April 14, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - M.E. Lapham extended her UConn career scoring record to 161 goals with three tallies but the UConn women's lacrosse team fell at home to No. 9 Notre Dame, 16-9. UConn dropped to 7-5 (0-4 BIG EAST) while Notre Dame improved to 10-2 (4-2 BIG EAST).
Prior to the game, both teams wore commemorative warm-up shirts to benefit the Lax-4-Life campaign created to raise awareness for suicide prevention, the leading cause of death amongst teenagers and college students.
The Irish outscored Connecticut 8-5 in the first half and 8-4 in the second. Notre Dame senior Maggie Tamasitis tallied a goal and eight assists while Jaimie Morrison added four goals to lead the Irish in scoring.
Connecticut had early leads of 1-0 and 2-1 but failed to maintain the advantage in the opening 30 minutes. Lapham opened the scoring at 27:34 with her 38th of the season before Megan Sullivan evened at 26:22. Sophomore Lauren Kahn gave UConn a 2-1 edge at 25:44 but it was the last lead for Connecticut on the day.
Notre Dame tallied the next three goals in a 6:47 span to go ahead for good, 4-2. UConn's Chelsea Hauswirth closed the gap to 4-3 with her seventh of the season. Kacey Pippitt added her seventh and Lapham tallied her second of the half to make it 7-5 in favor of the Irish. Notre Dame closed the scoring at 4:21 to go into half ahead, 8-5.
The second half saw Notre Dame explode for four straight and six of the first seven goals to go ahead 14-6.
The Huskies made a game of it with two straight to cut the score to 14-8 behind goals from Lapham and classmate Kiersten Tupper with 5:34 remaining but Notre Dame responded with two straight in a 30-second span to make it 16-8.
Tupper added her second of the day and 25th of the season with 2:04 remaining to finalize the score at 16-9.
Brittney Testa made eight saves in net for the Huskies in the loss. Notre Dame's Ellie Hilling stopped 11 shots to earn the victory.
The Huskies will look to get back on track and earn their first league victory of the season with a two-game road trip beginning at Cincinnati on April 20. UConn will then head to Louisville on April 22 before heading home for two home games to close the season.