March 28, 2014
PHILADELPHIA – The University of Connecticut women’s lacrosse team opens Big East Regular season play Saturday on the road when it faces Temple at Geasey Field in an afternoon contest set for 1 p.m.
UConn (5-4) has won its last four games, including an 8-7 decision over in-state foe Fairfield last Saturday. Connecticut midfielders Alexandra Crofts (Westport, Conn.), Katherine Finkelston (Leonardtown, Md.) and Kacey Pippitt (New Canaan, Conn.) each registered two goals in the win, while sophomore goalkeeper Shannon Nee (Lancaster, Pa.) made two late-game saves to preserve the victory. She finished the contest with seven saves to earn her fifth win this season, and on Tuesday she was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Week for the third time this season.
The Huskies, who were picked to finish second in the Big East this season in a January Preseason Coaches Poll, went 5-3 in conference play last season. Senior midfielder Lauren Kahn (Nanuet, N.Y.) leads Connecticut this year with 31 points on 18 goals and 13 assists, while Finkelston has netted the most goals (22). Pippitt has also tallied double-digit goals in 2014 and she was named to the conference Honor Roll this week for her efforts against the Stags.
UConn failed to beat Temple in the teams’ two previous meetings in a series that dates back to 2001. The Owls (3-6) are in their first year as a member of the Big East and are led by senior attacker Jaymie Tabor, who has netted a team-high 18 goals. Freshman midfielder Morgan Glassford has dished out a team-leading four assists, two of which came in Temple’s 11-9 loss on last Saturday.
Temple head coach Bonnie Rosen is in her eighth season with the Owls after previously coaching at UConn for 10 years. She was inducted into the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2010, and she was named the 2008 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year after leading the Owls to the A-10 regular season title.