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STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's lacrosse team (3-2) is set to face its third ranked opponent in six games when No. 24/ RV Massachusetts (2-2) visits the Sherman Family Complex on Saturday afternoon. The game is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. The program will also welcome back alumni as part of Alumni Day.
One Love Foundation
This Saturday the Huskies will be hosting their One Love Awareness game. UConn has teamed up with the One Love Foundation as they work together to raise awareness of relationship violence. The One Love Foundation is working to end relationship violence by educating, empowering, and activating young people in a movement for change. For more information or to help donate to the cause, click HERE.
This Saturday when we play UMass, we will be playing for a great cause as we're teaming up with @Join1Love!
For more information and to learn more about the One Love mission visit: https://t.co/WGGPVAtbmF pic.twitter.com/hqwsdtl9Of
— UConn Lacrosse (@UConnWLAX) March 1, 2018
A Win Would...
With a win on Saturday, UConn would improve to 4-2 and earn its first win against a ranked opponent in 2018.
Last Time Out
Senior Grace Nolan totaled a season-high nine points (5g, 4a) as UConn cruised to a 16-8 win at New Hampshire on Wednesday. Junior Caitlin Leary chipped in with a career-high five goals and senior Kelsey Catalano added three goals as three Huskies recorded hat tricks.
Leading the Pack
Grace Nolan is pacing the Huskies in points (31), goals (19) and assists (12). She is boasting a league-best 6.20 points per game and 2.40 assists per game good for second in the BIG EAST. Teammate Cassie Ekstrom is headlining the conference in caused turnovers averaging 2.00 per contest and freshman Sydney Watson breaks into the top-five in draw controls with 5.40.
Goalkeeper Grace Beshlian (3-1) owns the majority of time in the net, boasting a 14.00 goals against average, a .406 save percentage and 43 saves.
Saturday's matchup marks the 14th meeting between the two teams in the sport of women's lacrosse. Massachusetts owns a 9-4 advantage in the all-time series. The Huskies dropped a 10-9 overtime heartbreaker against the Minutewomen in 2017.
Quick on the Draw
Senior Kelsey Catalano set a new program record in draw controls when she won 11 against Fairfield on Feb. 14.
Leaving Her Tracks
During her time in Storrs, senior Grace Nolan has established herself as one of the most prolific scorers in program history. Nolan has etched her name in the record book on a handful of occasions and is on pace to break into the programs' top-three in points, goals and assists. The Marcellus, N.Y. native currently ranks tied for second all-time in assist with 81. Her 214 career points mark third best in UConn history and her 133 goals sit seventh all-time.
Last season Nolan notched 77 points which ranks second in the UConn record book for points in a single season, while her 33 helpers marked the second highest in program history.
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).
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. 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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