Connecticut Upends No. 7 Notre Dame to Go 5-1 in Big East

Normally a second half team, the Irish found little success in the second frame, as the Huskies put away the game early with three goals within the first five minutes to take a 9-4 lead. O'Reilly scored twice within 31 seconds and Ally Fazio followed just 1:21 later to put the Irish in a five-goal hole.

Notre Dame scored just three goals in the second half, with two coming from Lauren Sullivan in the last 5:19 to trim the lead to 10-7 with 4:17 left in regulation.

Goalie Ellie Hilling (10-3) suffered the loss, allowing 10 goals in 60:00 of action while making eight saves.

L. Sullivan paced the Irish with a hat trick on just five shots, while four other Irish players scored one goal each. Granger had one goal and both of Notre Dame's two assists.

On defense, Barbara Sullivan collected six of Notre Dame's eight draws and sophomore Leah Gallagher had three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

UConn's Shannon Nee (11-1) picked up her 11th win of the season after allowing just seven goals while making 10 saves.

Kacey Pippitt and Palmucci each tallied two goals to go along with O'Reilly's four. Palmucci also added a pair of assists.

The Irish (11-3, 5-3 Big East) return home to Arlotta Stadium at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday to play host to No. 2/4 Northwestern (13-2, 4-1 ALC) in a key non-conference match-up.

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