May 10, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – A memorable season for the UConn lacrosse team came to an end on Friday evening when the No. 19/18 Huskies fell to No. 15/8 UMass, 14-10, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. This marked Connecticut’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament after the squad posted the best season in program history. The Huskies end the season with a 13-5 record, while the Minutewomen sit at 18-2 and advance to Sunday’s second round where they will play hosting Penn State.
The Huskies opened up Friday evening’s scoring when junior midfielder Lauren Kahn drove to the net and scored from close range at 27:48 giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead.
It was a back-and-forth opening half with the two squads exchanging goals before the game was forced into a lightening delay just 15 minutes into the contest. The Minutewomen clung onto a 3-2 advantage heading into the delay but UConn’s season-long leader Kahn evened the score at 3-3 at 12:22.
From there UMass went on a 4-0 run and pushed its lead to 7-3 when Kacey Pippitt and Alexandra Crofts teamed up on a fast break to snap the Minutewomen’s run as Pippitt found the back of the net and Crofts earned the assist. Massachusetts entered the half with an 8-4 lead after scoring the opening period’s final goal.
Connecticut wasted no time jumpstarting the second half scoring back-to-back goals as senior mid Morgan O’Reilly and Kahn each scored pulling the Huskies within two goals. The teams continued to trade goals with UMass quickly responding with two of their own going ahead 10-6.
UConn saw its offensive leaders Kahn and Pippitt score consecutive goals each on free position attempts narrowed the score with UMass owning an 11-8 lead with 19 minutes remaining in regulation.
Pippitt and freshman attack Carly Palmucci teamed up for the second time of the game as Pippitt found the back of the net on a dish by Palmucci at 13:03.Despite Crofts scoring with three seconds remaining, the Huskies dropped the game 14-10.
Freshman keeper Shannon Nee finished the season with an 11-5 overall record after five saves and 14 allowed goals on Friday, while Jamie Schiloski improved to 8-0 allowing 10 goals and making six saves. Sam Rush (4 goals) and Lauren Terracciano (2 goals, 2 assists) led the UMass charge with four points each.
Leading the Connecticut attack on Friday was Kahn and Pippitt who each netted a hat trick as both scored four goals apiece. Anchoring the UConn defense was Kahn who concluded the evening with one ground ball and three caused turnovers, while Kelsey Tucci had a team-best four ground balls.
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