September 20, 2009

Field Hockey Defeated By Lafayette, 2-0

EASTON, Pa. - The Quinnipiac University field hockey team lost to Lafayette College, 2-0, in the second game of the Lafayette College Invitational in Easton, Pa. Quinnipiac drops to 0-5 overall while Lafayette improves to 6-1 on the season. The Leopards have now won four consecutive games.

"I thought defensively, we played poorly," head coach Becca Kohli said. "Lafayette is very good and very disciplined. We made a lot of adjustments earlier this week in preparation for Hofstra. We failed to improve on the things that we made mistakes on in that game, and it showed today. Our corner defense was good, and Jenna [Grossman] was clearly the bright spot on the field for us today."

Senior goalkeeper Jenna Grossman (Flanders, N.J.) turned in second straight double-digit save effort and third overall of the season. Grossman turned away seven of the Leopard's eight shots on goal in the first half and four-of-five in the second for 11 saves in the game. Grossman's other two double-digit performances this season include a pair of 12-save contests against Boston College and Hofstra University.

"We got going against Hofstra, on Wednesday," Grossman said. "We didn't make any adjustments today...we were really flat. We clearly didn't come out as strong as we needed to."

Lafayette's Deanna DiCroce put Lafayette on the board just over two minutes into the game. After the Leopard's were awarded a penalty stroke, Kelly Hilovsky hooked up with DiCroce for her fourth goal of the season. Hilovsky picked up her first assist of the season. Lindsay Manjno scored at the 46:14 mark in the second half on a pass from Emily Valeo to give Lafayette a two-goal lead.

"We showed today that we need to score. We've had breakaways, and isolations in every game so far and we can't capitalize. We're not giving ourselves opportunites by not getting corners," Kohli said.

Quinnipiac returns to action on Thursday, Sept. 24 when they host the College of the Holy Cross at 4 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Complex. The game is the first of three straight home games for the Bobcats, which also features home tilts against Massachusettes on Sunday, Sept. 27 and Connecticut on Tuesday, Sept. 29.