WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – The Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team scored six straight second half goals to tie the game against Monmouth with just under eight minutes remaining, but a Hawks goal with just over six minutes remaining was the difference on Wednesday afternoon in West Long Branch. With the win Monmouth moves to 2-0 in MAAC play while the Bobcats fall to 1-1 in conference play.
Junior Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.), senior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario), and sophomore Shana Maglio (Garden City, N.Y.) each chipped in with two goals. Kearney Sneath (Branford, Conn.), Alexandra Hlesciak (Lumberton, N.J.), and Kathleen DeVito (Glastonbury, Conn.) rounded out the scoring with a goal each. Ochwat added two assists, while Babstock, Kayla Fu (Severna Park, Md.), and Phoebe Laplante (New Bedford, Mass.) each tallied an assist of their own.
Monmouth opened the second half scoring back to back goals as they took a six goal lead with 26 minutes remaining. That is when the Quinnipiac offense began to click as the Bobcats scored six consecutive goals to tie the game. Babstock made it 9-4 with 18 minutes remaining and brought Quinnipiac within four with a free position shot two minutes later. Less than a minute after Babstock's goal Maglio added her second of the game to bring Quinnipiac to within three.
Four minutes later DeVito made the score 9-7 and Hlesciak brought the team within one with 9:42 remaining. Ochwat completed the comeback with 7:45 remaining, but the Bobcats would not be able to score for the rest of the game. Kaleigh Gibbons added the game winner for Monmouth with 6:21 remaining.
For a 20 minute span in the second half Quinnipiac held Monmouth scoreless. "Kelsey Maroney really keyed our defense in the second half. She held Stathius to 2 points and made some big stops for us," said Caro.
The shots were a lot more even in the second half as Monmouth held a 14-12 advantage. Both teams were even on draw controls (5-5) in the second half and both were 6-for-7 on second half clears. Monmouth held a second half ground balls advantage (10-6).
"Some of our younger players stepped up in the second half and made plays. They worked really hard to claw their way back into the game." Four of the nine Quinnipiac goals were scored by underclassmen (Maglio (2), DeVito (1), and Hlesciak (1)).
Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.) improved on her MAAC leading saves per game (10.12) as she made 10 saves for Quinnipiac. Six of those saves came in the second half. Tilts also didn't allow a free position goal as the Hawks for 0-for-2 on free positions.