April 17, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Connecticut senior midfielder Kacey Pippitt (New Canaan, Conn.) and sophomore attacker Carly Palmucci (Herndon, Va.) each registered two goals in a losing effort for the UConn women's lacrosse team, which fell on the road to No. 18 Louisville, 12-7, Thursday afternoon at UofL Lacrosse Stadium. The Huskies drop to 8-6 overall and 3-2 in Big East play with the loss.
The Huskies kept pace with the Cardinals (10-3, 4-0) for most of the first half, but struggled to generate many offensive chances for the final 35 minutes of the game, as Louisville scored five of the last seven goals in the contest.
UConn freshman midfielder Jacqueline Jordan (Los Gatos, Calif.) put Connecticut on the board less than 30 seconds into the game as she won the draw control and found the back of the net for her sixth goal of the season. After two goals from Louisville junior attacker Faye Brust gave the Cardinals their first lead of the afternoon, Connecticut sophomore midfielder Alexandra Crofts (Westport, Conn.) scored on a free position attempt to square the game at two.
Brust tallied two more goals in the first half to pace the Louisville offense, scoring two times off of free position attempts in the opening period. As a team, the Cardinals scored five of their goals on free position attempts. Attacker Carly Palmucci (Herndon, Va.) helped the Huskies cut into the Louisville lead with about 13 minutes to go in the half, registering her 13th goal of the season to make it 4-3 Cardinals before Louisville attacker Nikki Boltja netted her first goal of the game to push the lead back to two.
Palmucci slotted home her second goal of the half with 5:34 left in the period to bring the Huskies to within two once again, and junior midfielder Karaline Smith (Acton, Mass.) added another score minutes later for the Huskies, who trailed 7-5 going into the break. Palmucci finished the game with two goals and has now scored at least two goals in four games this season.
In the second half, Connecticut's offense managed just six shots and two goals, both of which came from Pippitt, who pushed her point total to 29 in 2014. The Cardinals had little trouble with UConn's transition defense, as they converted 16 of their 19 clears and saw goals from Boltja, Brust and midfielders Courtnee Daley and Kaylin Morissette in the final 30 minutes.
Despite the loss, UConn sophomore goalkeeper Shannon Nee (Lancaster, Pa.) had another solid showing in net, recording 12 saves. It was the fourth time this season the Connecticut keeper has recorded at least 10 saves in a game for the Huskies, who were outshot 31-16 for the game.
The Huskies continue conference play on Saturday on the road against Cincinnati at 12 p.m. UConn is 5-0 all-time against the Bearcats in a series that dates back to 2009.