Women's Lacrosse: Huskies drop season opener at Syracuse

Women's Lacrosse had a tough opening defeat at Syracuse (Charlotte Lao/The Daily Campus)

Despite a hot start, UConn women’s lacrosse fell 23-11 in their season opener against Syracuse.

The Huskies began the game with some strong plays, going up 6-4 against the Orange with 12 minutes left in the first half.

At that point, Upstate New York’s chilly temperature caught up with the Huskies and cooled them off, enabling Syracuse to score five straight goals and take a 9-6 lead with 4:39 left in the first half.

After closing the gap to 9-8 at the end the of first half, the Huskies fell flat at the start of the second. Syracuse scored the first seven goals. UConn trailed for the rest of the game.

Even in defeat, senior attacker Grace Nolan played well in her homecoming game, scoring four goals and adding two assists for a team-high six points. Nolan is a Marcellus, New York native and grew up less than 30 minutes from Syracuse.

As for Syracuse, 12 of their players scored a goal in the game. The team was led by Nicole Levy, with three goals and two assists, and Alie Jimerson, who scored one goal and four assists.

Among the bright spots for UConn was the strong play of freshman Sydney Watson and Sam McKenna. Watson recorded four goals and one assist in her Husky debut, with her first two goals occurring back-to-back for the first points of the game. McKenna also pitched in a goal to start off her UConn career, scoring in the second half.

The Huskies next game is Wednesday, Feb. 14 when they host the Fairfield Stags at the Sherman Family Complex at 3 p.m.

Zac Lane is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at zac.lane@uconn.edu.