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FH Lands Eight NFHCA All-Region Honorees

Nov. 27, 2017

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Eight student-athletes from the 2017 National Champion University of Connecticut field hockey team were tabbed to the Longsteth/ National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I All-Region squad as announced on Monday.

The Huskies placed Amanda Collins, Karlie Heistand, Nina Klein, Casey Umstead and Charlotte Veitner to the First Team, while Svea Boker, Amelia Iacobucci and Margot van Hecking Colenbrander garnered Second Team accolades.

Connecticut headlined the list with eight honorees in the Mideast Region and was one of seven schools to have at least five players make an All-Region team.

The 2017 BIG EAST Player of the Year, Charlotte Veitner earned her fourth-consecutive All-Mideast Region selection. The senior concluded her stellar four-year campaign as the nation's leader in points (80) and goals (34) and was named the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championships Most Valuable Player. In 92 career games, the forward accrued an impressive 299 points, 120 goals and 63 assists, topping the UConn record book in all three offensive categories. The Huskies have won four-straight BIG EAST Regular Season and Tournament Championships during her time at Connecticut and was a part of two National Championships, 2014 and 2017, respectively.



Classmate and 2017 BIG EAST Defensive player of the Year, Casey Umstead provided yet another scoring threat on the UConn offense with 15 goals and 16 assists for 46 points. A force on both sides of the ball, Umstead helped UConn turn in a NCAA-leading 3.57 scoring margin. The two-time All-Mideast Regional First Team selection will finish her career fifth all-time in assists (40) and tied for sixth in career points (160) and goals (60).

In goal, senior Nina Klein adds All-Region performer to her resume for the third consecutive year of her career. Klein led the NCAA with a mere 0.68 goals against average and perfect 1.000 win percentage this fall. The redshirt-freshman has played in every possible game of her career and her 87 career wins and 37 lifetime shutouts are both programs records.

Senior Karlie Heistand and junior Amanda Collins round out the First Team honorees. Heistand served as a consistent piece in the Huskies success over the past four years. The midfielder never missed a game for UConn, playing in all 93 career games since her arrival on campus. She accumulated six tallies and six assists for 18 points, including a goal this season. Collins boasted 44 points this season (12g, 20a) and was awarded the BIG EAST Tournament's Most Valuable Player after notching one goal and two assists in two games. The junior started all 23 games played and her 0.87 assists per game ranked third in the nation.

Second Team selections Svea Boker and Margot van Hecking Colenbrander combined for 63 points this season. Boker posted six tallies and 13 goals while Van Hecking Colenbrander's 39 points came off 14 goals and 11 helpers. Junior Amelia Iacobucci collected three goals this fall, helping UConn outscore its opponents 101-16 in 2017.

The All-Region lists included the Mid-Atlantic, Mideast, Northeast, South and West. The All-Region squads consisted of 63 seniors, 49 juniors, 25 sophomores and 23 freshmen, based on year of eligibility during the 2017 season

The Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Regional Players of the Year will be announced on Tuesday, with the All-America squad coming out on Dec. 5 and the National Player of the Year on Dec. 14. 

Mideast Region

First Team
Name                          School                         Class                Position

Amanda Collins        Connecticut                Jr.                    F

Katie Dembrowski       Penn State                   Jr.                    M

Maeve Doherty           Columbia                     Sr.                    D

Skyler Fretz                Penn State                   Sr.                    D

Erin Gillingham           Syracuse                      Sr.                    M

Karlie Heistand         Connecticut                Sr.                    M

Laura Hurff                 Syracuse                      Sr.                    M/F

Nina Klein                  Connecticut                Sr.                    GK

Lies Lagerweij             Syracuse                      Sr.                    D

Sam McILwrick            Cornell                        Sr.                    D/M

Aurelia Meijer              Penn State                   Jr.                    M/F

Moira Putsch                Penn State                   Jr.                    F

Jenny Rizzo                  Penn State                   Jr.                    GK

Casey Umstead          Connecticut                Sr.                    D

Charlotte Veitner  Connecticut                Sr.                    F

Roos Weers                  Syracuse                      Jr.                    D


Second Team
Name                          School                         Class                Position

Lauren Belskie             Quinnipiac                   Sr.                    D

Svea Boker                Connecticut                So.                   F

Gini Bramley               Penn State                   Jr.                    M

Erin Buckley                Fairfield                       Sr.                    D

Ellen Colbourne           Lafayette                     Sr.                    M

Cori Conley                 Penn State                   Jr.                    D

Stephanie Dressler      Bucknell                      Sr.                    D

Amelia Iacobucci      Connecticut                Jr.                    F/M

Maria Krull                  Colgate                        Sr.                    GK

Krysten Mayers           Cornell                        Sr.                    F

Carol Middough           Yale                             Sr.                    F/M

Hannah Pike                Fairfield                       Sr.                    F/M

Nichole Tolli                 Sacred Heart               Sr.                    M

Borg van der Velde     Syracuse                      Fr.                    GK

Margot van Hecking

Colenbrander            Connecticut                Fr.                    D

Claire Webb                Syracuse                      So.                   D