AMHERST, Mass. – UConn’s second-half comeback was halted by UMass Sunday after the Minutewomen claimed a 10-9 decision in overtime. Senior Maggie Tripodi (Syracuse, N.Y.) scored a hat trick in the second half to put the Huskies back in contention after trailing by three at halftime.
The Huskies held the lead briefly on two occasions Sunday, early in the beginning and then again at the very end. UMass had a 6-0 run over a four minute span in the first half, which helped the Minutewomen take a 7-4 lead into halftime. Four different Huskies tallied goals for UConn in the first half.
UConn came back to tie things up and eventually take the lead in the second half. Tripodi and fellow senior Jacqueline Jordan (Los Gatos, Calif.) were responsible for all of UConn’s second-half scoring as the Huskies outscored the Minutewomen 5-2 in the back half of the game.
The first 15 minutes of the second half were pretty quiet from both perspectives as UConn and UMass only tallied one goal each. Tripodi and Jordan then alternated scoring for fourth unanswered goals in less than 10 minutes to take a 9-8 lead with 5:21 left in the game.
UMass scored with 3:39 on the clock to send the game into overtime after regulation ended in a 9-9 draw. The Minutewomen notched the golden goal less than two minutes into the overtime period to claim a 10-9 victory.
Freshman Grace Beshlian (Wantagh, N.Y.) stopped 13 shots in Sunday’s contest, just one save short of her career-high. Eight of her 13 saves were in the second half.
UConn’s leading scorer, Grace Nolan (Marcellus, N.Y.) was held scoreless by the Minutewomen, but she took credit for three out of UConn’s four assists.
The Huskies head to the west coast for a two-game road stint, starting at Stanford on March 11 and then at California on March 14.
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