GILBERT, Ari. – Five student-athletes from the 2017 National Champion University of Connecticut field hockey team were honored as All-Americans by the National Field Hockey Association (NFHCA) as announced on Tuesday. Seniors Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany), Casey Umstead (Red Hill, Pa.) and Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.) were selected to the First Team, while junior Amanda Collins (Binghamton, N.Y.) and senior Karlie Heistand (Hamburg, Pa.) were tabbed to the Second and Third Team, respectively.
Connecticut led all schools with five All-America selections following its undefeated season in route to the programs’ fifth National Championship. 31 different Huskies have now earned a total of 50 First Team All-American selections. UConn has had 19 All-America honorees over the past five seasons, a span that includes three NCAA national titles.
Each of the five players were honored as NFHCA All-Mideast Region First Team selections last week and garnered All-BIG EAST selections in early November.
Veitner, who earned her third-consecutive All-America First Team honor, adds to her long list of 2017 awards as the Dusseldorf, Germany native was tabbed the All-Mideast Region and BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year. The senior concluded her stellar four-year campaign as the nation's leader in points (80) and goals (34) and was named the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championships Most Valuable Player. In 92 career games, the forward accrued an impressive 299 points, 120 goals and 63 assists, topping the UConn record book in all three offensive categories. The Huskies have won four-straight BIG EAST Regular Season and Tournament Championships during her time at Connecticut and was a part of two National Championships, 2014 and 2017, respectively.
Classmate and 2017 BIG EAST Defensive player of the Year, Umstead notched her second All-America accolade and first, first team selection after being named to the second team 2016.The Red Hill, Pa native provided yet another scoring threat on the UConn offense with 15 goals and 16 assists for 46 points. A force on both sides of the ball, Umstead helped UConn turn in a NCAA-leading 3.57 scoring margin. The two-time All-Mideast Regional First Team selection will finish her career fifth all-time in assists (40) and tied for sixth in career points (160) and goals (60).
Senior goalkeeper Nina Klein has garnered All-America honors for the first time in her career. Earlier this month, Klein added All-Region performer to her resume for the third-consecutive year of her career. Klein led the NCAA with a mere 0.68 goals against average and perfect 1.000 win percentage this fall. The redshirt-freshman has played in every possible game of her career and her 87 career wins and 37 lifetime shutouts are both programs records.
Collins joins Klein with her first All-America award. The second team selection boasted 44 points this season (12g, 20a) and was awarded the BIG EAST Tournament's Most Valuable Player after notching one goal and two assists in two games. The junior started all 23 games played and her 0.87 assists per game ranked first for the Huskies and third in the nation.
Heistand capped her career with her first All-America accolade. Heistand served as a consistent piece in the Huskies success over the past four years. The midfielder never missed a game for UConn, playing in all 93 career games since her arrival on campus. She accumulated six tallies and six assists for 18 points, including a goal this season.