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HAMDEN, Conn. - The nationally-ranked No. 5 Quinnipiac acrobatics & tumbling team's valiant effort against No. 1 Maryland fell short, as the Bobcats were defeated by the Terrapins, 285.980 - 279.786, on Saturday afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center. Quinnipiac defeated the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association's top program in the first three events of the afternoon, but was unable to hold on to victory in its final home meet of the season. The Bobcats fall to 1-5 on the season, while Maryland improves to a perfect 8-0.
Quinnipiac turned in one of its best first-half performances of the season, defeating Maryland in all three events in the half. The Bobcats won the first event, the compulsory event, by a slim score of 39.25 - 39.19. Sophomore Christina Lasto (Oxford, Conn.), one of the top flyers in the country, scored a perfect 10.0 (out of 10) in the basket toss heat, the highest recorded score in the compulsory event. Overall, the Bobcats compiled its highest score of the season in the compulsory event.
The Bobcats followed their incredible performance with another victory in the stunt event, 28.60 - 28.43, to increase its overall lead to 67.850 - 67.620. In the final event before halftime, the pyramid event, Quinnipiac earned a 29.05, compared to Maryland's 27.55, to take a narrow lead into halftime, 96.90 - 95.12. This marked the first time all season in which the Bobcats won the first three events of the meet.
Maryland began its comeback by defeating Quinnipiac in the first event following halftime, the basket toss. The Terrapins took the event by just .05, scoring a 28.77 compared to Quinnipiac's 28.72. Maryland earned its largest margin of victory in the tumbling event, defeating Quinnipiac 56.42 - 50.78 to take a 180.360 - 176.400 into the final event of the afternoon, the team routine.
Maryland won the final event of the afternoon, the team routine, with a score of 105.62 compared to Quinnipiac's 103.38. Despite Quinnipiac receiving only a 2.426 deduction on its routine (compared to Maryland's 3.72 point deduction), Maryland's higher starting value led to its overall higher score total.
Below are the events and scores listed in order of occurrence:
Event No. 5 Quinnipiac No. 1 Maryland
Stunt 28.60 28.43
Pyramid 29.05 27.55
Halftime 96.900 95.120
Basket Toss 28.72 28.77
Tumbling 50.78 56.42
Team Routine 103.38 105.62
Total 279.786 285.980
Quinnipiac returns to action when it travels to Eugene, Ore. for the NCATA National Championships, beginning on Thursday, Apr. 7 and lasting until Saturday, Apr. 9.