STORRS, Conn. – The UConn Huskies ended the 2017 season Saturday afternoon by ripping off their fifth-straight win, a 19-15 BIG EAST victory over visiting Temple at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. The Huskies celebrated “Senior Day” on Saturday and senior Maggie Tripodi (Syracuse, N.Y.) led the way with four goals and two assists in the win.
UConn finishes the season with an 8-8 overall record and 5-4 in the BIG EAST, their fifth-straight season with a winning league record. The Temple Owls now move on to next weekend’s conference tournament, finishing the regular season 13-4 overall and 6-3 in league.
Prior to Saturday’s game, UConn honored the 10 members of their graduating class who were playing in their final games in a Husky uniform. In addition to Tripodi, seniors Emily Giumetti (Duxbury, Mass.), Deryn Blaney (Stony Brook, N.Y.), Jessie Beer (Berwyn, Pa.), Molly O’Reilly (South Salem, N.Y.), Jacqueline Jordan (Los Gatos, Calif.), Julia Simmons (Milton, Mass.), Sarah Smith (Acton, Mass.), Ally Tilley (Setauket, N.Y.), and Bobbie Hall (Okemos, Mich.) along with their families were honored.
UConn’s Jordan chipped in three goals and an assist in her final game, finishing the year with 40 goals and 52 points. Tilley, Giumetti and O’Reilly also scored goals in their final game at UConn. Junior Grace Nolan (Marcellus, N.Y.) finished with two goals and three assists. She finished the year with 77 points on 44 goals and 33 assists. Her 77 points and 33 assists rank second in the record book for points/assists in a season. Her 44 goals tie her mark from last season, ranked sixth in the record book.
Temple had the early advantage on Saturday, building a 3-0 lead with Carly Demato and Morgan Glassford both scoring the first of four goals each in the opening minutes. UConn would tie the game at 4-4 just over 10 minutes in as Nolan scored her two goals early for the Huskies.
UConn began to take control down 7-6 with 7:42 left. The Huskies closed the first half with a 6-1 run as Tripodi scored twice in a span of 22 seconds to start the rally. Sophomore Cait Leary (Suffern, N.Y.) buried her third goal of the first half with just 30 second left to send UConn into the locker room up 11-8.
The Huskies used the first 10 minutes of the second half to put the game out of reach, outscoring Temple 4-1 during that stretch. Tripodi ended the run with two-straight to put UConn up 15-9 at 20:48. Temple closed to within 15-11 with just over 15 minutes left but the Huskies responded with three-straight off the sticks of Lexi Kenneally (Wayne, Pa.), Jordan, her third, and freshman Olivia Shapiro (Longmeadow, Mass.) to lead 18-11 with nine to play.
The Huskies generated plenty of offense, scoring 19 times on 34 shots while also earning eight free-position attempts. UConn buried five 8-meter goals, going five-of-six in the first half. In goal, freshman Grace Beshlian (Wantagh, N.Y.) turned in 10 saves to earn the win.