April 7, 2013

Sarah Allen Sets Program Record for Career Points; Women's Lacrosse Defeats Wagner, 13-7

HAMDEN, Conn. – Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) added another piece of hardware to her collection on Sunday afternoon, while helping the Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team to its second straight NEC win with a 13-7 decision over Wagner College at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. Allen tallied four points on a goal and three assists to become the program's all-time leader in career points.  

Allen scored midway through the second half to match Latonick's mark of 175 career points, and then nabbed an assist with four minutes left to break the record. With Allen's effort today, she has 36 goals and 140 assists for a career total of 176 points.

"I am so pleased for Sarah because she has worked really hard to be an offensive threat as a scorer and a feeder this year," said head coach Danie Caro. "Katie Latonick was one of the best players we've had come through this program, and now Sarah is as well. I am so proud of how she has developed during her career, and I'm excited to see how well she can finish the season."

Quinnipiac, now 5-7 overall and 3-2 in the Northeast Conference, moved up the standings into third place with the result. Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) led the Bobcats with five points in the game, grabbing four goals and an assist in the triumph – accounting for three or more goals in three of her last four outings. Joining Allen with four point-efforts were Michaela Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.), who combined for five goals and three assists on the day. Kayla Fu (Severna Park, Md.) scored a pair of goals for the first multi-goal game of her career, while Aileen Carey (Long Beach, N.Y.) added one.

"Today was a total team effort. We played well together on offense, on defense, and in transition," said Caro. "Emily Samuelman had another great game today, holding Jessica Mills to only one goal. And Vicki Kuhn held O'Connor pointless while also picking up three ground balls and a draw control."

Similar to Friday's game against LIU Brooklyn, Quinnipiac raced out to a quick start and mustered a commanding six goal lead before the halftime whistle sounded. Toomey opened the game's scoring summary with back-to-back goals, which was then followed two more QU goals, one from Tinsley and another from Ochwat, for a 4-0 lead. Wagner answered with two out of the game's next three goals, but the Bobcats strung together three straight before half's end. Carey scored with 2:38 remaining in the stanza, Ochwat scored with 21 seconds left and Fu capped off the rally with just nine ticks left on the clock.

After the break, Toomey granted the Bobcats their largest lead of the game of seven goals just six minutes into the second half. Wagner boasted a mini-run with three of the game's next four goals, cutting its deficit to just five (10-5); but Quinnipiac took control as the clock ran inside of 10 minutes. Tinsley and Fu extended the lead back to seven, 12-5, with Tinsley sealing the deal with the game's final goal with 1:46 showing on the clock.

Quinnipiac's goalie, Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.), was tremendous between the pipes for the second straight game. Tilts collected 13 saves on the day, making it six out of her last seven games with at least 10 stops. Her counterpart, Katie Ferraro, made nine saves for the Seahawks. Shannon Sweeney relieved her late in the game and did not record a save.

"Sam played really well for us today. She was a great ball-stopper, and also did a nice job initiating our transition," said Caro.

The Bobcats controlled the time of possession, which led to the advantage in shots (29-25). Quinnipiac garnered a 13-9 edge in the circle and surrendered a mere 20-18 edge in groundballs.

Wagner, now 5-9 overall and 1-5 in the NEC, was led by Stephanie Peterson who completed the hat trick. Quinnipiac improved to 11-2 in the all-time series with the Seahawks.

Quinnipiac also concluded its 'Stick it to Cancer' weekend where each player dedicated their play to a special person that has been affected by cancer. The Bobcats collected donations in a special collection jar at each game and are collecting online donations as well. All donations will go directly to the American Cancer Society.

To make a donation to fight cancer online, click here for the Quinnipiac Women's Lacrosse teams "Stick it to Cancer" donation page. So far the team has raised $6,165.50 for the American Cancer Society.

Quinnipiac is back in action next weekend with a pair of crucial NEC match-ups against Monmouth and Mount St. Mary's. The Bobcats take on the Hawks on Friday, April 12 in West Long Branch, N.J. before heading to Emmitsburg, Md. for a showdown with the Mountaineers on Sunday.  

Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2013 Quinnipiac Women's Lacrosse Schedule is also available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.