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Roundup: Fifth-ranked Cuse bests Stanford

No. 3 Connecticut 7, Villanova 3

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 Connecticut 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.

No. 5 Syracuse 3, No. 6 Stanford 1

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Laura Hahnefeldt, Alyssa Manley and Emma Russell scored a goal each to lead Syracuse (8-1) to a 3-0 victory versus Stanford (6-2) on Saturday afternoon at Albany's Alumni Field.

The Orange's three goals mark the most allowed this season by the Cardinal, which came into the game with the NCAA's top-ranked defense and four consecutive shutouts. Syracuse's attacking penalty corner unit remained sharp, scoring two of the team's three goals, while the Orange enjoyed a 10-8 shot advantage and Stanford held the edge in penalty corners, 6-4.

Sophomore Jess Jecko made two saves to earn her eighth win of the season, while Stanford's Dulcie Davies made six saves.

Hahnefeldt started the scoring in the 19th minute when she converted on a penalty corner, scoring her first of the season on assists by Jordan Page and Russell. Manley sent the Orange into halftime with a 2-0 lead, scoring her sixth goal of the season with 1:25 left, knocking in the rebound off a Davies save of the initial shot by Leonie Geyer.

Syracuse maintained its 2-0 lead through most of the second half until Alex McCawley scored on a penalty corner for Stanford, drawing the Cardinal within one at 2-1 with 10:17 remaining.

Russell put the game out of doubt with 5:49 left, scoring on a nice spin move following a pass through the circle from Lauren Brooks, making it 3-1. The goal was the sophomore's sixth of the season.

No. 8 Penn State 2, Miami (Ohio) 1

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State claimed a tough 2-1 win against Miami (Ohio) in the team's first neutral site match of the season. After a tough 1-3 start to the year, the Lions have now reeled off five consecutive wins to move to three games better than .500 for the first time this season.

After trailing 1-0 early, PSU's Ashtin Klingler leveled the match in the 33rd minute and then Brittany Grzywacz scored the game-winning goal in the 49th minute off a penalty stroke to seal the Blue and White's sixth win of the season.

Grzywacz and Klingler have now each scored in the same match on four occasions this season, with PSU winning all four contests. Grzywacz's game-winning goal was her fifth of the year, which leads the team and Big Ten.

The victory pushes Penn State's record to 6-3 on the season and extends its winning streak to five consecutive matches. The Lions outshot Miami by a total of 16-7, marking the eighth out of nine matches the Blue and White have recorded more shots than its opponent.

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