Field Hockey Falls To Northeastern, 3-1

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University field hockey lost to Northeastern University, 3-1, in their home opener at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Complex. The Bobcats drop to 0-2 overall while Northeastern improves to 2-2 overall.

Bonnie Shea (Walpole, Mass.) scored the Bobcats' first goal of the season, of a penalty corner, to pull Quinnipiac within a goal halfway through the second half. Tina Watkins (Sweet Valley, Pa.) and Lauren Hartnett (Walpole, Mass.) picked up assists on the play.

"Just before Bonnie's [Shea] goal, we saw a momentum change," head coach Becca Kohli said. "When you score off a designed play like that, it shows how successful you can be when you execute. It's good to see the pieces falling into place."

Senior goalkeeper Jenna Grossman (Flanders, N.J.) tallied a career-high 12 saves in the loss. Grossman was pulled following a tough first half in last week's 5-0 loss to nationally-ranked Boston College. Grossman allowed five goals in the first half before getting lifted. Against Northeastern, Grossman stopped five of six in the first half, and the first seven shots on goal of the second.

"She had a rough game against Boston College," Kohli explained. "When you have a game like that, you can go either way - either you bounce back right away or you never do. Jenna is an elite, Division I athlete - I believe she would be successful in any sport that she played. She played great all week in practice and knew she had something to prove today. I think she accomplished that."

NU's Pam Aldridge put the Huskies out in front with her first goal of the season at the 25:36 mark of the first half. Aldridge took control of the ball just outside of the Bobcats' zone, dribbled in and blasted a shot to the right of Grossman. Grossman was solid through the first half of play, stopping five of the six Northeastern shots on goal through the first frame.

Keelin Quinn scored to put Northeastern up 2-0 with her first goal of the season just under 10 minutes into the second half. Quinn dribbled through traffic on the right side of the goal and blasted a shot past Grossman, who was screened by one of her defenders, on her blocker side.

With 21:45 left in the second half, Quinnipiac cut the Huskies' lead in half off of a corner. With Hartnett setting up the play, Watkins held the ball for Shea who scored Quinnipiac's first goal of the season.

The final seven minutes of play saw a ton of action, with both teams supplied with numerous opportunities to score. Quinnipiac sophomore Kaitlyn Notarianni (Clarks Summit, Pa.) missed a shot by inches on a blast from the right of the goal. As Northeastern goaltender Lizzie Priest came out to block Notarianni's shot, the second-year forward shot across the goal mouth. Seconds later, Grossman challenged Northeastern's Poland on a rare one-on-one breakaway, forcing Poland to shoot high. Northeastern followed with a flurry of shots off a corner with just under four minutes to play.

Crystal Poland's shot with 19 seconds remaining in regulation found its way past the outstretched stick of Grossman to give the Huskies a two-goal lead. Poland received a pass to the left of the goal and slipped a shot past Grossman, who came out to challenge the shot.

The Bobcats hope to bounce back on Sunday, Sept. 13 when they host Columbia University at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Complex at 2 p.m.