DENVER, Colo. – Led by senior Marissa Caroleo's (North Babylon, N.Y.) career-high eight goals, the Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team defeated St. Mary's (Calif.), 18-14, for its first win of the season on Monday afternoon in Denver, Colo. Caroleo's first goal of the 2012 season also doubled as her 100th career tally, moving her into fourth place on Quinnipiac's all-time scoring list. The win improves Quinnipiac to a 1-1 overall record on the young season, while St. Mary's falls to 1-6 on the season.
Joining Caroleo on the offensive attack for Quinnipiac was junior Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.), who led all scorers with seven assists on the afternoon. Sophomore Michaela Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and junior Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) each added five points on three goals and two assists, while senior Devon Gibney's (Hopkinton, Mass.) two goals and gradate student Jennifer Skipper (Centerport, N.Y.) and freshman Kyra Ochwat's (Farmingdale, N.Y.) one goal apiece capped off the scoring. Sophomore Kelsey Maroney (West Granby, Conn.) and Caroleo also tallied one assist in the game.
"Today's game was sloppy at times, but I am really happy that we were able to stay composed at the end and make plays when it counted," said head coach Danie Caro. "Our offense stuck to the game plan and Sarah Allen and Marissa Caroleo connected on several really nice plays."
Maroney's three ground balls led the way for Quinnipiac, while five different Bobcats collected a team-high two caused turnovers. Gibney attacked the ball all afternoon and grabbed a game-high nine draw controls overall.
"Devon Gibney did a really nice job on the draw for us today and was a critical part of our defense and transition game," said Caro.
Senior goalie Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) turned in a solid performance in net, making 13 saves. Her counterpart Kathleen Worsdale made 10 saves in goal for St. Mary's.
"I was pleased to see Michaela Tinsley and Lianne Toomey execute better today," said Caro. "We moved the ball well on offense and were more patient than we were against UConn. But we need to keep making adjustments and improve on our execution for the Denver game on Thursday. Our defense needs to play better and adjust to the way the game is being called on game day. We can't have that many fouls and expect to keep winning."
The teams traded goals early and often, as each squad scored five goals within the first 10 minutes of action. During that time, four of the Bobcats' five scores came from the stick of Caroleo, while Toomey tallied the other goal. Caroleo grabbed the early hat trick on a textbook transition score at the 4:11 mark into the first half. Down 3-2, Maroney caused a St. Mary's turnover in the Bobcats' defensive zone, sprinted downfield, and found Caroleo open racing towards the net.
Caroleo's fourth goal just inside the 20 minute mark sparked a five-goal run for Quinnipiac, as Gibney's quick-stick goal off a pass from Tinsley capped off the run, giving the team its largest lead of the game at the time, 8-5, with just over 10 minutes remaining in the half.
St. Mary's temporarily halted the run with a goal at the 11:25 mark into the half, but Caroleo notched the final two goals of the half to give the Bobcats the 10-6 lead at the break.
The Gaels scored four of the first six goals of the second half, tightening the score, 12-10, but a free position goal by Skipper gave Quinnipiac the three-goal cushion with 19:49 remaining in the game.
Following a free position score by Gibney with 13:33 remaining, the Gaels went on a three-goal spurt to tie the game at 14 apiece with 8:06 left. However, Allen hooked up with Tinsley for her fifth assist of the game to give the Bobcats the lead once again, before Toomey's goal, coming off a run behind the net, increased Quinnipiac's lead, 16-14, with 5:50 remaining in the game.
Caroleo's final goal of the afternoon came on an athletic play in front, as her goal with 1:56 remaining in the game occurred while falling to the turf, snapping off the shot just before hitting the ground. Tinsley's goal with just under a minute remaining sealed the game for Quinnipiac, giving the game its final score, 18-14.
The Bobcats return to action on Thursday, March 15 at 2 p.m. (MST) when they face Denver at Barton Field.
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