April 25, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut women’s lacrosse team wraps up regular season play on Saturday when it hosts Villanova at the George J. Sherman-Family Sports Complex at 1 p.m. The contest will be televised on Fox Sports 2 with Mike Corey and Chris Fama on the call, marking the first time in program history that a UConn lacrosse game will be on TV.
It will be Senior Day for Connecticut (9-6, 4-2 Big East), which will honor seniors Janet Tela (Alexandria, Va.), Kacey Pippitt (New Canaan, Conn.), Lauren Kahn (Nanuet, N.Y.), Jordan Christopher (Downingtown, Pa.) and Siobhan Wilcox (Glastonbury, Conn.) prior to the game against the Wildcats. This year’s seniors will finish their careers as the only group to record a winning season every year during their time at Connecticut.
The Huskies secured a spot in the Big East Tournament for the second straight season after downing Cincinnati, 17-6, last Saturday. Kahn paced the UConn offense against the Bearcats, scoring a season-high five goals to go along with five caused turnovers and six draw controls, both of which tied her season highs. The UConn senior midfielder was named to the conference Honor Roll for the fifth time this season on Tuesday, while sophomore goalkeeper Shannon Nee (Lancaster, Pa.) earned Big East Defensive Player of the Week honors for the fourth time this season.
Nee allowed just four goals in 30 minutes against the Bearcats, and she recorded 12 saves in UConn’s 12-7 loss to No. 18 Louisville on Apr. 17th. The 12 saves were the highest total against a conference opponent this season and it marked the fourth time the UConn keeper made at least 10 saves in a game this year.
Villanova is 0-5 all-time against the Huskies in a series dating back to 2001. The Wildcats can earn a spot in the Big East Tournament with a win over UConn and a Temple loss to Rutgers on Friday night. Villanova Wildcats defeated Marquette, 10-9, on Apr. 19th to end a two -game slide and get back back to over .500 on the season. Sophomore midfielder Chelsey Henderson scored a game-high three goals to pace Villanova, and on Tuesday she was named to the Big East Honor Roll. Henderson is second on the team with 33 points, trailing sophomore attacker Meghan Breen, who has accumulated 34 points on 25 goals and nine assists.
The Wildcats are third in the Big East in goals against average (9.93) and fourth in goals per game (9.60). Villanova head coach Julie Young is in her third season with the Wildcats, who are 18-29 during her tenure. She led Villanova to its highest RPI rank in seven years and helped Jackie Froccaro earn All-Big East Second Team honors last season.