SPARKS, Md. – Despite a late scoring surge in the final four minutes of the game, the UConn women’s lacrosse team could not overcome James Madison and lost by one goal on Sunday in the first-ever NCAA women’s lacrosse held at William G. Tierney Field.
The Huskies enter their home opener Wednesday 1-1 overall after suffering their first loss of the season Sunday at the U.S. Lacrosse headquarters. JMU improves to 3-1 as it returns home for its home opener Saturday.
Four Huskies finished the day with a pair of goals. Senior attacker Jacqueline Jordan (Los Gatos, Calif.) led the team with four points (2g, 2a), three of which came in the first half. Junior Kelsey Catalano (Stony Brook, N.Y.) and sophomore Brooke Jensen (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) both followed suit with three points each (2g, 1a).
UConn and JMU played an evenly matched, competitive and physical contest Sunday as the Huskies and the Dukes were near even in shots on goal (19-18, UConn), draw controls (13-10, JMU), turnovers (27-24, JMU) and caused turnovers (13-13).
After trailing James Madison 2-1 at the start, UConn scored three unanswered goals to take a 4-3 lead halfway through the first half, but JMU echoed with three-straight goals in the last five minutes to take a 6-4 lead into the halftime break.
In a physical second half, UConn and JMU played a 10 minute scoreless drought after each team scored early on in the half. JMU snapped the drought and scored three-straight goals to take a five-goal lead.
With less than five minutes to play, James Madison leading UConn 11-6, UConn went on a scoring tear, netting four unanswered goals in 3:40. Sophomore Lexi Kenneally (Wayne, Pa.) scored her first goal of the season to lead off UConn’s late scoring surge.
Junior attacker Grace Nolan (Marcellus, N.Y.) was the fourth Husky to tally a pair of goals against JMU, but Nolan joined in on the scoring too late in the game as both of her goals came in the last two minutes of the game.
The Huskies return home for their 2017 home opener on Wednesday, Feb. 22 when they host Boston College at 3 p.m. at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.
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