March 8, 2011

Women's Lacrosse Defeated By Brown, 16-11

HAMDEN, Conn. - Senior Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and junior Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) each collected three goals, yet the Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team fell to non-conference opponent Brown, 16-11, on Tuesday afternoon at Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field. The loss drops the Bobcats overall record to 0-3, while Brown improves its overall record to 3-1 on the season.

Matuszczak, who also contributed two assists on the afternoon, was a perfect two-for-two on her free position attempts, while Caroleo was successful on her one attempt. Caroleo and fellow junior teammate Kim Davis (Darien, Conn.) earned a game-high three ground balls on the afternoon. Davis also flashed her defensive abilities, causing a team-high two turnovers on the afternoon.

Senior Laura Iannotti (Rocky Point, N.Y.) netted two goals in the contest for the third straight game, and earned one draw control in the game.

Freshmen Phoebe Laplante (New Bedford, Mass.) and Emily Samuelman (North Andover, Mass.) earned their first-career goal and assist, respectively. Laplante also collected her first-career ground ball, while Samuelman fought for her first-career draw control.

Sophomore Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) and junior Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) were each credited with one goal and one ground ball, while Gibney also added a single draw control in the contest.

Brown was led offensively by freshman Bre Hudgins, who scored a game-high six goals. Her six points were closely followed by juniors Kaela McGilloway (three goals, two assists) and Julia Keller (two goals, three assists) five total points, while senior Alexa Caldwell earned two points (one goal, one assist) in the outing. Freshman Erin Roos also collected two points on the afternoon, scoring Brown's first two goals of the contest, while freshman Grace Healy and junior Nancy Baker each added one goal in the win.

As a team, the Bobcats dominated the Bears in ground balls, 16 to 9, allowing Brown to collect only three ground balls in the second half. While Brown outshot Quinnipiac, 40 to 21, Bobcats junior goalie Noelle Martello (Westbury, Conn.) made nine saves in the contest compared to Brown's goalkeeper tandem, junior goalkeeper Isabel Harvey and senior Maggie Suprey, who combined for only five saves on the afternoon.

The Bobcats jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on Iannotti's first goal of the contest, yet Roos' only two tallies of the game quickly followed to give Brown the 2-1 lead with 25:03 remaining in the first half. Iannotti and Allen registered the next two goals of the game to give Quinnipiac the 3-2 lead with 21:07.

Brown then went on a seven-goal scoring streak, in which Hudgins and McGilloway each scored two goals during that time. Healy netted Brown's ninth goal of the game with 11:10 remaining in the half to bring the score to 9-3.

Quinnipiac halted the Bears momentum with three goals of their own, two by Caroleo and one by Matuszczak, to close the gap, 9-6. Brown netted two quick goals before halftime to send the teams into the half with the score, 11-6.

Gibney opened the second half scoring, netting her one goal of the contest with 18:56 remaining in the game. The Bears enjoyed a five-goal scoring run, three of which were scored by Hudgins, scoring its last goal of the contest with 8:03 remaining to increase the lead, 16-7.

Quinnipiac continued to fight back in the contest, scoring four more goals in the final 8:03 of the game to bring the score to its final tally, 16-11. During the Bobcat's four-goal scoring run, Matuszczak netted two, while Caroleo and Laplante each registered one goal.

Quinnipiac returns to action this Sunday, Mar. 13 when the team travels to Burlington, Vt. to face Vermont at 12 p.m