INDIANPOLIS, Ind. – It was a record-setting day for the University of Connecticut women’s lacrosse team who kicked off BIG EAST action with a 22-5 rout of Butler on Sunday afternoon. The Huskies (5-4, 1-0 BIG EAST) conclude their three-game road stint with a 2-1 clip in which they outscored their opponents 49-29.
The 22 goals against the Bulldogs (1-8, 0-1) marked a single season program record for the Huskies who eclipsed the 20-goal plateau for the first time since February, 17 2016. The previous record of 21 goals was set in a win against Quinnipiac in 2016.
Senior Grace Nolan notched eight goals and three helpers to lead eight UConn players that recorded multi-point performances. Nolan arguably put together one of the most impressive performances in program history as she set new programs records in points and goals with 11 and eight, respectively. The Marcellus, N.Y. native broke her own record of 10 points and seven goals set during her sophomore and junior campaign.
UConn did not let an unfamiliar atmosphere shake them as junior Olivia Miles gave her squad an early 1-0 edge and a lead they would fail to relinquish. Nolan (2g, 3a) played a hand in five of the first six UConn goals as the team jumped out to a 6-1 advantage. The Huskies scored five straight in the final 12:18 of the opening half to lead the Bulldogs by a comfortable 14-3 margin heading into the break.
Sophomore goalkeeper Grace Beshlian and the UConn defense held Butler to just two goals in the second frame. Freshman Olivia Troy made her way onto the stat sheet with her first career tally at 7:56. UConn won all but two draw controls in the final half and finished the game with a 23-6 advantage in the circle.
Senior Cassie Ekstrom led a hungry UConn defense with four ground balls while Miles forced a team-leading two turnovers. Beshlian finished the day with one save.
After a three week hiatus, Connecticut returns to the Sherman Family Complex on Saturday, March 24 against Denver. The contest is slated to being at 12:00 p.m. and the Huskies will look to improve to 2-0 in conference action.
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