March 21, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut women’s lacrosse team will looks for its fourth straight win on Saturday when it hosts in-state foe Fairfield at 1 p.m. at the George J. Sherman-Family Sports Complex.
UConn (4-4) defeated Fresno State, 19-8, last Sunday to earn a sweep on its west coast trip after the Huskies defeated Oregon two days earlier. Connecticut edged the Ducks, 10-8, behind a career-high six goals from sophomore midfielder Katherine Finkelston (Leonardtown, Md.). Senior midfielders Lauren Kahn (Nanuet, N.Y.) and Kacey Pippitt (New Canaan, Conn.) each netted four goals to pace Connecticut against the Bulldogs, while sophomore attacker Alexa Bonnes (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) registered her first collegiate goal in the second half.
Finkelston was named the Big East Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday after her career performance against Oregon, and sophomore goalkeeper Shannon Nee (Lancaster, Pa.) was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Week. The UConn goalie made 10 saves and allowed just eight goals in Connecticut’s win over the Ducks, who came into the game averaging 16.25 scores a contest.
UConn holds a 7-4 all-time record against Fairfield in a series that dates back to 1997. Last season, Kahn scored three goals and recorded eight draw controls, as the Huskies defeated the Stags on the road, 12-11. Fairfield is led by senior midfielder Melanie Raso, who leads the Stags with 16 points on 15 goals and one assist. Junior midfielder Courtney Chmil is second with seven goals, while junior attacker Jamie Leone has four assists through Fairfield’s first six games to lead the team.
Fairfield head coach Mike Waldvogel is in his fifth season with the Stags, who hold a 56-17 during his time. Fairfield is a perfect 24-0 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play through his first four years as a coach, and in 2012 the Stags sported a program-best 8.42 goals against average.