Aug. 31, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - Junior forward Marie Elena Bolles lifted the No. 6 Huskies to a 2-1 victory over No. 9 Penn State on Friday evening in Storrs. UConn trailed 1-0 entering the second half of the contest but the Phoenixville, Pa. native continued to lead her team and took over as she scored both Connecticut goals. The Huskies improve to 3-0-0 and the Nittany Lions, who defeated No. 3 Old Dominion and No. 8 Virginia prior to Friday's match, fall to 2-1-0.
The game, a rematch of last year's Elite Eight, featured 28 shots with Penn State outshooting UConn 16-12. Penn State took seven penalty corners on the evening, while Connecticut had four.
Penn State's offensive leader, Kelsey Amy, gave the visiting team a 1-0 advantage at 11:14 when she pushed the ball past junior keeper Sarah Mansfield (Cornwall, England) after a penalty corner. Whitney Reddig was credited with the assist.
Bolles, leading the Huskies with nine points on three goals and three assists on the season, first goal of the game came at 45:55 on a pass from senior Alicia Angelini (Bolling Springs, Pa.).
The game-winner was scored at 51:49 when Bolles took a pass from sophomore Chloe Hunnable (Halstead, England) and shot from close range to find the back of the net and give the Huskies a 2-1 win and their third consecutive victory.
Mansfield totaled six saves to move to 3-0-0, while PSU goalie Ayla Halus fell to 2-1-0 after tallying four saves.
The Huskies will travel for the first time of the 2012 season when they head to Albany, N.Y. for a contest against Michigan at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 8 and face hosting Albany on Sunday, September 9 at 2 p.m.