WASHINGTON, D.C. – The No. 2 seeded UConn was knocked out of the Big East tournament in the semifinals Thursday at Cooper field after the Huskies dropped a 12-8 decision to the No. 3 seed, Temple.
Temple and UConn both got off to a strong start, alternating scoring to start the game. Temple struck first at 26:34 to take a 1-0 lead, but junior Jacqueline Jordan (Los Gatos, Calif.) closed the gap less than a minute later and tied the score up 1-1.
After the Owls scored again to go up 2-1, sophomore Grace Nolan (Marcellus, N.Y.) scored her first of three goals to knot the score up again. After eight minutes had passed with no score, Temple took the first two-goal lead, scoring back-to-back goals at the 15 minute mark to make it 4-2.
UConn retaliated with two straight goals. Nolan tallied her second of the game to cut the Owls’ lead in half and freshman Brooke Jensen (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) nabbed to equalizer for the Huskies to even out the score 4-4 with under 10 minutes to play in the first half.
Temple scored with five minutes left on the clock to capture a one-goal lead heading into halftime. Nolan came out hot in the second half and rounded out her hat trick 51 seconds in to tie things up again 5-5.
The Owls scored seven unanswered goals in a span of 29 minutes to take a commanding 12-5 advantage. In a last minute scoring spree, senior Alyson Fazio (Methuen, Mass.) tallied three consecutive goals in the last 37 seconds of the game to end it 12-8. All of UConn’s second half goals came either in the very first minute or the very last minute of the half.
Senior goalkeeper Shannon Nee (Lancaster, Pa.) made eight stops against the Owls, six of which came in the second half.
The Huskies finish their season with a 12-5 overall record. The Owls advance to the Big East Championship game where they will face No. 1 Florida on Saturday, May 7 at 2:30 p.m. at Cooper Field.