BALTIMORE – Despite a first half lead, the UConn women’s lacrosse team fell short of No. 20 Towson 13-10 Sunday at Unitas Stadium. The Huskies finish with a 12-4 overall record in their regular season schedule while the Tigers improve to 13-3.
Senior Alexandra Crofts (Westport, Conn.) gave the Huskies an early 1-0 lead when she opened the scoring one minute into the game, but Towson scored three unanswered goals to take a 3-1 lead within the first six minutes.
Junior Jacqueline Jordan (Los Gatos, Calif.) broke Towson’s scoring streak to make it a one-goal game again. Towson scored once more before UConn went on a four-goal tear to turn the tables and take a two-goal lead after being down by two goals.
Finkelston started the streak for the Huskies and tallied two of the four goals. Junior Ally Tilley (Setauket, N.Y.) scored the equalizer for the Huskies and Crofts grabbed her second goal of the afternoon to put the Huskies up 6-5 going into halftime.
The Tigers tied the game up 20 seconds into the second half, but Catalano reclaimed the lead for the UConn five minutes later. Towson went on to dominate the second half and went on a 7-1 run.
Towson scored three straight goals before Catalano answered with her second of the day, but the Tigers retaliated with four more unanswered goals to take a commanding 13-8 lead, the largest deficit of the day.
Finkelston and Catalano fought right up until the end, rounding out their hat tricks in the last minutes of the game to leave the final score at 13-10. Senior goalkeeper Shannon Nee (Lancaster, Pa.) finished with eight saves and a .381 percentage.
The No. 2 seeded Huskies will take on the No. 3 seed Temple in the Big East semifinal round Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m. at Cooper Field on Georgetown’s campus.