SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Senior attacker Grace Nolan recorded a team-high six points but the University of Connecticut women's lacrosse team (0-1) fell at No. 7 Syracuse (1-0), 23-11 , Friday night in the Huskies season opener.
Nolan tallied four goals and added two assists in her homecoming game. Nolan, a Marcellus, N.Y. native, grew up less than 30 minutes from Syracuse University.
Freshman Sydney Watson was more than impressive in her collegiate debut as the midfielder posted five points (4g, 1a) and won a game-high eight draw controls. Classmate Sam McKenna recorded her first career point, as well, with a goal in the second half.
Connecticut started the game with a 2-0 lead less than two minutes into the contest behind a pair of goals from Watson before Nolan added her first tally of the night to give UConn a 3-2 edge at 6:39. The two teams would to exchange goals for the remainder of the half, but it was Syracuse who carried the 9-8 advantage into halftime.
The Orange came out of the break strong, scoring the first seven goals of the second frame. Watson and Nolan posted back-to-back goals to break up the Syracuse scoring run and cut the deficit to six, 16-10, with 17:48 to play. The home team finished the game on a 7-1 scoring run with McKenna scoring the final goal for UConn in the final 12 minutes.
Hooper and sophomore Grace Beshlian split time between the pipes and finished the game with a combined eight saves.
The Huskies host Fairfield on Wednesday, February 14 at 3 p.m. at the Sherman Family Complex.