Connecticut Lacrosse Posts Victory Over Iona

STORRS, Conn. (Feb. 24, 2010) An early five-goal run by the University of Connecticut women's lacrosse team aided the Huskies in a 17-7 victory over Iona on Wednesday. Three UConn players recorded a hat trick in the midweek tilt at George J. Sherman-Family Sports Complex in unfavorable weather conditions.

Sophomore M.E. Lapham (Cazenovia, N.Y.) scored two of her three goals during the initial five-goal run and her third sparked the decisive six-goal run that sealed UConn's first win of the season. Lapham was 2 for 3 in free-position shots while the team finished 6 for 11 against the Gaels.

UConn's Jillian Cerar (Farmingdale, N.Y.) picked up the first goal of the game followed by Iona striking twice in its season-opening contest. The Huskies responded with their five-goal run with junior Lauren Sparks (West Chester, Pa.) and senior Ashley Mitchelides (Hudson, Ohio) contributing to the spree. Sophomore Kiersten Tupper (Camillus, N.Y.) netted her first of the season while freshman Catherine Gross (Andover, Mass.) netted the first of her career.

Tupper finished the evening with a pair of goals and a game-high four assists. She led the Huskies in scoring with seven points in their second outing of 2010.

Mitchelides and Sparks each scored twice in the second scoring spree by UConn that started with Lapham's third goal of the game with less than two minutes remaining in the first half. It was capped off by Sparks at 17:23 in the second half as Tupper added an assist on each of the final two Connecticut goals.

Iona snapped the streak with the Huskies in a 14-4 lead with less than 15 minutes remaining in regulation. The Gaels traded goals with UConn senior Katie Devaney (Fayetteville, N.Y.) who added a hat trick with less than 10 minutes going by in the game. Devaney had the final goal in the 17-7 UConn victory.

Senior Jenna Moulton (Rochester, N.Y.) made four saves while a stingy Connecticut defense helped hold the Gaels to 14 shots in the game. The Huskies outshot the opposition 35-14 with Iona's Carlee Street making five saves.

UConn, now an even 1-1 on the year, hosts its second-consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponent in Canisius on Sunday. Teams will take the Sherman Family Complex Field at noon.

2010-02-24



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