Full Honda Sports Award Release
STORRS, Conn. – University of Connecticut senior forward Charlotte Veitner (Dusseldorf, Germany) is one of four Division I student-athletes nominated for the Honda Sports Award for field hockey, as announced by Chris Voelz, Executive Director of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) on Wednesday.
Alyssa Chillano (Duke University), Ashley Hoffman (North Carolina) and Lein Holsboer (Maryland) are also nominated for the prestigious award.
Voting is now open, as Veitner looks to become the fifth Husky to ever win the award and first since Marie Elena Bolles won in 2013. The list includes Laurie Decker (1983), Tracy Fuchs (1987), and Diane Madle (1988).
Veitner, a three-time First-Team All-American, played an integral role en route to the Huskies capturing the 2017 NCAA National Championship. Veitner led UConn to the program’s first undefeated season (23-0) and was honored as the NCAA Field Hockey Division I Championships Most Valuable Player following a six-point performance (3g) during the Final Four.
This season, the 2017 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year led the nation in points per game (3.64) and goals per game (1.55), while pacing the team in points (80) and goals (34) for the fourth-straight year. The Dusseldorf, Germany native repeated as the All-Mideast Region Player of the Year and garnered All-Mideast Region honors for the fourth-consecutive season.
Earlier this season she set the program’s all-time goals record, becoming the first Husky and just the 12th player in Division I to eclipse the 100-goal plateau. Through 92 career games, Veitner has notched 120 goals for fifth overall on the NCAA Field Hockey DI all-time scoring list. The forward ranks first in career goals scored among active DI players across the country. Veitner tops the UConn record book in points (299) and assists (63) as well.
In her career, the forward boasted 15 career hat tricks, while her 99 points (39g, 21a) as a sophomore are a single season program best. She holds UConn’s single game record for goals (6) and points (12) against Virginia in 2016 and set a BIG EAST record of 10 points (3g, 4a) at Villanova in 2017.
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.
The Honda Sport Award has been presented annually by the CWSA for the past 41 years to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics”. The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2017 Honda Cup which will be presented on a live telecast on CBS Sports Network on Monday, June 26, 2017, in downtown Los, Angeles
Honda Sport award winners will be presented with the honor during on-campus presentations throughout the year and all Honda Sport award winners become a finalist for the prestigious 2017 Honda Cup award presented in June.
THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 41 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $3.1 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.