Dec. 3, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut field hockey senior Marie Elena Bolles has been named the Division I National Player of the Year as announced by the NFHCA on Tuesday morning. With the laurels, Bolles becomes the first-ever UConn player to receive the honors since its inception in 2010.
Marie Elena Bolles (Phoenixville, Pa.) proved to be an unstoppable threat on the UConn offense over the past four seasons, concluding her career with the best statistical year of her career. Bolles' made appearances on the score sheet in 17 of the team's 25 games, including six multi-point performances highlighted by a hat trick against Georgetown and a career-high four goals against Temple. The senior totaled 25 goals and 17 assists for a 48 point season, all of which are career-bests, to help the Huskies to their first National Championship since 1985.
The Phoenixville, Pennsylvania native collected nearly every possible award this season. Twice she was named Offensive Player of the Week this season and, on the eve of the BIG EAST Tournament Semifinals, Bolles was tabbed as a First Team All-BIG EAST selection for the fourth consecutive year. Following UConn's overtime victory over Old Dominion to claim its second consecutive conference championship, Bolles was announced as a member of the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team. On a national scale, the NFHCA recognized Bolles as the Mideast Region Player of the Year in addition to listing her as a First Team All-Region choice, and Bolles took home an NCAA All-Tournament nod following UConn National Title. Yesterday, it was announced that Bolles garnered First Team All-American nods for the first time in her career after earning All-American Third Team recognition in 2012.
The National Player of the Year award caps a sensational career at Connecticut for the decorated senior. 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.
Marie Elena Bolles' long list of accolades and impressive career numbers undoubtedly place her among the ranks of UConn field hockey greats. She joins the likes of Honda Broderick Cup winners Laurie Decker (1983), Tracey Fuchs (1987), and Diane Madl (1988), all decorated players to don the Husky uniform.
NFHCA National Players of the Year
2013 Marie Elena Bolles (UConn)
2012 Katie Reinprecht (Princeton)
2011 Katelyn Falgowski (UNC)
2010 Katie O'Donnell (Maryland)
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