Feb. 22, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut sophomore midfielder Katherine Finkelston (Leonardtown, Md.) scored a career-high five goals as the UConn women’s lacrosse team cruised past Quinnipiac, 17-7, Saturday afternoon at the George J. Sherman-Family Sports Complex.
Finkelston was one of 10 Huskies to score for UConn (1-1), which maintained a balanced offensive attack throughout the contest. Connecticut jumped out in front less than a minute into the game when senior midfielder Kacey Pippitt (New Canaan, Conn.) netted her first goal of the season on a free position attempt after she was fouled by Quinnipiac’s Kelsey Maroney. Pippitt’s goal was the first of three scores for UConn on free position shots out of four attempts.
The Bobcats answered back two minutes later as Quinnipiac attacker Michaela Tinsley received a nice pass from midfielder Aileen Carey and scored her first goal of the season to tie it at one. After Finkelston added two more goals for the Huskies, UConn sophomore midfielder Alexandra Crofts (Westport, Conn.) found some space in the 8-meter arc and slotted home her first goal of the season to give Connecticut a 4-2 lead.
Goals by Quinnipiac attacker Kayla Fu and midfielder Kearney Sneath tied the game at four before the Connecticut offense took over, scoring the final seven goals of the period. Senior midfielder Lauren Kahn (Nanuet, N.Y.) scored twice, while Pippitt, sophomore midfielder Alyson Fazio (Methuen, Mass.) and sophomore attacker Carly Palmucci (Herndon, Va.) all registered goals to give UConn a six-goal cushion right before the half. Finkelston’s fourth goal of the game came with 11 seconds to go in the period, pushing the Connecticut lead to 11-4, and the Huskies were never threatened in the second half.
Other goal scorers for UConn on the day were junior midfielder Sara McBride (Malvern, Pa.), sophomore Madalyn Pimental (Massapequa, N.Y.), junior attacker Grace Presnick (Suffield, Conn.) and freshman midfielder Jacqueline Jordan, who tallied her first point ever for the Huskies.
UConn sophomore goalkeeper Shannon Nee, the reigning Big East Defensive Player of the Week, made three saves in just 30 minutes of work to earn her first victory of the season. She was replaced at halftime by junior goalkeeper Marya Fratoni (Downingtown, Pa.), who made four saves and allowed just three goals in her first action of the season.
Both teams ended the game with seven saves, while Connecticut outshot Quinnipiac 32-16 and controlled 17 of the 25 draws. The Huskies return to action Wednesday when they head to Dartmouth to take on the Big Green in Durham, N.H. in what will be UConn’s first road contest of the season. The game is slated for a 3 p.m. start.