Huskies Tame Wildcats in Home Opener

STORRS, Conn. (March 6, 2013) UConn lacrosse improved to 4-0 on the season with an 11-9 win over New Hampshire in Wednesday's home opener. This marks the Huskies best start to the season since 2005 when the team went 4-0 to open the campaign and finished with a 12-5 mark.

In Wednesday's home opener, UConn outshot the Wildcats 28-22 and won 13-9 draw controls. The two squads registered a total of 18 saves as losing keeper Kathleen O'Keefe had 13 saves, while freshman Shannon Nee improved to 4-0 after five saves.

Connecticut, who had eight Huskies score in the win, was led by freshman Carly Palmucci who tallied six points on two goals and four assists, while junior Lauren Kahn finished with four points on two goals and two assists.

The Huskies held the lead the majority of the contest but UNH threatened that advantage late in the second half when the Wildcats went on a 4-0 run to pull within one leaving UConn with a 10-9 lead with 10:21 remaining in regulation.

Freshman Ally Fazio secured the Husky victory with 2:36 left on a pass from Kahn to set the final score at 11-9.

Connecticut hits the road for an intrastate match against Fairfield on Saturday, March 9, at noon. The Huskies are 6-4 all-time against Fairfield and won their 2012 meeting, 13-10.

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DURHAM, N.H. Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) recorded her 100th career point as part of a personal-best six goals, but University of New Hampshire 's comeback effort fell short in Wednesday afternoon's 11-9 loss to the University of Connecticut at the Sherman Complex.

UNH is now 0-4 on the season; two of the four losses have been to Top-15 teams and three of the losses have been by a combined four goals. UConn remains unbeaten at 4-0.

Simpson attained the 100-point milestone with the fifth of her six goals, and the six points equaled her career high. She was also credited with two ground balls, one draw control and a personal-best three caused turnovers. Simpson has 82 goals and 19 assists for 101 points in 52 career games.

Kayleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md.) extended her team-leading point-scoring streak to eight games by recording a career-high six assists, and the six points is also a personal best. Laura McHoul (Westwood, Mass.) scored twice and Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) tallied one goal.

Kathleen O'Keefe (Chatham, N.J.) made a season-high 13 saves and that mark is one less than her career high. Cori Rees (Hampstead, N.H.) tied her career highs in both ground balls (five) and caused turnovers (three).

UConn, which recorded the advantage in both shots (28-22) and draw controls (13-9), was led offensively by Carly Palmucci (four goals, two assists) and Lauren Kahn (two goals, two assists), who also had six draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Shannon Nee was credited with five saves.

The Huskies took a 1-0 lead at 24:15, but Hinkle set up goals by Simpson at 19:47 and Puccia at 17:33 to give New Hampshire a 2-1 lead. Palmucci responded with a goal 33 seconds later, however, and set up three goals in a 66-second span during UConn's 4-0 run that gave the home team a 5-2 lead it would not relinquish.

Simpson, once again off a pass from Hinkle, ended the spurt with a goal at 5:07 and she scored her third goal of the game this time on a free-position shot at 2:47 to lift the 'Cats within 5-4.

Kahn netted an unassisted goal at 1:04 give the Huskies a 6-4 lead heading into halftime.

Morgan O'Reilly and Jordan Christopher opened the second-half scoring with goals 66 seconds apart to extend UConn's advantage to 8-4. Hinkle recorded her fourth assist of the game on McHoul's tally at 25:46, but Palmucci struck again 13 seconds later and Shannon Kerr gave the Huskies a 10-5 lead at 24:07.

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