The NFHCA selected Marie Elena Bolles as the Mideast Regional Player of the Year.
Nov. 19, 2013
STORRS, Conn. –The NFHCA announced Tuesday morning that six Huskies earned Division I All-Region Team laurels for the Mideast Division. No. 4 UConn placed Chloe Hunnable (Halstead, England), Anne Jeute (Meerbusch, Germany), Roisin Upton (Limerick, Ireland), and Sarah Mansfield (Cornwall, England) to the First Team, while junior midfielder Chrissy Davidson (West Lawn, Pa.) garnered Second Team honors. In addition to collecting First Team accolades for the third time in her career, the NFHCA recognized senior phenom Marie Elena Bolles (Phoenixville, Pa.) as the Mideast Region Player of the Year.
No strangers to postseason awards, all six players were also recognized as All-BIG EAST selections during the conference tournament on Nov. 7. Hunnable, Jeute, Mansfield, Upton, and Bolles all earned First Team All-BIG EAST while Davidson received Second Team merits.
The 2012 BIG EAST Player of the Year, Marie Elena Bolles has posted the best performance in her four years at Connecticut to earn Regional Player of the Year recognition. The senior standout displays great versatility all over the field, finding a niche as both a major playmaker and a serious scorer. Her 16 goals and 13 assists this season rank second-best on the team in both categories. In 89 career games, the Pennsylvania native has accrued an impressive 126 points, a total good enough for sixth all-time in UConn history. The team has won the BIG EAST Championship in three out of her four years at Connecticut and built a 5-3 record in the NCAA Tournament, which the Huskies will seek to improve on when they face North Carolina on Friday in the National Semifinals.
Chloe Hunnable also finds herself in the midst of her best season in Husky uniform. The junior forward leads the UConn offense with 22 goals and five assists for 49 total points so far this fall. Hunnable tallied goals in each of UConn’s two NCAA games in Syracuse this past weekend, giving the Huskies an early lead over No. 11 Boston College on Saturday before supplying the game-winner against No. 20 Michigan State Sunday afternoon to boost Connecticut to the NCAA Semifinals. Her score against Boston College marked the 50th of her career, and she only needs two more goals to surpass Wendy Hug (1981-84) for fifth place on the all-time program goals list.
Anne Jeute provides yet another scoring threat on the UConn offense with 11 goals and 12 assists on the season. More impressively, she leads the team with seven game-winning goals on the season, including a big overtime goal to propel UConn past Boston College in the First Round of the NCAA on Saturday. The Huskies have won 19 games so far, which roughly equates to a Jeute goal accounting for almost half of those wins. She recorded goals in both of UConn’s NCAA games last weekend and will look to continue that trend at the Final Four.
Roisin Upton has hit her stride in a breakout sophomore campaign that includes six multi-point outings. In 23 games this season she has acquired 12 goals and 15 assists for 39 points. Junior midfielder Chrissy Davidson rounds out the player accolades with the first All-Region honors of her career. Davidson followed up on an 11 assist season last fall with 12 helpers this year. The Huskies have gone 7-1 this season when she records an assist.
In goal, senior Sarah Mansfield adds All-Region performer to her resume for the fourth consecutive year of her career. Mansfield boasts a mere 1.19 goals against average and a .761 save percentage this season. Since stepping foot on Storrs campus, Mansfield has played in every possible game of her career. In 89 total games she has maintained a 1.14 career goals against average and a .767 save percentage. Her 73 lifetime victories in Husky uniform set the school record for keeper wins, far exceeding the marker of 58 wins set by Danielle Vile (1996-99). Her 29 career shutouts are also atop the program leader boards.
The Huskies will travel down to Norfolk, Va. to the campus of Old Dominion on Nov. 22 for a 4:45pm NCAA Semifinal matchup against No. 3 North Carolina. The winner of Friday’s contest advances to the National Championship game to be held on Sunday, Nov. 24th at 4pm.