HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team moved one step closer to clinching the No. 1 seed in the Northeast Conference Tournament, downing NEC opponent Central Connecticut, 14-11, on Friday afternoon at QU Lacrosse Turf Field in Hamden, Conn. Senior Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) led the offense with five goals on the afternoon, while junior Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) finished with a game-high six points on one goal and five assists. Quinnipiac improves to 7-1 in NEC action and 8-6 overall, while Central Connecticut drops to 5-3 in league play and 7-8 overall.
"We knew we had a favorable matchup going up again Central's zone defense due to our passing abilities," said head coach Danie Caro. "The difference for us was being patient, waiting for our opportunities and being able to finish."
Caro added, "Towards the end of the game, I think we started to play with the 'not-to-lose' mentality instead of playing for the win, and I think if we can fix that and not worry about what the scoreboard says we will be better off."
After breaking the program and the NEC's single season assist record, Allen now sits just four behind Katie Latonick's all-time program record of 111 career helpers. Four other Bobcats earned one assist on the day, including junior Chelsea Guerrera (Wantagh, N.Y.), senior Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.), freshman Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.), and junior Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.). Gibney added seven draw controls on the afternoon, moving her into first place in career draw controls. Furthermore, she has 52 of her 147 career draw controls this season, another record at Quinnipiac.
Sophomore Michaela Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass.) added three goals in the win, while Ochwat tallied two scores. Guerrera, Gibney and Toomey each netted one goal as well, helping the Bobcats emphatically end their two-game losing streak.
Senior goalie Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) played a solid game for the Bobcats in net, turning away a game-high 10 shots, while her counterpart Erin Delancey made five saves for the Blue Devils.
The Bobcats took control of the game early on in this one, taking a 6-1 lead with 17:17 seconds left in the stanza. The spurt led to a 9-5 halftime lead for the home team, due in large part to three goals off the stick of Caroleo.
After the intermission, QU boasted four straight goals, granting the Bobcats their largest lead of the day, 13-6. CCSU outscored Quinnipac, 5-1, for the remainder of the game, but never really threatened the Bobcats' substantial advantage.
Quinnipiac returns to the field on Sunday, April 22 when it hosts NEC opponent Bryant on senior day at 12 p.m.
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