HAMDEN, Conn. - Senior Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, Mass.) scored three goals, but the Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team was defeated, 17-12, in its home-opener against intrastate foe Connecticut on Sunday at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field. The loss drops Quinnipiac's record to 0-2 on the season, while Connecticut improves to 3-0 on the year.
Junior Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) and freshman Michaela Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass.) each added two goals and an assist on the afternoon. Senior Laura Iannotti (Rocky Point, N.Y.) chipped in with two goals and junior Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) contributed a goal, an assist and a team-high four caused turnovers.
Senior Jennifer Skipper (Centerport, N.Y.) and sophomore Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y) also tallied one goal apiece, while senior Christine Sinnigen (Sudbury, Mass.) collected an assist.
Junior goalkeeper Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) made 13 saves in the loss, while her counterpart Brittney Testa turned away 11 shots in the victory.
Lauren Sparks led the Huskies with four goals, while M.E. Lapham, Kacey Pippitt, and Lauren Kahn each tallied three goals.
Connecticut scored the game's first five goals, including two from Kahn in the first 6:15 of play. Caroleo and Iannotti cut the deficit to 5-2 before Connecticut stretched its lead to 8-2 by the midway point of the first half. The Bobcats stormed back with four straight goals, including a goal and an assist from Tinsley, to cut the deficit to 8-6.
After Connecticut added three straight, the Bobcats responded with two quick goals from Matuszczak and Tinsley prior to halftime, to cut the deficit to 11-8 at the break.
After a goal from Lapham to start the second half, Quinnipiac rattled off three straight tallies to close to within one. Gibney, Matuszczak and Skipper all registered goals in that time span. But the Huskies pulled away, scoring five of the game's last six goals to account for the 17-12 final score.
Quinnipiac returns to action next Tuesday, Mar. 8 when it hosts Brown at 2:30 p.m.