March 29, 2014

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UConn Downs Temple in Big East Opener

from press release

Rainy conditions couldn't slow Connecticut, as the Huskies downed Temple 15-9 to post their fifth straight victory of the season.

© Andy Lewis

PHILADELPHIA – University of Connecticut midfielders Lauren Kahn (Nanuet, N.Y.) and Katherine Finkelston (Leonardtown, Md.) and sophomore attacker Carly Palmucci (Herndon, Va.) all netted three goals, as the UConn women’s lacrosse team downed Temple, 15-9, in its Big East opener on Saturday on the road at Geasey Field. The Huskies improve to 6-4 overall with the win, while the Owls drop to 3-7 this season.

UConn, which extended its winning streak to five games, received goals from seven players on Saturday, starting with Kahn, who put the Huskies on the board with 23:59 left in the first half to even the score at one. Her unassisted goal was the first of three straight for Connecticut, which built a 3-1 lead in the first ten minutes of the contest. The Owls would respond, as Temple senior attacker Jaymie Tabor scored the next three goals, all on free position shots, to put Temple back in front 4-3.

Kahn continued to pace the Husky offense in the opening period, assisting on Finkelston’s second goal to give UConn a 5-4 lead, and she later scored with a minute to go in the half to give Connecticut a 7-4 lead going into the break. The senior midfielder, who leads the Huskies this season with 38 points, finished Saturday with seven points as she tied a season-high with four assists to go along with her three goals.

Two quick goals out of the break from Palmucci pushed the UConn lead to 9-4 and sophomore midfielder Alexandra Crofts’ (Westport, Conn.) 10th goal of the season made it 11-5 Connecticut with 16:23 to go in the game. The Owls wouldn’t get any closer the rest of the way despite three second half goals from sophomore midfielder Nicole Tiernan. She finished the day with a game-high four goals.

Other Huskies to register goals Saturday were midfielders Kacey Pippitt (New Canaan, Conn.) and Alyson Fazio (Methuen, Mass.), who each scored twice, and sophomore midfielder Madalyn Pimental (Massapequa, N.Y.), who slotted home her fourth goal of the season in the second half.  

UConn sophomore goalkeeper Shannon Nee (Lancaster, Pa.) played all 60 minutes, making eight saves and recording a ground ball and a caused turnover to earn her sixth victory of the season. Temple sophomore goalkeeper Jaqi Kakalecik made five saves in the loss. The Huskies were outshot 24-22, though they committed just 12 turnovers and converted 13 of their 17 clear attempts.

Connecticut resumes conference play a week from today when it faces Rutgers on the road at 7 p.m on Apr. 5th. The Huskies, who are 3-13 all-time against the Scarlet Knights, defeated Rutgers 8-7 last year.


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