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STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's lacrosse team (4-3) continues its three-game road stint with a midweek clash at Ohio State (2-4) on Wednesday evening. The non-conference tilt is set for 7 p.m. at Jesse Owen’s Memorial Stadium. The game will be broadcast on BTN Plus.
A Win Would...
With a win on Wednesday, UConn would improve to 5-3 overall and pick up its third-straight road win.
Last Time Out
The Huskies had their work cut out for them last Sunday in a snowy afternoon against UAlbany. Due to an impending snow storm, the game was moved to an indoor facility in Queensbury, N.Y. less than 24 hours before game time. UConn didn't let the new location bother them as they stuck to the game plan and topped UAlbany, 15-11. Caitlin Leary continued to build on her career junior campaign with a team- and game-high five goals in the match. Seniors Kelsey Catalano and Grace Nolan chipped in with three goals apiece, while Nolan assisted with three helpers.
Leading the Pack
Grace Nolan is pacing the Huskies in points (41), goals (24) and assists (17). Her 2.29 assists per game and 5.57 points per game rank atop the conference her 3.29 goals per game break are a sixth best. Classmate Cassie Ekstrom, the backbone of the Huskies' defense unit, is tied for first in the BIG EAST in caused turnovers per game (2.00).
Freshman Sydney Watson has been dominate in the circle all season as the midfielder leads the team in draw controls with 36. Senior Kelsey Catalano trails Watson winning 34 draws controls, as the duo finds themselves fourth and fifth, respectively, in the league.
Goalkeeper Grace Beshlian (4-2) owns the majority of time in the net, boasting a 13.23 goals against average, a .399 save percentage and 57 saves.
Wednesday's matchup marks just the second meeting between UConn and Ohio State in the sport of women's lacrosse. The Buckeyes hold a 1-0 advantage in the all-time series after defeating the Huskies 20-6 back in 1999.
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. With a four-point performance (2g, 2a) against No. 24 Massachusetts on March 3, Nolan moved into second place all-time in career points and (218) assists (83). Nolan now boasts 224 career points, 138 career goals and 86 career assists.
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. FreshmanSydney Watson garnered BIG EAST Freshman of the Week accolades after a five-point (4g, 1a) performance against No. 7 Syracuse on Feb. 9.