FAIRFIELD, Conn. The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team lost to Sacred Heart, 11-6, in the Northeast Conference Championship Game at Campus Field. The loss snaps the Bobcats' program-record nine-game win streak and leaves the team with a 13-3 overall record to end the season. The Pioneers claimed its second-straight NEC Championship with the win, improving to 12-6 and earning a spot in the NCAA Play-In Game next Saturday at MAAC Champion Fairfield
"We did not play our best game today," said Head Coach Danie Caro. "To Sacred Heart's credit, they came in and executed when they needed to when we did not. The better team won the game this afternoon."
Senior Ashley Valentine got the Bobcats on the board first with a free-position goal eight and a half minutes into the game. Sacred Heart scored the next four goals in six-minute span to take a 4-1 lead. Valentine cut the deficit to two on high shot into the top of the net past Sacred Heart goalkeeper Chelsea Wagner with 8:39 remaining in the first half. The Pioneers held the ball for the final minute of play as they held a 4-2 lead at halftime.
Junior Brittany Hauser (East Northport, N.Y.) scored the second half's opening goal just over a minute and a half into the stanza. Hauser intercepted a pass from Wagner at the restraining line and came in alone for the goal into the top left corner of the goal.
Mary Montesarchio's goal with 10:26 left in the game gave the Pioneers a six-goal lead, 9-3, for the final goal in a 5-0 run. Valentine answered back 1:23 later on a pass from Katie Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) from behind the net. Sacred Heart's Corey Horelick scored her fourth of the game with five and a half minutes to play, putting her team back up six, 10-4.
Junior Lyndsey Banach (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Nicole Fiore (Monroe, Conn.) scored in the final minutes, but Horelick's fifth goal of the game secured the victory for Sacred Heart, 11-6.
Valentine finished with three goals, while Latonick led the Bobcats with three assists. Valentine and senior Tiffany Manzi (Agawam, Mass.) each finished with team highs in caused turnovers with two apiece. Manzi had a game-high four ground balls, but was held pointless for the first time all season.
Katie Latonick, senior Meghan Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) and sophomore Lauren Matuszczak (East Long Meadow, Mass.) were named to the NEC All-Tournament Team. Sacred Heart's Mary Montesarchio was named the NEC Tournament MVP with five goals and two assists in the Pioneers' two wins over the weekend.