Lapham Leads Huskies Past St. Bonaventure

BUFFALO, N.Y. The trio of M.E. Lapham, Lauren Kahn and Morgan O'Reilly combined for 10 goals and three assists to lead the UConn offense, as the Huskies defeated St. Bonaventure, 17-9 this afternoon. Today's contest marked the fourth time that the Huskies have posted 15 or more goals in a game this season, while they improve to 6-3 on the year.

Lapham led the Huskies with four goals and two assists, while Kahn posted three goals and one assist and O'Reilly tallied three goals. Brittney Testa picked up her sixth win in goal for UConn, as she posted four saves through 45 minutes of action.

The Huskies were able to get out to a 2-0 lead just three minutes into the contest and never looked back, as they would hold the lead the remainder of the game. Kahn and Kacey Pippitt posted back-to-back goals less than one minute apart to give the Huskies the 2-0 advantage.

St. Bonaventure's Lauren Michaels was able to put the Bonnies on the board in the seventh minute of the first half, but UConn responded with four unanswered goals, including a pair from Kahn and Pippitt, to extend its lead to 6-1 just 12 minutes into the game.

The Bonnies closed the first half on a 4-1 run, closing the gap to just two goals at 7-5, going into the halftime break. The Huskies started the second half the same as the first though, as they were able to post six straight goals within 13 minutes to jump out to a 13-5 lead. During that span Mackenzie Rainone posted two goals, while Kiersten Tupper, Lapham, Kahn and O'Reilly each tallied one.

St. Bonaventure and UConn traded goals to close out the game, with Lapham posting back-to-back goals at the 20 and 22 minute marks and O'Reilly recording two straight goals in the 28th and 29th minutes. With O'Reilly's goals to close the game, the Huskies earned the 17-9 victory.

The UConn defense was strong during today's contest as well, as seven different players posted at least one caused turnover, led by Jessica Mucci who tallied five. Mucci also recorded three ground balls and one draw control, while Stephanie Norton, Lauren Sparks, Pippitt and Rainone each had multiple ground balls.

The Huskies return to Big East action next weekend when they host Georgetown on Friday, April 1. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m.


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