Huskies’ comeback falls short vs. Hoyas

Wednesday’s match against Georgetown was full of promise for the UConn women’s lacrosse team: a win and they would take over sole possession of second place in the Big East conference. Instead, a late game-winning goal from the Hoyas sent the Huskies tumbling to fourth with two games remaining in the regular season. Georgetown’s 13-12 win improves the Hoyas all time record to a perfect 16-0.

UConn was hoping to bounce back from their 10-9 loss against Vanderbilt this past Sunday but couldn’t overcome a sluggish first half.

Kristen Bandos scored the game’s first goal for the Hoyas just three minutes in but both teams suffered a scoring drought that lasted until UConn’s Kelsey Catalano scored two goals just after the 15-minute mark. Katherine Finkelston and Grace Nolan also contributed goals but the first half finished with three consecutive Georgetown goals to give the Hoyas a 7-4 lead at the break.

Just like the first half, the second half started with a goal from Bandos. The midfielder’s second goal of the game seemed to awaken the Huskies as they scored five of the next six goals to pull even.

Both teams traded goals for the rest of the match and Jacqueline Jordan even gave the Huskies a brief lead before Georgetown’s Arianne Devine and Sammy Giordano responded with goals of their own.

Trailing 11-12 and in a dire need of a goal with time dwindling, UConn got their equalizer from Alexandra Crofts on the free position attempt.

It appeared that UConn would play into overtime for the second time, but Georgetown had other ideas.

For the fifth time on the day, Kristen Bandos found the back of the net. This one just happened to be the game winner. Caroline Tarzian fed Bandos a perfect pass from deep in the 8-meter arc and Bandos quickly fired the game winning shot with 15 seconds left.

After their best start to Big East play in program history, UConn is now reeling from two straight losses on game-winning goals and 0-4 in games decided by one goal.

There is no reprieve in the immediate future as No.9 ranked Florida is next on the docket when UConn returns home this Saturday. It will be Senior Day as UConn’s five departing seniors will be honored before the Gators and Huskies get underway at 12 p.m.

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