April 13, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut midfielders Lauren Kahn (Nanuet, N.Y.) and Katherine Finkelston (Leonardtown, Md.) teamed up on four goals, and the UConn women's lacrosse team stopped 10 of Marquette's 20 clear attempts on its way to an 11-10 victory over the Golden Eagles on Sunday at the George J. Sherman-Family Complex. The Huskies improve to 8-5 overall and 3-1 in Big East Play with the win.
Finkelston finished the contest with a game-high five goals, the biggest of which coming with 7:17 left in the game. After a goal by Marquette's Amanda Bochniak pulled the Golden Eagles (5-8, 1-3) to within one, Kahn charged into the 8-meter arc and found Finkelston, who slotted home her team-leading 36th goal of the season to put Connecticut up 11-9. Kahn, who leads the Huskies with 21 assists this season, recorded four assists today, and she has registered at least one assist in nine of UConn's 13 games in 2014.
Marquette sophomore attacker Claire Constanza opened up the scoring less than two minutes into the game, as she scored an unassisted goal to put the Golden Eagles up 1-0 early. The Huskies netted the next four goals though, getting scores from Finkelston, Kahn and senior midfielder Kacey Pippitt (New Canaan, Conn.), who recorded five more draw controls Sunday to bring her total to a team-best 44 on the season. The Huskies controlled 16 of the 23 draws against Marquette.
Finkelston's third goal of the game once again pushed the UConn lead to three (7-4) with just over six minutes to go in the first half, but two Marquette goals before halftime once again made it a one-score game at the break.
Kahn and Finkelston each registered goals in the first ten minutes of the second period to put Connecticut back up by two, though the Golden Eagles would cut the UConn lead to just one three times down the stretch. Redshirt sophomore attacker Emily Donovan scored to make it 9-8 Huskies, and sophomore midfielder Hayley Baas put home her 23rd goal of the season to cut the Connecticut advantage to 10-9 with 9:56 left in the game.
Marquette sophomore midfielder Kenzie Brown netted her second goal of the game following Finkelston's final goal of the afternoon to make it 11-10, but the Golden Eagles were unable to threaten UConn junior goalkeeper Marya Fratoni (Downingtown, Pa.) again, as the Huskies maintained much of the possession in the last four minutes to clinch the win.
Two days after allowing Georgetown convert 13 of its 15 clear attempts, Connecticut was marvelous in their transition defense, forcing 20 turnovers and allowing just four second half goals. UConn sophomore Shannon Nee (Lancaster, Pa.) made one save in 30 minutes of work to earn the win and improve to 8-5 this season, while Fratoni came up with two big saves in the final 30 minutes of the game.
Connecticut continues Big East play on Thursday on the road against Louisville at 4 p.m. The Huskies are 4-2 all-time against the Cardinals in a series that dates back to 2008.