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HAMDEN, Conn. – Five Bobcats registered multiple-points on Wednesday afternoon, but the Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team was defeated by cross-town rival Yale, 19-12, in its home-opener at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field on Mount Carmel Campus. One of the five players with multiple points was senior Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.), who handed out two helpers to become the program's all-time leader in career assists.
"I am really pleased for Sarah, because she has achieved something no one has done before in the history of the program," said head coach Danie Caro. "But I know she'd trade every assist for a win. She's a great team player and I am certain she'll work with the other seniors to get the team ready for UConn on Saturday."
Allen surpasses Katie Latonick's '10 career total of 111, which was due in large part to her NCAA-leading 64 assists last season. She finished with three points against the Bulldogs, adding a goal to her two assists, and tallied two groundballs in the losing effort. Sophomore Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) led Quinnipiac in scoring with a team-best five goals and recorded an assist for a six-point outing. Michaela Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass.) finished with four goals, while Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) had two goals to conclude QU's scoring summary.
"I thought Kyra Ochwat really stepped up on attack and played with confidence," Caro commented. "Yale had one of their best defenders on her and they played her very physically, but she maintained her poise and put up points for us."
The Bulldogs, who were led by a game-high eight points (5 goals and 3 assists) from Cathryn Avallone, jumped out to an early lead with six unanswered goals through seven minutes of play. However, Quinnipiac settled in defensively, which allowed its offense to get started. The Bobcats outscored the Bulldogs, 8-6, through the remainder of the first half – capped off by a Tinsley goal with just eight seconds left. QU trailed 12-8 at the break.
After the intermission, Yale battled back with the game's next three goals – leaving a seven-goal deficit for the hosting Bobcats. Ochwat pulled Quinnipiac within six after her fourth goal of the game, but Yale responded with three straight and garnered its largest lead of the game, 18-9. Yale held on for their first victory of the 2013 season.
"We struggled defensively and in cage early on," said Caro. "I think we were really nervous and tight and it showed in our play. Once we settled down and relaxed, we started to play better and gain some confidence. Unfortunately, we were not able to sustain that level of play with any consistency. This will be a focus for us to work on over the next few games."
For the game, the two teams were evenly matched – evidenced by a balanced box score. Quinnipiac surrendered a slight advantage in shots, 32-28 and draw controls, 18-15, but captured an edge in groundballs, 23-18, and matched Yale in turnovers, 14-14.
Rachel Massicotte (Wayland, Mass.) posted six saves in 51 minutes, while Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.) stopped one shot for the Bobcats. On the other end of the turf, Erin McMullan recorded eight saves for her first win of the season.
"Chelsea Guerrera, Vicki Kuhn, and Kelsey Maroney all were solid on defense and worked really hard," said Caro. "We need to do a better job as a team communicating on defense and avoiding the breakdowns. I thought Rachel, a freshman in net, played well when she went in, and made a few key saves for us."
Quinnipiac is back in action on Saturday with another non-conference showdown in Hamden. This time, Quinnipiac welcomes BIG EAST foe UConn to the QU Lacrosse Turf Field for a 12 p.m. start.
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