Aug. 24, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut field hockey team will open the 2012 regular season with a pair of games this weekend at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs. UConn, which is ranked No. 6 nationally, will square-off against Bucknell at 12 p.m. on Saturday and against Sacred Heart at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
The Huskies will have a new look this year as six starters were lost to graduation, including 2011 First Team All-American Jestine Angelini, who led last year's team to a 19-3 overall record, a BIG EAST Regular Season Championship and the program's 10th appearance to the NCAA National Semifinal.
However, UConn has plenty of talent returning, including 2011 First Team All-American and 2012 BIG EAST Preseason Co-Defensive Player of the Year Sarah Mansfield. Mansfield posted a 1.24 goals against average last season, including seven shutouts. She started in net in all 22 of UConn games and earned a spot on the 2011 All-NCAA Tournament Team.
Also returning for the Huskies is 2012 BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Marie Elena Bolles. Bolles was third on the team with 12 goals and 12 assists and second on the squad in points, during the 2011 season, with 36. The Phoenixville, Pa. native led the Huskies with four game-winning goals, including the dramatic overtime score that clinched the 2011 BIG EAST Regular Season crown.
Connecticut also looks forward to the return of Chloe Hunnable, the 2011 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year. Hunnable was second on the 2011 squad with 14 goals and fourth with 32 points.
Expectations are always high for a team that has appeared in 23 NCAA Tournaments and won 23 BIG EAST Championships and the addition of yet another talented recruiting class to go along with the dynamic 1-2 punch of Bolles and Hunnable on offense and the All-American goaltending of Mansfield, UConn is once again poised to achieve those expectations.
Stop by one of the games this weekend and receive a free 2012 schedule card and poster.