NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. Senior Tiffany Manzi (Feeding Hills, Mass.) scored a free-position goal with six seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team to a 12-11 victory against Iona. The goal completed a second-half comeback that saw the Bobcats overcome a three-goal deficit in the final period. The win improves Quinnipiac's record to 3-1, while Iona drops to 1-4 with the loss.
"We didn't execute very well in the first half," said Head Coach Danie Caro. "We made the adjustments we needed to make at halftime, and down the stretch I think our team was composed under pressure and Iona wasn't. That composure made all the difference for us at the end of the game."
After falling behind early in the opening half, freshman Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) scored the Bobcats' first goal on a shot into the top corner of the net on a feed from Katie Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) from behind the net. Ashley Valentine (Friendship, Md.) followed midway through the first half with her third goal of the season on a quick shot that beat Iona's Colleen Magri in goal. Nicole Fiore (Monroe, Conn.) beat Magri for the final Quinnipiac goal of the half after a losing a defender on a spin move at the side of the crease and slipping the ball into the back of the net.
Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) scored her fourth of the season, 1:01 into the second half to bring Quinnipiac to within one, 5-4. Iona answered back and built its lead to as much three goals in the opening minutes of the half.
Iona and Quinnipiac exchanged goals throughout the second. After assisting on Caroleo's goal, Valentine scored on a free-position shot with 25:09 remaining in the game. Fiore scored her second of the game at the 17:38 mark of the half on a free-position to the right of Iona's new goalkeeper Carlee Street. She added the next Bobcats' tally at 11:56 on a quick shot from just outside the goal crease.
Junior Lyndsey Banach (Syracuse, N.Y.) pulled Quinnipiac to within one, 9-8, with 8:32 remaining in regulation. After Caroleo picked up a ground ball at midfield, she made a pass to Latonick inside the eight-meter arc. The junior attacker made a pass to a streaking Banach cutting through the middle of the arc for the quick shot into the bottom of the net. It was the first goal of the season for Banach.
Just over two minutes later, Valentine tied the game on the free-position shot after being fouled inside the arc. Valentine pushed the equalizer past Street to the lower left portion of the net.
Iona's Elizabeth Coholan put Iona back up one, 10-9, inside of five minutes left in the second half. Coholan beat a Quinnipiac defender before cutting inside and firing a low shot into the bottom left corner of the net for the goal.
Banach again pulled the Bobcats even after scoring a free-position shot. The junior found the back of the net after pushing her shot low off the turf past the Gaels' Street. Iona answered back just over a minute later with an unassisted goal from Kerry Thompson at the side of the net.
Fiore evened the game, 11-11, with 1:38 remaining. Manzi moved the ball from the top of the offensive zone to the side of the eight-meter arc before making a pass inside to Fiore. The senior put a high shot on goal that found its way past Street.
Manzi's goal with six seconds remaining on the free-position gave the Bobcats their first lead of the game. The senior midfielder started from the right side of the arc before starting in and firing a waist-high shot to the left of the Iona goalkeeper that found the inside of the post for the game-winner.
Junior Hannah Nelson (Glastonbury, Conn.) started the game in goal for Quinnipiac and stopped a season-high eight shots in the first half. She was relieved at halftime for the fourth time this season by freshman Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.). Martello recorded two saves in the second half in earning her third win of the season. Iona's Magri played the first half, stopping two shots, while Street picked up the loss despite making five saves in the second half.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Friday, Mar. 20 when it begins a five-game homestand against Detroit-Mercy. The Bobcats and Titans are set for a 2:30 p.m. start from the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf.