Nov. 2, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut field hockey team's seniors went out in style Sunday, as the eighth-ranked Huskies defeated No. 17 Temple by a 7-0 score on Senior Day at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs. With the win, UConn claims a share of the 2013 Big East Regular Season Championship with a 6-1 league mark and improves to 14-4 overall. The Owls slip to 14-5 on the year, 4-3 in the loop.
Senior All-American forward Marie Elena Bolles made the most of her final regular-season home game, scoring a career-high four goals and falling just one short of the school record held by Lauren Henderson (2002), Rose Aspelin (1996) and Laura Kaczynski (1996). UConn's senior All-America goaltender, Sarah Mansfield, stopped all five shots Temple was able to muster and posted her seventh shutout of the season.
UConn will share the league championship with Old Dominion and Louisville, all of which finished with a 6-1 mark in conference games. The Huskies will earn the No. 1 seed though due to the goal-differential tiebreaker.
The Huskies will host the 2013 Big East Tournament next week in Storrs. The semifinal round will commence on Friday, November 8 at 5 p.m. while the championship is scheduled for Sunday, November 10 at 1 p.m.
Sophomore defender Roisin Upton added three assists to her team-leading total and was one helper shy of tying the school record, which is held by five different Huskies. Upton now has 14 assists in 2013.
Bolles got the scoring started just 6:12 into the contest when she redirected an Upton drag flick into the back of the net off a penalty corner to give the Huskies a lead they would not relinquish.
Junior forward Chloe Hunnable scored back-to-back goals for the Huskies, bringing her team-high total to 18 in 2013. Her first goal, coming just 35-seconds after Bolles' first score, came after junior midfielder Chrissy Davidson dribbled into the circle and hit a strike towards the goal. Hunnable was there to redirect it past Lizzy Millen to give UConn some early insurance.
Hunnable's second goal was a flashy one as she dribbled to a step inside the circle and drilled a backhanded shot inside the near post, building the UConn edge to three scores.
Bolles would add goals at 24:18, 27:20 and 39:03, brining her season total to 16. Sophomore Mckenzie Townsend netted her fourth goal of the season at the 50:38 mark after she redirected a strike from Davidson into the back of the net.
Mansfield performance shrunk her goals against average to 1.42 on the season. Millen ended the day with three saves for the Owls.
UConn outshot Temple, 14-9 and the Owls held an 8-5 edge in penalty corners.
The Huskies will round out the regular-season when they take the short trip down I-91 to square-off against Yale on Sunday. Game time is set for 2 p.m. in New Haven.
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