freshman Margot van Hecking Colenbrander garnered Second Team accolades for their performances this fall.
National Players of the Week
Senior Charlotte Veitner has earned Longstreth/ NFHCA Division I Offensive Player of the Week honors three times this season. The senior was tabbed the Player of the Week on Oct. 10, Sept. 13 and Sept. 20. Additionally, classmate Casey Umstead pegged NFHCA Honorable Mention on Nov. 1, Sept. 27 and Sept. 3.
UConn is in the midst of the programs’ longest win streak of 19 games, spanning from Aug. 25-Nov. 5. The Huskies are the only undefeated team in DI and are outscoring their opponents 91-10.
Defending the Wall
Goalkeeper Nina Klein and the Huskies held their opponents scoreless for 206-minutes to begin the season. During that time, UConn outscored its opponents 9-0, after blanking then- No. 13 Stanford, 2-0, and No. 14 Northwestern, 7-0.
Did You Know...?
Forward Charlotte Veitner is now UConn's all-time goals, assists and points leader. After claiming the top spot in points (285) and assists (61) in 2016, Veitner completed the offensive trifecta with her record-breaking goal at Villanova on Oct. 6. The senior now owns 112 career tallies, becoming just the 12th player in DI history to eclipse the 100-goal mark.
Goalkeeper Nina Klein owns the program record for most wins and shutouts (37) by a goalkeeper. The redshirt-senior has notched 83 career wins in net- surpassing All-American and national champion Sarah Mansfield.
Queens of the BIG EAST
The Huskies are currently riding a 24-game regular-season conference win streak, dating back to the 2013 national championship season. UConn has strung together five consecutive BIG EAST Tournament Championships dating back to 2012.
A Senior Class to Remember
The 2017 senior class has had one of the most memorable careers in UConn field hockey history. Over the past four years, this senior class has put together an impressive 83-6 record to date and is on pace to finish their careers as the most successful class in program history. Additionally, their .932 winning percentage ranks first all-time in program history. As freshmen they contributed to the Huskies 2014 national championship run, helping the program capture its fourth national title.
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