It may not have been basketball or field hockey, but it was still the University of Connecticut Huskies versus the Syracuse University Orange, and it was clear right from the get-go that a lot of pride was on the line for both lacrosse clubs.
Coming off their first victory of the season against Dartmouth on Saturday, the Huskies were hoping to carry this momentum into Wednesday’s visit to upstate New York. While UConn undoubtedly put forth a great performance, the Huskies fell by a score of 12-11 at the Carrier Dome.
UConn jumped out to a 2-0 lead as juniors Carly Palmucci and Katherine Finkelston notched their fifth and seventh goals respectively. Subsequently, the Orange responded with three straight markers of its own before Kelsey Catalano equalized the score for Connecticut.
The rollercoaster of goals continued until Syracuse scored three times in the remaining three minutes and nine seconds of play in the first half of play. UConn got off on the right foot in the second half when Fikelston sniped home her second goal of the match. A quick two goals from Grace Nolan, and Kelsey Catalano’s second score of the game narrowed Syracuse’s lead to 10-9.
Down by two goals (12-10) in the dying minutes of play, Emily Anderson scored with just 1:17 remaining off a terrific pass from Alexandra Crofts. Unfortunately for UConn, time was not on their side, and the Huskies failed to tie the score before the game clock hit 0:00. The Huskies are now 0-18 all-time against Syracuse in women’s lacrosse, and have fallen to 1-3 overall this season.
Despite the loss, UConn played a really strong game, especially in the defensive end. Although number 3 ranked Syracuse averaged 18 scores per game entering their matchup versus UConn, the Huskies held the highest scoring team in the nation to just 12 goals on Wednesday night.
Goalkeeper Shannon Nee recorded 9 saves in the loss, and really kept her team alive with several key stops in the second half. Freshman Grace Nolan also recorded her first career hat-trick in this losing effort.
The Huskies return home to host New Hampshire at the George Sherman-Family Sports Complex this coming Sunday. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.