HAMDEN, Conn. – Senior Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) sniped a game-high six goals, but the Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team lost its first home contest of the season to non-conference opponent Vermont, 18-9, on Wednesday, March 21 at Quinnipiac Lacrosse Turf Field. Quinnipiac falls to 1-4 on the season with the loss, while Vermont improves to 6-2 on the year.
"Today was a situation where we did not compete for the full 60 minutes," said head coach Danie Caro. "Vermont deserves a lot of credit for keeping its intensity high all game, and we were unable to match their level of play towards the end of the second half. Hopefully the team will refocus and put together a more complete game this upcoming Friday against Wagner."
With her six goals, Caroleo increases her team-lead to 17 tallies on the season. She also continues to move up the Quinnipiac career leader board, as her 115 career goals now ranks her second all-time in program-history. She was joined on the afternoon by senior Devon Gibney's (Hopkinton, Mass.) three scores and junior Lianne Toomey's (Hicksville, N.Y.) one goal. Junior Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) collected a game-high five assists, while Gibney added one helper on the afternoon.
Gibney also grabbed a game-high seven draw controls, while sophomore Kelsey Maroney (West Granby, Conn.) caused a team-high four turnovers. Caroleo and junior Chelsea Guerrera (Wantagh, N.Y.) each scooped a team-high three ground balls in the game.
Freshman goalie Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.) played the best game of her young career, turning away a game-high 16 shots in net for the Bobcats. Her counterpart, senior Laura Barber made 10 saves for Vermont.
The Catamounts received goals from sophomore Sidney Mas (five), senior Allison Pfohl (three), sophomore Marcie Marino (two), freshman Jessica Roach (two), senior Natalie Jones (two), senior Samantha Stern (one), sophomore Karli Mackendrick (one), junior Emma Kelly (one), and senior Addison Rounds (one). Mas also stood out during draw controls, collecting a team-high five in the game.
Through the first six minutes of action, the teams were knotted up at two-apiece. Vermont went on a game-high six goal spurt to increase its lead to 8-2 with 6:48 remaining in the half, but two quick goals by Gibney brought the score to 8-4 with 28 seconds remaining in the half. Vermont added a free position score moments before the halftime buzzer, increasing its lead at the break to 9-4.
Quinnipiac continued its comeback attempt by scoring four of the second half's first six goals (three from Caroleo and one from Toomey), to tighten the score, 11-8, with under 20 minutes remaining in the game. Vermont proceeded to partake in a four-goal run, momentarily halted by a goal from Caroleo at the 19:29 mark into the half, to make the score 15-9. The Catamounts netted the final three goals of the game to give the contest its final tally, 18-9.
Quinnipiac looks to rebound when it opens NEC play this upcoming weekend on the road against Wagner and LIU. Friday's contest against Wager is set for a 3 p.m. start, while Sunday's game against LIU will begin at 5 p.m.
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