Women's Soccer Falls in Big East Championship Game


    #24 Connecticut (15-6-2)        0   0     0
    #1 Notre Dame (20-0-1)          1   0     1

    GOALS: ND- UConn's Lauren Naida (Own Goal) 12:13 SHOTS: UC- 8; ND- 10

    SAVES: UC- 7 (Maria Yatrakis) ND- 3(Elizabeth Wagner)

    CORNER KICKS: UC- 6; ND- 1 FOULS: UC- 10; ND- 16 OFFSIDES UC- 2; ND - 2

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A UConn miscue would be all the luck Notre Dame would need in order to claim its sixth straight BIG EAST Conference Women's Soccer Tournament Championship as the Irish defeated the University of Connecticut Sunday, 1-0, at Alumni Field in South Bend, IN. With the victory, Notre Dame earned an automatic berth in the NCAA Championship and remains the nation's only unbeaten team with a mark of 20-0-1, while the loss drops UConn to 15-6-2.

    The games lone goal came at the 12:13 mark in the first half when a Notre Dame cross clipped UConn's Lauren Naida (So., Suffield, CT) and the deflection curled around Maria Yatrakis (So., Brooklyn, NY). Connecticut's best opportunity at an equalizer was during the first half when Alexa Borisjuk (Jr., North Haven, CT) received a pass in the box from Mary- Frances Monroe (Jr., East Northport, NY), which was read by Notre Dame goalie Elizabeth Wagner.

    Adding to the rivalry, both teams entered the contest as the top seed in their respective divisions and the Irish had never lost a BIG EAST Conference Tournament game (a mark which now stands at 15- 0). Six of the victories that have come at the expense of UConn, have been in the championship game. The Irish hold a commanding 10-2-2 edge in the all-time series with UConn, but only one game has been decided by more than two goals (ND's 6- 1 win in the 1997 BIG EAST title game). This year's regular season meeting (Oct. 21 in Storrs, CT), which ended in a scoreless tie, was the lowest- scoring affair. The series has also included four 1-0 games, a 1-1 tie, one 2-0 game and three 2-1 games.

    Connecticut and Notre Dame both await tonight's announcement of the 2000 NCAA Women's College Cup 48-team field. CPTV2 will air the selection show, which starts at 10 p.m.