HAMDEN, Conn. The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team began a five-game homestand with a 17-7 victory against Detroit Mercy at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field. Senior co-captain Ashley Valentine (Friendship, Md.) led the way with five points on three goals and two assists, while sophomore Christine Sinnigen (Sudbury, Mass.) added three goals and one assist. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 4-1 overall, while the Titans drop to 2-5 in their inaugural season at the Division I level.
"It's always good to get a win especially when we're headed to a series of conference games," said Head Coach Danie Caro. "We played everyone who dressed today and I am happy that we can get that experience at this point of the season. I was pleased to see the production we got off the bench and that everyone contributed to this win."
Detroit's Corina Mahorn scored the game's opening goal 51 seconds into the first half. The 1-0 advantage would be the only lead of the game for the Titans as the Bobcats scored the next three goals over a span of 1:35 to take the lead. Valentine scored two of her goals in that span, while Sinnigen netted her first. Detroit trailed by two for much of the first half before Quinnipiac went on a 4-0 run to build the lead to six, 11-5, at halftime. Sinnigen's third goal of the game sparked the run and was followed by two goals from freshman Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) and one from senior Nicole Fiore (Monroe, Conn.).
The second half began much like the first with three goals in the first five minutes. The Titans' Emily Boissonneault scored the first goal of the half, but her team could not build off the momentum as the Bobcats scored the next four.
After Valentine scored her third of the game on a feed from Sinnigen, juniors Brittany Hauser (East Northport, N.Y.) and Kaitlyn Vennard (Albany, N.Y.) scored their first goals of the season just over four minutes apart. Senior co-captain Tiffany Manzi (Feeding Hills, Mass.) scored her lone goal of the game on a free-position shot with 17:06 remaining in the game.
After Detroit's Mahorn scored with 16:41 showing on the clock, the Bobcats tightened defensively, not allowing another goal the rest of the game. Junior Jennifer Skipper (Centerport, N.Y.) scored her third goal of the season with just over 11 minutes left on a free-position shot. Neither team scored again for more than 10 minutes until Quinnipiac freshman Jane Moldovan (Shoreham, N.Y.) tallied her first-career goal with three seconds left to give the Bobcats the 10-goal win, 17-7.
Quinnipiac split time in goal with freshman Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) getting her first-career start, making three saves in earning the win. Junior Hannah Nelson (Glastonbury, Conn.) and sophomore Lexi DeStefano (Brookfield, Conn.) split time in goal in the second half for the Bobcats. Detroit's Brett Yenger played the entire game, making nine saves in the loss. Senior defender Erin Coffey (Huntington, N.Y.) had a game-high six ground balls and four caused turnovers.
The Bobcats return to action on Sunday, Mar. 22, when they host the Sacred Heart Pioneers in a rematch of last season's NEC Championship Game. The teams are set to square off at 2 p.m.