The UConn women’s lacrosse team will look to end its three-game losing streak on Tuesday night when they take on Bryant under the lights of the Sherman Family Complex. The game, slated for 7 p.m., is the only night game on the Huskies’ schedule this season.
As stated, UConn is in the midst of a losing streak, most recently falling to Delaware by a score of 17-9 on Saturday, moving to 1-8 on the season.
Bryant, however, has won its last two games against Stetson and Canisius to move to 4-3 this season.
Although the Bulldogs have a much better record, the two teams may not be far apart in ability. The Huskies have fared significantly better against the two common opponents that they have faced.
Bryant lost to Albany 21-11 in their second game of the season, while UConn’s lone win this year was against Albany a couple of weeks ago. Furthermore, Bryant was blown out by UMass 24-4 in their season opener at home, while UConn fought and hung with UMass all the way to the end of the road, losing by just six points.
So, despite the difference in records, the Huskies and the Bulldogs will probably engage in an old-fashioned dog fight on Tuesday, pun intended.
The Huskies struggled in the last game by giving up multiple goal runs to Delaware, something that head coach Katie Woods understands needs to be corrected for this game.
“I think we had a hard time staying in the moment throughout the [Delaware] game,” Woods said. “We always have a great opportunity on the draw after every goal and we struggled in that on Saturday. Delaware out-hustled us to the ball and competed as a team on the draw. We need to do a better job of that on Tuesday against Bryant.”
For Bryant, junior Caitlin Breglia leads the team with 29 points on 14 goals and 15 assists. She also leads the team in assists, but senior Jess DeMeo leads the Bulldogs with 20 goals.
The Huskies will depend on the strong play from Sydney Watson, Olivia Miles and Caitlin Leary to succeed on Thursday. They are the top three scorers with 22, 17 and 14 goals respectively.
This is certainly a winnable game for the Huskies, and it would be a great opportunity to create some momentum heading into conference play.
Danny Barletta is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at email@example.com.