The UConn women’s lacrosse team stayed perfect at home with an 18-6 win over Temple on a cold and soggy afternoon in Storrs.
The Huskies had won their past three games but were coming off a second half against Marquette that left head coach Katie Woods frustrated. UConn struggled to maintain control of the ball and the defense let in some uncharacteristic goals.
Wednesday, the rain never relented at the George R. Sherman Family Sports Complex and neither did the Huskies.
Alyson Fazio scored twice in the first four minutes to jump out to an early lead, and Temple was forced to call its first timeout of the game. Fazio’s two goals were part of a 10-goal first half, and if the net was a litter larger, it could have been more.
The first half also featured a run of six unanswered goals. In the middle of the run, Katherine Finkelston was able to find Carly Palmucci, and the attacker scored a wrap-around goal for her 17th score of the season. Palmucci returned the favor when she set up Finkelston on the doorstep. Temple was outshot 17-9 at the end of the first half.
The gap shrunk in the second half behind four Temple goals, but UConn finished strong and outscored the Owls 3-1 in the final 15 minutes to hold on for the victory.
It was a rough showing in net for the Owls. Jacqueline Jordan’s undressing of Temple’s defense and subsequent goal with less than four minutes left in the half prompted Temple coach Bonnie Rosen to make a change in net. Kakalecik’s replacement, Rachel Hall, didn’t fare any better, allowing eight goals herself and was switched out after a goal by Kelsey Catalano halfway through the second half.
Though she did pick up her 29th goal of the season, Temple’s Nicole Tiernan was held in check through most of the game. Lauren Kwannowski and Cassie Ekstrom led the charge defensively with two caused turnovers each. It was the fourth straight game that UConn held their opponents under 10 goals.
After the win, UConn has started 3-0 in Big East play for the first time in program history.
UConn will continue Big East play this Saturday when the Huskies travel south to Nashville, Tennessee to take on Vanderbilt.