HAMDEN, Conn. - Led by junior Marissa Caroleo's (North Babylon, N.Y.) six goals, the Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team won in commanding fashion over Northeast Conference opponent Sacred Heart, 14-5, on Friday afternoon at Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field. The fifth consecutive victory for Quinnipiac improves its NEC record to 4-0, while its overall record improves to 5-3. Sacred Heart falls to 1-2 in NEC action and 2-8 overall.
"I am extremely pleased with the way we played today," head coach Danie Caro said. "Everyone was very focused and intense and it showed in the way we started off the game."
Caroleo, who also collected one ground ball and two draw controls in the game, scored three of her six goals in the first half as the Bobcats jumped out to an eventual 9-0 lead to begin the game. Junior Laura Iannotti (Rocky Point, N.Y.) netted three goals, while senior Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, Mass.) collected a goal and two assists in the contest. Sophomore Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) picked up a goal and an assist, while sophomore Sarah Allan (Glastonbury, Conn.) was credited with two assists. Senior Christine Sinnigen (Sudbury, Mass.) and junior Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) each tallied two assists, while sophomore Chelsea Guerrera (Wantagh, N.Y.) scored one goal in the game.
Senior Kaitlyn Kelly (North Massapequa, N.Y.) led the Bobcats defensively, collecting a team-high four ground balls and sharing the team-lead with Gibney in caused turnovers (three). Gibney, the reigning NEC Player of the Week, played a solid all-around defensive game for Quinnipiac, collecting two ground balls and two draw controls on the afternoon. Junior Kim Davis (Darien, Conn.) (two ground balls, two caused turnovers) played an integral role in a Quinnipiac defensive unit which held the reigning NEC Champions to just one first half goal en route to its lowest overall goal total of the season.
"Kaitlyn Kelly and Devon Gibney had great games on defense for us, and everyone on offense did a really nice job. Marissa Caroleo was very accurate, going 6 for 6, and we had a great game from Lauran Matuszczak too."
Assistant coach Brittany Hauser added "I thought Noelle Martello was really solid in cage. She made several big saves for us and also did a nice job sparking our transition with her clears."
Junior goalie Noelle Martello (Westbury, Conn.) made eight saves in net, including several one-on-one denials, while her counterpart Megan Pepe turned away eight shots for Sacred Heart.
Quinnipiac put together one of the best performances of the season, as it nearly shutout the Pioneers through the first 30 minutes of play. Toomey scored Quinnipiac's first goal of the game just under four minutes into the game. The Bobcats then received goals from Matuszczak and Allen, before Iannotti and Caroleo each scored three goals apiece. Sacred Heart finally found the back of the net with 3:05 remaining in the first half, but by then Quinnipiac had built a tremendous 9-1 lead.
Following halftime, Quinnipiac scored two more goals (one from Guerrera, one from Caroleo) to increase its lead to 11-1 with 26:15 remaining in the game. Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac traded goals as Caroleo and Toomey each scored, to bring the score to 13-3 with 5:46 remaining in the contest. Caroleo would add one more goal for Quinnipiac, before the Pioneers finished the game with two more scores.
The Bobcats return to action on Sunday, Apr. 3 when they face non-conference opponent Denver at 11 a.m. at Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field.