HAMDEN, Conn. - Team captain Katie Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) celebrated her Senior Day with a season-high five assists as the Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team defeated Mount St. Mary's, 13-5, Saturday afternoon. Latonick also added a goal for a game-high six points, helping lead the Bobcats to their fifth Northeast Conference win on the season. Quinnipiac remains atop the NEC standings with the perfect 5-0 mark, while the win also improved its overall record to 6-4 in 2010. Mount drops to 4-7 overall and 2-3 in league play.
"We were fortunate to get a complete game out of everyone today," Head Coach Danie Caro said. "Our defense played well again, and we made the adjustments we needed to on offense and were able to put points on the board. Any time you can take two games on an NEC weekend is a good weekend. Now we have to prepare for Wagner on Wednesday and our Western Pennsylvania swing next week."
Quinnipiac stormed out to start the game, scoring four goals in the opening 2:59. Freshman Chelsea Guerrera (Wantagh, N.Y.) scored two goals in that period with Latonick assisting on each. Mount St. Mary's called a timeout to slow down the Bobcats' attack, but the stoppage did little to stop the Quinnipiac offensive pressure in the opening half.
Senior Lyndsey Banach (Syracuse, N.Y.) scored one of those goals to open the game and would score the fifth goal of a 5-0 Bobcats run midway through the first half. Junior Laura Iannotti (Rocky Point, N.Y.) scored twice, followed by goals from Latonick and Christine Sinnigen (Sudbury, Mass.). Latonick also added assists on two goals during that time, taking part in three of the run's five tallies.
Following two goals from Mount in the final five minutes, Quinnipiac freshman Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) netted her first of the game with 22 seconds remaining in the opening frame. Junior Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, Mass.) worked the clock down, holding for over a minute and a half before finding Toomey cutting to the net for the team's final goal of the half and the seven-goal lead, 10-3.
The second half was more defensive as the teams combined for just five goals. Mount's Emily Kirby opened the period with a goal four and a half minute in. Quinnipiac's defense would hold the Mountaineers scoreless for the next 16 and a half minutes of play, while scoring three times during that span. Toomey, sophomore Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) and freshman Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) all scored in the second half, with Gibney also collecting an assist.
Junior goalkeeper Lexi DeStefano (Brookfield, Conn.) turned aside 11 shots in the game and seven in the second half as the Bobcats earned the win, 13-5. Her counterpart in Mountaineer goalkeeper Brigid McTavish made five saves in picking up the loss.
Latonick's six points led the way for the Bobcats, while Toomey and Gibney each scored twice and had an assist for three points. Matuszczak and junior defender Kaitlyn Kelly (North Massapequa, N.Y.) each had complete stat lines as Matuszczak posted two assists and had two caused turnovers, three ground balls and a draw control. Kelly nearly matched that, recording two draw controls, ground balls and caused turnovers.
Seniors Kaitlyn Vennard (Albany, N.Y.) and Kelly Bruneau (Cheshire, Conn.) also contributed on Senior Day. Vennard had one ground ball, while Bruneau had a ground ball and two draw controls in the game.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Wednesday, April 7 as it travels to Staten Island, N.Y., to take on the Wagner Seahawks. The teams are set to meet at 4 p.m.