Bolles Sisters Combine for Eight Points as No. 3 Field Hockey Breezes by Villanova, 7-3

Marie Elena Bolles scored two goals and added two assists on Saturday.

Sept. 28, 2013

Box Score

STORRS, Conn. – Senior forward Marie Elena Bolles scored two goals and dished-out two assists while freshman midfielder Olivia Bolles also registered a pair of assists to lead the third-ranked University of Connecticut field hockey team past Villanova, 7-3, on Saturday afternoon at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs. 

With the win, UConn improves to 8-0 on the season and 2-0 in Big East play.  The Wildcats slip to 2-6 overall, 0-2 in the loop. 

UConn is now 25-6 all-time against Villanova and the Huskies improve to 77-6 at home since the start of the 2006 season.

Villanova jumped out to a 1-0 lead after Maddy Harding capitalized one of the Wildcats’ two penalty corner opportunities at the 14:42 mark.  Harding’s goal marked the first time this season UConn trailed.

However, the Villanova lead was short-lived as Marie Elena Bolles scored her fourth and fifth goals of the season at 27:24 and 30:32.  The first came off one of UConn’s 12 penalty corner opportunities after sophomore back Roisin Upton hit a drag flick from the top of the circle, which Bolles redirected past Alex Diekmann and into the back of the net. 

What turned out to be the game-winner came off a cross from the younger Bolles after she got ahead of the Wildcat defense on a fast break. 

The elder Bolles then created the Huskies’ next goal with a dish to sophomore forward Chloe Hunnable deep in the circle, which she tipped into the goal for her team-leading eighth goal of the season. 


 

 

Upton would net her fourth goal of the season on a penalty stroke early in the second half to give the Huskies some more insurance. 

The second half was highlighted by the first career goals for Shannon Creghan at 49:35 and Darby Smith at 52:25. 

The Wildcats would net a pair of scores in the game’s final 10-minutes but this one had long been decided by that point. 

UConn dominated in all facets, outshooting Villanova by a 35-6 count and creating a 12-2 penalty corner advantage. 

UConn’s All-America goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield made two saves while Diekmann stopped six shots for the Wildcats.  Diekmann was also assisted by a pair of defensive saves by her backline.

The Huskies are back in action tomorrow when they welcome defending national champion Princeton to Storrs for a 2 p.m. contest at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.