Women’s Lacrosse: UConn set to wrap up season against East Carolina


The Women’s Lacrosse team celebrated their Senior Day today with 7 seniors on the team, but took a tough loss afterwards with a final score of 5-16. (Photo by Eric Wang/The Daily Campus)

Before this forgettable 2019 season is over, the UConn women’s lacrosse team must play one more game this weekend against conference opponent East Carolina.

The Huskies (2-14, 0-4 The American) have lost their last six games and will be hoping to end the season on a positive note against ECU, (5-11, 0-4 The American) who has had an almost equally rough season. The Pirates will be hoping to snap their 10-game losing streak in the final game of the season.

The last time UConn won was back on March 26 against Bryant, while the last time that East Carolina won was way back on March 3 against St. Francis. One of these winning droughts will have to come to an end on Saturday at Johnson Stadium in Greenville, North Carolina at noon when these teams face off.

There are no playoff implications in this game, as both teams have been eliminated from spots in the American Athletic Conference Tournament. The teams will be playing for pride, for the seniors in their final game and for a positive end to a not-so-positive season.

In order to pick up a final win, the Huskies will rely on a big game from sophomore Sydney Watson, who will try to add on to her team-leading 36 goals and 47 points. Freshman Lia LaPrise will also try to put a good game together to cap off her very impressive inaugural campaign. She leads the team with 16 assists and is tied for second on the team with 32 points.

For the Pirates, they will be looking for a key performance by sophomore Ally Stanton, who leads her team with 37 points on 24 goals and 13 assists. Oddly enough, she does not actually lead the team in either goals or assists. Those leaders are sophomores Nicole LeGar (26 goals) and Brittany Borchers (18 assists). Both these players will be important on the offensive end for ECU as well.

The problem with both these teams all year has been their defense. UConn allows over 15 goals per game and ECU is not far behind with over 14 goals per game. Something will have to give in this game, which is expected to be a complete shootout. The winning team may very well score 20 points in this one, and the loser probably won’t be too far behind. So if you like offense, this will be the game for you. It should be an exciting game to wrap up the 2019 campaign for both programs.

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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