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HAMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Michaela Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass.) recorded a hat trick and Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) tallied three assists on Sunday afternoon, but the Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team dropped a non-conference clash to Hofstra, 12-8, at James M. Shuart Stadium in Hampstead, N.Y.
"We're really proud of how the team fought today," said head coach Danie Caro. "We faced a tough Hofstra squad and we didn't back down. Even though the result wasn't what we hoped for, we competed for sixty minutes and and improved as a team."
Quinnipiac, now 2-5 on the season, featured six players in the scoring column in the losing effort. Tinsley collected her third, three-goal game of the season while five others added one for the Bobcats. Maria Blois (Cheshire, Conn.) and Phoebe Laplante (New Bedford, Mass.) each finished with a goal and a helper, with Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) and Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) chiming in with a goal apiece.
Tinsley and Ochwat sparked the Bobcats early on in this one, each finding the back of the net within the game's opening minutes for a 2-1 lead. Hofstra's defense locked down however; holding Quinnipiac scoreless through the remainder of the stanza. On the other end, the Pride scored three of their own for a 4-2 lead at the break.
"It took us some time to find our rhythm on offense, but we had a few possessions where we really moved the ball well and were able to execute," said Caro. "If we can do that with more consistency, I expect us to do very well in conference play."
Offense picked up significantly in the second half, ignited by Tinsley's second marker of the game to close the gap to within one. Unfortunately, the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) foe fired back with back-to-back goals to take a 6-3 lead. Quinnipiac cut the deficit to 7-5 with goals from Toomey and Laplante, but Hofstra tacked on two more to extend its advantage to four goals – a lead it would never relinquish.
Despite holding the edge, 13-9, on the draw control, most of the possession was held by the Pride. Hofstra outshot Quinnipiac, 43-19 and collected more groundballs, 32-14. Offensively, the Bobcats turned the ball over 21 times and failed to convert on the clear eight times (12-20). QU was also 0-for-4 on free position shots.
"Our defense was very solid today," said Caro. "Sam really kept us in the game with some great saves, and we played as a unit."
Hofstra, now 5-3 on the season, was led by its leading scorer Brittain Altomare. She had three goals and two assists for five points. April Iannetta, Emily Considine, Alex Mezzanotte and Emily von Hollen each found the back of the net twice.
Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.) was solid in net for the Bobcats with 11 saves on the afternoon. Her counterpart, Kelsey Gregerson, had five saves in the win.
"We took some lumps in our non-conference schedule, but I think it's made us a stronger team," said Caro. "We're in a good place right now, and if we play with confidence, I like our chances in the NEC. We'll spend this week preparing for Sacred Heart on Friday, and we'll be looking to open with a win."
Quinnipiac is back in action with its Northeast Conference opener on Friday, March 22nd against Sacred Heart. Opening draw is set for 3 p.m. at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field.