STORRS, Conn. -- The University of Connecticut women's lacrosse team improved to 2-0 at home this season after rolling past California, 12-8, on Friday afternoon. Senior Grace Nolan paced the Huskies (2-2) with a season-high seven points on four goals and three assists.
Five different Huskies scored in the win and junior Caitlin Leary added three goals for her second hat trick in as many games.
The Golden Bears (2-2) jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in the opening six minutes of play to capture their only lead of the game. Nolan and senior Kelsey Catalano would score just 34 seconds apart to knot the contest, 2-2, at 16:25.
Junior Lexi Kenneally, Nolan and Leary each found the back of the net as UConn scored its fourth, fifth and sixth unanswered goals and grabbed a 6-2 edge. California would net one final tally before the break, but the Huskies finished the opening half with a three-goal lead.
The two teams traded goals in the early minutes of the second half and UConn's lead remained at three, 9-6, with 13:31 to play. Freshman Olivia Miles added to the fun and joined teammates Leary and Catalano with second half goals.
The Golden Bears cut the deficit to two after capitalizing on a Husky turnover but a pair of back-to-back tallies from Nolan made the score 11-7, putting the visitors out of reach. Kenneally rounded out the Husky scoring at 5:18 as Connecticut scored recorded its second highest goal of the spring.
With the win, UConn now owns a 5-1 clip in the all-time series against California in the sport of women's lacrosse.
Sophomore Grace Beshlian finished the night with six saves and improved her record to 2-1. Nolan collected a team-high four ground balls and seniors Cassie Ekstrom and Kristyn Gaines forced three turnovers apiece.
The Huskies conclude of February action with a midweek tilt at New Hampshire next Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. UConn defeated the Wildcats 13-9 in 2017.
— UConn Lacrosse (@UConnWLAX) February 24, 2018
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