April 22, 2012
LOUISVILLE, K.Y. -
The UConn women's lacrosse team closed a 2-0 weekend with a come-from-behind 10-9 victory at Louisville to improve to 9-5 overall, 2-4 BIG EAST Conference. The Huskies outscored Louisville, 6-2, in the second half and Brittney Testa stopped five shots in the final 30 minutes to secure the victory.
M.E. Lapham and Mackenzie Rainone led the way for Connecticut. Lapham tallied three goals and three assists for six points while Rainone added four goals on the day. Testa was strong in net for Connecticut with nine saves on the day.
Louisville registered the day's first three goals and five of the first seven but Connecticut held on in the opening 30 minutes behind goals from Lapham, Emily Anderson and a pair of tallies from Rainone to keep the score at 7-4 after the first half.
Louisville scored two goals to end the first half to take the three goal lead but the Huskies responded at the start of the second half with Rainone's third of the day, and 15th of the season, and Morgan O'Reilly's 10th of the season to cut the gap to one at 7-6 five minutes into the second half.
Louisville increased its lead to 8-6 but UConn responded with the deciding run of the game with four-straight goals from 19:46-12:02 remaining in the second half.
Lapham notched her 43rd of the season at 19:46 followed by Rainone's 16th at 16:33 to even the score at 8-8.
Lapham put home her 44th at 15:27 and Lauren Kahn buried her 28th in what turned out to be the game-winning goal at 12:02.
Louisville's Nikki Boltja, the leading scorer in the conference notched her 53rd of the season with 11:25 remaining to cut the score to 10-9 but Testa closed the door the rest of the way to secure the victory.
UConn will host Villanova and Loyola next weekend to close out the regular season. Villanova comes to Storrs on Friday, April 27 at 4 p.m. The Huskies will host Loyola at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 29 at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.