Freshman midfielder Sarah Smith scored for the second straight game on Sunday against Fresno State.
March 16, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. – University of Connecticut senior midfielders Kacey Pippitt (New Canaan, Conn.) and Lauren Kahn (Nanuet, N.Y.) each scored four goals to push the UConn women’s lacrosse team past Fresno State, 19-8, Sunday afternoon at Pape Field.
UConn (4-4) used a balanced attack to win its third straight game, as four players scored multiple goals in the win. Senior midfielder Jordan Christopher (Downingtown, Pa.) opened up the scoring for the Huskies, netting her fifth goal of the season less than two minutes into the game after receiving a great pass from Kahn. Kahn found the back of the net minutes later, scoring her team-leading 14th goal of the season on a free position attempt to give Connecticut a 3-0 lead with 26:18 remaining in the first half.
Christopher added her second goal of the game with just under 12 minutes to go in the first half to join sophomore attacker Carly Palmucci (Herndon, Va.) and Pippitt as the other Husky to score multiple goals in the first 30 minutes. Pippitt paced Connecticut with three first half goals, and UConn took at 9-5 lead into halftime.
Kahn’s second goal of the day gave Connecticut a comfortable 10-6 lead out of the break, and Pippitt’s fourth goal pushed the UConn lead to 12-6 with 26:38 to go in the game. Other Huskies to score Sunday were sophomore midfielder Katherine Finkelston (Leonardtown, Md.), junior midfielder Karaline Smith (Acton, Mass.), junior attacker Grace Presnick (Suffield, Conn.), sophomore midfielder Madalyn Pimental (Massapequa, N.Y.) freshman midfielder Sarah Smith (Acton, Mass.) and sophomore attacker Alexa Bonnes (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), who scored her first collegiate goal Sunday.
Fresno State junior attacker Marcy Levatino scored four goals to lead the Bulldogs, who fell to 1-6 with the loss. UConn sophomore goalkeeper Shannon Nee (Lancaster, Pa.) made four saves to earn her fourth win of the season, while Fresno State goalie Lisa Barnaba recorded 12 saves in the loss.
The Huskies return to the turf Saturday when they host Fairfield Saturday at the George J. Sherman-Family Sports Complex in an afternoon contest set for 1 p.m.