No. 1 UConn wons sixth straight Big East field hockey title

Providence — UConn, the top-ranked field hockey team in the nation, won its sixth consecutive Big East tournament champion on Sunday with a 3-0 victory over Liberty at Providence College.

The unbeaten Huskies (19-0) received an automatic bid into the NCAA Division I tournament, their 15th straight trip to the nationals, including back-to-back NCAA titles in 2013 and 2014.

"We are so happy and thrilled for our seniors," coach Nancy Stevens said in a release. "They started their journey to the 2014 national championship in Providence; this is what we wanted for them. We hope to be home next week and host the NCAA tournament. This win today just springboards off our successful season."

The NCAA was expected to announce its entire tournament field later Sunday night, with first round and quarterfinal games scheduled for next weekend.

Top-seeded UConn did not allow a goal in its two Big East tournament games and leads the nation with 12 shutouts.

The Huskies scored less than three minutes into Sunday's final on their first penalty corner of the game. Margot van Hecking Colenbrander received a pass from Charlotte Veitner at the top of the circle and her pass into the circle was deflected into the goal by freshman Jessica Dembrowski.

UConn's second goal came in the fourth minute when Casey Umstead converted a penalty stroke, her 14th goal of the year, and Amanda Collins added an insurance goal with an unassisted goal 10 minutes later.

Collins, a junior, was voted the tournament's Most Outstanding Player and she was joined on the all-tournament team by seniors Veitner, Umstead and Karlie Headstand.

Fifth-year senior goalie Nina Klein made four saves to record the 37th shutout of her career. Klein and the UConn defense have allowed only 10 goals, best of the nation.


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