The No. 5 UConn Field Hockey team will face Rutgers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday at 2:30 pm in College Park, Maryland.
After claiming their seventh straight Big East Tournament crown with a 5-3 win over No. 15 Liberty on Sunday, the Huskies will make their 30th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. UConn finished the season as undefeated National Champions in 2017 and will look to defend their title.
For their efforts in the Big East tournament, junior Svea Boker, senior Amanda Collins, senior Amelia Iacobucci and redshirt freshman goalkeeper Cheyenne Sprecher were named to the all-tournament team while fifth year senior Cecile Pieper was named tournament MVP.
Friday’s first round opponent, Rutgers (13-5, 4-4 Big Ten), will pose a challenging matchup. The Scarlet Knights lost 1-0 in double overtime to Ohio State in the Big Ten Quarterfinals, but had won five straight games to end the regular season. Daphne Groothuis leads Rutgers offensively with 12 goals and 13 assists, while starting goalkeeper Gianna Glatz has allowed just 1.05 goals per game on a .811 save percentage. The Scarlet Knights are 4-5 against ranked opponents this season.
UConn and Rutgers last played in 2013 when the Huskies came out on top 2-0. If they make it past the Scarlet Knights, the Huskies await a likely matchup with second-seeded Maryland in the Quarterfinals Sunday at 1p.m. In their game in September, the Terrapins handed UConn their first loss of the season, 4-2.
Story Salit is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus and can be reached via email at email@example.com.