After an 0-3 start to the season after three road games, the UConn women’s lacrosse team have probably been clicking their heels together in their ruby slippers saying, “There’s no place like home.”
The team will finally get their wish to come home granted this weekend when they play New Hampshire (0-1) on Sunday at 1 p.m. In the friendly confines of the Sherman Family Sports Complex, the Huskies will look to pick up their first win of the season.
“I think it’s great to finally be home and play on our home field,” head coach Katie Woods said. “The team is excited.”
UConn is coming off of a game against James Madison, where they fought hard in the first half, but they weren’t able to keep the energy in the second half and lost 18-9. Woods said that her team learned a lot from that game and the two previous ones.
“I would love to see our team put some things together that we’ve been working through the last several games,” Woods said. “We had a great first half of JMU and we want to feed off that and learn from some of our second-half mistakes.”
Sophomore midfielder Sydney Watson led the Huskies with a five-point game against James Madison with four goals and an assist.
On the opposing side, the UNH Wildcats have only played one game so far this season, though they will have played two by the time Sunday comes. They lost their first game to Harvard last Saturday by a score of 14-6. They will take on Sacred Heart on Friday afternoon before taking on the Huskies on Sunday.
In their first game, UNH was led by senior attack Mickenzie Larivee with three goals and graduate student Devan Miller with one goal and two assists.
“UNH always goes hard,” Woods said. “They’re a gritty and feisty team that competes. I think it will be a good game and another great opportunity for us to compete.”
When UConn played UNH last year, the Huskies came out on top 16-8. They would like to repeat a performance like that, but in order to do so, they will have to play their best lacrosse for a full 60 minutes, something they have yet to do this season.
Will playing back at home finally break the losing streak for UConn? We’ll have to find out on Sunday.
Danny Barletta is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .