Fresh off a dominant win against the University of New Hampshire, the UConn women’s lacrosse team will make the short trip to Quinnipiac to take on the Bobcats at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field Wednesday.
It was far from ideal conditions on Sunday but it was the ideal type of victory. Nine different Huskies contributed goals and UConn cruised to a 17-8 victory on their home field. UConn had a 4-1 lead early but the Wildcats were able to even it at 4-4. It was the only time the Huskies wouldn’t have the lead as they unleashed an 11-goal scoring barrage that UNH could never overcome. The Wildcats made it interesting late but it’s hard to win games when a team goes through a 38-minute scoring drought like UNH did.
Though it was a team effort on the offensive end, Alexandra Crofts led the way offensively with three goals and two assists, but she wasn’t awarded any hardware for her efforts. That honor belonged to her teammates Grace Nolan and Emily Anderson. Nolan claimed the Big East Rookie of the Week title after her second hat trick of the season and Anderson was tabbed as the Midfielder of the Week after a team-high five turnovers.
Quinnipiac has struggled early in the season and is still searching for their first win. Goaltender Samantha Till has provided a boost to her team with her play in net. Her .588 save percentage is ninth among Division I goaltenders but has not received a lot of help around her. Quinnipiac is only averaging 6.3 goals a game this season and has yet to defend home field, currently 0-2. What little offense they have has mostly come from attacker Kyra Ochwat. Quinnipiac’s senior attacker has seven points on the season with five goals and two assists.
It’s been just over a year since these in-state rivals squared off. UConn trounced the Bobcats 17-7 at home in February 2014 behind five goals from Katherine Finkelston. UConn converted all but one of their clear attempts and outshot the Bobcats 32-16.
That game is only one example of just how lopsided this “rivalry” is. Since the two programs’ first meeting in 1998, UConn holds a 15-2 record over Quinnipiac and has won four of the last five games played at Quinnipiac. Though UConn is still sub-.500 and not in position to take any opponent lightly, the Huskies have begun to round into form and 18th all-time meeting should follow the pattern of recent dominance.