April 19, 2014
CINCINNATI, Ohio - University of Connecticut senior midfielder Lauren Kahn (Nanuet, N.Y.) scored a season-high five goals to lead the UConn women's lacrosse team to a commanding 17-6 victory over Cincinnati Saturday afternoon at the Sheakley Athletics Center. The Huskies improve to 9-6 overall and 4-2 in Big East play with the win.
UConn opened up the scoring less than two minutes in the game, as Kahn scored on a free position attempt after she was fouled in the 8-meter arc. The Bearcats would answer a minute later when Bearcats midfielder Dani Tunnell slashed through the UConn defense and found attacker Michelle Platz, who buried her 15th goal of the season to even the game at one.
Senior midfielder Kacey Pippitt (New Canaan, Conn.) was the catalyst for the Husky offense for much of the first half, starting with about 26 minutes left in the opening period when she netted her 21st goal of the season to put the Huskies back on top. She would have a hand in the next three goals as well, scoring her second goal of the half to make it 3-1 UConn, and minutes later she assisted on a nice goal in transition by the Huskies.
Following an excellent caused turnover by senior defender Siobhan Wilcox (Glastonbury, Conn.), UConn found itself on the break, as Pippitt charged towards the Cincinnati goal after receiving the ball near midfield and found sophomore midfielder Katherine Finkelston (Leonardtown, Md.), who slotted home her 37th goal to make it 4-2 Connecticut.
Pippitt again found the back of the net with 16:43 left in the half to push the UConn lead to 5-2, and sophomore midfielder Alexandra Crofts (Westport, Conn.) then made it 6-2 Huskies after netting her 14th goal of the year. Crofts would score again in the opening 30 minutes, as she registered a goal late in the first period off of a nice pass from Finkelston, who found a slashing Crofts towards the top of the 8-meter arc. A goal by Cincinnati's Dani Tunnell before the half cut into the Bearcats' deficit, as the Huskies took an 8-4 lead into the break.
The Huskies put away two goals in the first ten minutes of the second half to extend their lead to 10-4 with freshman midfielder Jacqueline Jordan (Los Gatos, Calif.) scoring the first one and assisting on the other. She would score two goals in the second half and finish the game with four points on two goals and two assists. Bearcats midfielder Courtney Curtis netted her 26th goal of the game to make it 10-5, but Cincinnati wouldn't get any closer to the lead for the rest of the afternoon.
Kahn added three goals in the second half, the first of which came with 19:40 to go after she received a great pass from Jordan. Her second goal of the final period was unassisted, while her fifth goal of the game came off a pass from senior attacker Janet Tela (Alexandria, Va.), who recorded her first point of the season with the assist.
Two Huskies scored for the first time this season in the second half, as freshman attacker Maggie Tripodi (Syracuse, N.Y.) found the back of the net after she made a nifty move towards the left side of the 8-meter and slipped one under Cincinnati goalkeeper Meg Gulmi. Tripodi added her third point of the game five minutes later when she found freshman Ally Tilley (Setauket, N.Y.), who netted her first goal ever as a Husky.
UConn sophomore goalkeeper Shannon Nee (Lancaster, Pa.) earned her ninth win of the season , making five saves and allowing four goals in 30 minutes of work, while junior keeper Marya Fratoni (Downingtown, Pa.) played the entire second and finished the game with three saves. The Huskies outshot the Bearcats 32-15 and converted 16 of their 20 clears.
Connecticut returns to the turf for its regular season finale on Saturday when it hosts Villanova on Senior Day. The game, which is set to start at 1 p.m., will also be broadcasted on Fox Sports 2.