Feb. 26, 2014
HANOVER, N.H. – University of Connecticut midfielders Alyson Fazio (Methuen, Mass.), Kacey Pippitt (New Canaan, Conn.) and Katherine Finkelston (Leonardtown, Md.) each scored two goals in a losing effort for the UConn women's lacrosse team, which fell to Dartmouth, 14-11, Wednesday afternoon at Scully-Fahey Field. Connecticut drops to 1-2 on the season with the loss.
The Huskies built a quick two-goal lead early in the game, as Finkelston netted her sixth goal of the season less than one minute into the game, and junior midfielder Karaline Smith (Acton, Mass.) added another score three minutes later. Smith’s goal was the first for her this season.
The Big Green responded though, scoring the next four goals to build a 4-2 lead with just over 20 minutes remaining in the first half. Dartmouth attacker Sarah Byrne, who had a game-high six scores, provided three of the goals during that stretch. Her fifth goal of the half gave the Big Green its biggest lead of the game, as they went up 8-4 with less than eight minutes to go in the half.
UConn sophomore attacker Carly Palmucci (Herndon, Va.) put home her second goal of the season with under a minute left in the period to cut the Dartmouth lead to 8-5 at halftime, and out of the break senior midfielder Jordan Christopher (Downingtown, Pa.) received a great pass in the 8-meter arc from midfielder Lauren Kahn (Nanuet, N.Y.) and scored to bring the Huskies within two scores.
The two teams would trade goals for the next 10 minutes, as Fazio and Pippitt each scored for Huskies. After Pippitt’s second goal of the game with 16:05 left helped make it a two-score game again, Dartmouth attacker Liz Calby scored twice to push the lead back to four. Connecticut was unable to cut the deficit to less than two for the rest of the way.
UConn sophomore goalkeeper Shannon Nee (Lancaster, Pa.) had a season-high 15 saves and four ground balls in the loss, while Dartmouth’s Kristen Giovanniello earned her second win of the season, making 10 saves in the game. The Big Green controlled 16 of the 27 draws and outshot the Huskies, 33-27, for the contest.
Connecticut returns to the turf Saturday at 1 p.m. when it faces No. 13 Boston College at the George J. Sherman-Family Sports Complex.