STORRS, Conn. – Eight members of the 2015 University of Connecticut field hockey team earned All-Mideast Region honors, as announced by the NFHCA on Monday. Olivia Bolles (Phoenixville, Pa.), Roisin Upton (Limerick, Ireland), Anna Middendorf (Bremen, Germany) Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.), Karlie Heistand (Hamburg, Pa.) and Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) were selected to the All-Region First Team, while Pippa Lewis (Malvern, England) and Casey Umstead (Sellersville, Pa.) were Second Team members.
No strangers to postseason awards, the eight standouts were all tabbed as All-Big East selections following UConn’s conference tournament clinching win over Temple on Nov. 8.
Bolles was a steady presence in the midfield for the Huskies with her impressive speed. She recorded nine points on two goals and five assists. Each of the senior’s goals came in shutout wins over Big East rivals Villanova (Oct. 3) and Temple (Oct. 9).
Upton made her last year in a Husky uniform a memorable one, receiving recognition as the Big East Defensive Player of the Year, All-Big East Tournament team member and NCAA All-Tournament selection. Although the tri-captain missed four games due to injury, Upton came back with a vengeance to tally 43 points (15 goals, 13 assists) and was an important member of UConn’s defensive and offensive efforts throughout the season. The Ireland native became the 19th Husky all-time to reach the 100-career point plateau on Oct. 31 against Georgetown.
Middendorf anchored UConn’s back line that boasted 15 shutouts in 23 games. The junior served as one of the most dangerous threats on penalty corners attempts, posting 11 goals and six assists. She notched a season-high five points in the Huskies’ dominate 8-0 win over league foe Temple on Oct. 9.
Heistand saw action in all 23 games as a starter due to her high powered defensive performance. The sophomore recorded her first career goal in UConn’s 10-0 defeat of Villanova on Oct. 3 and added two helpers this season. She joined Upton on the NCAA All-Tournament team.
Klein earned the starting nod in the cage in each game this season. She had a remarkable 0.62 goals against average, which claimed the top spot in the national rankings. The redshirt-sophomore's .778 save percentage tied for eighth in the nation. The net-minder totaled 11 shutouts this season and was named the Big East's Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 19. She had a season-high eight saves in the 2015 opener against Northwestern on Aug. 28.
Veitner concluded her sophomore campaign as UConn’s single-season record holder in points (99) and goals (39). Her efforts this season earned her a spot in the NCAA record books as her points total stands eighth and goals rank 12th. The Big East Offensive Player of the Year and eight-time Offensive Player of the Week, Veitner scored three or more goals in seven outings, including earning her 100th-career point against Yale on Oct. 4 to become the 18th Husky all-time to reach the milestone. She found the back of the net a career-high four times against Georgetown on Oct. 31 and earned a team-best 10 game-winners. Veitner was named the Big East Tournament Most Outstanding Player after registering four goals and three assists for 11 points, which tied the tournament’s individual points record held by UConn’s Wendy Brady ’96. She finished the 2015 season leading the country with 4.30 points/game and 1.70 goals/game.
As a graduate student, Lewis stood second on the team with 14 assists. She also earned eight goals on her way to posting 30 points on the season. She notched her first goal as a Husky in the 9-1 victory over Columbia (Sept. 6). Lewis had her best showing in one of the most crucial games, coming up with a season-best five points, which included two goals, in the Big East Championship game against Temple on Nov. 8.
Umstead had a stellar showing as she started in every game for the Huskies while tallying career-highs in each offensive category. The sophomore totaled 43 points on 18 goals and seven assists. She was UConn’s fixture on penalty stroke attempts, going a perfect 6-for-6 this season. Umstead recorded her first career hat trick against Quinnipiac on Sept. 4 and added a repeat performance on Oct. 18 in a 5-0 win over Boston University.
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