HAMDEN, Conn. - Despite filling the box score with a season-high of 15 goals on Sunday afternoon, the Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team fell short to three-time defending champion Canisius, 23-15, in MAAC action at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. The Bobcats featured 10 different players in the scoring column, five of which who scored twice, in the team's second conference loss of the season.
Quinnipiac hosted 'Friends Of Jaclyn Day' as part of a national fundraising initiative that benefits the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation in support of those diagnosed with pediatric brain tumors. Donations were accepted at the at the field throughout the afternoon.
"We started out really strong today, and played Canisius very tough in the first half. But we didn't make the adjustments we needed to in the second half, and made too many unforced errors that our opponent capitalized on. Canisius is a very good team and we saw first-hand how quickly we can fall behind if we don't stay focused for sixty minutes," said Head Coach Danie Caro.
Kathleen DeVito (Glastonbury, Conn.) finished with a team and career high five points off the strength of two goals and three assists. Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) tallied two goals and two assists while Kearney Sneath (Branford, Conn.), Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.), and Alex Hlesciak (Lumberton, N.J.) chipped in with two goals each.
Vicki Kuhn (East Hempstead, N.H.) added her first goal of the season and the fourth in her career. Briana Fountain (Marshfield, Mass.), Aileen Carey (Long Beach, N.Y.), Michaela Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and Kayla Fu (Severna Park, Md.) rounded out the scoring with a goal each.
"We were very pleased with Vicki's play today. She kept her intensity up and made plays at both ends of the field for us. Phoebe kept us competitive on the draw, and we had some contributions from some of our younger players on attack. There were a lot of positives today that we can build on as we continue our conference slate," stated Caro.
The Bobcats were right with the Golden Griffins to begin the game as Quinnipiac took a 2-1 lead in the first two and a half minutes of the game. After Canisius made it a 4-2 lead with 18:55 to go in the half, Quinnipiac responded with back to back goals from DeVito and Ochwat. The Bobcats could just not slow down defending MAAC Player of The Year Maria Kotas as she either scored or assisted on the Golden Griffins' last four goals to end the half. In the first half, Kotas was the game's leading scorer with six points off of five goals and an assist.
In the first half both teams would put a flurry of shots on net. Canisius had 20 first half shots while Quinnipiac had 14 first half shots. In the half the Golden Griffins held advantages in draw controls (9-8) and ground balls (9-6). Canisius was 8-for-9 on first half clears while Quinnipiac was 9-for-9. The Golden Griffins were 2-of-3 on free position shots in the half while the Bobcats were 2-for-2 on free positions.
Canisius opened the second half on an 8-4 run as they took their largest lead of the game. Fountain and Babstock scored back to back goals 58 seconds apart as they cut the Canisius lead to four. That would be the closest the Bobcats would get however as Canisius finished the last 15 minutes on a 6-2 run. Kotas finished the day for the Golden Griffins as the game's leading scorer with 14 points at the strength of eight goals and six assists.
Canisius held a 15-8 draw control advantage in the second half. The Golden Griffins were 6-of-6 on second half clears while the Bobcats were 8-for-11.
Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.) improved on her MAAC leading 10.12 saves per game as she made 11 saves for the Bobcats.
Quinnipiac will return to action on Wednesday, April 9th as they take on Iona College at 3 PM.
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