Field Hockey: Huskies move to 13-0 after record-breaking weekend

Charlotte Veitner (pictured) was dominant again this past weekend. (Olivia Stenger/The Daily Campus)

It was a historic weekend for UConn field hockey. UConn received some historically great offense to pick up two road wins against Villanova and No. 14 Princeton.

The Huskies set a new program record after scoring 12 goals in their shutout of Villanova on Friday night.

Friday’s victory was goalkeeper Nina Klein’s 76th career win, the most in program history. It was also Klein’s 32nd career shutout, one shy of the record set back in 2013.

While Klein was making history on the defensive end, Charlotte Veitner and the rest of the Huskies offense were also writing their names in the record books.

Veitner became the Huskies’ all-time leading goal scorer when she found the back of the net on a corner attempt nearing the 15-minute mark. Veitner also added two more goals to complete her third hat trick of the season and give her a clean 100 career goals.

Senior Casey Umstead and freshman Margot van Hecking Colenbrander joined Veitner in the scoring affair, adding three goals apiece. It was the first time in program history that three different players all registered a hat trick in one game.

The Huskies ended up outshooting the Wildcats 34-3.

Sunday’s game against Princeton was a closer affair. The Huskies got two goals within the first seven minutes from Colenbrander and Veitner but the Tigers roared back with a pair of goals on both sides of halftime.

Freshman Jessica Dembrowski wrestled the lead back with a goal a minute later to give the Huskies the 3-2 lead. Veitner later added a pair of insurance goals for her fourth hat trick of the season and the 15th of her career.

Princeton made the Huskies sweat it out however, after Ryan McCarthy cut the lead to 5-3 with a goal in the final minutes.

Princeton was one of the few teams to keep pace with UConn offensively this season. Both teams finished the game with six shots on goal.

UConn now stands at a perfect 13-0 with just four regular season games left on the schedule. The Huskies will only play one game next weekend when they head to Lynchburg, Virginia to take on Liberty.  That game will begin at 1:00 p.m. next Saturday.


Bryan Lambert is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at bryan.lambert@uconn.edu.