MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. Nicole Fiore's (Monroe, Conn.) goal with two seconds remaining in double overtime gave the Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team a 12-11 victory against Robert Morris at Joe Walton Stadium. The Bobcats' senior attacker received a pass from Katie Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) at the side of the goal and slipped the shot into the back of the net for the game-winning goal. Quinnipiac improves to 5-1 in Northeast Conference play and 9-2 overall this season with the win, while the loss drops the Colonials' record to 3-3 in conference and 7-7 overall.
Freshman Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) scored a season-high five times, while Fiore and Ashley Valentine (Friendship, Md.) each netted three tallies in the win. Latonick had four assists in the game and goalkeeper Hannah Nelson (Glastonbury, Conn.) made 12 saves in earning the win.
"We didn't play well for a majority of the game," said Head Coach Danie Caro. "We stayed in it mentally and when it came down to the end, we maintained our poise, possessed the ball and finally got one. Robert Morris came to play today and we were fortunate to come out of this game with the win."
Trailing at halftime for just the third time this season, Quinnipiac was down 7-4 after 30 minutes of play. Robert Morris stormed out to 4-0 lead 11 minutes into the game. Gibney scored the first goal of the game for the Bobcats on an assist from senior Valentine. After a Courtney Sicinski goal gave the Colonials a 5-1 lead, Quinnipiac went on a three-goal run. Valentine scored twice, while Gibney netted her second of the game to pull within one, 5-4. Robert Morris scored twice to end the period to take the three-goal lead into halftime.
The Bobcats started the second half by scoring five of the first six goals to take their first lead of the game, 9-8. Valentine scored the go-ahead goal on a spin move at the top of the crease on a pass from Fiore at the side of the net. Fiore's free-position goal midway through the half gave the Bobcats a two-goal advantage, 10-8.
The Colonials scored three goals in a two-minute span to retake the lead, 11-10, with 7:14 remaining on the clock. Gibney scored on a free-position goal to tie the game with 4:10 remaining on the clock, her fifth goal of the game. After both teams turned the ball over twice inside the last two minutes, Robert Morris' Jillian Howley had a chance to put her team up with 15 seconds on a free-position shot. Quinnipiac's Nelson turned aside the shot and held the ball as the clock expired, sending the game into overtime, 11-11.
After a scoreless first overtime, the Bobcats possessed the ball the entire second overtime period. Quinnipiac's first seven shots of the sudden death session were turned away by the Colonials' goalkeeper Erica Webb before Fiore bounced the game-winning goal off the turf and into the net.
Gibney also finished the game with a team-high three caused turnovers, while Manzi matched her season high of six draw controls. Sophomore Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, Mass.) added four draw controls and one caused turnover.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Tuesday, April 14, as it hosts Brown. The Bobcats and Bears are set to square off at 4:30 p.m.