Women's Lacrosse Falls To Connecticut In Season Opener, 18-6

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STORRS, Conn. – Freshman Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) netted her first three collegiate goals and junior Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) also added three points on a goal and two assists, but the Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team fell to non-conference opponent Connecticut, 18-6, in its season opener on Saturday afternoon in Storrs, Conn. Quinnipiac begins its season with an 0-1 record, while Connecticut improves to 2-0 overall.

Joining Ochwat and Toomey in the offensive effort was senior Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) and sophomore Michaela Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass.), who each netted one goal in the contest. Caroleo, as well as senior Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.), each earned an assist on the afternoon, while Tinsley led the squad with two ground balls in the game. Overall, Connecticut edged the Bobcats in ground balls, 17-to-11, and held a slightly greater shot advantage, 32-to-23.

Connecticut was led by senior M.E. Lapham's six goals, followed by sophomore Lauren Kahn's four-goal effort and senior Kiersten Tupper's game-high four assists. Junior Morgan O'Reilly (three goals), junior Mackenzie Rainone (two goals), junior Chelsea Hauswirth (one goal), freshman Emily Anderson (one goal), and sophomore Kelsey Daniels (one goal) added the other scores for the Huskies.

Huskies junior goalie Brittney Testa turned away a game-high six shots, while Quinnipiac senior goalkeeper Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) made three saves before giving way to freshman goalie Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.).

Connecticut jumped out to an early 6-0 lead after Lapham tallied her first three scores, Kahn her first two, and Rainone her first. Ochwat's goal with 21:16 remaining in the first half halted the Huskies momentum momentarily, but Connecticut scored five more times to bring the game to its halftime score of 11-1.

Quinnipiac responded well early in the second half, netting three of the first five goals following the halftime break. Toomey netted the first goal just 2:35 minutes into the half to bring the score to 11-2. Following two straight goals from the Huskies, Ochwat and Tinsley scored back-to-back goals to make the score 13-4 with 16:45 remaining in the game.

The Huskies scored the ensuing two goals, yet a goal by Ochwat and Caroleo tightened the score, 15-6, with 5:12 remaining in the game. Connecticut scored its last three goals of the game in the final 3:15 minutes of action to give the game its final totals, 18-6.

Quinnipiac returns to action in two weeks time on Monday, March 12 when they travel out west to play St. Mary's (Calif.) at Denver University at 4 p.m.

Contact: Ross Bennett, rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu