HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team scored a season-high 17 goals en route to its third consecutive victory of the season, defeating Northeast Conference opponent Saint Francis (Pa.), 17-10, on Friday afternoon at Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field. Sophomore Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) collected a team-high (and career high) four goals and three ground balls, while junior Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) added three goals, two assists and three draw controls on the afternoon. The win pushes Quinnipiac's overall record to 3-3 and improves its NEC mark to 2-0, while Saint Francis (Pa.) falls to 0-1 in NEC action and 3-5 overall.
"I thought our starting offense played really well today," said head coach Danie Caro. "We received great contributions from Lianne Toomey, who played one of the best games of her career, and Noelle Martello, who made multiple point blank shots to stave off any potential Saint Francis (Pa.) scoring run. In the second half, we had a few offensive breakdowns which we hope to correct before our game against Robert Morris. Overall, I appreciate the team's effort and I hope they can bring even more intensity to Sunday's game."
The Bobcats, who scored a season-high 12 first-half goals, received offensive contributions from senior Christine Sinnigen (Sudbury, Mass.), who earned two goals and three assists in the game, as well as senior Laura Iannotti (Rocky Point, N.Y.) and junior Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.), who each tallied three goals. Senior Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and freshman Michaela Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass.) each added one goal apiece, while sophomore Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.), senior Jennifer Skipper (Centerport, N.Y.) and Matuszczak all were credited with an assist.
Junior goalkeeper Noelle Martello (Westbury, Mass.) made 11 saves in net for the Bobcats, while her counterpart Danielle Pokusa turned away nine shots for Saint Francis (Pa.). Gibney and sophomore Chelsea Guerrera (Wantagh, N.Y.) each collected a team-high three draw controls for Quinnipiac.
Saint Francis (Pa.) saw its offensive contributions come from Catherine Helming and Kate Simmons, who each scored three goals apiece. Danielle Conwell (two goals), Kara Ledgerwood (one goal) and Megan Ross (one goal) also added to the Red Flash's score total.
The Red Flash jumped out to an early 3-1 lead with just under 25 minutes remaining in the first half. Quinnipiac then went on a three goal run, receiving goals from Iannotti, Caroleo and Sinnigen. A goal by Saint Francis' Ledgerwood temporarily halted the Bobcats' momentum, but Quinnipiac quickly scored two more goals (Gibney and Sinnigen) to stretch its lead to 6-4 with 16:57 remaining in the half.
Following a Red Flash goal by Helming with 12:35 remaining to cut the lead to 6-5, Quinnipiac erupted for six unanswered goals to head into halftime with a commanding 12-5 lead. During the scoring run, Toomey and Iannotti each netted two goals, while Gibney and Matuszczak each buried one goal.
Toomey and Helming traded goals to begin the second half before Quinnipiac enjoyed another three-goal scoring run, receiving two goals from Caroleo and one from Gibney, to give Quinnipiac its largest lead of the game, 16-6.
Saint Francis scored four straight goals to cut the lead to 16-10 with just under two minutes remaining in the game. Tinsley scored the final goal for the Bobcats with 27 seconds remaining in the game, to give the game its final sore, 17-10.
Quinnipiac returns to action Sunday, Mar. 26 when the team hosts Robert Morris at 12 p.m.