Brown Defeats Women's Lacrosse, 20-15

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Despite junior Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) matching her career-high with four goals scored, the Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team fell to non-conference opponent Brown, 20-15, on Sunday afternoon in Providence, R.I. With the loss, Quinnipiac's record now stands at 1-3, while Brown improves to 3-3 on the season.

"We were slow to adjust to Brown's style of play and the way the game was being called," said head coach Danie Caro. "Although we did a better job in the second half, it was too late. We need to make some changes before we face Vermont on Wednesday if we want to come up with a win."

In addition to Toomey's four-goal afternoon, freshman Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) continued her impressive start to her Quinnipiac career, as she, sophomore Michaela Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass.), and senior Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) each netted three goals apiece. Senior Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) and junior Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) also potted one goal apiece for the Bobcats. Allen (four assists), Caroleo (two assists) and Ochwat combined to contribute all seven assists for Quinnipiac on the afternoon.

Gibney led the way with a team-high five draw controls, while senior Kim Davis (Darien, Conn.) and Gibney shared the team-lead with three ground balls. Sophomore Phoebe Laplante (New Bedford, Mass.) finished with a team-high three caused turnovers in the game. 

"Lianne Toomey did a nice job for us on offense this game and is really turning into a go-to player for us," said Caro. "I was also happy with how Kyra Ochwat, Mickey Tinsley, and Sarah Allen played. Despite the pressure they faced from the Brown defense, they stayed poised and made some nice plays for us."

Starting senior goalie Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) made two saves during her brief outing, while freshman Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.) turned away seven shots in 50 minutes of action. Brown's goalie Kellie Roddy also made seven saves overall in the contest.

"We need to make some adjustments on defense and we have to demand more from our goalkeepers," said Caro. "I think Noelle isn't playing to her potential right now and Sam is really pushing her. I am happy that we are able to go with either one in the cage and not face a significant drop off in the quality of play."

The Bears were led by Kaela McGilloway and Bre Hudgins' four goals, followed by Julia Keller's three scores, Danielle Mastro, Lindsay Minges and Alexandra Crerend's two tallies, and Grace Healy's one goal.

Quinnipiac kicked off the high scoring bout with Gibney's first goal of the game just 25 seconds into the action, however three straight goals gave the Bears the 3-1 lead just over five minutes into the game. Gibney halted the run wither second goal, before Toomey notched her first goal on a clever pass from Caroleo. Following a foul by Brown's goalie, Caroleo stared down an open net on her free position attempt, but passed up on the shot to dish the ball to the open Toomey who was sitting on the crease.

Brown scored seven of the next 10 goals to take a 10-6 lead with 9:34 remaining in the first half, however the Bobcats mounted a comeback with three straight scores (from Tinsley, Toomey, and Caroelo), to make it a one-goal game, 10-9. Brown rattled off three consecutive goals of its own before the break, bringing the halftime score to 13-9.

Brown added to its lead scoring the first goal of the second half, but a pretty feed from Allen to Tinsley halted Brown's momentum for the moment. The Bears and Bobcats each went on two-goal runs, as the score ran to 16-12 with 17:08 left to play, however Brown then netted three consecutive goals to increase its lead, matching its largest lead of the game at 18-12. Gibney and Ochwat combined to score three of the final four goals in the game, but Brown had a large enough cushion and was able to hold on for the win.

Quinnipiac returns to its non-conference schedule when it hosts Vermont in its first home game of the season on Wednesday, March 21 at 2 p.m.

Contact: Ross Bennett, rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu