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Lacrosse Entertains California on Friday Afternoon

Feb. 22, 2018

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STORRS, Conn. –
The University of Connecticut women’s lacrosse team (1-2) prepares for its final home game in February when California (2-1) visits the Sherman Family Complex on Friday afternoon. The tilt is slated to begin at 3:00 p.m.

The Last Meeting
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March 14, 2017
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UConn Cruises Past California 17-8 on Tuesday
Four goals apiece from senior Maggie Tripodi (Syracuse, N.Y.) and junior Kelsey Catalano (Stony Brook, N.Y.) lifted UConn past California 17-8 on Tuesday at California Memorial Stadium.

A Win Would…

With a win on Friday, UConn would improve to 2-2 overall and own a 2-0 clip at home.

Last Time Out

Senior Grace Nolan scored a team-high five goals but it wasn’t enough as UConn faltered against No. 16/8 James Madison, 21-9, on Sunday. Freshman Sydney Watson put forward another strong performance as the midfielder won a game-high seven draw controls and added an assist. Defensively, senior Cassie Ekstrom led the team in caused turnovers (4) for the third straight game.


 

 

Leading The Pack

Grace Nolan is pacing the Huskies in points (15), goals (10) and assists (five). Sydney Watson and senior Kelsey Catalano have won a team-best 17 draw controls apiece. Cassie Ektrom is leading the defensive unit with five caused turnovers.

Goalkeeper Grace Beshlian (1-1) owns the majority of time in the net, posting an 18.80 goals against average, a .373 save percentage and has made 28 saves so far this season.

The Series

Friday’s matchup marks just the sixth meeting between the two teams in the sport of women’s lacrosse. Following a trip to the West Coast in 2017, the Huskies grabbed a 4-1 edge in the all-time series with a 17-8 victory against the Bears.

100 and Counting…

Head Coach Katie Woods reached a career milestone on Feb. 14 as she eclipsed the 100-win plateau with a 13-12 win against Fairfield. Woods, who has coached at UConn for eight years, set the program record for most wins by a head coach last season with 73. Woods captured 74 of her 100 wins as the leader of the Huskies and accumulated her first career 26 wins during her time at American (2007-2010).

Notables

Grace Nolan was tabbed to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (2/19) after totaling nine points off six goals and three assists in a 1-1 week for the Huskies. Senior Kelsey Catalano set a new program record in draw controls when she won 11 against Fairfield on Feb. 14. Freshman Sydney Watson garnered BIG EAST Freshman of the Week accolades after a five-point (4g, 1a) performance against No. 7 Syracuse on Feb. 9.

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