October 22, 2009

Field Hockey Edged By Yale, 2-1

HAMDEN, Conn. - Sophomore forward Kaitlyn Notorianni (Clarks Summit, Pa.) scored her second goal of the year as the Quinnipiac University field hockey team lost to Yale, 2-1, Thursday afternoon. Senior goaltender Jenna Grossman (Flanders, N.J.) recorded a season-high of 14 saves in the game as the Bobcats' record drops to 4-10 on the season. The Bulldogs' record improves to 9-5.

"It's hard to play a non-conference game in the midst of a tough conference schedule," said head coach Becca Kohli. "However, it's great to compete at this level and speed of play heading back into our conference games. Jenna and our bench players played really well today, and the whole team picked it up in the second half to make it a solid effort."

Both teams played to a scoreless draw over the first 27 minutes of the first half before the last of a flurry of Yale shots finally beat Grossman. The Bobcat goaltender actually stopped the first six shots she saw in goal before Erin Carter's shot put the Bulldogs out in front, 1-0. On the play, off of a corner, Julia Weiser picked the ball up off of a rebound and dished to Carter for the goal.

Katie Cantore also scored for Yale in the first half, also off a corner. Brandy Longacre (Bethlehem, Pa.) blocked a pair of Yale shots before Cantore put a shot on goal that was tipped in front of the cage and over Grossman to give the Bulldogs a two-goal lead heading into the half.

The Bobcats got on the board with 36 seconds remaining in the second half. Lauren Hartnett (Walpole, Mass.) intercepted the ball at the half and crossed the ball across the field to Kristin Engelke (Medford, N.J.) at the far right outside the arc. Three Bobcat players ran into the arc for a 3-on-1 opportunity on Bulldog goaltender Katie Bolling. Engelke skipped a pass across the arc to Kaitlyn Notarianni (Clarks Summit, Pa.) at the left side who pushed it into the left corner for her second goal of the year. The assist was Engelke's first of the year.

Grossman turned aside 14 shots by the Bulldogs, while Yale's Bolling made one save in net in 52 minutes of play. Charlotte Goins replaced Bolling with 17 minutes remaining, and allowed the lone Bobcat goal.

The Bobcats return to action Sunday, Oct. 25 when they travel to take on Bryant in Northeast Conference action. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.