NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team fell to Yale, 15-8, in a non-conference game at Reese Field in New Haven, Conn. The loss drops Quinnipiac to 0-3 on the season while Yale improves to 5-0.
"I was very pleased with our effort today," head coach Danie Caro said. "We competed for 60 minutes. Yale is a very good team, but we held our own and proved to ourselves that we can battle with better teams."
Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) scored four goals and assisted on another to lead the Bobcats, while freshman Alexandra Hlesciak (Lumberton, N.J.) and junior Michaela Tinsley (Shrewbury, Mass.) both had a goal and an assist. Devin Kelly (Miller Place, N.Y.) and Kayla Fu (Severna Park, Md.) also scored for Quinnipiac. Junior goalie Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.) had a season-high 12 saves in the game.
"Sam turned in a great performance defensively today. She did a great job keeping the defense on the same page, which really made a difference."
Yale jumped out to an early lead, scoring four unanswered goals to open the game. It was a pair of Quinnipiac freshmen – Kelly and Hlesciak – with their first career goals to cut Yale's lead in half, 4-2, with more than half of the first frame gone. With 13:45 left in the first half, Kelly put the Bobcats on the board with her first career goal. Kelly slid behind the Yale goal and stepped out to the right of the Bulldogs' goalie where she received the ball. Kelly slid between two Yale defenders and fired a shot to the far post to cut Yale's lead to 4-1.
Three minutes later it was Hlesciak off a free-position play by Quinnipiac with the Bobcats' second goal of the day. The Bobcats moved the ball around the perimeter to Kelly who fired a pass across Yale's defensive zone to Hlesciak. Hlesciak faked low then flipped the ball to the top-right corner to move Quininpiac within two goals.
After Yale converted again to take a 5-2 lead, Ochwat scored her first goal of the day off a pass from Hlesciak on a fast break. The Bobcats received a free position at midfield and took off down field with numbers. Hlesciak led Ochwat who ran past the Yale defense and potted the Bobcats third goal of the day. Yale ripped off five-straight markers to take a 10-3 lead into the half.
"We worked really hard in practice this week to get our attackers to work together and value every possession. Even though we weren't able to execute on every play, we were much more disciplined and created good opportunities."
Coming out of the half, Tinsley scored the first goal of the season half to pull the Bobcats within six goals, 10-4, less than two minutes into the second stanza. The Bobcats moved the ball around the perimeter to Ochwat on the far side of the field before zipped a pass to Tinsley in front of the Yale goal.
Yale responded with four consecutive goals to take a 14-4 lead with just under nine minutes to play. Ochwat scored her second of the day, and team-leading fourth of the season before Fu scored with just under six minutes to play to pull the Bobcats within eight goals,14-6, in the closing minutes. After a Yale goal, Ochwat scored twice with just over a minute to play to give Quinnipiac a season-high eight goals on the year.
"We told the team after the game that we were proud of them. They battled hard and took a big step forward as a team today. Now we just need to turn our focus to Hofstra and keep moving forward and improving with every game."
Quinnipiac is back in action on Sunday, Mar. 9 when it hosts Hofstra for its 2014 home opener at 1 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Lacrosse Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn.