Fairfield Falls to Connecticut in Overtime

Chloe Mangan scored with 13 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime, but Morgan O'Reilly struck with 42 ticks left in the extra period to give Connecticut a 12-11 win over host Fairfield. The loss drops the Stags to 3-4 on the season, while the Huskies improve to 5-0.

Connecticut used a five-goal run over a 15 minute span in the first-half to break a 3-3 tie and take an 8-3 advantage with 1:53 to play before intermission. Kelly Fenton cut into that deficit for Fairfield with seven seconds left in the period to make the score 8-4 at halftime.

Melanie Raso struck 59 seconds into the second-half to get Fairfield within three, 8-5, but was answered 1:01 later by Kacey Pippitt. The Stags rattled off three straight at that points, closing to within a tally, 9-8 on Mangan's goal with 17:19 remaining in regulation. Lauren Kahn scored her third of the game with 15:04 to play to put the Huskies back up two, 10-8. Just shy of 10 minutes later Caitlin Townsend again got Fairfield within a score, netting an unassisted goal, while Sara McBride answered 13 seconds later to push the lead back to two, 11-9. Courtney Chmil converted a free position shot with 2:26 to play in regulation to make it 11-10 and setup the game-tying goal from Mangan.

Mangan was one of four Stags to score two goals in the game, and led the team with three points as she also added the team's lone assist. Raso, Townsend, and Jenna Slowey all struck twice for Fairfield. Chmil and Mangan both collected four draw controls in the game to lead Fairfield, which finished with 12 as a team.

Chelsey Sidaras played the final 36 minutes in net for the Stags, taking the loss. She stopped six shots while allowing four goals. Katie Keenan played the first-half for Fairfield, giving up eight goals and making four saves.

Marya Fratoni earned the win in net for UConn, minding the cage for the final 26:35 and allowing four goals and stopping four shots. Shannon Nee started and allowed seven goals, with five saves, in 39:25 of action.

Kahn and Catherine Gross both had hat tricks for the Huskies, who also received three point efforts from Pippitt and O'Reilly, who both had two goals and an assist.

Both squads committed 16 turnovers in the contest, with UConn being whistled for 32 fouls as compared to the Stags 26. The Stags had a 17-15 advantage in ground balls and a 25-24 shot advantage.

The Stags close out a three-game home stand on Tuesday afternoon when they host Quinnipiac at 3:00 p.m.

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (March 9, 2013) The Husky lacrosse team improved to 5-0 on the season with a thrilling 12-11 overtime win at Fairfield (3-4) on Saturday afternoon. This marks the best start to the season for Connecticut since 2000.

UConn had two goalkeepers see action in Saturday's matinee as Marya Fratoni earned her first career victory after defending the goal for 26:35 allowing four goals and tallying four saves, while Shannon Nee registered seven saves in 30:25 minutes of action.

Connecticut had four Huskies record three points in the overtime win with Kacey Pippitt (2 goals, 1 assist), Lauren Kahn (3 goals), Morgan O'Reilly (2 goals, 1 assist) and Catherine Ross (3 goals) leading the way.

The Huskies, who were outshot 25-24, went into halftime with an 8-4 advantage before the Stags went on a 4-0 run to open the second half. UConn held an 11-10 lead with the clock running down when Fairfield's Chloe Mangan scored with 13 seconds remaining to even the game at 11-11 forcing the contest into overtime.

After battling for five minutes in overtime it was O'Reilly who found the back of the net on an isolation shot after beating a Fairfield defender with 42 seconds remaining to give the Huskies a 12-11 win. It was O'Reilly's seventh goal of the season and third career game-winning shot.

The Huskies are back in action on Saturday, March 16 when they return to Storrs and host Binghamton at 1:00 p.m.


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