HAMDEN, Conn. Junior Katie Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) and freshman Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) each had six points as the Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team defeated Mount St. Mary's, 19-5, at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field. Latonick finished with four assists, giving her 12 in the last two games, while Gibney's four goals and six points were both career highs. The Bobcats' win over the Mountaineers, which entered the game unbeaten in Northeast Conference play, improves their record to 7-2 overall and 3-1 in league play. The Mount drops to 4-9 overall, while 4-1 in the NEC.
"This is the first time all season that we have played a complete 60 minutes," said Head Coach Danie Caro. "If we continue to play like we did today, there is no limit to what this team can accomplish."
The Mountaineers' Brianna Gauthier gave her team an early lead, scoring just 1:53 into the game. That 1-0 advantage would be the only lead of the game as Quinnipiac scored the next eight goals over an 18-minute span. In that 8-0 run, seven different members of the Bobcats scored. Latonick assisted on two and scored once, while Gibney scored the first and last goal during that time. After the Mount scored with 8:30 remaining in the first half, Quinnipiac rattled off four-straight goals to head into halftime with a ten-goal advantage, 12-2.
Katelyn Catanese scored two goals just 22 seconds apart to start the second half for the Mountaineers, cutting the deficit to eight, 12-4. That eight-goal deficit would be as close as the Mount would get the rest of the game with Gibney, Tiffany Manzi (Agawam, Mass.), Nicole Fiore (Monroe, Conn.), Lyndsey Banach (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) all scoring in a 5-0 run that stretched over 13 minutes of play midway through the second half. Kaitlyn Kelly (North Massapequa, N.Y.) wrapped up the scoring for the Bobcats with 1:06 remaining in the game for the 19-5 win.
Hannah Nelson (Glastonbury, Conn.) made 14 saves, one shy of her career high, in earning her third win of the season in goal for Quinnipiac. Mount St. Mary's split time in goal between starter Brigid McTavish and Erin Kelly. McTavish made four saves, while allowing 12 goals in picking up the loss.
Senior Ashley Valentine (Friendship, Md.) collected a season-high five ground balls, while causing three turnovers and recording four draw controls in the win. Valentine played shutdown defense on the Mount's Kathleen Rossetti, one of the team's top point producers this season. Christine Sinnigen (Sudbury, Mass.) scored once and assisted on another, while Banach, Manzi and Fiore each netted two tallies in the contest.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Thursday, April 9, when it travels to take on NEC opponent Saint Francis (Pa.) in Loretto, Pa. The Bobcats and Red Flash are set to begin action at 3 p.m.