The top-seeded UConn Huskies knocked off the Temple Owls 7-3 in the Big East Tournament championship game Sunday afternoon. Nancy Stevens' team continues to assert its dominance over the conference. UConn has been to 14 straight Big East Tournament finals, and Sunday's victory pushes the program's total number of Big East Tournament championships to 15.
Charlotte Veitner, Roisin Upton, Casey Umstead, Anna Middendorf, and Pippa Lewis were named to the All-Tournament Team. Veitner was named Most Outstanding Player.
UConn never trailed in this one-sided affair. The scoring started early with a goal from Casey Umstead five minutes into the contest. Umstead made a nice move on the backhanded goal assisted by Roisin Upton.
Just 43 seconds later, Umstead put the ball right in front of the net for Pippa Lewis, who moved across the net and put the ball past Temple's goalkeeper. UConn's early run continued, with the Huskies taking a 5-2 lead into the second period. They finished with an overwhelming 21-9 edge in shots on net and 10-2 in penalty corners on the game.
The undefeated Huskies have earned the automatic NCAA Tournament bid from the Big East, receiving the 4-seed. They will face Louisville at home on Saturday at 11:30am, with the winner moving on to face the victor of Boston College vs. Albany. This will be the 14th consecutive year that UConn will appear in the NCAA Tournament.
UConn Field Hockey goes into the NCAA Tournament looking for its third championship in a row, fifth overall.