May 2, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Competing in its first-ever BIG EAST Championships, the No. 18 UConn lacrosse team fell to No. 5 Syracuse, 19-6, in Thursday's BIG EAST Semifinals at Georgetown's Multisport Field. The top-seeded Orange outshot the fourth-seeded Huskies 29-17 on the night as Connecticut fell to a 13-4 overall record and Syracuse improved to 15-3.
The scrappy game featured a total of 54 fouls with UConn being whistled 21 times and Syracuse was charged with 35 infractions. The Orange put forth a solid effort with nine different student-athletes scoring as Kayla Treanor led the group with six points on four goals and two assists.
Syracuse jumped on the scoreboard first and took a 2-0 advantage after nine minutes of action.
Eleven minutes into the opening period, Connecticut had two Huskies score to even the score at 2-2. First to score for Connecticut was sophomore Sara McBride (Malvern, Pa.) from close range on a dish from senior Morgan O'Reilly (West Sayville, N.Y.) at 20:17. Freshman Alexandra Crofts (Westport, Conn.) tallied UConn's second goal at 19:01 on a free position attempt.
Syracuse's offense, which has scored 10 goals in every 2013 game, registered six unanswered goals to push its lead to 8-3 before junior Lauren Kahn (Nanuet, N.Y.) snapped the Orange run. Kahn, the 2013 BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year, spun around three Cuse defenders for an unassisted goal at 7:50.
Senior Catherin Gross (Andover, Mass.) notched the Huskies fourth goal of the game as the Huskies entered the half trailing Syracuse 11-4.
In the second half, Connecticut was outscored 8-2 with Kahn and freshman Katherine Finkelston (Leonard Town, Md.) each finding the back of the net.
Leading the Huskies on Thursday evening was Kahn who recorded two goals and an assist while also adding seven draw controls. Freshman keeper Shannon Nee now sits at 11-4 on the season after five saves, while Kelsey Richardson earned the win for Syracuse.
The NCAA Selection Show is scheduled for Sunday, May 5, at 9 p.m. and can be viewed live on NCAA.com.