May 1, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C.- The University of Connecticut lacrosse team is set to participate in the 2013 BIG EAST Championships, to be held in Washington D.C., this Thursday, May 2 at 5:30 pm against Syracuse (14-3). It will mark the first appearance for Connecticut in a BIG EAST Championship in program history. Connecticut finished the season with an impressive 13-3 record and earned the No. 4 seed in the tournament and will square off against the top-seeded Orange in the semifinals.
In the first meeting between the two teams, Syracuse handed UConn its first loss of the season in an 18-7 contest. Morgan O’Reilly scored three times for the Huskies, who were outshot by a margin of 42-18. Freshman goalkeeper Shannon Nee took the loss after allowing 15 goals in the 44 minutes.
The Huskies will look to junior Lauren Kahn to getting the scoring started early. Kahn connected on 36 goals this season and finished the season sixth in the BIG EAST with a 2.25 goals per game average. Kahn scored three game-winning goals this season, which ties her for fourth in BIG EAST play. O’Reilly has been a key contributor in BIG EAST games, scoring 17 times in conference action, which is good for seventh in the league rankings. Nee was a crucial piece to UConn’s success, as she finished her freshman campaign fourth in the conference with just 8.97 goals allowed per game.
In the most recent daBEER/Inside Lacrosse.com and IWLCA polls, the Huskies grabbed the No. 18 spot and were one of five BIG EAST teams ranked. Syracuse earned the No. 5 spot after finishing its season a perfect 8-0 in conference play. The BIG EAST was a powerhouse this season, holding a stellar 58-18 (.763) record in non-conference games.
The winner of the contest will advance to the title game at 1 pm on May 4 to take on the winner of #2 Georgetown/ #3 Loyola.