Feb. 14, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut women’s lacrosse team opens regular season play Saturday at 11 a.m. against No. 12 Massachusetts at the George J. Sherman-Family Sports Complex.
The Huskies, who won a program-best 13 games last season, face a UMass team that eliminated them in the first round of their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013. The Minutewomen defeated UConn, 14-10, despite four goals each from Connecticut midfielders Lauren Kahn (Nanuet, N.Y.) and Kacey Pippitt (New Canaan, Conn.). Tomorrow they will play against a Husky team that won all seven of its home games last year.
“We’re obviously really excited to start the season and the team has been working really hard,” UConn women’s lacrosse coach Katie Woods said. “It’s interesting for us to start our season with a team that we ended our season with last year.”
UConn was picked to finish second behind Georgetown in the Big East this year in a Preseason Coaches’ Poll, and the Huskies return three of their top four goal scorers from last season, including Kahn, who was the 2013 Big East Midfielder of the Year. Kahn was named the 2014 Big East Preseason Offensive Player of the Year in January and earned a spot on the Preseason All-Big East Team along with Pippitt and sophomore goalkeeper Shannon Nee (Lancaster, Pa.).
The Minutewomen hold a 6-3 all-time record against UConn and are led by senior attacker Katie Ferris, who has the most goals (171) in UMass history after netting four scores in Massachusetts’s season-opening win against Vanderbilt on Sunday. UMass coach Angela McMahon has won 54 of 62 games in her first three seasons, good for the highest winning percentage for a coach in their first three years at a school in NCAA history.
“UMass is a really good team and have proven that they can compete with the best teams in the country,” Woods said. “It’s going to be a big game for us and an exciting home-opener for us.”