Field Hockey To Battle No. 1 North Carolina in National Semifinals on Friday



    UConn to play top-seed North Carolina in Friday at 5:00 p.m. in Maryland

    Huskies and Tar Heels to Battle in National Semifinals: No. 4 seed UConn will be making its second consecutive trip to the NCAA National Semifinals and the ninth in the program’s history, when it squares off against No. 1 seed North Carolina on Friday evening in College Park.

    The Huskies have faced one previous opponent from the ACC this season and posted a 2-1 win over Boston College on Nov. 24.

    UConn has won 10 consecutive games entering Friday’s showdown with the Tar Heels and has out-scored its opponents 27-9 over those 10 victories.

    Huskies in NCAA Play:  The Huskies are appearing in their 19th NCAA Tournament and own an all-time mark of 24-16 in NCAA postseason action. Connecticut has advanced to the NCAA Semifinals for the ninth time in the program’s history and owns a 4-4 mark in its previous appearances.

    The Huskies have qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of the last six seasons and 11 of the last 12 overall.

    UConn's most recent NCAA Tournament action came last season. 

    The Huskies advanced to the 2006 NCAA National Semifinals following wins over Boston University and Princeton, before falling 2-1 in penalty strokes to eventual national champion Maryland.

    The Huskies won the national championship in 1981 and 1985.

    Huskies in the Classroom:  The Huskies have been as much a success in the classroom as they have been on the field this season.

    Lizzy Peijs was a New England Scholar – she studied abroad last summer in South Africa, working specifically on human rights issues (BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and All-American)

    Jen Kleinhans is a bio-engineering major and a member of the National Honor Society (two-time BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and All-American).

    The UConn field hockey team had 10 players named to the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Squad.

    Six Huskies Named All-Region:  A total of six UConn players were recognized with All-Mideast Region status, each of which are eligible to be named to the All-America squads, which will be released Nov. 18.

    Lauren Aird, Jennifer Kleinhans, Lizzy Peijs and Meghan Wheeler were named to the first team, while Melissa Gonzalez and Lindsey Leck earned second team status.

    UConn Captures the BIG EAST Tournament Title For Fourth Straight Year: The Huskies captured the BIG EAST Tournament Title for the fourth consecutive season and the 10th time in the program's history with a 1-0 win over Providence on Nov. 4.

    The Huskies improved to 25-8 all-time in BIG EAST Tournament games following the one-goal victory in the conference title game over the Friars. 

    The win also secured the fifth 20-win season in the history of the Connecticut program and its second consecutive overall.

    The Huskies have now claimed a total of 20 combined BIG EAST regular season and tournament titles.

    Katie Semanoff was named the most outstanding player of the BIG EAST Tournament. She totaled two goals in the Huskies semifinal win over Syracuse and assisted on the game winning goal in the championship match versus Providence.

    UConn’s Lauren Aird, Meghan Wheeler, Jennifer Kleinhans and Melissa Gonzalez were also named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament squad.


    Huskies Well Represented at BIG EAST Award Banquet: The University of Connecticut field hockey team swept the BIG EAST Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year Awards.

    Senior Lizzy Peijs became the third UConn player to be honored as BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and the first since Lauren Henderson in 2003.

    Junior Jennifer Kleinhans was named as the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, becoming the first player in UConn history to become a two-time winner of the award and the program’s sixth honoree all-time.

    UConn had four total selections to the All-BIG EAST First Team. Joining Kleinhans and Peijs are junior midfielder Meghan Wheeler and junior forward Lauren Aird..

    Freshman forward/midfielder Melissa Gonzalez and junior midfielder Lindsey Leck were selected to the second team.


    Huskies All-Time vs. North Carolina: The Huskies will be meeting North Carolina for the sixth time when they face in Friday’s NCAA National Semifinals.

    UConn owns a 2-3 all-time mark in an all-time series with the Tar Heels that began in 1980.

    Connecticut dropped a 4-0 decision on Nov. 16, 1997 in the NCAA quarterfinals, in the most recent meeting between the programs.

    UConn last defeated UNC 6-0 on Sept. 12, 1982.