Women's Lacrosse Falls To Niagara In Season Finale, 15-11

LEWISTON, N.Y. – The Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team finished the season with a 15-11 loss to the Niagara Purple Eagles on Sunday afternoon. The loss drops the Bobcats to 2-6 in their first year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference while the win improves Niagara to 3-5 in conference play.

Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) added to a career year with her fifth straight hat trick. Ochwat has had a hat trick in seven of her last nine games. Ochwat led the Bobcats with seven points at the strength of five goals and two assists. With the five goals and seven points overall Ochwat established single season career highs with 44 goals and 62 points.

Kathleen DeVito (Glastonbury, Conn.) added two goals and an assist while Aileen Carey (Long Beach, N.Y.), Shana Maglio (Garden City, N.Y.), Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario), and Kelsey Mumford (Bow, N.H.) each chipped in with a goal.  The goal was the first of Mumford's career. With her goal Babstock has registered a point in all 10 games that she has played in a women's lacrosse uniform. Babstock finishes the season second on the team in points with 21 (14 goals and seven assists).

Niagara got off to a fast start as the Purple Eagles scored four goals in the first 9:22 of the game. The Purple Eagles made it 5-0 seven minutes later. The Bobcats fought themselves back into the game as scored four goals in the last 13:10 of the first half. Quinnipiac would head into the half trailing 8-4.

Despite the four goal difference things were pretty even statistically in the first half. Quinnipiac and Niagara were even on ground balls (15-15) while the Purple Eagles held a 7-6 draw control advantage. Niagara held a 22-13 first half shots advantage. Quinnipiac was 9-for-9 on first half clears while Niagara was 11-for-14 on first half clears.

The Bobcats came out on fire in the first half as they scored four goals in the first 8:19 of the second half. Babstock opened the scoring while Ochwat added two goals 35 seconds apart. Carey knotted the score at 8 off an Ochwat assist with 21:51 remaining.

Quinnipiac tied the score, but were unable to take the lead as Niagara scored three straight goals to take an 11-8 lead with 16 minutes remaining. Niagara closed the game on a 4-3 run and went on to take the game 15-11.

In the second half Niagara held a 13-8 ground balls advantage while Quinnipiac held a 9-6 draw controls advantage. Quinnipiac went 6-for-6 on second half clears while Niagara went 10-for-11.

Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.) added to her MAAC leading 10.21 saves per game with 15 saves on the day.  She made seven in the first half and eight in the second half including a save as time expired in the first half. Tilts forced Niagara to go 1-for-6 on free position shots.

Quinnipiac will return four double digit point scorers to Hamden next season including their top two scorers in Ochwat and Babstock.  Babstock will have her first season under her belt while Ochwat remains just 40 points away from 200 in her career.

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