Complete CWSA Release
STORRS, Conn. – Junior forward Charlotte Veitner, continuing to reap the benefits of her second straight First Team All-American season, has been named one of four Division I players nominated for the Honda Sports Award for Field Hockey.
Chris Voelz, executive director of the THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA), made the announcement on Thursday afternoon. Albany’s Paula Heuser, Maryland’s Welma Luus and Delaware’s Greta Nauck were also nominated.
Voting is now open, as Veitner looks to become the fifth Husky to ever win the award and first since Marie Elena Bolles won it in 2013. The list includes Laurie Decker (1983), Tracey Fuchs (1987) and Diane Madl (1988).
Veitner had a spectacular season in her third year at UConn, being honored as a First Team All-American and All-Mideast Region Player of the Year. She was also selected as an All-Mideast Region First Team and All-Big East First Team player, as well as Big East Offensive Player of the Year.
She broke two program records this season – passing Lauren Henderson for the all-time points mark (218) and Lizzy Peijs for the assists record (50). Veitner also scored a single-game program record of six goals against Virginia on Sept. 18.
A native of Dusseldorf, Germany, Veitner led all UConn players in goals (27), assists (17) and points (71). She ranked among all Division I leaders in several categories, including second in points per game (2.96), third in goals per game (1.13) and fourth in assists per game (0.71).
Veitner is a mechanical engineering major with a cumulative GPA of 3.5, including a mention on the Dean’s List in the fall of 2015.
Even with a full slate of field hockey and academics, Veitner has offered much of her time in community service efforts. She has participated in two Huskython events, which benefit the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
In Germany, Veitner served as a field hockey coach at a summer camp in 2013 and 2014. She was also an assistant coach for three seasons, teaching the game of field hockey to under-12 children.
The nominees for the Honda Award were chosen by a panel of coaches representing the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA). The Honda Sport award winner for field hockey will be announced next week after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Each NCAA member institution has a vote.