Women's Lacrosse Falls at UConn 10-9
Score: UConn 10, UAlbany 9
Location: George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs, Conn.
Records: UAlbany (3-3); UConn (1-5)
Short Story: A slow start in the first half puts UAlbany in a hole at halftime, and the Great Danes ultimately fall at UConn 10-9 despite a big second half.
Coach Rowan: “We’re still looking to put a full game together and we’ll keep working hard at that. We dug ourselves into a deep hole, but I’m proud of the team for fighting back to put ourselves into a position to win.”
- Kyla Zapolski scored four goals
- Sam Tortora recorded four assists
- Kendra Harbinger and Madison Conway each scored twice
- Georgia Schneidereith made 10 saves, including eight in the first half
- UAlbany went 1-8 on free position shots
- UAlbany outshot UConn 17-10 in the second half
Playing their second-straight game on the road after four-straight at home to start the season, the University at Albany women’s lacrosse team dropped its third-straight game Wednesday, falling to UConn 10-9. The loss drops UAlbany to .500 on the season after winning each of their first three games.
UConn got on the board first, scoring twice in the first five minutes to take a 2-0 lead. Kyla Zapolski tied the game up 10 minutes later with two straight goals for the Great Danes.
The Huskies quickly retook the lead, scoring with 13:14 remaining to go up 3-2. It was UConn’s first of three straight goals. UAlbany temporarily broke the steak late in the first half, when Madison Conway found the net after a setup from Sam Tortora.
UConn scored once more before the break before taking a. 6-3 lead into halftime. UAlbany goalkeeper Georgia Schneidereith made eight saves in the first half, but the Huskies has outshot the Great Danes 19-12 in the first 30 minutes.
UConn quickly scored three straight goals to start the second half, completing a 4-0 run to go up 9-3 with 27:59 remaining. UAlbany kicked off its own four-goal run when Kendra Harbinger, who was held scoreless against Penn State for the first time this season, scored twice in a row with 23:49 and 19:25 remaining.
Mara Bureau scored 30 seconds later, and Zapolski cut the Danes’ deficit to 9-7 with 15:46 to go. UConn scored once more to go up 10-7 before UAlbany scored the next two to cut the deficit to one with 6:36 remaining. UConn’s defense held firm, however, and the Huskies went on to win by a final score of 10-9.
UAlbany scored six of the final seven goals of the game, and outshot UConn 17-10 in the second half. However, UConn’s goalie, Grace Beshlian, made eight second-half saves. Zapolski finished with four goals and Tortora had four assists.
Next: UAlbany returns to Tom & Mary Casey Stadium on Saturday, March 16 to play crosstown rival Siena in part one of a doubleheader with the men’s team.