Connecticut's Season Ends with Loss to No. 14 Loyola

The 2012 UConn season ended with a 12-9 defeat at home at the hands of No. 14 Loyola. The Huskies end the year 10-6 (3-5 Big East) while Loyola advanced to the Big East Tournament in Syracuse, N.Y. at 11-5 (7-1 Big East).

Prior to the game, UConn honored the five seniors (Colleen DeRonda, Megan Lally, M.E. Lapham, Stephanie Norton and Kiersten Tupper) for their years of service to the program.

Lapham finished her illustrious career at UConn as the program's all-time leading scorer with 169 goals. She ended her career ranked No. 2 all-time with 204 points and set a Connecticut record with a goal in 55 straight games. Tupper ends her four years in Storrs ranked No. 2 all-time with 81 assists and No. 4 all-time with 169 points.

UConn's 10 wins this season tie the mark for second most all-time at UConn with the 2007 and 2000 squads.

Connecticut was led offensively by Lauren Kahn and Jordan Christopher with two goals each while Brittney Testa made eight saves in net. Loyola's Marlee Paton, the reigning Big East Offensive Player of the Week, finished the game with seven points on four goals and three assists.

Connecticut took a two-goal lead at 11:23 behinds goals from Kahn and Lapham. The Greyhounds added a pair at 13:26 and 17:55 to even the score. The two teams added three goals each the remaining 12 minutes to head into halftime tied, 5-5.

The Huskies came out for the second and notched three straight goals in just 3:37 to take an 8-5 advantage in what would turn out to be the last lead of the game for UConn. Loyola called a time out and notched the next four goals and seven of the game's final eight tallies.

Connecticut had several opportunities in the second half but Loyola's Kerry Stoothoff stopped eight shots in the second half, finishing the game with 11 overall.

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STORRS, Conn. - Sophomore Marlee Paton scored three of Loyola's final four goals to lead the 14th-ranked Greyhounds in a come-from-behind 12-9 win at Connecticut Sunday afternoon. The game marked the final regular season contest for Loyola this year, while the win was the 50th-career victory for head coach Jen Adams. The Greyhounds conclude the regular season with an 11-5 overall record and a program-best 7-1 record in Big East play.

Paton led Loyola with seven points on the day, scoring four goals and dishing out three assists, while freshman Annie Thomas had four points on three goals and one assist. Juniors Kathleen Barranco and Ashley Cahill, in addition to freshmen Kara Burke, Hannah Schmitt and Sydney Thomas all tacked on one goal each.

For UConn (10-6, 3-5), Jordan Christopher and Lauren Kahn tallied two goals each.

The Huskies jumped out to a 2-0 lead by the 18:37 markbefore Barranco and Burke scored back-to-back goals for the Greyhounds to knot the score at two, but Loyola was unable to take the lead as UConn found theback of the net at 11:34.

The next six minutes were scoreless until Paton notched her first of the day at 5:34 to knot the score for a second time. She then assisted Annie Thomas 20 seconds later to give Loyola its first lead of the game, 4-3.

UConn scored again to tie it at four with 4:03 left to play, but Annie Thomas broke the stalemate with her second-straight goal one minute later. The Huskies would tie it for a fourth time with just 12 seconds leftbefore halftime though, sending the two squads into the break with an even 5-5 score.

The Huskies ran off three-straight goals to open play in the second half, but four-straight from Sydney Thomas, Annie Thomas, Cahill andPaton gave Loyola a 9-8 advantage with 11:21 to go. UConn found a sixth equalizer at 10:24, but Paton scored twice and Schmitt tacked on one to close out the game on a 3-0 run for the Greyhounds, bringing the final score to 12-9.

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