STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team held off a second-half comeback push by the Wagner Seahawks Wednesday afternoon for a 15-11 win. Sophomore Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) scored four goals and added two assists for a game-high six points. The Bobcats remain perfect in Northeast Conference play this season with a 6-0 league mark and have won six games in a row to improve their overall mark to 7-4. The loss drops Wagner to 3-9 overall and 2-4 in NEC games in 2010.
"It was not a pretty win, but a win is a win," Head Coach Danie Caro said. "We gave our younger players some valuable playing time and that will be extremely beneficial for this team come the postseason. Our athletic trainers did an unbelievable job today keeping the players hydrated and ready to play on a very hot and humid day."
Through the first 16 minutes of play, Quinnipiac led Wagner by just two goals, 5-3. Junior Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, Mass.) ended a scoreless drought of 11 minutes by both teams with her second of the game to give the Bobcats a 6-3 lead headed into halftime.
Quinnipiac used a 7-1 run over the course of the first 11 minutes of the second half to put the Bobcats up by nine goals, 13-4. Senior Lyndsey Banach (Syracuse, N.Y.) and graduate student Katie Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) each scored two goals apiece in the run, while Jane Moldovan (Shoreham, N.Y.) scored her second of the season and Laura Iannotti (Rocky Point, N.Y.) added her seventh.
Wagner answered with a 7-2 run of its own to end the game. Carolyn Clark scored three goals during the stretch as she helped her team pull to within three, 14-11, with just four minutes remaining. Clark netted two just 38 seconds apart with under five minutes left in the game, but the Seahawks' momentum was cut short as Gibney scored her four goal with 55 seconds on the clock to seal the win, 15-11.
Latonick finished one point back of Gibney with five in the game on two goals and three assists. She and Banach each also led the Bobcats with three draw controls in the win. Banach's three goals were the second most by a Bobcat player in the victory, while also picking up three ground balls.
Senior defender Brittany Hauser (East Northport, N.Y.) had a career-high four ground balls. Last week's NEC Co-Defender of the Week Kaitlyn Kelly (North Massapequa, N.Y.) had a game-high four draw controls to go along with one ground ball.
Junior goalkeeper Lexi DeStefano (Brookfield, Conn.) continued her strong showing this season, picking up the win. Sophomore Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) came into the game late in the second half, making three saves in relief.
The Bobcats return to action on Friday, April 9, when they travel to Moon Township, Pa., to take on Robert Morris. The teams are set for a 12:30 p.m., start time.