May 5, 2013
STORRS, Conn.- The University of Connecticut lacrosse team earned the program’s first bid to the NCAA Tournament as announced on Sunday evening. The Huskies were selected for the 2013 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament and will travel to seventh-seeded Penn State for the first round where they will face Massachusetts (17-2) on Friday, May 10. The opening draw is set for 6 p.m.
“This is such an amazing accomplishment, I'm so proud of this group,” head coach Katie Woods said. “We've come so far and all the hard work is paying off. This senior class is definitely making their final year a special one, they've made history in earning a spot in the BIG EAST Championships and now the NCAA tournament.”
The Huskies have had a historic season compiling a program-best 13-4 (5-3 BIG EAST) record in 2013 and registering the first undefeated season at home where the team went 7-0 in Storrs.
Connecticut reached its first BIG EAST Championships where the squad was the fourth seed. The Huskies fell, 19-6, against top-seeded Syracuse with BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year Lauren Kahn guiding the way with two goals, an assist and seven draw controls. Kahn was named to the 2013 All-Tournament Team for her efforts against the Orange.
The Huskies and Minutewomen have met eight times with UMass owning a 5-3 all-time record over Connecticut. The two teams last met in 2010 where the Huskies lost 18-8 in Storrs.
“We're so excited for this opportunity and we're going to enjoy it,” Woods finished. “Tomorrow, we've got to get back to work so that we're improving each day as we prepare for UMass.”
The BIG EAST has a record five teams playing in this year’s 26-team tournament as Syracuse, Georgetown, Loyola and Notre Dame also were chosen.
The winner of the UConn-UMass game will face the winner of the hosting Nittany Lions (12-6) and Canisius (14-4) on Sunday, May 12 at 1 p.m.