Sept. 28, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - Sophomore forward Marie Elena Bolles scored two goals and added a pair of assists as the No. 4 University of Connecticut field hockey team defeated Massachusetts by a 4-1 count on Wednesday evening at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs, Conn. With the win, the Huskies improve to 8-1 on the season while the Minutewomen slip to 2-7.
Bolles came into the game ranked fourth in the country at 1.0 assists per game and her two on Wednesday improved that mark to 1.11 assists per game. The Connecticut defense, which came into the contest ranked second in the country at 0.87 goals allowed per game, has now held the opposition to one goal or less in all but two games this season.
The Huskies got the scoring started early after senior midfielder Ali Blankmeyer found the back of the net at the 6:51 mark. Senior forward Cara Silverman played the ball up to a streaking Bolles from the midfield and Bolles hit a hard shot toward the goal that was redirected into the goal by Blankmeyer. The goal was Blankmeyer's sixth of the season, which marks the second-highest total on the team.
The eventual game-winner came less than seven-minutes later after Bolles netted her fifth goal this season. After a scrum in front of the UMass net, junior back Allison Angulo hit the ball saw from the net towards the edge of the circle where Bolles was waiting. She nailed a shot past a stunned Alesha Widdall at 13:05.
Connecticut took a commanding 3-0 lead on the strength of Chloe Hunnable's team-leading eighth goal of the season. Hunnable, the reigning BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, hit a ball from Bolles hard past Widdall. UMass was able to pull to within 3-1 after Lindsay Bowman found the back of the net at 46:27 but sophomore forward Anne Jeute squelched any hopes of a comeback with her third goal of the season less than 11-minutes later.
The Huskies held an 18-to-9 advantage in shots and took 10 penalty corners to the Minutewomen's eight.
Husky keeper Sarah Mansfield made six saves while Widdall stopped nine shots for UMass.
Connecticut is back in action on Saturday, October 1 when the team welcomes No. 19 Louisville to Storrs. Game time is set for 12 p.m. at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.