Women’s Lacrosse: Huskies fall to UMass in fifth straight loss

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The Huskies (0-5) were defeated by the UMass Minutewomen (2-2) on Saturday afternoon by a score of 19-13. (Eric Wang/The Daily Campus)

The Huskies (0-5) were defeated by the UMass Minutewomen (2-2) on Saturday afternoon by a score of 19-13. (Eric Wang/The Daily Campus)

Despite finishing the game with four runs, the UConn women’s lacrosse team failed to secure a win for the fifth consecutive game, their worst losing streak to start a season since their 2009 0-9 start. 

The Huskies (0-5) were defeated by the UMass Minutewomen (2-2) on Saturday afternoon by a score of 19-13. 

UMass got off to a hot start, scoring six of the game’s first seven goals. UConn would battle back and cut the lead to 8-5. The Minutewomen then scored three times straight to go into the half up 11-5. 

The second half started with the Huskies scoring three consecutive goals to cut the lead to four, but then UMass went on its biggest run of the game. They scored seven of the next eight goals in the next seven minutes to take a commanding 10-point lead. 

UConn battled back in the last 10 minutes, scoring four straight goals to end the game. Unfortunately, the UMass lead was too much to overcome, and the Huskies lost another tough one.  

UMass was led by senior attack Kiley Anderson, who scored a ridiculous nine goals and assisted on another for a 10-point game. Junior attack Kaitlyn Cerasi had a big game as well, scoring two goals and recording an additional seven assists. 

In the loss, three UConn players recorded hat tricks. Senior attack Caitlin Leary scored four goals, senior midfielder Brooke Jensen scored three and sophomore midfielder Sydney Watson scored three and assisted on one. 

Both teams got plenty of shots off, but Umass just got more on net. They peppered the UConn goalie with 34 shots on net, while the Huskies managed only 22 of theirs on net. 

As a result, junior goalie Grace Beshlian saved the most shots for a UConn goalie all season with 15, but she also allowed the most goals with 19. 

The Huskies played very well in spurts, as both teams went on runs throughout the game. UMass’s runs were a little bigger than UConn’s though, and the Minutewomen emerged victorious while the Huskies have still yet to feel the thrill of victory this season. 

 Their next opportunity for a win will come on the road next Saturday against Dartmouth College, who is 2-3 on the season. 


Danny Barletta is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at daniel.barletta@uconn.edu.

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