April 4, 2014
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The University of Connecticut women’s lacrosse team continues conference play on Saturday night when it faces Rutgers on the road at 7 p.m. at the RU Turf Field.
The Huskies (6-4) will look to push its winning streak to six games and improve to 2-0 in the Big East this season after taking down Temple, 15-9, in their conference opener on March 29th. UConn midfielders Lauren Kahn (Nanuet, N.Y.) and Katherine Finkelston (Leonardtown, Md.) and sophomore attacker Carly Palmucci (Herndon, Va.) each netted two goals to pace the Husky offense against the Owls, while sophomore goalkeeper Shannon Nee (Lancaster, Pa.) made nine saves to earn her sixth victory of 2014.
Kahn also tied a season-high with four assists against Temple to go along with two ground balls, and on Tuesday she was named to the Big East Honor Roll. The senior midfielder leads the Huskies with 38 points on 21 goals and 17 assists, and Finkelston (25 goals) has already doubled her goal total (12) from last season.
Saturday’s game will be the 17th meeting between UConn and Rutgers, and the Huskies are 3-13 all-time against the Scarlet Knights in a series dating back to 1998. Connecticut defeated Rutgers on the road last year, 8-7, behind a game-high three goals from Kahn. Rutgers (6-5) lost its Big East opener last Saturday, falling on the road to Villanova, 14-11, despite a game-high four goals from senior attacker Megan Clements. Clements is second on the team with 13 goals this season, as she trails midfielder Lauren Sbrilli, who has registered 16 goals on the year.
Rutgers goalkeeper Amanda Currell has seen time in every game this season, allowing 9.15 goals a game. She’s made 74 saves in 2014 and her record this year sits at an even 4-4. The Scarlet Knights are led by head coach Laura Brand-Sias, who is in her 12th year with the team. During her time, 30 Scarlet Knights have earned All-Big East Honors, and in 2010 Rutgers went 11-5 overall and finished in the final regular season IWLCA Top-20 Poll.