February 17, 2016
UConn sophomore attacker Grace Nolan (No. 10, left) scored a team-high seven goals against Quinnipiac, tying a program single-game record. (Stephen Slade)
UConn sophomore attacker Grace Nolan (No. 10, left) scored a team-high seven goals against Quinnipiac, tying a program single-game record. (Stephen Slade)

Women's Roundup: UConn Snags Season's First D-I Shutout

from LaxMagazine.com staff reports | Wednesday Scores | Thursday Schedule

STORRS, Conn. — In its 2016 home opener, Connecticut dominated Quinnipiac 21-0 to become the first team in Division I women's lacrosse to shutout an opponent this season. The Huskies' 21 points tied a program record for most goals scored in a single game, the last time being against Virginia Tech in 2004.

With a team-high seven goals, sophomore attacker Grace Nolan tied a program single-game record. She added one assist to record a team-high eight points, tied with senior Katherine Finkelston, who docked six goals and two assists.

UConn outshot Quinnipiac 35-7 and won the draw battle 20-3. Senior Alexandra Crofts and freshman Brooke Jensen led the Huskies in the midfield with four draw controls apiece.

Nolan opened UConn's hot start to the season with back-to-back goals in the first five minutes, followed by a score by Finkelston, who earned All-Big East honors in 2015. At the half, the Huskies led 12-0 before nearly matching its offensive production in the second half.

Graduating only three starters from its 2015 lineup, UConn is coming off a season of firsts. The Huskies defeated Georgetown for the first time in their all-time series in the conference semifinals to advance to the Big East championship for the first time in program history. While UConn handed Florida its only in-conference regular season loss, the Huskies fell in its first final.

Eagles Make Program History

In just its second game of the season, No. 9 Boston College downed Holy Cross 19-6 for its 20th win in the all-time series, a program best against a single opponent. The Eagles are now just two victories shy of the program's 200th win since its first varsity season in 1992.

Junior attacker Tess Chandler tied a career-high with a team-high five points. Freshman Sam Apuzzo continued to shine with four points against the Crusaders. Apuzzo also led with eight draw controls, which is fifth all-time during a single game.

Tewaaraton finalist Sarah Mannelly and senior midfielder Caroline Margolis each tallied three points. Mannelly's two assists lands her in sixth place for the program's career assists record.

Dene' DiMartino netted her 27th career hat track, finishing with five goals as No. 13 Johns Hopkins downed American, 16-10. (John Strohsacker)

DiMartino Dominates for Hopkins

Senior midfielder Dene' DiMartino tied her career-best with five goals to hand No. 13 Johns Hopkins its second win of the season against American, 16-10. Her hat trick was the 27th of her career, good for sixth in the program's Division I history. She also added a game-high six draw controls to help the Blue Jays earn the edge on the draw battle, 16-12.

Hopkins jumped out to a 6-0 lead en route to a seven-goal lead at the half. Sophomore Emily Kenul, who tallied four points, capped off the scoring run with two consecutive goals 32 seconds apart. Kenul assisted the final goal of the first half, scored by Jenna Reifler, who finished with two goals and two assists.

While American won the second half 6-5, outscoring Hopkins 5-1 in a five-minute span, the Blue Jays outshot the Eagles 35-20 and edged them out on ground balls, 22-17. Hopkins junior goalie Caroline Federico made six saves.

Towson's Kaitlyn Montalbano had a career-high four goals as the Tigers downed Baltimore-area rival UMBC 14-4 on Wednesday night. (John Strohsacker)

Montalbano Lifts Towson

After an overtime thriller against Jacksonville just four days ago, a one-goal win for Towson, sophomore midfielder Kaitlyn Montalbano scored a career-high four goals to lead the Tigers to a comfortable 14-4 victory over UMBC. She added two assist for a career-high six points.

"We definitely got better tonight and that's the goal," said Towson coach Sonia LaMonica, whose team improves to 3-0, tied with the 2012 squad for the best start in LaMonica's tenure. "We want to get better each game and we faced a different defensive style tonight. We pushed transition but still have some things to work on. Kaitlyn had a beast of a game and Emily Gillingham was huge on the draw."

Gillingham controlled a team-high six draws as Towson recorded 10 more draws than the Retrievers. Samantha Brookhart added three draw controls, followed by Michelle Gildea with two.

Duquesne Doubles Opponent's Scoring

After its home opener against Louisville was cancelled due to weather, Duquesne wins its season opener on the road against Robert Morris 14-7 on a snowy Rooney Field.

Sophomore Jill Vacanati scored a career-high and game-high five goals to lead the Dukes, while juniors Kaelin Shaw, Tess Drotar and Macy Marafioti added two each. Marafioti and Meredith Micho had one assist each for the only two assisted Duquesne goals. 

The Dukes led 8-4 at the half before controlling the second half 6-3 to keep their offensive production double that of the Colonials'.

Old Dominion Secures First A-Sun Win

With four goals, redshirt senior Ashmore Standing led the Lady Monarchs past Longwood 14-13 to become the first Atlantic Sun team to lock in a win for the 2016 season. Morgan Marrale added two goals and two assists, while Connor Carson tallied three points.

Jumping to a 5-0 lead in the first 15 minutes, Old Dominion led at the half 7-3, but allowed the Lancers to come back with five consecutive goals in the final five minutes of the game. The Monarchs held on in the final minute to slip past Longwood to win its season opener. 

“It was nice to start the season off with a win,” said ODU coach Heather Holt. “I wish we had played more consistently into the second half and continued our momentum from the first. We did some good things today as a team, but we have a few things we need to improve on.”

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