Women’s Lacrosse Takes on Conference Rival Hoyas

UConn women’s lacrosse continues their string of road games when they roll into Georgetown this Wednesday. The match will be the 16th all time meeting between the two programs. UConn has yet to record a victory against their Big East foe.

UConn is fresh off a battle with Vanderbilt this Sunday, in which the Huskies fell 10-9 in overtime on the road. Katherine Finkelston had a chance to put the game away in overtime with a close range shot but was denied on the doorstep. The game winner came from Vanderbilt’s Caroline Peters.

“Sunday was hard,” head coach Kate Woods said. “We came out strong but we didn’t finish. We didn’t finish with the same passion we came out with.”

The loss snapped UConn’s four-game winning streak but the Huskies are still sitting behind only No. 9 ranked Florida in the Big East standings and tied with their Wednesday opponent. A win over Georgetown will give the Huskies sole possession of second place with the Big East Tournament beginning at the end of the month.

“It’s become a lot closer over the years.” Woods said of the rivalry. “We’re really excited at the opportunity to get a good win against a team that is perennial top player in our conference.”

Georgetown will enter the game riding a season-high two-game winning streak, beating both Villanova and Cincinnati. The Hoyas have an offense that struggles to produce goals. Their 7.15 goals per game are the lowest in the Big East. However, It is not for lack of trying. The Hoyas average a total of 24 shots per game, behind only UConn and Florida.

Maddy Fisher has made all 13 starts in net for Georgetown this season. The sophomore has 85 saves on the year, good enough for fifth in the conference. Her .403 save percentage and 10.66 goals against average are the sixth best in the Big East.

Attackers Caroline Tarzian and Colleen Lovett are the two sparkplugs of the Georgetown offense. Both have netted at least 15 goals and totaled 20 points this season. UConn has done a great job all season of focusing on and containing individual scoring threats. UConn should be able to chase the Hoyas out of scoring areas and cause turnovers.

What could hurt UConn is their turnovers when they have the ball. The Huskies have struggled to maintain possession all season, averaging nearly 20 turnovers per game. It’s less than ideal but Coach Woods believes that it is one of the consequences of their brand of lacrosse.

“We’re always trying to minimize our turnovers during all of our practices but with the style of play that we have, its fast paced, and a lot of pushing in transition,” Woods said. “We try to create a lot of turnovers. We are going to have turnovers than normal. But I do think we want to try to find the right balance of getting those caused turnovers and then maintaining possession and doing something with it. “

The good news for UConn is that as much as they suffer from losing control of the ball, Georgetown is plagued by their inability to cause turnovers with only 6.92 caused turnovers per game.

After their game in the nation’s capital, UConn will be back home this Saturday at noon when nationally ranked Florida helps the Huskies celebrate Senior Day. Five departing seniors will be honored prior to game time at the George R. Sherman Family Sports Complex.

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