FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Hat tricks from senior Maggie Tripodi (Syracuse, N.Y.) and junior Grace Nolan (Marcellus, N.Y.) helped UConn outlast Fairfield 16-12 in its 2017 debut Wednesday at Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium.
Nolan, who finished first on the team last season in points, led the way against the Stags after she racked up seven points, taking credit for all four of UConn’s assists in addition to her three goals, which all came in the second half.
Freshman goalkeeper Grace Beshlian (Wantagh, N.Y.) made her collegiate debut in goal for the Huskies. She made three saves in the first eight minutes of the game and finished with 10 total stops.
In an evenly matched first half, UConn trailed Fairfield 2-1 at the start, but scored three unanswered goals to take a 4-2 lead 10 minutes in. Although the Stags answered with a 3-0 run of their own, the two teams seesawed back and forward for the remainder of the half and the score was even 7-7 at halftime.
Seniors Molly O’Reilly (South Salem, N.Y.) and Jaqueline Jordan (Los Gatos, Calif.) each had a pair of goals in the first half.
UConn took a quick two-goal lead coming out of halftime after Nolan and junior Kelsey Catalano (Stony Brook, N.Y.) scored back-to-back within the first two minutes.
After Fairfield tied the score up again 9-9, the Huskies outscored the Stags 5-1 over a 12 minute span to take a 14-10 lead with just over 10 minutes to play. Fairfield’s Alex Fehmel, who also finished with three goals on the day, scored twice to put the Stags within two scores, but Nolan and Tripodi both tipped their hats to seal the score 16-12.
UConn starts the season off 1-0, while Fairfield is yet to pick up a win this season and is 0-2.
The Huskies will play a neutral site game with James Madison on Sunday, Feb. 19 at William G. Tierney Field at the U.S. Lacrosse complex in Sparks, Md.