Women's Lacrosse Downs Wagner, 19-8, For Season's First NEC Victory

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Senior Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) and sophomore Michaela Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass.) each scored a game-high four goals, as the Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team defeated NEC opponent Wagner, 19-8, for its first conference victory of the season on Friday afternoon at Wagner Field. Junior Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) also added a team-high five assists, collecting six total points in the game, helping the Bobcats improve to 2-4 (1-0 NEC) on the season. With the loss Wagner falls to 0-1 in the NEC and 5-4 overall.

"We were very happy with the consistency of our effort today," said head coach Danie Caro. "I think we came a little closer to playing a full 60 minutes of lacrosse and it showed in the final score. Our strength today was our midfield. Chelsea Guerrera, Devon Gibney, and Marissa Caroleo worked really hard in transition and they also put points on the board for us. We couldn't ask for more than that."

The Bobcats received goals from a season-high nine different players, as freshman Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) netted three goals and both senior Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) and junior Chelsea Guerrera (Wantagh, N.Y.) added two goals apiece. Allen, graduate student Jennifer Skipper (Centerport, N.Y.), junior Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) and freshman Vicki Kuhn (East Hampstead, N.H.) all scored one goal in the contest for Quinnipiac as well.

Of Quinnipiac's 19 goals, 11 came off an assist, as Guerrera (two assists), Gibney (one assist), Caroleo (one assist), Ochwat (one assist), and Toomey (one assist) all finished behind Allen's five helpers. Guerrera led the squad with three ground balls in the game, while Gibney and Caroleo each collected four draw controls in the game.

"I think our attack played well and it was great to receive contributions from multiple players," said Caro. "Sarah Allen continues to quarterback our settled attack and she is turning into a reliable scoring threat as well. Defensively we made some adjustments from our prior games and we are getting buy-in from our low defenders. Kim Davis, Emily Samuelman, Kiera Carey, and Kelsey Maroney are working well together and they're playing with more confidence."

Freshman goalie Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.) made a game-high nine saves in goal, before senior Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) stepped in to make one save during her time in net. Wagner goalies Shannon Sweeney and Morgan Roach made a combined 13 saves overall.

"Sam did a really nice job for us today," said Caro. "Her continued progress is encouraging and we're very pleased with her defensive performance."

Wagner's scoring leaders, senior Melanie Garces, senior Carolyn Clark, and sophomore Sam Morin each scored two goals, while senior Lauren Petrik and senior Denieda McCullough added one goal in defeat. Junior Erika Bulken finished with a team-high five draw controls and sophomore Katy Bender finished with a team-high four caused turnovers.  

Despite Wagner netting the first goal of the game, Quinnipiac responded by scoring the next three goals to take a 3-1 lead through the first 10 minutes of action. Wagner netted two quick scores to re-tie the score at three apiece, but the Bobcats tallied six of the next seven goals to take a commanding 9-4 lead into halftime.

Wagner scored the first goal of the second half, before Quinnipiac went on another four-goal run to extend its lead to 13-5 with 22:09 remaining in the game. Wagner temporarily slowed the Bobcats' momentum with a score, but Quinnipiac potted three-straight goals to bring the score to 16-6 with just under eight minutes to go. The Seahawks scored their final two goals of the game near the five minute mark, before Quinnipiac finished the game with a three goal run, giving the game its final score, 18-9.

Contact: Ross Bennett, rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu