Sept. 28, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – Senior forward Marie Elena Bolles scored two goals and dished-out two assists while freshman midfielder Olivia Bolles also registered a pair of assists to lead the third-ranked University of Connecticut field hockey team past Villanova, 7-3, on Saturday afternoon at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs.
With the win, UConn improves to 8-0 on the season and 2-0 in Big East play. The Wildcats slip to 2-6 overall, 0-2 in the loop.
UConn is now 25-6 all-time against Villanova and the Huskies improve to 77-6 at home since the start of the 2006 season.
Villanova jumped out to a 1-0 lead after Maddy Harding capitalized one of the Wildcats’ two penalty corner opportunities at the 14:42 mark. Harding’s goal marked the first time this season UConn trailed.
However, the Villanova lead was short-lived as Marie Elena Bolles scored her fourth and fifth goals of the season at 27:24 and 30:32. The first came off one of UConn’s 12 penalty corner opportunities after sophomore back Roisin Upton hit a drag flick from the top of the circle, which Bolles redirected past Alex Diekmann and into the back of the net.
What turned out to be the game-winner came off a cross from the younger Bolles after she got ahead of the Wildcat defense on a fast break.
The elder Bolles then created the Huskies’ next goal with a dish to sophomore forward Chloe Hunnable deep in the circle, which she tipped into the goal for her team-leading eighth goal of the season.
Upton would net her fourth goal of the season on a penalty stroke early in the second half to give the Huskies some more insurance.
The second half was highlighted by the first career goals for Shannon Creghan at 49:35 and Darby Smith at 52:25.
The Wildcats would net a pair of scores in the game’s final 10-minutes but this one had long been decided by that point.
UConn dominated in all facets, outshooting Villanova by a 35-6 count and creating a 12-2 penalty corner advantage.
UConn’s All-America goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield made two saves while Diekmann stopped six shots for the Wildcats. Diekmann was also assisted by a pair of defensive saves by her backline.
The Huskies are back in action tomorrow when they welcome defending national champion Princeton to Storrs for a 2 p.m. contest at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.