May 20, 2013
STORRS, Conn.- It was a historic season for the 2013 UConn women’s lacrosse program. The squad set several program bests, including the best regular season record with a mark of 13-5 (5-3 BIG EAST), the first undefeated home season (7-0) and reached its first-ever BIG EAST Championships and NCAA Tournament.
“This was such a strong year for our program. This team has set a standard and has taken UConn Lacrosse to a new level and I’m so excited for the future,” stated head coach Katie Woods. “Our seniors have graduated and left their mark on the program.”
In her third season at the helm of the Huskies Woods continues to lift the program to a higher level guiding the team to a memorable campaign which included key victories over ranked opponents No. 15 Boston College and No. 7 Notre Dame. Woods was honored for the outstanding 2013 season as she was selected the 2013 BIG EAST Women’s Lacrosse Coach of the Year.
The Huskies, losing 12 seniors to graduation, were led by junior midfielder Lauren Kahn who registered team-highs in nearly every category totaling 65 points on 42 goals and 23 assists, while adding 47 groundballs, 61 draw controls and 34 caused turnovers. For her outstanding season, the Nanuet, N.Y. native was tabbed the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year and was a unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST First Team. The recognition didn’t stop there as Kahn was an IWLCA All-Northeast Region First Team selection, named to the IWLCA All-America Second Team and the Synapse Sport All-America First Team.
Also earning All-Region accolades was freshman Shannon Nee and junior Kacey Pippitt with each being selected IWLCA All-Northeast Region Second Team. Nee posted a stellar freshman year and finished the season with an 11-5 mark and 10.00 goals against average, while Pippitt was superb tallying 43 points on 34 goals and nine assists. Nee, Pippitt and Morgan O’Reilly were also voted All-BIG EAST Second Team selections.
Connecticut’s remarkable season came to an end with a 14-10 loss to Massachusetts in the First Round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Making the program’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the No. 18/19 Huskies battled with No. 15/8 UMass in a rainy showdown at Penn State. The game was a back-and-forth contest with the two squads exchanging goals before the contest was forced into a lightening delay as UMass clung to a 3-2 advantage. Returning to play nearly an hour later, the Huskies were unable to bounce back from a Minutewomen 4-0 run.
“Losing to UMass was tough and it still stings a bit but looking at the big picture this team accomplished so many great things this year,” Woods concluded.