While the Huskies scored just over two minutes into the event, the Wildcats battled the defending national champions for a full 70 minutes, surrendering two goals in the final 13 minutes to play.
UConn scored its first goal when sophomore Anna Middendorf took the ball in from the top of the circle after a penalty corner insertion. VU junior Kayla Kenney (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) disrupted her process as she came darting out of the cage, but Middendorf was able to regain control for the shot and score.
Minutes later, Villanova got its first scoring opportunity when senior captain Jessica Swoboda (Hanover Township, Pa./Wyoming Seminary) made a sharp pass from the goal line to classmate Leah High (Green Lane, Pa./Upper Perkiomen) in from of the cage. High cradled the bouncing ball and took a shot from a few yards out that went just over the cage.
With about 11 remaining in the first half, the Huskies were awarded a penalty stroke that Roisin Upton put in to make it 2-0.
The Wildcats trailed Connecticut by two going into the half after the goal via stroke.
Villanova fought to get good offensive looks in the second half while the No. 5 team in the nation attempted to control the pace with a two-goal lead.
The Wildcats stopped three consecutive UConn penalty corners early in the second half to keep the squad in the game.
But UConn's Middendorf would tack on another goal at 57:20, her second of the contest on a similar shot from the middle of the circle.
The fourth and final UConn score when Upton made a long pass to Charlotte Veitner on a breakaway with less than eight minutes in the tilt.
The Wildcats and freshman goalkeeper Jordyn Clipstone (Harare, Zimbabwe/Hellenic Academy) faced a total of 24 shots, half of which were on goal. Clipstone made eight total saves, four in each half to break a triple-digit total for the season at 101.
The `Cats are back in action on Tues., Oct. 28 in a midweek, nonconference contest against crosstown rival Penn at Villanova Stadium. Action begins at 6 p.m. Live stats and a live video stream via Nova Nation All-Access will be available for the Wildcat-Quaker tilt.