The Huskies' comeback fails in the Big East championship

Cincinnati, Ohio – The UConn women's lacrosse team's comeback fell short of the Denver Pioneers in Saturday afternoon's BIG EAST Championship game on the campus of Xavier University in Cincy.

It was a scoreless first quarter for the Huskies as the Pios scored five goals in the first 15 minutes. Experienced goalkeeper, Landyn Whitehad four saves on 10 shots early in the game.

Denver continued its winning streak in the second quarter with a goal at 14:16. Susan Lafountain Stopped Denver's scoring offense with a goal off a pass from Abby Charron to get UConn on the board. The Pioneers extended their lead with three more goals in a row and led the Huskies 9-1. UConn cut the lead with two straight goals by a graduate student, Kate Shafferand another one of Madelyn George to make it 9-4 before halftime.

The Pios opened the quarter again with a goal at 11:42. UConn senior, Lauren BarryShe quickly followed up with her own goal to reduce the lead again. Denver scored again and extended its lead back to six. Shea van den Broek He found the net off a pass from Lafountain, keeping the Huskies within five of the Pios with under 8:00 left. Another goal from Denver would increase the lead again. On a pass from Lafountain, Eliza Bowman scored their first and only goal of the afternoon before Denver responded with another goal of their own. Shaffer took advantage of a free position attempt and ended the third quarter with a 13-8 lead.

UConn turned on the Jets in the final quarter of the game as they began their comeback attempt. Charron scored first early in the fourth quarter, cutting the Pioneers' lead to four, their lowest point since the first quarter. With a free shot from open position, Denver shot past White and regained the five-goal lead. The Huskies then scored five straight goals in less than 8:00 minutes; Shaffer with two, Lafountain with two and van den Broek with the final goal, ending the game at 14 players. With less than a minute to play, Denver managed to regain the lead. After being awarded the draw due to a foul in midfield, the Pios cemented their victory with a goal in the last second of the game, making the score 16-14.

He was named to the All-Tournament team Kate Shaffer, Susan LafountainAnd Abby Beran. Graduate forward Shaffer had five goals, three assists, a groundball and a draw control. Senior attacker Lafountain had three goals and two assists, while freshman defenseman Beran collected three ground balls, had six draws and caused one turnover.

Goalkeeper, Landyn White, had 12 saves in the loss. Student midfielder, Madelyn George, scored one goal, collected two ground balls, six draws and caused two turnovers. UConn beat Denver 19-15 that day.

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