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Bolton Named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week

October 23, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Bolton is the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week, as announced by the league on Monday.

Bolton is the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week, as announced by the league on Monday.

Liberty freshman Jill Bolton garnered the distinction of BIG EAST Freshman of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon.

Bolton's selection marks the first BIG EAST honor in her young career. The Pennsylvania native merited selection on the basis of her play against Providence and No. 2 Duke, this past weekend.

She tallied two goals and an assist in those two contests. Last Friday against Providence, Bolton set up Agueda Moroni's first goal of the game in the 15th minute and then scored in the 37th minute to stake Liberty to a 3-0 advantage. The Lady Flames prevailed, 3-0, clinching a spot in the 2017 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship.

Bolton followed up Friday's performance with another strong game on Sunday against No. 2 Duke. With Liberty trailing 3-1 early in the second half, she buried a backhanded strike into the top right corner to bring the Lady Flames within one, 3-2. The Lady Flames eventually forced overtime before falling to the Blue Devils, 4-3.

In 16 games this season, Bolton shares the team lead with five assists, while ranking second on the squad in goals (6) and points (17).

In addition to Bolton's recognition, sophomore Agueda Moroni garnered inclusion on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. Moroni's recognition is the fourth time in the last seven weeks she has made the listing, along with being named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on one occasion (Oct. 2).

The Argentina native scored Liberty's first two goals in the victory over Providence and assisted on Alynn Richardson's game-tying goal against Duke. She paces the team in goals (14) and points (33) while tying for the team lead in assists (5).

The Lady Flames (6-9, 4-2 BIG EAST) will wrap up regular-season play with a pair of games, this weekend. Liberty will play at Temple (4-12, 0-6 BIG EAST) on Friday at 5 p.m. to close out its BIG EAST slate. The Lady Flames will conclude regular-season play with a home match on Sunday at 1 p.m. against No. 4 North Carolina (12-4, 3-3 ACC).