Full CWSA Release
STORRS, Conn. -- Senior Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) of the 2017 National Champion Field Hockey Team was named the Honda Sport Award winner for Field Hockey as announced by Chris Voelz, Executive Director of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) today.
Veitner becomes the fifth Husky to ever win the prestigious award and first since Marie Elena Bolles won in 2013. The list includes UConn greats Laurie Decker (1983), Tracy Fuchs (1987), and Diane Madle (1988).
"I'm delighted to be named the recipient of the Honda award," said Veitner. "This year has been everything I could have possibly asked for. I want to thank everyone who supported UConn field hockey throughout this year, especially my coaches and teammates! It will probably take me a while to realize that I'm both a national champion and winner of this prestigious award but I couldn't be more grateful to have been a part of this historic season!"
Veitner was chosen by a vote of administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Finalists included Alyssa Chillano (Duke), Ashley Hoffman (North Carolina) and Lein Holsboer (Maryland).
The Honda Sport Award has been presented annually by the CWSA for the past 42 years to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies "the best of the best in collegiate athletics". With this honor, Veitner becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2018 Honda Cup which will be presented on a live telecast on CBS Sports Network on June 27, 2018, in downtown Los Angeles.
Veitner, a three-time First-Team All-American, played an integral role en route to the Huskies capturing the 2017 NCAA National Championship. Veitner led UConn to the program's first undefeated season (23-0) and was honored as the NCAA Field Hockey Division I Championships Most Valuable Player following a six-point performance (3g) during the Final Four.
Earlier this season she set the program's all-time goals record, becoming the first Husky and just the 12th player in Division I to eclipse the 100-goal plateau. Through 92 career games, Veitner has notched 120 goals for fifth overall on the NCAA Field Hockey DI all-time scoring list. The forward ranks first in career goals scored among active DI players across the country. Veitner tops the UConn record book in points (299) and assists (63) as well.
"Charlotte's collegiate career was nothing less than spectacular," said Head Coach Nancy Stevens. In addition to the multitude of honors she received and the remarkable number of goals she scored, Char's academic work in the School of Engineering was equally impressive. She will leave Connecticut as a two-time National Champion, who is truly deserving of the prestigious Honda Award in our sport."
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.In her career, the forward boasted 15 career hat tricks, while her 99 points (39g, 21a) as a sophomore are a single season program best. She holds UConn's single game record for goals (6) and points (12) against Virginia in 2016 and set a BIG EAST record of 10 points (3g, 4a) at Villanova in 2017.
The CWSA, in its 42nd year, honors the nation's top NCAA women athletes recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $3.1 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women's athletics programs at the institutions.
Honda Sport Award winners will be presented with the honor during on-campus presentations throughout the year. Visit UConnHuskies.com in the future for more information on the Honda Sports Award presentation.