O'Reilly scored four goals in win over Irish
April 21, 2013
STORRS, Conn.- The No. 19 University of Connecticut lacrosse team took a 6-4 edge into halftime and never relinquished the lead, defeating No. 6 Notre Dame 10-7 Sunday at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. UConn improves to 13-1 on the season, including a 5-1 record in BIG EAST play, while the Fighting Irish fall to 11-3 (5-3 in BIG EAST play). The victory marks the first time the Huskies have defeated the Fighting Irish since earning a 13-10 win during the 2005 season.
The Huskies won all seven home games this season, which is the first time in the history of the program that UConn has swept opponents in Storrs. In every game, Connecticut scored over 10 points and only allowed opponents to score double digit goals twice.
The Huskies honored their 12 seniors, Kacie Lewis, Dorian Gilmartin-Dzitko, Mackenzie Rainone, Kelsi Tucci, Shannon Kerr, Liz Brown, Morgan O’Reilly, Chelsea Hauswirth, Kaitlyn Aldrich, Brittney Testa, Catherine Gross, and Siobhan Wilcox, in front of a packed crowd before the opening draw.
UConn opened up an early 2-0 lead on unassisted goals from O’Reilly and Carly Palmucci. Notre Dame responded with a quick goal to cut the lead in half, but could not pull any closer as the Huskies took a 6-4 lead into the break. Palmucci led Connecticut with three first half points, including a pair of goals. Lauren Kahn added her team-leading 32nd goal of the season with 10:01 left in the first half. Goalkeeper Shannon Nee recorded six first half saves, registering 30 minutes of action.
The Huskies tacked on four goals in the second half, helped in large part due to the play of O’Reilly who scored twice within the first five minutes. She finished the game with four goals on seven shots. O’Reilly’s stellar performance marked the sixth time this season that she has recorded a hat trick.
Connecticut attempted fewer shots (23-22) and committed more turnovers (22-20) than the Fighting Irish, but were steadied from the play of Nee, who finished the game with 10 saves.
Head Coach Katie Woods, in her third season at Connecticut, thought spectators present for Senior Day made the experience even sweeter for her players.
“It was great,” said Woods. “The crowd was awesome. I don’t know if we’ve ever had a crowd this large in my time here at UConn. The weather obviously makes it easier for people to come out, but it was really great to see.”
The team is back in action this Friday, April 26th at 4 p.m. when it will travel to Georgetown for its seventh straight BIG EAST matchup.