UConn Rides Early Offensive Outburst To Victory Over Aggies

March 9, 2005

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. - Senior attacker Tracy Mallaney scored five goals, including four in an 8-0 first half run, to lead the University of Connecticut to a 14-3 win over UC Davis in a non-conference collegiate women's lacrosse match at Aggie Field Wednesday.

The Aggies even their record to 2-2 on the year. The Huskies improve to 2-0 overall.

Sophomore Katie McMahon scored two of UC Davis' four goals for the game while freshman Katie McGovern added one. Redshirt freshman Megan Miller and true freshman Kaitlin Moore each had assists.

"This was a good learning experience," said Aggie head coach Elaine Jones. "This is what a top-25 team looks like. We need to be more disciplined, more aggressive and to have better shot selection. These are the things UConn did to beat us."

"We told the team what to expect, but they didn't execute the gameplan. There were some bright spots and they were trying hard, so I'm happy with the effort."

Mullaney scored her first two goals within a span of eight seconds as part of a quick 4-0 start for UConn. She converted an assist from Jacqui Hamilton to put the Huskies up, 3-0, just 6:02 into the game. Then she won the ensuing draw and advanced to the Aggie cage for her second goal at the 6:09 mark. Mullaney later completed back-to-back free-position goals at 16:20 and 21:48 to extend the UConn lead to 7-0, then assisted Shannon Burke with 6:37 remaining to send her team into the halftime break with an 8-0 advantage.

Mullaney and Hamilton added goals within the first six minutes after the intermission to extend the lead to 10-0 before UC Davis tallied its first goal. Sophomore Katie McMahon converted a free-position goal with 17:05 remaining to end the Aggie scoring drought, but Husky attacker Dana Stewart answered with a Bonnie Levin-assisted score.



Miller assisted McGovern at the 50:24 mark and Moore set up McMahon at 52:47 to complete the UC Davis offensive chart for the day.

UConn goalkeeper Jennifer Wong recorded three saves against no goals in the first half, then was relieved by junior Kristen Haldeman, who saved two second-half shots. In the UC Davis cage, senior Kristen Braasch and freshman Hilary Harkins each yielded seven goals. Braasch had one save in 22 minutes of play then Harkins recorded five in the remaining 38 minutes.

The Aggies return to action on March 14 to host Longwood University.

UConn (2-0) 8 6 - 14
UC Davis (2-2) 0 3 - 3

GOALS - UConn: Tracy Mullaney 5, Shannon Burke 2, Dana Stewart 2, Jacqui Hamilton 1, Bonnie Levin 1, Allison Tyminski 1, Robyn Pastuch 1, Kristen Link 1. UC Davis: Katie McMahon 2, Katie McGovern 1.

ASSISTS - UConn: Jacqui Hamilton 2, Bonnie Levin 2, Tanya Kotowicz 1, Heather McHugh 1, Tracy Mullaney 1, Allison Tyminski 1.

GOALIES - UConn: Jennifer Wong 3 saves, 0 goals against (30:00), Kristen Haldeman 2 saves, 3 goals against (30:00). UC Davis: Kristen Braasch 1 save, 7 goals against (21:48), Hilary Harkins 5 saves, 7 goals against (38:12).