STORRS, Conn. – Eight points from junior attacker Grace Nolan (Marcellus, N.Y.) lifted the Huskies past New Hampshire 13-9 on Sunday at the George J. Sherman Complex.
UConn improves to an even 2-2 record this season with Sunday’s win over the Wildcats, who are still searching for their first win this year (0-3).
A strong first half carried the Huskies to victory Sunday. UConn outscored UNH 9-4 in the first half, with hat tricks from both Nolan and junior Kelsey Catalano (Stony Brook, N.Y.).
Nolan led the team with five goals and three assists, followed by senior Jacqueline Jordan (Los Gatos, Calif.) who tacked up two goals and two assists to finish with four points just ahead of Catalano who capped off at three.
Senior Sarah Smith (Acton, Mass.) scored her first goal of the season and assisted Catalano’s first goal of the day to finish the afternoon with two points.
The second half was much quieter than the first with no score coming in the first seven minutes out of halftime. There was another 11-minute scoring drought halfway through the second half.
Although UConn outscored UNH 4-1 over a 24-minute span in the second half, UNH scored four unanswered goals in the last six minutes to outscore UConn 5-4 in the half and close the gap to a 13-9 final instead of 13-5.
Freshman goalkeeper Grace Beshlian (Wantagh, N.Y.) registered nine saves on Sunday, including five crucial stops in the second half to halt the pressing Wildcats.
UConn will hit the road for a three-game stretch, beginning at UMass on Sunday, March 5. The Huskie will then head to the West coast for a two-game road trip at Stanford and at California.