Feb. 27, 2011
HAMDEN, Conn. - The quartet of Lauren Sparks, M.E. Lapham, Kacey Pippitt and Lauren Kahn combined for 13 goals this afternoon, leading the University of Connecticut lacrosse team over Quinnipiac, 17-12 at the Quinnipiac University Lacrosse Turf Field. With the win, UConn improves to 3-0 on the season, while the Bobcats fall to 0-2.
"We got out to a good start today, but we kind of slumped a bit in the last 13 minutes of the first half and let Quinnipiac get some easy goals," head coach Katie Woods said. "We started the second half with that same slump, but picked it up and dominated for the rest of the game. Megan Lally had an awesome game for us today, recording some huge groundballs, while Brittney Testa made some big saves in the second half."
The Huskies got out to a strong start, posting five straight goals to earn a 5-0 lead just seven minutes in to the game. Two of those goals came from Kahn, as she posted three during the contest.
The Bobcats were finally able to get on the board at the eight minute mark of the first half when Marissa Caroleo and Laura Iannotti posted back-to-back goals, putting the score at 5-2 UConn. The Huskies and the Bobcats traded goals throughout the rest of the first half, with both teams posting six goals, as they went to the halftime break with UConn holding an 11-8 lead.
UConn opened the second half of play with a Lapham goal less than one minute in, but Quinnipiac answered with three goals of its own during a four minute span, bringing the score within one, at 12-11 UConn.
That would be as close as the Bobcats would get though, as the Huskies responded with four unanswered goals and allowed just one more Quinnipiac tally as UConn controlled play for the rest of the second half to earn the 17-12 victory. All six second half goals came from different Huskies, with Lapham, Kahn, Sparks, Pippitt, Mackenzie Rainone and Stefanie Burra each posting a score.
The Huskies held a 40-17 shot advantage throughout the contest, as they also held a 13-8 lead in ground balls and a 20-11 edge in draw controls. Rainone posted three ground balls and two caused turnovers against the Bobcats, while Pippitt had four draw controls and two ground balls and Megan Lally posted two ground balls and two draw controls.
Brittney Testa recorded 11 saves during the game, including seven in the second half to hold off the Bobcat offense.
The Huskies return to action on March 7 and March 9 when they face Boston College and Holy Cross at the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida. UConn will face BC at 1:00 p.m. on March 7 and will then face Holy Cross at Noon on March 9.