CINCINNATI, Ohio – UConn junior attacker Grace Nolan (Marcellus, N.Y.) tied the school record for points in a game putting 10 on the board to lead the Huskies to an 18-11 Big East win at Cincinnati Saturday afternoon. UConn picks up their third-straight win and improve to 6-8 overall and 3-4 in the Big East.
Nolan finished the day with five goals and a career-high five assists on her way to her first-career double digit point game. She ties the school record for points in a game that was previously set by Shannon Burke against Central Connecticut State on February 21, 2007.
The UConn offense has been on fire during their three-game winning streak and put up a season-high 18 goals on Saturday. The Huskies have posted 17, 17, and 18 goals in each of the last three outings. Senior Jacqueline Jordan (Los Gatos, Calif.) chipped in four goals while sophomore Cait Leary (Suffern, N.Y.) scored a career-high three goals in Saturday’s win.
The Huskies used a big first half on the way to an 11-4 lead at the break. UConn opened the game with an eight-goal run with Nolan scoring three of her five markers on the run. Cincinnati ended their drought at the 10 minute mark of the half and chipped in two-straight from Katie Stegmann and Amanda Donovan to pull within 8-2.
Jordan tacked on two and Nolan another down the stretch of the first half to give the Huskies a seven-goal lead at the half. The Bearcats played UConn even in the second half but a five-goal run by the Huskies in the first 10 minutes of the second half put the game out of reach. Maggie Tripodi (Syracuse, N.Y.) started the rally and scored another on the run while Nolan, Jordan and Leary all tallied as well.
The Huskies finished with 34 shots. In goal, freshman Grace Beshlian (Wantagh, N.Y.) made nine saves to earn the win. The Huskies defensively caused 30 Cincinnati turnovers and broke up 10 Bearcat clears on the day.
UConn will look to make it four-straight when they return to action on Saturday, April 22 at Villanova.