March 19, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – Six members of the 2013 National Champion field hockey team have been recognized as Division I National Academic Squad members the NFHCA/Gladiator by SGI. Headlining the squad was 2013 National Player of the Year Marie Elena Bolles (Phoenixville, Pa.). The senior nursing major earns her fourth consecutive spot on the National Academic squad. Joining Bolles was junior Chrissy Davidson (West Lawn, Pa.), freshman goalkeeper Nina Klein (Topton, Pa.), freshman Efthimia Kutrubis (Norwalk, Conn.), rookie defender Anna Middendorf (Bremen, Germany), and sophomore back Megan Palmisano (Chatham, N.J.).
A two-time All-American and four-time All-BIG EAST selection, Marie Elena Bolles adds yet another accolade to an overflowing list of accomplishments to her UConn career. In her four years, Bolles has amassed 129 total points to finish in sixth place on UConn's all-time points list. Her 47 career tallies earn her eighth on the Huskies' all-time goals list, while her 35 helpers tie Jestine Angelini (2009-11) for ninth in the career assists column. Boasting an impressive field hockey resume, Bolles is a three-time All-Mideast Region selection, a three-time All-BIG EAST First Team recipient, a two-time All-American, and, last season, Bolles was recognized as the 2012 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year. The senior has been a part of a championship squad in some capacity in three of her four seasons, claiming the BIG EAST regular season championship in 2011 and 2013, the BIG EAST Championship in 2012 and 2013, and, most recently, winning the 2013 National Championship.
Chrissy Davidson adds this scholastic achievement to an impressive junior campaign that saw her tabbed as an NFHCA All-Region Selection and All-BIG EAST Second Team choice. The junior started all 25 games for UConn and tied for third on the team with 12 assists. Though Davidson did not tally a goal during the season, she did bury one of the more clutch shots in program history against North Carolina in the National Semifinals. Davidson netted UConn’s second shootout goal to put the game away and cement a berth in the National Championship en route to the program’s third National Title.
Sophomore Megan Palmisano also played a crucial role in UConn’s run to the National Championship, starting all 25 contests and helping a stingy Huskies defense to maintain a 1.16 goals against average.
A trio of freshman earned the honors in their rookie seasons, including goaltender Nina Klein, Connecticut native Efthimia Kutrubis and Anna Middendorf. Middendorf accrued two points thanks to her first collegiate goal against Yale on Nov. 3.