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    No. 3 seed Connecticut will battle No. 1 seed Syracuse (19-1) in the 2008 BIG EAST Championship Game on Sunday, Nov. 9 beginning at 1:00 p.m. (ET) at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.

    The Huskies gave the Orange their lone loss this season by a 1-0 margin on Oct. 18 in Syracuse.

    The two teams battled scoreless for the opening 31:39 before Aird buried her first score of the afternoon off a feed by sophomore and fellow first team All-BIG EAST selection Melissa Gonzalez (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.).

    Senior Meghan Wheeler (Canton, Mass.) added her third goal of the season on an unassisted tally at 32:57 to give Connecticut a 2-0 lead at intermission.

    Freshman Ali Blankmeyer (Convent Station, N.J.) didn't waste any time getting UConn on the scoreboard in the second half as she connected on a feed from Aird just 1:49 into the final period to increase the advantage to 3-0.

    Louisville finally got on the board off the stick of Kayla May, who registered her ninth goal of the season at 38:37 to make the score 3-1.

    Connecticut erased any doubt regarding the outcome when Aird knocked home her second goal of the day following an assist from Jill Kleeblad (Naarden, Holland) to account for the final 4-1 margin.

    For the game, Connecticut out-shot Louisville 14-7 and attempted nine penalty corners to the Cardinals' five.

    Following today's BIG EAST Semifinal win, Connecticut improves to 26-8 all-time in BIG EAST Tournament action.

    Scoring Summary       1st     2nd   Final
    Connecticut (17-2)     2       2     4
    Louisville (14-6)      0       1     1

    UConn - Aird, Lauren (18), 31:39 (Gonzalez, Melissa)
    UConn - Wheeler, Meghan (3), 32:57
    UConn - Blankmeyer, Ali (2), 36:49, Aird, Lauren)
    UL - May, Kayla (9), 38:37 (Youman, Nicole)
    UConn - Aird, Lauren (19), 40:59 (Kleeblad, Jill)

    Statistical Summary      UConn      UL
    Shots                    14          7
    Saves                    3           4
    Penalty Corners          9           5

       
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