LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The top-ranked University of Connecticut field hockey team won its third national title in five years, defeating Maryland 2-1 in the 2017 NCAA National Championship game on Sunday at Trager Stadium in Louisville, Ky.
This year’s Huskies are the only UConn field hockey team to go undefeated, finishing with a 23-0 record, and are just the sixth team in the sport’s history to do so.
The crown marks UConn’s fifth title (the others coming in 1981, 1985, 2013 and 2014) and third under head coach Nancy Stevens.
The 2017 national championship in field hockey is the 22nd NCAA title in UConn history and the 23th overall national championship. The others are: men’s basketball (1999, 2004, 2011, 2014), women’s basketball (1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) and men’s soccer (1981, 2000). The 1948 UConn men’s soccer team was named the national champion by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America before there was an NCAA tournament in men’s soccer.
Senior Charlotte Veitner was named the NCAA Division I Tournament Most Valuable Player after a two-goal performance in the game and a six-point performance (3 goals) throughout the weekend. Teammates Margot van Hecking Colenbrander, Casey Umstead, Karlie Heistand and Nina Klein also received All-Tournament Team honors.
UConn scored on its first shot of the game. Following a Maryland turnover, senior Casey Umstead sent a long pass upfield to classmate Charlotte Veitner just outside the circle. UConn’s all-time leading goal scorer dribbled the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the circle before blasting a shot into the left hand corner of the cage. The goal was her 33rd of the season.
Maryland found its way onto the scoreboard in the 42nd minute. After the Huskies spoiled the Terps’ attack corner, Kyle Greenwalt knotted the score at 1 with a drag flick into the ride side of the cage.
With just nine minutes to play, Veitner scored the most memorable goal of her career. In the 62nd minute, the senior collected a loose ball in the circle, turned around and put home the game-winner.