March 14, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. - University of Connecticut sophomore midfielder Katherine Finkelston (Leonardtown, Md.) scored a career-high six goals to lead the UConn women's lacrosse team to a 10-8 victory over Oregon on Friday afternoon at Pape Field.
After scoring 14 goals against JMU Sunday, the Connecticut offense struggled a bit in the early going against Oregon, managing nine shots in the first half. Finkelston provided both goals for the Huskies, the first of which came with 6:28 left in the first period. Her second score came less than four minutes later after senior midfielder Kacey Pippitt (New Canaan, Conn.) was awarded a free position attempt. Pippitt passed it to Finkelston off the free position attempt, setting the sophomore up for her team-leading 14th goal of the season, which cut the Oregon lead to 4-2 with 2:47 left in the first half.
The Ducks received first half goals from midfielders Carly O'Connell, Casey Brogan and Nikki Puszcz, who scored twice in the first 30 minutes. Oregon attacker Sami Kiser's third goal of the season with under a minute to play in the half gave the Ducks a 5-2 lead at the half.
UConn's defense and play on the draw control kept them in the game. Connecticut sophomore goalkeeper Shannon Nee (Lancaster, Pa.) made eight saves in the first half, while the Huskies won all eight draw controls in the period. Senior Lauren Kahn, who was named to the Big East Honor Roll this week, (Nanuet, N.Y.) earned five of the draw controls in the first 30 minutes.
Finkelston continued to pace the offense in the second half, as she tacked on her third goal and fourth goal of the game less than four minutes into the half to make the score 6-4 in favor of Oregon. After Oregon Raleigh Cavey pushed the Ducks' lead back to three, Finkelston tied her career-high of five goals, scoring with 22:32 left in the game.
The score remained, 7-5, Oregon for the next six minutes until Finkelston struck again, netting her career-best sixth goal of the game after receiving a great pass from senior midfielder Jordan Christopher (Downingtown, Pa.), who managed to find some space in the 8-meter arc. UConn would tie the game at seven after junior midfielder Karaline Smith (Acton, Mass.) put home her second goal of the season, and less than a minute later the Huskies took their first lead of the afternoon on freshman attacker Jacqueline Jordan's (Los Gatos, Calif.) fourth goal of the year.
After Brogan's second goal of the game tied it at eight, UConn freshman midfielder Sarah Smith (Acton, Mass.) scored her first collegiate goal on a free position attempt. Kahn's 14th goal of the year four minutes later put the Huskies up 10-8 and the Ducks weren't able to rally in the remaining five minutes.
Nee shined in the second half, making four saves to earn her third victory of the season.
The Huskies return to action Sunday when they face Fresno State in a neutral game at Oregon in a game set for 2 p.m. ET.