It has been almost a month since the Sherman Family Sports complex hosted a lacrosse game. That will change when Marquette looks to snap UConn’s two-game winning streak Saturday at noon in Big East Conference play.
UConn has won both of the team’s previous matches against the Golden Eagles.
In their last meeting in April 2014, Katherine Finkleston’s five goals were `just enough to lift UConn over Marquette.
The Big East’s best defense continued to shine last Sunday, when UConn handily beat the Cincinnati Bearcats in the opening game of Big East play. Three players contributed multiple goals in the 10-4 victory. Lauren Kwasnowski recorded four turnovers on the defensive end.
UConn is undefeated so far at home this season.
Marquette is in desperate need of a win, dropping four of its last five games. In a matchup last Sunday with Villanova, the Golden Eagles came out flat and fell behind 7-1 and could never recover.
Junior Claire Costanza has led the way for the Golden Eagles this season. Her 21 assists are tied for the 12th highest total in Division I and her 38 points are behind only Florida’s Shannon Gilroy in the Big East. Midfielder Taylor Smith ranks second on the team in goals and assists and is an ace on the draw control.
UConn’s passing game will need to be firing on all cylinders. Marquette does a great job of interrupting passing lanes. The Huskies will try to play at their brand of fast paced ball and keep Marquette from settling into any defensive sets. UConn has made a habit of stifling opponents on the defensive end, allowing only 8.8 goals per game. The Golden Eagles are not an offensive juggernaut but Costanza can do damage in a hurry. It should be a top priority to keep her in check Saturday.
Sarah Priem has appeared in net every game this season allowing an average of 9.55 goals per game. It’s not exactly a stat to write home about it looks better when taken into account that Priem is bombarded on a game-to-game basis. She ranks sixth in the conference in both saves (56) and saves per game (5.09).