Women’s Lacrosse Heads to Vanderbilt, Eyeing Post-Season

There are less than two weeks left in the regular season and this upcoming stretch of games could give a glimpse into UConn women’s lacrosse postseason hopes.

UConn has put on a clinic these past few weeks. Their last four opponents have been held below 10 goals each game and the average margin of victory over the stretch has been more than six goals.

An 18-6 win over Temple on Wednesday was only the latest impressive showing. Five different Huskies scored multiple goals and the defense suffocated Nicole Tieran, one of the nations most prolific goal scorers on the other end.

UConn has won their last seven straight home games, stretching all the way back to last season and could very well end this season perfect on their home turf. UConn only has one home game in Storrs and will have to travel out of state for their last three road games.

For the first time since a March 29 victory in Cincinnati the Huskies will play a game outside of Storrs when they head south for a Saturday showdown with Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt’s first season in the Big East has been full of more lows than highs. Prior to their last two victories against Cincinnati and Temple, the Commodores had lost eight straight games.

Mallory Schonk is the Commoderes leading goal scorer with 28 on the year with Jill Doherty and Alexa Kunowsky not far behind with 23 and 22 goals apiece. The three teammates are all in the top 10 in the Big East for goals per game.

Doherty can also distribute the ball as well as she shoots it. Her 1.46 assists per game land her at third in the Big East leaderboard. It’s a multifaceted offense that can do a lot of damage in a short amount of time. The Commodores average 12 goals per game, third in the Big East.

Vanderbilt’s Achilles heel is also their last line of defense. Maddie Kratz and Callahan Kent have split time in goal this season. Kratz has gotten the most time but neither has been able to grab hold of the starting job. The pair have allowed a combined 158 goals this season. UConn’s Shannon Nee has let 95 slip past her for comparison.

The two Big East rivals will drop the ball at 2 p.m. this Saturday at Vanderbilt’s Soccer/Lacrosse complex.

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