Feb. 15, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut women’s lacrosse team rallied from a four-goal halftime deficit before falling to No. 12 Massachusetts, 7-5, in its season opener Saturday morning at the George J. Sherman-Family Complex.
The Huskies jumped out in front early when senior midfielder Jordan Christopher (Downingtown, Pa.) received a nice pass from senior midfielder Lauren Kahn (Nanuet, N.Y.) and scored less than two minutes into the contest.
The Minutewomen (2-0, 0-0) would net the next five goals in the game, getting two scores from senior Katie Ferris and a goal each from redshirt sophomore attacker Katie Ott and senior midfielder Tanner Guarino.
UConn answered out of the break, as Kahn made it 5-2 with her first goal of the season after getting a pass from sophomore midfielder Katherine Finkelston (Leonardtown, Md.). A free position goal by UMass’s Sam Rush minutes later though would push the Minutewomen’s lead back to four with just under 25 minutes to go in the game.
Kahn continued to pace the Husky offense in the second half, adding three consecutive goals for UConn, the first of which came with 24 minutes remaining. The Connecticut midfielder found herself with the ball near the left side of the eight meter and made a nice move to get some space and score. Her third goal of the game was also unassisted and her fourth goal, which was assisted by sophomore attacker Carly Palmucci (Herndon, Va.), made it 6-5 UMass with 12:40 left in the game.
The Minutewomen would add one more less than five minutes later, as UMass junior midfielder Ellie Bulliett found the back of the net to give her team a two-goal cushion. The Huskies were unable to get any closer, as neither team scored in the final eight minutes.
Kahn also forced five turnovers and recorded four ground balls. Christopher had four ground balls as well, along with sophomore goalkeeper Shannon Nee (Lancaster, Pa.), who finished Saturday’s contest with eight saves.
UMass outshot UConn, 17-14, for the game, and UMass goalkeeper Rachel Vallarelli made seven saves to improve to 2-0 on the season.
The Huskies return to action Saturday when they host Quinnipiac at 1 p.m. at the Sherman Sports Complex.
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