UConn Field Hockey Clinches Big East Regular Season Title

The Huskies won the Big East Field Hockey regular season title on Oct. 21 with a 5-3 win over Georgetown. (Stephen Slade '89 (SFA) for UConn)
The Huskies won the Big East Field Hockey regular season title on Oct. 21 with a 5-3 win over Georgetown. (Stephen Slade '89 (SFA) for UConn)

For the fourth-straight season, the No. 1 UConn field hockey team has won the Big East regular season championship, following a 5-3 win over Georgetown on Friday afternoon at Cooper Field.

With the victory, the top-ranked Huskies (16-0, 6-0 Big East) also earn the top seed in the Big East Tournament, which is scheduled for Nov. 4 and 6 in Philadelphia.

The final home game of the regular season will be played Friday, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. against Quinnipiac.

In the Georgetown game, five different players scored in the win for UConn, including junior Casey Umstead, who connected on a penalty stroke in the 66th minute to put the game out of reach for the Hoyas.

Junior Karlie Heistand, freshman Barbara van den Hoogen, sophomore Amanda Collins,and senior Anna Middendorf all scored on Friday, leading the Huskies to their 16th Big East regular season title under head coach Nancy Stevens.

It is the second consecutive game that the Huskies have had balanced scoring without one player recording a multi-goal performance. UConn is now 22-1 in its last 23 Big East contests.

Over the weekend, UConn had its 42-game regular season winning streak snapped, falling to No. 5 Maryland, 2-1 on Sunday.  Maryland is the second ACC opponent the Huskies have faced this season.

In the Maryland game on Sunday, junior Charlotte Veitner assisted on the goal, her 14th of the season, making her the UConn field hockey career leader in assists with 47. She passes Lizzy Peijs (2004-08) for the most all-time.