Nov. 1, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Connecticut junior midfielder Marie Elena Bolles (Phoenixville, Pa.) was named the BIG EAST Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Year as voted by the league’s coaches. Bolles was honored at the conference tournament banquet at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Louisville.
Bolles, also an All-BIG EAST First Team selection for the second straight year, has 28 points on 11 goals and six assists, all ranking third on the team. She owns a .190 shot percentage and has netted a team-leading six game-winning scores.
Bolles was joined on the first team by senior midfielder Alicia Angelini (Boiling Springs, Pa.), graduate defender Louisa Boddy (Derbyshire, England), sophomore forward Chloe Hunnable (Halstead, England) and junior goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield (Cornwall, England).
Boddy and Hunnable are tied for the team lead with 34 points. Boddy is UConn’s top scorer with 14 goals to go with six assists, while Hunnable has tallied 12 goals and is tied for the team lead with 10 assists. Angelini ranks fourth on the Huskies with 14 points on five goals and four helpers.
In the cage, Mansfield started all 18 games, including six shutouts. She totaled 72 saves for a .800 save percentage and 1.01 goals against average.
Connecticut, entering the BIG EAST Championship as the two-seed, faces off against the No. 3 host Louisville at 7:30 pm Friday night at Trager Stadium. The game will be streamed live at BigEast.tv.
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Connecticut’s Marie Elena Bolles, Rutgers’ Alyssa Bull and Syracuse’s Iona Holloway headlined the 2012 BIG EAST field hockey awards to kick off the 2012 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship in Louisville, Ky. Bolles was named 2012 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, Bull was tabbed for BIG EAST Rookie of the Year honors and Holloway took BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year. Syracuse head coach Ange Bradley was voted 2012 BIG EAST Coach of the Year.
The 2012 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, Bolles ranks third in the league in points with 28. She averaged 1.56 points per game and scored 11 goals in the regular season. The junior scored five game-winning goals for the Huskies this year and three against ranked opponents. Her efforts on offense kept the Huskies undefeated through 16 games this season, the longest undefeated streak of any Division I team in 2012.
Bull is tied as the second leading scorer for the Scarlet Knights with five goals and six assists. The freshman also is in a three-way tie for first in league play with two defensive saves. Bull recorded two of her five goals against ranked opponents (No. 19 Albany on Aug. 24 and No. 6 Maryland on Oct. 26). Bull also scored two goals in a game against Georgetown on Oct. 5.
Holloway led a defensive line that posted eight shutouts and allowed just 15 goals all season. The Orange rank No. 1 in the nation in goals-against average at 0.81. The Syracuse defense allowed six goals and posted three shutouts in league play en route to a 6-0 record and the regular season title. The Orange ceded just 39 penalty corners to ranked opponents, an average of 4.88 per game.
Bradley was named 2012 BIG EAST Field Hockey Coach of the Year after leading the Orange to an NFHCA Coaches Poll No. 1 ranking for two weeks this season. It was the first time the Orange have been ranked No. 1 since making a national semifinal run in 2008. Syracuse ranks No. 1 nationally in goals-against average (0.81) and shutouts per game (0.50). Bradley led the Orange to the BIG EAST regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the 2012 BIG EAST Championship.
BIG EAST Field Hockey Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Marie Elena Bolles, Connecticut, Jr., F
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Iona Holloway, Syracuse, Sr., B
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Alyssa Bull, Rutgers, Fr., M
COACH OF THE YEAR
Ange Bradley, Syracuse
ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM
Alicia Angelini, Connecticut, M
Marie Elena Bolles, Connecticut, F
Louisa Boddy, Connecticut, B
Chloe Hunnable, Connecticut, F
Sarah Mansfield, Connecticut, GK
Amber Thomas, Louisville, F
Henni Tietze, Providence, B
*Leonie Geyer, Syracuse, M
Laura Hahnefeldt, Syracuse, B
Iona Holloway, Syracuse, B
Kelsey Millman, Syracuse, F
ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM^
Annie Wilson, Georgetown, F
Erin Conrad, Louisville, GK
Alyssa Voelmle, Louisville, B
Caitlin Malone, Providence, M
Alyssa Bull, Rutgers, M
Lisa Patrone, Rutgers, F
Carlie Rouh, Rutgers, M
Jennifer Staab, Rutgers, B
Liz McInerney, Syracuse, M
Jordan Page, Syracuse, M
Leann Stiver, Syracuse, GK
Alex Diekmann, Villanova, GK
* unanimous selection
^an extra member was added due to a tie in voting