Bolton Selected as NFHCA Division I Offensive Player of the Week
Liberty senior forward Jill Bolton has been selected as the NFHCA Division I Offensive Player of the Week.
Bolton is receiving the honor for the third time in her career after receiving the award twice during the spring 2021 campaign.
This week’s BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, Bolton set two major program milestones in a pair of shutout wins over Villanova and No. 9 North Carolina, last weekend. The senior scored five goals in those two contests and recorded a defensive save.
Bolton notched her fourth career three-goal effort in Liberty’s 7-0 home win over the Villanova Wildcats on Friday. Her first goal of the day, a penalty stroke goal in the 21st minute, gave her 136 career points. The 136 points were a new program record, eclipsing the previous school record of 135 set by Agueda Moroni. Bolton added two more goals in the contest, scoring in the 26th and 55th minutes.
On Sunday at No. 9 UNC, Bolton scored two more times, the 55th and 56th goals of her career. Her first goal of the afternoon occurred in the 22nd minute and put the visitors ahead 1-0 in an eventual 4-0 triumph. Bolton and the Lady Flames handed the Tar Heels their first-ever loss at Karen Shelton Stadium (41-1).
Bolton scored her second goal of the day in the 55th minute. The goal was the 56th of her career, a new school record, surpassing Moroni (55 goals). The Souderton, Pa., native also made a defensive save late in the third period, helping preserve the Liberty shutout.
In 12 games this year, Bolton leads the team in goals (14), points (33), shots (61) and shots on goal (40). She ranks fourth in the country in goals per game (1.17) and fifth in points per game (2.75).
Bolton is the first Liberty player to garner a national weekly award since goalkeeper Azul Iritxity Irigoyen was named Play Safe/NFHCA Division I Defensive Player of the Week on March 24.
Bolton and No. 9 Liberty (10-2, 4-0 BIG EAST) will be back in action on Friday afternoon for a BIG EAST game at Temple (7-5, 3-1 BIG EAST). Match time is 4 p.m. at Howarth Field in Philadelphia, Pa.