STORRS, Conn. – Despite taking the No. 24 ranked team in the nation into the break leading 7-5, the University of Connecticut lacrosse team (3-3) dropped a 12-11 heartbreaker to Massachusetts (3-2) on Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore Olivia Miles tallied a career- and game-high five goals in the outing, while senior Grace Nolan chipped in with four points (2g, 2a). Nolan now sits second in program history in points (218) and assists (83) all-time.
The Huskies battled hard throughout the contest but fell short when the Massachusetts’ Holly Turner scored the go-ahead goal with seven seconds left. Senior Cassie Ekstrom won the draw control for UConn, but time was not on its side as the final horn rang marking the Huskies first home loss of the season.
Miles scored four of her five goals in the opening half as UConn carried a two-goal advantage, 7-5, after 30 minutes of play. Nolan and freshman Sydney Watson (2g) notched the final goals of the half with three unassisted tallies.
The Minutewomen came out of the break on a 3-0 run to pull ahead 8-7 for their first advantage since they lead 1-0 early in the game. The two teams would trade goals as the contest remained a one goal game.
Late in the game UConn would locked the score at 10-10 and 11-11 behind goals from senior Grace McDonald and Nolan. The Huskies fought valiantly but saw their chance stripped at the hands of Turner in the final seconds.
Junior Kelsey Catalano won a game-best six draw controls while Ekstrom was a force on defense with four caused turnovers, two ground balls and two won draw controls. Sophomore Grace Beshlian make eight saves on the day.
The Huskies visit UAlbany (2 p.m.) on March 7 to begin their three-game road stint.
Following a four point performance (2g, 2a) in today’s game, Grace Nolan moves into second all-time in program history in both points and assists! #GoTogether #UConnNation
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