April 6, 2011

Devon Gibney's Overtime Goal Leads Women's Lacrosse Over Columbia, 13-12

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Junior Devon Gibney's (Hopkinton, Mass.) overtime goal lifted the Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team past Columbia, 13-12, on Wednesday afternoon in New York, N.Y. Senior Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, Mass.) eclipsed 100 points in her career, collecting two goals and an assist, as the Bobcats' seventh consecutive victory improves its overall record to 7-3 on the season. Columbia falls to 1-8 on the season.

"I was really pleased with how poised the team was during the overtime period," head coach Danie Caro said. "It was our veteran player's leadership that really got the win for us today."

Senior Laura Iannotti (Rocky Point, N.Y.) led the Bobcats with three goals on the afternoon, followed by senior Jennifer Skipper (Centerport, N.Y.) and junior Marissa Caroleo's (North Babylon, N.Y.) two point outings. Senior Christine Sinnigen (Sudbury, Mass.) collected two points (one goal, one assist) on the afternoon, while sophomore Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) and Michaela Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass.) each scored one goal in the game. Sophomore Chelsea Guerrera (Wantagh, N.Y.) added one assist in the contest.

Sophomore Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) collected a game-high six assist, vaulting her into a share for the team-lead with 14 helpers on the season.

"Sarah Allen had a great first half with six assists and really took advantage of the opportunities she had to hit open cutters. She was very disciplined and patient today, and it paid off."

Defensively, Quinnipiac was led by senior Kaitlyn Kelly (North Massapequa, N.Y.) who grabbed a team-high four ground balls on the afternoon. She also caused one turnover in the game.

"Switching Kaitlyn Kelly onto Kacie Johnson early in the second half made a huge difference for us," said Caro, "Kaitlyn really stepped up and played great body position defense, limiting the quality of her scoring opportunities and holding her to two goals over the last 35 minutes of play."

Caroleo fought to collect a team-high four draw controls, while Guerrera and Matuszczak shared the team-lead of two caused turnovers.

"Lauren Matuszczak, Devon Gibney, and Marissa Caroleo did a great job in transition and on defense for us today and have really been workhorses for us all season long," said Caro.

Junior goalie Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) had another tremendous outing for the Bobcats, making 12 saves in the game, including key saves late in the game and in the overtime periods. Her counterpart, Karlee Blank, made eight saves for the Lions in the game.

"Noelle Martello played amazing in the second half and the overtime periods, stopping Columbia on several point-blank chances," said assistant coach Brittany Hauser.

The Lions were led by Kacie Johnson's eight goal affair, followed by Taylor Gattinella (two goals), Olivia Mann (one goal), and Camill Richardson (one goal).

Caroleo scored the first goal of the game for the Bobcats with just over one minute elapsed in the contest. The Lions responded by netting the next three goals to give them a 3-1 lead with 24:16 remaining in the first half.

The Bobcats proceeded to rattle off three straight goals to take the lead, 4-3 with 18:49 remaining. Skipper netted two goals, while Sinnigen scored one during that time period. Columbia scored three of the next four goals to take a 6-5 lead with 10:22 left, before Iannotti netted two quick scores to give the Bobcats the 7-6 lead with just over eight minutes remaining in the half.

Following a Columbia goal, the Bobcats scored the final two goals of the half, from Matuszczak and Tinsley, to take a 9-7 lead into halftime.

Despite allowing the first goal in the second half, Quinnipiac responded by netting the next two goals, on Caroleo and Toomey scores. Columbia and Quinnipiac traded the next two goals, as Iannotti's tally with 12:41 remaining in the contest increased the Bobcats' lead, 12-9. Columbia then scored the next three goals to tie the game, 12-12 (the last with just over two minutes to play) to send the game into overtime.

Gibney and Sinnigen hooked up for a beautiful quick stick score to give Quinnipiac the 13-12 lead with 27 seconds remaining in the first period of the first overtime.

The Bobcats return to action on Sunday, Apr. 10 when they travel to Smithfield, R.I. to play NEC opponent Bryant at 12 p.m.