April 28, 2014
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The third-seeded University of Connecticut women’s lacrosse team is set to face No. 2 seed and tournament host Georgetown in the semifinals of the 2014 Big East Women’s Lacrosse Championship at 8:15 p.m. ET on Thursday at the Multi-Sport Field. The game will be streamed live on bigeast.com, and tickets for all three games of the championship are five dollars for general admission and free for any Big East students with an ID and any toddler who is two years old or younger.
The Huskies (10-6, 5-2 Big East) will be making their second straight Big East Tournament appearance after qualifying for the championship last season for the first time in program history. UConn fell to former Big East member Syracuse, 19-6, in the semifinal round in 2013 despite two goals and a game-high seven draw controls from midfielder Lauren Kahn (Nanuet, N.Y.).
Connecticut earned the number three seed in the tournament by defeating Villanova, 15-4, on Saturday in the team’s final regular season game of the year. Midfielder Kacey Pippitt (New Canaan, Conn.), one of five seniors who were honored before the game for Senior Day, was at her best in her final game in Storrs, netting a career-high six goals to lead UConn. The Huskies head into the tournament having outscored their last two opponents (Villanova and Cincinnati) by a combined score of 32-10.
UConn’s defense continued to shine against the Villanova, holding the Wildcats to just three shots in the first half and forcing 29 Villanova turnovers. The Wildcats didn’t record a shot until 14:22 left in the opening period, and the Huskies outshot Villanova, 32-14, for the game. Connecticut finished the regular season second in the Big East in goals against average (9.44) and third in caused turnovers (142).
Thursday’s game will be the second meeting between UConn and Georgetown this season and the 15th time that the two schools have played one another. The Huskies have never beaten the Hoyas, who defeated Connecticut, 11-10, on Apr. 11th at the George J. Sherman-Family Sports Complex. Sophomore midfielder and leading goal scorer Katherine Finkelston (Leonardtown, Md.) paced the Huskies with four goals in the loss, while sophomore goalkeeper Shannon Nee (Lancaster, Pa.) recorded seven saves.
The Hoyas downed Cincinnati, 20-5, on Saturday to finish the regular season at 9-7 overall and 6-1 in Big East play behind three goals each from attacker Reilly Woodman and midfielders Meghan Farrell and Hannah Franklin. Farrell is second on the team with 26 goals this season for Georgetown, which boasts five players that have scored at least 20 times in 2014. Midfielder Kelyn Freedman leads all scorers with 31 goals, while her eight assists are the fourth-highest total on the team.
Georgetown head coach Ricky Fried is in his 10th season as coach of the Hoyas, who have qualified for the Big East Tournament five times during his tenure. The Hoyas won the 2010 Big East Championship, and last season fell to Syracuse, 14-7, despite jumping out to an early 3-2 lead.