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NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Quinnipiac senior Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal in overtime as the women's lacrosse team defeated Iona, 13-12, for its first win of the 2013 season. Toomey scored twice in the game to reach the 100-point mark for her career. Quinnipiac is now 1-2.
"Today's game was not our best effort, but we made plays when it counted," head coach Danie Caro said. "I am very proud of the team for continuing to fight for the entire 66 minutes we played. Lianne [Toomey] came off the bench with seven-seconds left, when Kyra Ochwat was fouled and injured, and won the game for us with a great shot. It was a high pressure situation and she handled it well, making a big-time play when the team needed her.""
Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) scored five times, including the game-tying goal with 36 remaining in the second overtime while Michaela Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass.) had three goals in the Bobcats' win. Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) had a goal and two assists while Chelsea Guerrerra (Wantagh, N.Y.) and Shana Maglio (Garden City, N.Y.) also scored for the Bobcats. Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.) had 13 saves in goal.
"Sam [Tilts] was solid in net for us today, Caro said. "She came up with some big saves when we needed her. Hopefully she can build upon this performance. Chelsea Guerrera played really well for us today as well. She gave us a spark wen we needed it and really just willed the team to victory. We were really impressed with Kayla Fu's effort today. She came off the bench and did a great job in transition for us. Even though it doesn't show in the stats, her hustle plays were momentum changers for us."
As close as the game could be, the Bobcats and Gaels were tied at halftime, 5-5, and again at the end of regulation, 11-11. In the first overtime, Iona scored with 1:36 to play in extended play before Ochwat and Toomey both scored in the final 36 seconds to give Quinnipiac the win. Iona opened the game with a 3-0 lead before Ochwat put Quinnipiac on the board, 3-1. After another Iona goal to give the Gaels a 4-1 lead, Quinnipiac responded with a 4-1 run to send the game tied heading into the half. Ochwat scored three times in the first half while Toomey and Tinsley also found the back of the net.
Tinsley scored less than three minutes into the second half to give Quinnipiac its first lead of the game before Iona countered with three unanswered goals to take an 8-6 lead. Allen, Ochwat and Guerrerra then scored for Quinnipiac in a three-minute span to re-take the lead, 9-8, with 12:26 to play in regulation. Iona's Kylie Gregory scored three times, with Maglio's goal wedged in between Gregory's second and third of the run, to give Iona a one-goal with 6:28 to play. Tinsley scored with 4:50 to play to tie the game at 11-11. Neither team was able to get another shot off down the stretch.
In overtime, Iona's Britney Mabus scored with 1:28 to play to break the tie and give Iona a 12-11 lead. Sarah Ganio (Sudbury, Mass.) then forced a turnover before Vicki Kuhn (East Hempstead, N.Y.) picked up the ground ball and moved it upfield to Allen. Allen then fed Ochwat who deposited her 12th goal of the season to tie the game at 12-12. Phoebe Laplante (New Bedford, Mass.) won a draw control after the goal before Ochwat grabbed two ground balls. A red card on an Iona player with 13 seconds remaining gave Quinnipiac the advantage leading to Toomey's game-winner with five seconds left. Guerrerra won the ensuing draw control to end the game.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Saturday, Mar. 9 when it travels to Burlington, Vt. to take on the University of Vermont at 1 p.m.