HAMDEN, Conn. - A late second half surge by California-Berkeley cost the Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team a nonconference win Friday afternoon at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field, falling 11-9. Team captain Katie Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) had a goal and three assists for four points, but the Bobcats allowed Cal to dictate play in the second half, dropping to 1-4 overall this season with the loss. The win was the second of the year for the Golden Bears (2-4) who began a four-game east coast road swing with the game.
The contest's early pace would not be indicated by the final score as both teams combined for just for goals in the first 20 minutes of play. Latonick assisted on both Quinnipiac goals in that time. Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) and Lyndsey Banach (Syracuse, N.Y.) each scored after getting a feed from the fifth-year player in the first 20 minutes.
Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, Mass.) gave the Bobcats a 3-2 lead with 9:40 remaining, but was quickly answered by the Bears' Allie Welsh with an equalizer. It would be Christine Sinnigen's (Sudbury, Mass.) free-position goal with 2:37 left in the first that gave Quinnipiac the 4-3 advantage headed into the break.
Two quick goals by Caroleo and Latonick opened the second half for the Bobcats, giving them a 6-3 lead. Cal's Tara Arolla again answered with a goal two and a half minutes later, but Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) put Quinnipiac up by three, 7-3, just a minute and a half after Arolla's tally.
The Golden Bears went on a 7-1 run over the course of 18 minutes in the second. A Matuszczak goal broke up the first three tallies of the run, before Cal netted three more. Alyse Kennedy and Emily Abbood each netted a goal in the final five minutes to give their team the 11-8 lead. Cal held the ball for much of the final 10 minutes and following Chelsea Guerrera's (Wantagh, N.Y.) goal with 1:58 remaining, the Bobcats were left with little time to complete a comeback of their own, falling, 11-9.
California was called for 39 fouls in the game, while Quinnipiac was called just 14 times. The Bears committed 25 fouls in the first half alone, allowing the Bobcats numerous chances with the free-position opportunity.
Sophomore Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) was credited with the loss after allowing 10 goals and making six saves. Lexi DeStefano (Brookfield, Conn.) came in for the final five minutes to help try and stop the Bears' offensive pressure further away from the goal. Allie Shropshire earned the win for Cal, turning aside nine shots.
Last week's Northeast Conference Player of the Week Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) and Defensive Player of the Week Kaitlyn Kelly (North Massapequa, N.Y.) each led the Bobcats with three draw controls, while Caroleo and Martello each had team highs with four ground balls.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Sunday, Mar. 21, as it plays host to NEC opponent Central Connecticut. The Bobcats and Blue Devils are set to meet at noon.