April 29, 2010
STORRS, Conn. - It is Senior Day when the University of Connecticut lacrosse team hosts No. 14 Notre Dame on Saturday at noon. The game marks the final regular season contest to be played at George J. Sherman-Family Sports Complex and as such the five seniors on the 2010 lacrosse team will be honored prior to the start of the BIG EAST game.
It is redshirt senior Ashley Mitchelides (Hudson, Ohio) who leads the team with 45 points, including 31goals and 14 assists. Mitchelides has recorded at least one point in each of the last four games, including a hat trick at Cincinnati on April 25. Overall, she has contributed the UConn offensive effort in 14 games this season with 13 multiple-point games. Mitchelides leads the team in BIG EAST scoring with 13 goals and three assists.
On the defensive side of things, it is senior Jenna Moulton (East Rochester, N.Y.) who looks to conclude her collegiate career with a personal-best goal-against average (GAA). She enters Saturday's game with a 11.10 GAA and is fresh of her second BIG EAST Honor Roll appearance.
Senior Katie Devaney (Fayetteville, N.Y.) has earned a spot in the starting lineup during the BIG EAST portion of the Huskies' schedule and is among the team leaders with 21 points.
The 2010 class has helped the Huskies win two of their three previous Senior Day games, although this the first time UConn hosts a conference opponent in its final regular season game at Sherman.
Maintaining such a dominance in regular season home finales will be a challenge for the Huskies on Saturday. The nationally-ranked Fighting Irish arrive with the bitter taste of an overtime loss to Rutgers and the desire to return the level of play that saw them win five-consecutive games this season.
Notre Dame accomplished that feat with one of the nation's best last line of defense in netminder Elli Hilling. She is 19th in the NCAA with a 9.12 goals-against average to go along with a solid .424 save-percentage. She has been instrumental to the Irish's success and their 10-5 overall record. Entering the weekend in third in the conference standings, Notre Dame boasts a 5-2 BIG EAST record.
The offensive firepower of the Irish lies in the hands of Gina Scioscia, Shaylyn Blaney, Kailene Abt and Maggie Tamasitis. Scoiscia leads the team with 47 points while it is Blaney who has scored a team-best 35 goals. Tamasitis leads with 22 assists as she along with Blaney and Abt have all recorded 36 points thus far.
Six game-winning goals, 19 free-position goals and 72 draw controls can be attributed to those four players for Notre Dame.
The Huskies are poised to resume the overtime winning momentum from last weekend to snap Notre Dame's four-game winning streak over UConn in the all-time series.