April 11, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut sophomore midfielder Katherine Finkelston (Leonardtown, Md.) netted a game-high four goals in a losing effort for the UConn women’s lacrosse team, which saw its six-game winning streak end on Friday afternoon at the George J. Sherman-Family Sports Complex with an 11-10 loss to Georgetown. The Huskies fall to 7-5 overall and 2-1 in conference play with the loss.
UConn sophomore attacker Carly Palmucci (Herndon, Va.) paced the Connecticut offense early, scoring less than two minutes into the game after she received a great pass inside the 8-meter arc from junior midfielder Karaline Smith (Acton, Mass.). Palmucci had a hand in the Huskies’ next two goals as well, as she assisted on Finkelston’s team-leading 28th goal with 26:38 left in the first half, and three minutes later she set up freshman midfielder Jacqueline Jordan (Los Gatos, Calif.), who slotted home her fifth goal of the year to put the Huskies up 3-1.
Finkelston’s second goal of the game pushed the Connecticut lead to 5-2, but the Hoyas (5-7, 2-1 Big East) would respond, scoring the next four goals to take a 6-5 lead with just over five minutes left in the first period. Four different Georgetown players scored during that stretch, including freshman attacker Colleen Lovett, who tied a team-high with three goals on Friday.
Connecticut sophomore attacker Alexa Bonnes (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) notched her second goal of the season before halftime to tie the game at six, as she found the back of the net in transition for the Huskies, who were excellent in transition throughout the game.
UConn and Georgetown would trade goals throughout much of the second half until Hoya senior midfielder Kelyn Freedman scored on a free position attempt to put Georgetown up, 10-8, with 9:59 to go in the game. The Hoyas were 2-3 on free position shots today, while the Huskies converted one of their two free position shots.
After Finkelston’s fourth goal of the game made it a one-score contest, Georgetown senior midfielder Courtney Caputo scored an unassisted goal to give the Hoyas an 11-9 lead with 8:53 left in the contest. Connecticut sophomore midfielder Alyson Fazio (Methuen, Mass.) once again put UConn within one goal, but the Huskies were unable to score again as the Hoyas ran out the clock to secure the victory.
UConn sophomore goalkeeper Shannon Nee (Lancaster, Pa.) made seven saves in the loss, while Georgetown keeper Maddy Fisher recorded seven saves to improve to 2-4 on the season. Each team had 20 shots in the game, but the Hoyas managed to control 15 of the 23 draws. The Huskies, who caused 20 Georgetown turnovers, were unable to make their caused turnovers count, as the Hoyas converted 13 of their 15 clear attempts.
Connecticut returns to the turf on Sunday when it hosts Marquette at 12 p.m. at the Sherman-Family Sports Complex. The Huskies defeated the Golden Eagles, 15-4, last season in the two teams’ first ever meeting.