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Watson Shines in Debut, Huskies Fall at No. 7 Syracuse, 23-11

Feb. 13, 2018

Final Stats

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Senior attacker Grace Nolan recorded a team-high six points but the University of Connecticut women's lacrosse team (0-1) fell at No. 7 Syracuse (1-0), 23-11 , Friday night in the Huskies season opener.

Nolan tallied four goals and added two assists in her homecoming game. Nolan, a Marcellus, N.Y. native, grew up less than 30 minutes from Syracuse University.

Freshman Sydney Watson was more than impressive in her collegiate debut as the midfielder posted five points (4g, 1a) and won a game-high eight draw controls. Classmate Sam McKenna recorded her first career point, as well, with a goal in the second half.

Connecticut started the game with a 2-0 lead less than two minutes into the contest behind a pair of goals from Watson before Nolan added her first tally of the night to give UConn a 3-2 edge at 6:39. The two teams would to exchange goals for the remainder of the half, but it was Syracuse who carried the 9-8 advantage into halftime.



The Orange came out of the break strong, scoring the first seven goals of the second frame. Watson and Nolan posted back-to-back goals to break up the Syracuse scoring run and cut the deficit to six, 16-10, with 17:48 to play. The home team finished the game on a 7-1 scoring run with McKenna scoring the final goal for UConn in the final 12 minutes.

Senior defender Cassie Ekstrom led the Huskies with four ground balls, while senior goalkeeper Madison Hooper forced two caused turnovers.

Hooper and sophomore Grace Beshlian split time between the pipes and finished the game with a combined eight saves.

The Huskies host Fairfield on Wednesday, February 14 at 3 p.m. at the Sherman Family Complex.