MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Sophomore Michaela Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass.) buried the game-winner with 3:24 remaining in the contest off junior Sarah Allen's (Glastonbury, Conn.) game-high fourth assist, lifting the Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team to the one-goal victory over Robert Morris, 6-5, on Saturday afternoon in Moon Township, Pa. Quinnipiac stretches its win streak to six games, and improves to 6-0 in the NEC and 7-4 overall. The Colonials fall to 2-3 in league action and 4-9 overall.
"We struggled offensively today," said head coach Danie Caro. "Our shooting was off and Robert Morris forced us into numerous turnovers. Fortunately our defense was solid and came up big when it counted. Noelle Martello was critical for us, especially with a big save in the last eight seconds. Sarah did a nice job handling the ball today. She had some good feeds inside but our shots weren't dropping for us. We'll be working on our shooting next week to see if we can figure it out."
Joining Tinsley in the scoring effort was senior Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.), who tallied two goals and one assist, freshman Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.), who potted two goals, and junior Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.), who netted one score.
"Our offense did a good job moving the ball in the second half and generating good looks," said Caro. "Even though we struggled to finish our shots today, they stayed positive and kept working hard. Fortunately we were able to stay poised when it counted and took advantage of the opportunity on the player up situation."
The Bobcats relied on their defensive abilities to pull out the hard fought victory today, as seniors Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) and Kim Davis (Darien, Conn.), and juniors Chelsea Guerrera (Wantagh, N.Y.) and Kiera Carey (Long Beach, N.Y.) all earned at least one caused turnover in the contest. Gibney played one of her most aggressive games of the season, collecting a game-high seven ground balls
"Devon was phenomenal on defense today, shutting down Waskowicz completely, and our low defense (Kim Davis, Emily Samuelman, Kiera Carey, Vicki Kuhn and Kelsey Maroney) was very good," said Caro. "They worked well as a unit and limited the number of shots Robert Morris took and also limited the quality of those shots."
Senior goalie Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) turned in another great game for Quinnipiac, making nine saves on 14 shots for her fourth-consecutive win of the season (fifth overall). Her counterpart, Kaitlin Pentz turned away 13 shots for the Colonials.
"I was very pleased with the intensity and focus," added Caro. "Any time you come out of a conference weekend 2-0, you have to be happy."
Robert Morris began the low scoring contest with a goal just over a minute into the game. After nearly 15 minutes of scoreless action, the Bobcats netted their first goal (Toomey) of the game with 15:40 left to play in the half. The Colonials netted the game's next goal to take the 2-1 lead, before Ochwat tallied her first score with 1:16 left to play in the half to bring the game to its halftime score, 2-2.
The Bobcats began the second half with two goals in the first eight minutes of action on Caroleo scored both to take the 4-2 lead. The Colonials then scored its third goal with 14:15 remaining in the game, however the Bobcats immediately responded just 11 seconds later on Ochwat's score to take the 5-3 lead. Robert Morris tallied two-straight to tie the game with 4:46 remaining, but Tinsley's goal with 3:24 left in the contest proved to be the game-winner.
The Bobcats continue conference play when they travel to play Sacred Heart next weekend on Friday, April 13 at 4 p.m.
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