October 21, 2012

Field Hockey Falls To Saint Francis (Pa.), 2-1

The Quinnipiac field hockey team lost to Saint Francis (Pa.), 2-1, in a Northeast Conference showdown in Loretto, Pa. Quinnipiac goes to 10-6 overall and 3-2 in the NEC while the Red Flash improves to 11-4 overall and 5-0 in conference play.

"Today we played a Saint Francis team that came with a real tremendous game plan against us. They executed it incredibly well and they had excellent speed," head coach Becca Main said. "We just took way too long to adjust. We didn't make an adjustments until after the first half, but by then you're playing catch up."

Saint Francis' Autumn Pellman scored her NEC-leading 13th goal of the season less than 10 minutes into the game when she took a pass from Carissa Makea to stake the Red Flash to a 1-0 lead.  

"I was pleased with the adjustments we made in the second half but i think we suffered on a field surface that we have a hard time playing on," Main said. "All the credit goes to a Saint Francis team that did very well. We'll likely see them - and at a very high seed - in the NEC tournament.

Quinnipiac tied the game at the 45:08 mark when Christa Romano (Madison, N.J.) hooked up with Amanda Danziger (Smithtown, N.Y.). Romano send a pass across the field to Danziger to beat Saint Francis keeper Katelyn Vitali backdoor. The assist moves Romano into a tie with Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.) and Lauren Zimniski (Dallas, Pa.) for the team-lead with six assists. Danziger's goal is her second of the season. 

"I'm very pleased with our backfield - Megan Osantisch, Nicole Lewis, Cate Colucci and Nikki Schultz did a great job holding down the back end of the field." 

Nicole Lewis (East Amherst, N.Y.) finished with nine saves in the game, including six in the second half. Saint Francis held a sizeable shot advantage in the first half, 9-2, and would finish with a 17-6 edge. 

Quinnipiac will play its final home game of the season on Friday, Oct. 26 when it hosts Siena at 3 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Field. The Bobcats close-out Northeast Conference play at Bryant on Sunday, Oct. 28.