UConn Takes Down Oregon in Overtime Thriller

STORRS, Conn. (March 26, 2013) UConn returned to Storrs on Tuesday afternoon and took down Oregon in a 16-14 overtime thriller at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. The Huskies now sport a 7-1 (0-1 BE) record, and the Ducks have lost four straight, falling to 4-5 on the season.

Freshman mid Carly Palmucci lifted the Huskies to victory with a team-high five points coming on four goals and an assist, including the overtime game-winning goal. Palmucci is now second on the team with 27 points, third in goals (17) and second in assists (10).

It was a back-and-forth battle on Tuesday for the Huskies and the Ducks with UConn outshooting the Ducks 31-28 and winning 18 out of 34 draw controls. The first half featured several runs which began with a Connecticut 3-0 run to open the contest, the Ducks replying with their own 3-0 move to even the game at 3-3 before the Huskies took a 6-3 advantage with 7:46 remaining in the opening half. The teams continued to exchange goals and Connecticut entered the half with a 7-5 lead.

With the Huskies holding a 10-6 advantage with 24:41 left in regulation the Ducks went on a 7-2 run to take a 13-12 lead with 10:10 remaining.

Oregon was hanging on to a 14-13 lead when senior Catherine Gross tied the game at 2:29 pushing the game into overtime. The Huskies dominated possession in the extra time scoring back-to-back goals as Palmucci scored the game-winner and Morgan O'Reilly sealed the deal setting the final score at 16-14.

Marya Fratoni jumped to 2-0 on the season after playing 36 minutes and making seven saves. Also finding the back of the net multiple times for the Huskies was Kacey Pippitt with three goals, Gross finished with three, Ally Fazio with two scores, Lauren Kahn with two goals and O'Reilly ended the game with two.

Next up for Connecticut is a conference road match at Rutgers on Friday at 3:00 p.m.

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STORRS, Conn. -- The Oregon Ducks rallied from a four-goal second-half deficit to take a one-goal lead with 3:15 left in regulation but ultimately fell in overtime, 16-14, to Connecticut.

The loss came despite a career-high five-goal effort from junior Haley Milner. Connecticut improved to 7-1 overall with the win, while the Ducks fell to 4-5.

UConn scored the first three goals of the match to take a 3-0 lead with 16:07 to play in the first half. But Oregon's offense responded with a 3-0 run of its own to tie the game at the 11:13 mark. Milner got the scoring started with an unassisted goal and Propst followed with a goal after receiving a pass from Carly O'Connell. Milner tacked on the third goal with help from a Propst assist.

But the Huskies came back with their second three-goal run of the half thanks to two goals by Kacey Pippitt and one by Ally Fazio to reclaim the lead, 6-3, with 7:46 to play in the half. O'Connell and Casey Brogan punched in goals for the Ducks near the end of the half but UConn carried a 7-5 edge into the break.

Connectictut out-scored the Ducks 3-1 to begin the second half to build a 10-6 lead. Then, the Ducks rallied.

Milner, Olivia Pyne and Propst scored the next three goals of the match to make it a 10-9 score and help Oregon crawl back into the match.

With 15:38 remaining in regulation, Connecticut led 12-10. Then, Nikki Puszcz brought the Ducks back within one with a free position goal just under two minutes later. Milner matched her career-high by burying her fourth goal at the 13:28 mark and then set her new career-high by scoring her fifth goal with 10:10 left.

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