Albany, N.Y. – Junior Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) scored her first two goals of the season, but they were not enough as the Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team was defeated by America East power, Albany, in the Great Danes' home opener, 16-2.
With the two goal effort Ochwat upped her career total to 75 goals and reached the century mark by picking up her 100th career point. Kayla Fu (Severna Park, Md.) picked up Quinnipiac's lone assist on the afternoon. The assist was the second on the young season for Fu.
Albany got going early as they would score four goals in the first six minutes of the game. The Great Danes started the game with a six goal streak before Ochwat was able to put one on the board with 18 minutes to go in the first half.
"We really didn't execute today, and dug ourselves a deep hole early. It's incredibly difficult to compete when you allow a team as talented as Albany to get such a big lead so early. Unfortunately, as the game went on, their confidence grew and ours lessened", said Head Coach Danie Caro.
Albany finished the half scoring three more goals and held the Bobcats scoreless over the next 18 minutes. The Great Danes were not finished as they would reel off seven more goals in the second half. Sarah Martin tallied four second half goals while Rachel Bowles finished as the game's leading scorer with five goals and an assist. Ochwat wrapped up the scoring for Quinnipiac with her second tally of the game with four minutes to go.
"We had a few really nice plays at different times, but struggled to string them together and change the momentum. My staff was very disappointed that no one was able to step up and make plays when we needed them," stated Caro.
Albany held a 24-7 shot advantage in the first half and a 12-7 shot advantage in the second half. The Great Danes also held a 19-7 ground ball advantage and were perfect on clears. The Bobcats were 12-of-18 on clears. Junior goalie Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.) made eight saves for Quinnipiac.
Quinnipiac will have their third of three road games to start off the season on Friday, March 7. The Bobcats will travel down Whitney Avenue as they will take on in-state rival Yale at 4 p.m.
"We need to regroup and focus on our next game and figure out how we can move forward as a team and get a little momentum going in our direction," said Caro.