March 8, 2014
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STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut women’s lacrosse team returns to action Sunday when it plays host to James Madison at 1 p.m. at the George J. Sherman-Family Sports Complex.
The Huskies (1-4) hope to end a three-game losing streak and win at home for the second time this season. UConn lost on the road to New Hampshire, 11-7, on Wednesday despite outshooting the Wildcats 23-19 for the game. Sophomore midfielder Alexandra Crofts (Westport, Conn.) scored three goals to pace Connecticut, while freshman midfielder Molly O’Reilly (South Salem, N.Y.) registered her first collegiate goal on a free position attempt in the second half. Crofts is now third on the team in goals (6) this season, trailing sophomore midfielder Katherine Finkelston (Leonardtown, Md.), who has netted eight scores and senior midfielder Lauren Kahn (Nanuet, N.Y.), who has scored a team-best 10 goals.
The UConn offense has struggled as of late, as the Huskies have averaged just five goals in their last two games after scoring 11 goals per contest in the first three games of the season. They face a James Madison squad that gives up 12.49 goals a game and JMU junior goalkeeper Schylar Healy has saved 31 of the 109 shots she’s faced this year.
The Dukes (4-1) are one of three opponents UConn faces in 2014 for the first time in program history. They knocked off No. 9 Penn State, 11-10, behind four goals from Stephanie Finley on Wednesday to pick up their second win against a ranked team this season. The junior attacker has scored a team-high 16 goals for JMU, while fellow junior Emily Rhoads has tallied 14 points this year on six goals and a team-leading eight assists.
JMU head coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe is in her ninth season with the Dukes, who are 79-45 during that time. She led JMU to the Colonial Athletic Association title in 2010 and 2011, and she was a two-time All-American while playing for the Dukes from 1994-1997.