STORRS, Conn. — In a tight game that featured five ties, Connecticut used a 6-1 run in the second half to gain a 13-9 lead and held off UAlbany 14-11 in women’s lacrosse on Thursday.
The Great Danes took an 8-7 lead on goals by Madison Conway and Kyla Zapolski with 21:51 left in the second half.
The Huskies scored six of the next seven goals, two by Lia LaPrise, to get the upper hand.
Kendra Harbinger scored with 4:45 left to get the Great Danes (2-2) within 13-11, but Sydney Watson closed out the scoring for UConn (3-1) with 1:54 left.
“We continue to learn a lot about ourselves in these early season matchups, and today’s contest against UConn was a tough sixty-minute fight,” UAlbany coach Katie Rowan Thomson said. “We gave ourselves opportunities in the game, and we have to keep working to capitalize on those opportunities consistently. We will get back to work tomorrow and have another chance on Saturday in our first conference game.”
Zapolski and Katie Pascale each scored three goals for the Great Danes, and Harbinger and Conway each had two.
Watson finished with four goals for UConn, and LaPrise had two goals and five assists.
UAlbany 6 5 — 11
UConn 6 8 — 14
UAlbany scoring: Harbinger 2-1, Conway 2-0, Zapolski 3-0, Carroll 0-1, Pascale 3-2, Sancilio 1-0. UConn scoring: Vetsch 2-0, LaPrise 2-3, Watson 4-0, Palmucci 2-1, Shaffer 3-1, Place 1-0.
Goalies: UAlbany, Sweeney, 9 saves. UConn, White, 6.