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

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.