No. 19 Connecticut took a 6-4 lead into halftime and never relinquished it, upsetting No. 7 Notre Dame at home, 10-7, in women's lacrosse Sunday. The Huskies (13-1, 5-1 Big East) won all their home games in a season for the first time in program history. The Fighting Irish (11-3, 5-3) scored just three goals in the second half, two by Lauren Sullivan.
Morgan O'Reilly had four goals on senior day to lead UConn, Carly Palmucci added a pair of first-half goals and Lauren Kahn scored her team-leading 32nd goal of the season. Notre Dame struggled on the offensive end and was held six goals below its season scoring average.
The Irish found little success in the second half, when they normally do well, as the Huskies put away the game early with three goals in 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 give UConn a five-goal lead. It's the first time the Huskies have beaten the Fighting Irish since 2005.
No. 5 Syracuse 18, Marquette 6: The Orange scored the first 10 goals on its way to an easy win at the Carrier Dome. On the way to its seventh straight win, Syracuse (12-3, 6-0 Big East) dominated the first 18 minutes, taking a 10-0 lead before the Golden Eagles (2-14) even took their first shot. Senior Taylor Nims and junior Alyssa Murray led a balanced scoring attack for the Orange as 12 different players scored a goal.
No. 8 Georgetown 6, Villanova 5: The Hoyas won their 10th straight game over the Wildcats, though in unusually tight fashion. Georgetown (11-3, 5-1 Big East) and Villanova (5-9, 0-6) were tied at five with 12 minutes to play before Rosie Corcoran scored the winner with about nine minutes left. This was the closest margin between the two teams since an 11-10 win in 1997.
Corcoran led the Hoyas in points with three off a goal and two assists. Caroline Tarzian had a team-high two goals and now has a team-leading 30 goals this season. Goalkeeper Barb Black (St. Paul's) made three saves, including a game-saver on a free-position shot with three minutes to play.
Clinging to a 5-3 lead with 20 minutes to play, Georgetown allowed two unanswered goals. The winner came when Corcoran slid through the Wildcats defense and Kelyn Freedman found her for the go-ahead score with 9:34 left.
Boston University (5-8, 2-4 America East) was led by Danielle Etrasco and Elizabeth Morse, who each scored two goals and an assist. Stony Brook (13-2, 5-0) opened the game with three straight goals, and scored four in a row in the second half to put the game out of reach.
No. 11 Massachusetts 16, Duquesne 6: Led by five-point performances from Tanner Guarino, Cori Murray and Sam Rush, the Minutewomen claimed the Atlantic 10 regular-season title with a win over the visiting Dukes (10-6, 5-2).
The win marked the third consecutive year UMass (15-2, 7-0) has gone undefeated in conference play. The Minutewomen also improved their home win streak to 24 games.
No. 14 Denver 20, St. Mary's (Calif.) 9: Pioneers sophomore Jill Remenapp (Century) set a school and conference record with nine assists as Denver took down the host Gaels (4-9, 2-6 MPSF). Remenapp also added a hat trick, and redshirt senior Kara Secora scored nine points off four goals and five assists to tie the Denver all-time points record. The victory clinched the No. 1 seed for the Pioneers (15-1, 7-0).
Remenapp's nine assists were two more than DU's previous record, which was recorded by four different Pioneers — including Secora, who was the last to do it April 11, 2011. Remenapp was just one assist shy of the NCAA record of 10, set by Northwestern's Hannah Nielsen against Duquesne on Feb. 17, 2009. Remenapp has 62 assists this season, a Denver record and the sixth-most in NCAA history.
Freshman Sarah Mannelly scored three goals, including two in the last six minutes, to help Boston College (11-6) break a 10-10 tie and outlast the Golden Griffins (11-4). Sophomore Covie Stanwick (Notre Dame Prep) recorded two assists and a goal to push her season goal total to 52 — matching BC's single-season goals record set by Lauren Costello in 2010. Freshman Kara Magley scored twice, and classmate Caroline Margolis posted a goal and two assists.
No. 18 Stanford 23, San Diego State 16: The Cardinal overpowered the visiting Aztecs despite career days from sophomores Lauren Maack and Bailey Ewing. Maack finished with four goals and two assists for San Diego State (8-7, 3-4 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation), while Ewing scored five goals. The difference was in the first half, when Stanford (10-4, 5-1) outscored the Aztecs 13-6.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun