September 16, 2009

Field Hockey Loses To Hofstra, 2-1, In Double OT

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University field hockey team lost to Hofstra University, 2-1, in double overtime in a non-conference game in Hempstead, N.Y. Quinnipiac drops to 0-4 on the year while Hofstra improves to 4-3. The Bobcats held a 1-0 lead on a goal by Lauren Hartnett (Walpole, Mass.) early in the second half while Jenna Grossman's (Flanders, N.J.) 12-save outing was not enough as the Pride scored in the 91st minute for the win.

"Playing well and losing is difficult," head coach Becca Kohli said. "It's even more difficult when you play well through double overtime and lose off a penalty stroke. We took a huge leap from our last game. We installed a new system before today's game and the players played hard for 91 minutes. Brandy Longacre was incredible, MacKenzie Liptak was great on attack and freshman Kristin Engelke stepped in and was outstanding."

Both teams played to a 0-0 tie through the first half of play. Hartnett scored her second goal of the season, and eighth of her career, just under three minutes into the second half. The play came off a scramble in front of the cage. MacKenzie Liptak (Schuylerville, N.Y.) collected a loose ball and dished to Hartnett to give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead.

Grossman turned back the first four shots she saw over the course of the second half before Genna Kovar scored from close range to tie the game with less than 10 minutes to play in regulation. Both teams had several scoring opportunities in the last ten minutes, while Grossman stopped two shots from close range in the last two minutes of regulation to force overtime.

Grossman continued her strong play in net through overtime, turning back the first three shots on goal by the Hofstra attack to tie her season-high of 12 saves. It wasn't until the 91st minute of play before Amy-Lee Levine scored off a penalty stroke to give Hofstra the 2-1 win.

"We're four games into the season, and we were finally able to bring everything together," senior Brandy Longacre said. "We installed a new formation, and everyone played a full game, and then some - 91 minutes. I think we looked more fit, and it was definitely our best performance of the year."

Quinnipiac returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 20 when they head to Easton, Pa. to take on Lafayette at 2 p.m.