College field hockey: No. 3 UConn staves off No. 12 BC in overtime
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The No. 3 UConn field hockey team picked up major momentum heading into the Big East Tournament with a thrilling 4-3 win over No. 12 Boston College in overtime on Sunday afternoon.
The Huskies (18-1, 7-0 Big East) bested the Eagles (10-8, 3-3 ACC) when junior Casey Umstead scored a goal in the 84th-minute off a penalty stroke, sealing the victory for UConn in the final game of the regular season.
Junior Charlotte Veitner, senior Anna Middendorf and freshman Barbara van den Hoogen each scored for UConn in the win. Veitner and Middendorf both scored in the 64th minute – helping the Huskies get to overtime.
Freshman Svea Boker had two assists, putting her season total at 13 – tied for second-most on the team. Umstead added an assist, prior to scoring the game-winner.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Nina Klein had six saves for the Huskies, including a pair in overtime to keep the game tied. UConn had a 16-11 shots advantage on Sunday, as BC goalkeeper Audra Hampsch had six saves of her own.
Prior to playing in the Big East Tournament as the No. 1 seed, the Huskies were able to outlast Boston College – despite a late deficit. Trailing 2-1, Middendorf scored in the 64thminute to tie the game off a corner shot from the right side of the circle.
Just 21 seconds later, Veitner scored on a shot from the center of the circle to regain UConn the lead at 3-2. In the 68th minute, the Eagles tallied the equalizer when Eryn McCoy scored to bring the game to overtime.
Late in the first overtime, UConn earned a penalty stroke to be taken by Umstead. The junior defender converted, making her 8-for-8 on penalty strokes this season, and the Huskies finished the regular season with an 18-1 record.
Veitner’s goal gives her 207 career points, just six away from tying Lauren Henderson for the most all-time points in program history.
UConn enters the Big East Tournament as the top seed and will play No. 4 Temple on Friday in the Big East semifinals. The Owls are hosting the tournament, so the game will be played at Howarth Field at 1 p.m. (ET).
If the Huskies win on Friday, they will play for their fifth-straight Big East Tournament championship on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. (ET) against either No. 2 Liberty or No. 3 Providence.