ALBANY, N.Y. - Sophomore forward Marie Elena Bolles scored yet another goal and graduate student defender Louisa Boddy netted the game winner as the No. 7 University of Connecticut field hockey team defeated No. 21 Albany, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon in the state capital of New York. With the win, UConn improves to a perfect 5-0 on the season while Albany slips to 2-3.
Connecticut has now defeated three ranked teams this season as the Huskies have downed No. 9 Penn State, No. 15 Michigan and No. 21 Albany. UConn was 8-3 against ranked competition during the 2011 campaign.
The Husky defense has allowed only three goals this season.
Bolles scored her third goal in the last two games thanks in large part to an assist from newcomer Louisa Boddy. The goal was Bolles' team-leading sixth of the season while the assist marked Boddy's second of the season.
Boddy nailed a shot from the top of the circle off a penalty corner and Bolles tipped it past Albany keeper Kristi Troch to give the Huskies a 1-0 edge at the 20:03 mark.
UConn added an insurance goal just five-minutes into the second half. After being awarded another penalty corner, Boddy struck a shot from the top of the circle that beat Troch and found its way into the back of the net. The first goal of Boddy's career came thanks to assists by Chrissy Davidson and Katherine Baker.
Husky net-minder Sarah Mansfield was outstanding once again, stopping eight shots, including a save with less than one-minute remaining to preserve the 2-1 UConn lead.
The only shot Mansfield was unable to save was a penalty stroke by Corrine McConville with 6:20 remaining in regulation.
Troch made six saves for the Great Danes. Both teams crated 12 shots on the afternoon.
The Huskies are back in action on Saturday, September 15 when the team takes on Rutgers in the 2012 BIG EAST Opener. Game time is set for 12 p.m. at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs.