Sept. 13, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - The No. 5 University of Connecticut field hockey team, which is coming off a weekend that saw it defeat a pair of ranked teams, returns home this weekend for the BIG EAST Conference opener against Rutgers on Saturday and a contest against Yale on Sunday.
The Huskies will square-off against Rutgers at 12 p.m. and against Yale at 2 p.m. Both games will take place at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs.
Connecticut scored wins against No. 15 Michigan and at No. 21 Albany last weekend, both by 2-1 margins. Junior forward Marie Elena Bolles scored three of UConn's four goals over the weekend and earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors yet again.
Bolles, the 2012 Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year is fifth in the country at 3.0 points per game and ranks seventh at 1.2 goals per contest. She paces a UConn offense that is 11th in the country at 3.4 goals per game.
Junior goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield has been equally dominant this season. Mansfield, the 2012 BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, leads the country with a 0.88 save percentage and is fourth with a goals against average of 0.63. She has allowed only three goals in five games this year. All three goals came against ranked opponents.