March 27, 2009

UConn Snaps Nine-Game Losing Streak, Beats Cincy

from press release

STORRS, Conn. - For the second-consecutive game, the University of Connecticut lacrosse team was led in scoring by freshman Kiersten Tupper (Camillus, N.Y.). Tupper led the Husky attack to an 11-9 victory over Cincinnati at George J. Sherman-Family Sports Complex on Friday for UConn's first BIG EAST victory of the season.

Tupper finished the game with five points, scoring a pair of goals and assisting three others. Classmate M.E. Lapham (Cazenovia, N.Y.) scored a team-best four goals while Whitney Michele (East Rochester, N.Y.) recorded her third hat trick of the season.

The Huskies led the Bearcats by three goals in the first period after a pair of goals from Lapham sandwiched a goal by Katy Ryan (Hamburg, N.Y.) Cincinnati's Lindsey Marshall put the Bearcats on the board at 24:23, trailing 3-1.

Marshall would put the Bearcats on the board four more times in the game, finishing with a game-best five goals.

UConn recorded a pair of three-goal spurts in the first half to lead 9-3 going into the break. Ashley Mitchelides (Hudson, Ohio), Lapham, Michele, Tupper and Ryan all scored. Tupper's three assists in the game came on three-straight goals in the second half.

Michele's mark with exactly two minutes remaining in the first half was the final UConn goal before Marshall hit the back of the cage with 14 seconds on the clock for the 9-3 halftime score.

Marshall opened scoring in the second half, spurring the Bearcats on to five unanswered goals in the second stanza. With 15 and a half minutes remaining in regulation, UConn continued to lead with the score 9-8.

Just when the Huskies needed it most, Lapham pulled UConn ahead 10-8, capitalizing on her second free-position shot of the day. Marshall would get one more, but Tupper's goal at 8:47 would prove to be enough.

Both offenses stalled and the score remained UConn ahead 11-9 as time expired.

Katherine Russo made eight saves for Cincinnati while Anna Wallingford (Littleton, Colo.) earned her first win of the season with four saves. Jenna Moulton (East Rochester, N.Y.) came in with just under 13 minutes left in the second half, but was not challenged.

Connecticut (1-9, 1-1) resumes BIG EAST play with an 11:15 a.m. contest against Louisville on Sunday at Sherman Sports Complex. It is Student Appreciation Day when the Huskies host the Cardinals and students will receive free ice cream.

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