Women's Lacrosse Falls To Denver, 19-6

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DENVER, Colo. – The Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team was defeated by Denver, 19-6, on Thursday afternoon at Barton Stadium in Denver, Colo. The loss drops Quinnipiac's record to 1-2 on the year, while Denver improves to 2-1 overall.

"We didn't play our best game today," said head coach Danie Caro. "Give all the credit to Denver, they came out and played aggressively for the full 60 minutes. Hopefully our team responds and we give a better showing against Brown on Sunday."

Junior Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) led Quinnipiac with two goals scored, followed by graduate student Jennifer Skipper (Centerport, N.Y.), senior Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.), sophomore Phoebe Laplante (New Bedford, Mass.) and freshman Kyra Ochwat's (Farmingdale, N.Y.) one-goal outings.

Caroleo led the team with three draw controls, while junior Chelsea Guerrera (Wantagh, N.Y.) finished with a team-high three caused turnovers and Laplante led all Bobcats field players with two ground balls. Overall, Denver owned a 14-to-9 ground ball advantage in the game, as well as a 17-to-10 advantage in draw controls.  The Pioneers played an aggressive game and were routinely whistled for illegal infractions, as they had 34 fouls compared to Quinnipiac's 14.  

Senior goalie Noelle Martello (Westbury, Conn.) started in goal for Quinnipiac and made nine saves, while her replacement Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.) made three saves during her time in the cage. Denver starting senior goalie Ashley Harman made eight saves before being replaced by redshirt freshman Hannah Hook, who turned away zero shots in just under 10 minutes of action.

The Pioneers had three players who collected a hat trick in the game, including sophomore Jenn Etzel, junior Mikayla Clark and senior Melissa Maier. Redshirt junior Kara Secora and freshman Rachael Dillon netted two goals for Denver, while junior Kate Henrich, sophomore Meredith Harris, sophomore Annabelle Gilbride, freshman Kiki Boone, redshirt freshman Sonorah Vinyard and freshman Natalie Foerster each potted one goal apiece.

Denver jumped out to a 2-0 lead to start the game, but Ochwat brought the Bobcats within one on her fifth goal of the season at the 2:29 mark into the first half. Denver responded to stretch the lead to 3-1, yet back-to-back goals from Toomey and Caroleo knotted the score at three apiece just under seven minutes into the action.

The Pioneers stretched their lead to 9-3 after a six goal run, but a free position goal by Skipper with 3:44 remaining in the half temporarily turned momentum back to the side of Quinnipiac. After another Denver score the Bobcats responded just 15 seconds later as Allen found Toomey on an inside cut where she quickly fired a shot on net to bring the score to 10-5. Denver netted two more goals before halftime to make the score 12-5 at the break.

Denver continued its run in the second half, tallying the first three goals within the first seven minutes of action, to extend its lead to 15-5. The Pioneers proceeded to dominate possession in the half, netting four more consecutive scores to take a 19-5 lead with 6:41 remaining in the game. Laplante scored her goal with 41 seconds remaining in the game, bringing the score to its final tally of 19-6

Quinnipiac looks to rebound when they take on Brown on Sunday, March 18 at 1 p.m.

Contact: Ross Bennett, rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu