Nov. 4, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In the final minute of play, junior mid Marie Elena Bolles (Phoenixville, Pa.) carried the ball along the baseline and centered a pass to sophomore forward Chole Hunnable (Chelmsford, England). Hunnable blasted a shot halfway up the cage, to claim a 4-3 win and the 2012 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship for the University of Connecticut over Syracuse at Trager Stadium on Sunday.
The win gives the No.5 Huskies (18-2) their 12th BIG EAST Championship as they upset the top-seeded and No. 3 Orange (17-2). UConn trailed 3-1 early in the second half and stormed back with three unanswered scores to earn their first tournament title since 2009.
The game-winning goal was the second of the game for Hunnable and 14th of the season, while Bolles, the league's Offensive Player of the Year, collected her second assist of the day and eighth of the season.
Junior goaltender Sarah Mansfield (Cornwall, England) supplied six saves in the cage for Connecticut, while senior Leann Stiver made three stops for Syracuse.
Graduate student back Louisa Boddy (Derbyshire, England) was honored as the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. She was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Bolles, Hunnable, Mansfield and freshman back Roisin Upton (Limerick, Ireland).
The first score of the game came on a penalty corner by SU in the 15th minute. Junior Laura Hahnefeldt scored off of an assist from sophomore Jordan Page.
UConn tied the game in the 21st minute on a goal by senior forward Erin Koonz (High Falls, N.Y.). Koonz won the ball in the circle and fought through three Syracuse defenders to knock the ball into the cage for her third goal of the season.
The Orange regained the lead on a similar play to its first score of the day. Again it was Hahnefeldt from Page on a penalty corner to go up 2-1.
Early in the second half, Syracuse added to its lead just three minutes in on a goal by graduate student Liz McInerney, assisted by senior Kelsey Millman.
In the 47th minute, Connecticut cut the lead in half as the Huskies countered a SU attack. Hunnable netted her 13th goal of the season on an assist from Bolles.
UConn tied the game just four minutes later on the second goal of the season by graduate student midfielder Katherine Baker (Cheshire, England). Baker started the play by taking a penalty corner fed to sophomore mid Chrissy Davidson (West Lawn, Pa.). Davidson left the ball for Boddy, who fired a shot that was saved. Baker came crashing in behind the Orange goalie and pushed it across for the game-tying score.
The Huskies earned the league's automatic big to the NCAA Tournament. The field for the tournament will be announced on Tuesday, November 6 at 6:00 pm.
Most Outstanding Player
Louisa Boddy, Connecticut, B
2012 BIG EAST All-Tournament Team
Louisa Boddy, Connecticut, B
Marie Elena Bolles, Connecticut, F
Chloe Hunnable, Connecticut, F
Sarah Mansfield, Connecticut, GK
Roisin Upton, Connecticut, M
Erin Schneidtmiller, Louisville, F
Henni Tietze, Providence, B
Laura Hahnefeldt, Syracuse, B
Kelsey Millman, Syracuse, F
Jordan Page, Syracuse, M
Gillian Pinder, Syracuse, M