HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team made the final game at the Quinnipiac Lacrosse Field this season exciting as they battled the No. 1 team in the MAAC, the Marist Red Foxes, in an overtime classic. Marist would get the upper hand as they outscored Quinnipiac in two overtime periods 3-1 and captured their seventh straight victory, 15-13. Marist moves 9-2 overall and 4-0 in conference play while the Bobcats fall to 2-3 in conference play.
"We played very well today and went toe to toe with the top team in the conference. I'm very proud of the effort we put forth today. Unfortunately the end result wasn't the one we wanted, but it was a great showing against a great team," said Head Coach Danie Caro.
Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) was the leading scorer for Quinnipiac as she tallied her sixth hat trick of the season and the 18th in her career. Ochwat registered six points on three goals and three assists including the overtime tying goal with 2:25 remaining in the second overtime.
"Kyra had another strong outing today. She kept her composure despite being double teamed and fouled all game and was able to put points on the board for us. She is one of the best attackers in the conference and has continued to prove it," stated Caro.
Michaela Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass.) tallied two goals and an assist on Senior Day upping her career total to 74 goals and 17 assists. Kearney Sneath (Branford, Conn.) extended her point streak to eight straight games with two goals on the afternoon while fellow seniors Phoebe Laplante (Acushnet, Mass.) and Kayla Fu (Severna Park, Md.) each added goals for Quinnipiac. Laplante also added an assist, three ground balls, and seven caused turnovers. "Phoebe was outstanding on defense today. She showed up to compete and made plays for us," said Caro.
Kathleen DeVito (Glastonbury, Conn.) registered two goals and an assist including the game tying goal off a free position with 2:32 to play in regulation. Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) and Aileen Carey (Long Beach, N.Y.) rounded out the scoring for Quinnipiac with a goal each.
Coming into the game the Bobcats sat in fifth place only one game out of the final two playoff spots. Quinnipiac showed that they can battle with any team in the conference and will be a force to be reckoned with over the final two weeks of the season. The Bobcats were right with the Red Foxes in the first half as both teams traded goals over the first 26 minutes. Ochwat gave the Bobcats a two goal lead with 5:36 left in the half, but Allison Gionta cut the lead in half a minute and a half later. Quinnipiac headed into the half with a 5-4 lead.
In the first half despite the score Marist held advantages in shots (13-9), ground balls (12-6), and draw controls (8-2). The major advantage the Bobcats held were clears as Quinnipiac was 13-for-15 on clears while Marist was 8-for-10 on clears.
The second half was even tighter then the first half as neither team was able to build a lead of more than one. Kara McHugh put Marist ahead with 4:50 left, but the Bobcats were not finished. DeVito was given a free position with just over two and a half minutes remaining and connected to tie the game at 12.
After the DeVito goal Marist won the draw, but Briana Fountain (Marshfield, Mass.) forced a big turnover. Senior Kelsey Maroney (West Granby, Conn.) corralled the ground ball and the Bobcats went on the attack. Quinnipiac was awarded a free position with 11 seconds to go, but were unable to capitalize in the closing seconds.
Both teams headed into overtime with Marist regaining the lead 36 seconds into the overtime. After the first overtime Marist held a 13-12 lead. Ochwat tied the game at 13 with 2:25 left, but Tierney Larson scored the game winner with 1:35 left and added to the stat sheet with a goal with two seconds left.
Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.) added to her MAAC leading 10.45 saves per game with 10 saves on the day. Tilts didn't allow a free position goal as the Red Foxes went 0-for-2 on the free position.
Quinnipiac will head to in-state rival Fairfield on Wednesday, April 16th. Fairfield will look to battle for the No. 1 overall seed while the Bobcats still alive in the playoff race will look to battle for a top four seed. "We're hoping to continue to improve with each game and we need to carry this momentum into our remaining conference games," said Caro.
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