April 29, 2012
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STORRS, Conn. - The 2012 women's lacrosse season ended with a 12-9 defeat at home at the hands of No. 14 Loyola. The Huskies end the year 10-6 (3-5 BIG EAST) while Loyola advanced to the BIG EAST Tournament in Syracuse, N.Y. at 11-5 (7-1 BIG EAST).
Prior to the game, UConn honored the five seniors (Colleen DeRonda, Megan Lally, M.E. Lapham, Stephanie Norton and Kiersten Tupper) for their years of service to the program.
Lapham finished her illustrious career at UConn as the program's all-time leading scorer with 169 goals. She ended her career ranked No. 2 all-time with 204 points and set a Connecticut record with a goal in 55 straight games. Tupper ends her four years in Storrs ranked No. 2 all-time with 81 assists and No. 4 all-time with 169 points.
UConn's 10 wins this season tie the mark for second most all-time at UConn with the 2007 and 2000 squads.
Connecticut was led offensively by Lauren Kahn and Jordan Christopher with two goals each while Brittney Testamade eight saves in net. Loyola's Marlee Paton, the reigning BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, finished the game with seven points on four goals and three assists.
Connecticut took a two-goal lead at 11:23 behinds goals from Kahn and Lapham. The Greyhounds added a pair at 13:26 and 17:55 to even the score. The two teams added three goals each the remaining 12 minutes to head into halftime tied, 5-5.
The Huskies came out for the second and notched three straight goals in just 3:37 to take an 8-5 advantage in what would turn out to be the last lead of the game for UConn. Loyola called a time out and notched the next four goals and seven of the game's final eight tallies.
Connecticut had several opportunities in the second half but Loyola's Kerry Stoothoff stopped eight shots in the second half, finishing the game with 11 overall.