Connecticut and Syracuse Top BIG EAST Field Hockey Awards for Second Week

PROVIDENCE, R.I.- After going 2-0 against top 10 opponents last week, No. 6 Connecticut and No. 7 Syracuse earned  BIG EAST field hockey awards. Connecticut's Marie Elena Bolles was named Offensive Player of the Week, while Syracuse's Iona Holloway was awarded Defensive Player of the Week honors.


Bolles scored both goals in a 2-1 win over No. 9 Penn State. The Huskies went into halftime down 1-0 to the Lady Lions, but the tying goal from Bolles came just ten minutes into the second half. The junior struck again six minutes later to give the Huskies the 2-1 lead. The four-point performance from the 2012 BIG EAST Field Hockey Preseason Offensive Player of the Year makes her the team leader in points and assists.


Holloway anchored a back line that shut out No. 2 North Carolina 1-0 in overtime. The senior defensive back helped keep the Tar Heels off the board, particularly on penalty corners. North Carolina is the highest-ranked opponent Syracuse has defeated since a 2-1 victory against No. 1 Maryland in 2008. The victory also extends the Orange's home winning streak to 30 games.


BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll

Alex Diekmann, Villanova, Jr., GK

Recorded ten saves against Rider.


Sarah Mansfield, Connecticut, Jr. GK

Notched six saves in the 2-1 win over No. 9 Penn State.             


Mallory Mason, Louisville, So., M

Had one goal and the game-winning assist in a 3-2 win over Davidson.


Carlie Rouh, Rutgers, Sr., F                                               

Scored one goal and tallied one assist in a 4-1 win over Monmouth. Scored one goal in an overtime loss against Temple.


Emma Russell, Syracuse, Fr., M/F

Scored the game-winning goal in overtime against No. 2 North Carolina for her second career goal at Syracuse.