Oct. 18, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Preseason Big East Offensive Player of the Year Marie Elena Bolles notched the first hat-trick of her career, scoring all three goals in a 5:14 span, to lead the No. 2 University of Connecticut field hockey team to a decisive 5-0 victory over Georgetown on Friday afternoon. With the win, UConn improves to 13-1 on the year and 5-0 in conference play. The Hoyas slip to 2-12 overall, 0-5 in the loop.
Bolles is the seventh Husky all-time to record a hat-trick and she joins teammates Anne Jeute and Chloe Hunnable in the record book. Bolles, who recorded her 100th career point last week, is now second on the team with 12 goals and 31 points.
UConn took a lead it would not relinquish at the 18:55 mark. Mckenzie Townsend found herself with the ball deep in the Georgetown circle and took a shot that was saved by Hoyas goalie Rasalie Nolen. Nolen was unable to clear the ball though and Townsend controlled the rebound and found the back of the net with her second attempt.
Jeute gave the Huskies some insurance when she followed Townsend with a goal of her own just seven-minutes later. Jeute was able to corral the rebound off an Olivia Bolles shot and punch it past Nolen, giving UConn a 2-0 lead.
Bolles’ three goals came in rapid fashion at 40:57, 44:09 and 46:11. The first two scores came off penalty corner opportunities and the third came thanks to a cross from Jeute. The Meerbusch, Germany native is now fourth on the team with seven assists and 24 points.
The Huskies dominated all facets of this game, holding a 31-1 shots advantage and a 15-1 edge in shots on goal. UConn also created 13 penalty corners to Georgetown’s two.
Senior net-minder Sarah Mansfield was largely untested on Friday and she was forced to make only one save on the day en route to earning her sixth shutout of the season.
The Huskies are back in action on Sunday when the team squares-off against American at 1 p.m. in our nation’s capital.