ANN ARBOR – The No. 3 University of Connecticut field hockey team is headed back to the NCAA National Semifinals for the fourth time in the last five years when it travels to Ann Arbor, Mich. to prepare for a Final Four showdown with No. 2 Syracuse on Friday, Nov. 20 at noon.
UConn, the only undefeated team in the nation with a perfect 22-0 record, is coming off a 1-0 victory over No. 9 Boston College in the NCAA Quarterfinals, securing the programs 13th semifinal appearance and eighth under head coach Nancy Stevens. The Huskies are entering the matchup with their former Big East foe on a 36-game winning streak, dating back to the 2014 season. UConn has also won the last 10 NCAA Tournament outings, going back to the 2013 national championship run. Syracuse found its way into the Final Four after downing Princeton, 5-0, last Sunday.
The Huskies are 28-11-1 all-time against the Orange in a series that dates back to 1983. The two teams battled each other last season in the national championship game. UConn defeated Syracuse, 1-0, after senior Mckenzie Townsend (Harpursville, N.Y.) redirected a shot by junior Anna Middendorf (Bremen, Germany) and found the back of the net to help the Huskies hoist the national championship trophy for the second-straight time.
Connecticut is making its 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and owns a 39-22 all-time record in the national event. The Huskies won the inaugural championship in 1981 and also took home the title in 1985. The Huskies became back-to-back national champions after winning the national crown in 2013 and 2014.
As a team, the Huskies check in at No. 1 in all but a trio of categories. Connecticut tops the national rankings in winning percentage (1.000), assists/game (4.32), goals/game (5.77), points/game (15.86), scoring average (5.77), scoring margin (5.23), goals against average (0.55) and shutouts/game (0.68).
Individually, sophomore Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) leads the nation with 4.50 points/game and 1.77 goals/game. She also ranks second in assists/game (0.95). Senior Roisin Upton (Limerick, Ireland) is fifth with 2.39 points/game and ninth in assists/game (0.72). Graduate student Pippa Lewis (Malvern, England) is tied for 14th with 0.64 assists/game. Redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.) tops the country thanks to a 0.51 goals against average.
Veitner currently stands eighth in the NCAA’s history books with 99 points (39 goals, 21 assists) this season. She joins Loren Sherer ’09 as the only other Husky to make the list and is UConn’s single-season record holder for points and goals.
The winner will face North Carolina/Duke in the national championship game on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 1 p.m.
Tickets are available at the Michigan Ticket Department, located on the South Campus athletic complex on South State Street. Fans can purchase tickets an hour before the game or by visiting the link posted above. All session tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for youth/seniors/students. Single session tickets are $15 adults and $12 for youth/seniors/students.
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