April 14, 2011
STORRS, Conn.- The University of Connecticut lacrosse team will stay on the road this weekend as they travel to South Bend, Ind. to face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday, April 16. The contest will begin at 12:00 noon at Arlotta Stadium on the UND campus. Fans will be able to watch live video of the contest at the link below or follow live stats at the following link:
The Huskies (6-5) are coming off a 17-9 road loss at No. 13 Syracuse, and are still trying for their first BIG EAST victory of the season. Despite the loss last weekend, M.E. Lapham (Cazenovia, N.Y.) extended her goal scoring streak to 34 straight games after she tallied a team-high three goals against the Orange. Over those 34 games Lapham has tallied 98 goals, including 21 games with three or more goals.
Lapham and freshman Lauren Kahn (Nanuet, N.Y.) have combined to be one of the most dynamic scoring duos in the conference this season, as they have tallied 68 goals and 82 points so far this year. Louisville and Loyola are the only other schools that have two players who combine for more goals and points than Kahn and Lapham. The pair has posted 21 multi-goal games out of a possible 22 this season, and has recorded 41% of UConn's points.
Kahn is also one of just three freshmen in the BIG EAST to be one of the top-two goal and point scorers on their respective teams. She joins Katie Webster of Syracuse and Marlee Paton of Loyola. Kahn leads this trio with 31 goals and 41 points this season, and is tied for seventh nationally among freshmen with her 31 goals and is sixth with 41 points.
On the defensive side of the game, senior Jessica Mucci (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) has been the backbone for UConn so far, as she leads the team with 20 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers and is third with 18 draw controls. Her 16 caused turnovers sets a season-high, while she needs just four ground balls to set a season-best in that category.
Notre Dame enters Saturday's contest after splitting their last four games, with wins over Villanova and Rutgers. Junior Maggie Tamasitis, who leads ND with 39 points this season, improved her point streak to 30 straight games after posting four points against Syracuse last weekend. Sophomore goalkeeper Ellie Hilling, who has played all but 12 minutes this season, notched a career-high 14 saves at Syracuse and now has 84 on the year.