March 16, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. – The University of Connecticut women’s lacrosse team will play Fresno State Sunday in an afternoon contest set for 2 p.m. ET at Pape Field.
UConn (3-4) defeated Oregon, 10-8, Friday to win its second straight game and its first road contest of the season. Sophomore midfielder Katherine Finkelston (Leonardtown, Md.) scored a career-high six goals to pace the Connecticut offense, which netted at least 10 goals for the fourth time this season. The Huskies trailed, 5-2, at halftime, but two goals from Finkelston out of the break made it 6-4 and UConn tied it at seven after junior midfielder Karaline Smith (Acton, Mass.) netted her second goal of the season with 12:52 left in the contest.
Oregon tied it at eight with 10:52 remaining before freshman Sarah Smith (Acton, Mass.) registered her first collegiate goal on a free position attempt, and senior Lauren Kahn (Nanuet, N.Y.) added an insurance goal to put UConn up, 10-8, with 5:32 left. Finkelston now has 18 goals through the first six games this season after scoring 12 times throughout the entire 2013 season, while Kahn still leads the Huskies with 25 points on 14 goals and 11 assists.
Connecticut’s game against Fresno State Sunday will be its first meeting with the Bulldogs, who are 1-5 this season. The Bulldogs enter Sunday’s contest on a five-game losing streak, falling most recently to Colorado, 12-6, on March 8th. Senior attacker Kara Concheck leads Fresno State with 11 goals this season, while junior attacker Marcy Levatino is first in assists (4) and third in goals (4).
Fresno State head coach Jessica Pausewang is in her third season with the Bulldogs, who won their first game ever in 2012 in Pausewang’s first season. Last year, Fresno State recorded a program-best 147 points and 115 goals under Pausewang, and Levatino earned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Offensive Player of the Week honors after the first week of the season.