Women's Lacrosse Defeats Bryant, 14-9
HAMDEN, Conn. Junior Katie Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) dished out a career-high eight assists and scored once as the Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team defeated Bryant, 14-9, at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field. The nine points also eclipsed her previous career high of five, set in the team's last game against Long Island. The win improves the Bobcats' overall season record to 6-2, while the Bulldogs drop to 3-7 with the loss.
After Bryant's Allison Faiola put her team up 1-0 just over a minute into the game, senior Ashley Valentine (Friendship, Md.) scored three of the game's next four goals. Latonick assisted on the first two Quinnipiac goals, while adding assists on first-half goals from seniors Nicole Fiore (Monroe, Conn.) and Tiffany Manzi (Agawam, Mass.), and sophomore Christine Sinnigen (Sudbury, Mass.). Manzi ended the first-half scoring with two goals 16 seconds apart with just over four minutes remaining as the Bobcats took a 7-4 lead into halftime.
Quinnipiac started the second half by scoring four goals in the first 7:40 of play. Sinnigen netted the first and fourth, while Fiore scored her second and third goals of the game in that span, with Latonick assisting on three of those four tallies.
Two Bryant goals made it 11-7 with 11:26 remaining, but Latonick scored her fourth of the season on a feed from Manzi in the middle of the eight-meter arc to put the Bobcats back up by four. Valentine's fourth goal of the game came just 47 seconds later on Latonick's eight and final assist of the game. Two goals by Bryant followed by Fiore's final tally of the game wrapped up the scoring as Quinnipiac held on for the 14-9 victory.
Noelle Martello (Westbury, Conn.) improved to 4-0 this season in goal for the Bobcats as she turned away five Bryant shots in 60 minutes of play. The Bulldogs made a change in goal midway through the first, replacing starter Jessica Bolton with Lauren Filippone. Quinnipiac scored seven goals on each Bryant goalkeeper in the game.
Valentine and Fiore each finished with four goals in the game, while Sinnigen (3 goals) and Manzi (2 goals, 1 assist) both had three points. Latonick's nine points were a season high by any member of the Bobcats. Senior Meghan Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) posted career highs with four ground balls and four caused turnovers in the win. Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) finished with three ground balls and tied Valentine with a game-high four draw controls.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Sunday, April 5, when it hosts NEC foe Mount St. Mary's. Last season, the Bobcats defeated the Mountaineers, 12-11, in the NEC Tournament Semifinals for the team's first-ever postseason victory. The game is set for a 1 p.m. start time.