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UConn Outlasts Fairfield, 13-12, for first win of 2018.

Feb. 14, 2018

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STORRS, Conn. - Senior Kelsey Catalano posted a season-high three goals as the University of Connecticut women's lacrosse team won a rubber match against Fairfield, 13-12, Wednesday night.

Catalano finished the contest with a season-high three points and a program-record 11 draw controls. Senior Grace Nolan (2g, 2a) and freshman Sydney Watson (2g, 2a) each had four points to lead the way. Junior Lexi Kenneally chipped in with three points of her own with a pair of goals and an assist.

Head Coach Katie Woods reached a career milestone Wednesday night as she eclipsed the 100-win plateau. Woods, who has coached at UConn for eight years, set the program record for most wins by a head coach last season with 73. Woods captured 74 of her 100 wins as the leader of the Huskies and accumulated her first career 26 wins during her time at American (2007-2010)

Connecticut (1-1) started the game with a 1-0 lead two minutes into the game the contest. Junior Caitlin Leary and Nolan would score early for the Huskies but the Stags (1-1) took a 5-2 lead at 7:54. Catalano, senior Grace McDonald, Leary and Kenneally scored the next four goals as UConn took the lead, 6-5, with 3:05 left in the half. Fairfield scored two straight to grab a one goal advantage, 7-6, going into half time.

The rubber match continued in the second frame as the two teams traded goals and danced to a 9-9 gridlock.

Freshman Olivia Miles gave the Huskies their first lead of the second half, 11-10, but Fairfield would knot the score one final time with 8:31 left in the game. Miles goal was the first of her career as the freshman finished the contest with one point and a career-best three ground balls.

Catalano and Nolan would score back-to-back goals to provide UConn with a two-goal edge. The Stags added one last goal with 1:36 left in the game, but the Huskies held on for the 13-12 win.

Watson led UConn with four ground balls and three caused turnovers, which set a personal best.

Sophomore Grace Beshlian finished with 15 saves in her first win of the season.

The Huskies are back on the road for a neutral site game against No. 18 James Madison on Sunday, Feb. 18 at the US Lacrosse Facility in Sparks, Md.


 

 

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