BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Senior Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) and junior Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) ignited the offense on Sunday afternoon for the Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team, as Caroleo's six goals and Allen's seven assists (both game-highs) helped the Bobcats defeat Northeast Conference opponent LIU Brooklyn, 18-7. With the win, Quinnipiac earns the weekend sweep to improve its NEC record to 2-0 (3-4 overall), while LIU drops to 0-2 in league play and 0-9 overall.
"We had a good team effort today, with contributions from a lot of different players," said head coach Danie Caro. "I thought we moved the ball well on offense, and played good team defense and that showed in the final score. Sarah Allen and Marissa Caroleo have really found a rhythm on attack and made some nice connections today. Devon Gibney and Chelsea Guerrera continue to perform at both ends of the field, and on the draw circle. Lianne Toomey also contributed on the draw and in our attacking end."
In addition to Caroleo's six scores, both senior Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) and junior Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) each added three goals apiece, while junior Chelsea Guerrera (Wantagh, N.Y.) netted two goals and Allen, sophomore Michaela Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass.), freshman Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) and freshman Brianna Russo (Middletown, N.Y.) each tallied one goal. Ochwat (three assists), Toomey (two assists), Tinsley (one assist) and Guerrera (one assist) provided assists for the Bobcats, as 14-of-18 goals were assisted scores on the day.
Shakoya Smith (three goals), Katie Williams (one goal), Ashley Delaney (one goal), Caitlin Farrell (one goal), Kimberly Kovar (one goal) were the offensive leaders for LIU on the afternoon.
Gibney continued her aggressive play on the draw controls, accumulating five draw controls in the game. Guerrera and Caroleo each collected a team-high three ground balls, while Gibney finished with a team-high three caused turnovers.
"Our defense was again led by Kim Davis and Emily Samuelman," said Caro. "Both of them played great shut-down defense today, and we hope we can rely on that all season. I also thought that Kiera Carey and Kelsey Maroney did a nice job today."
Freshman goalie Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.) and senior Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) each made five saves during their respective times in goal, while LIU goalies Jacqueline Simonian (six saves) and Gina Haber (eight saves) stood between the pipes for the Blackbirds.
"Sam and Noelle both played well," said Caro. "They did a good job directing the defense and stopped the ball well. Anytime your goalies save over 50% of the shots they face, you have a great shot to win."
In both weekend games, Quinnipiac had the luxury of substituting 12 players into the game, providing coach Caro a chance to see the younger generation Bobcats display their in-game talents. Regulars Ochwat and Kuhn head the freshman class, impressing coach Caro thus far on the young season.
"I am pleased with the continued development of some of our younger players," said Caro. "We are getting quality minutes out of Kyra Ochwat and Vicki Kuhn, and they've showed a lot of poise in making the transition to the collegiate game so far."
LIU took the surprising 1-0 lead within the first minute of action, but the Bobcats responded by scoring the next two goals (both from Caroleo) to take a 2-1 lead two minutes into the game. After a Blackbirds' score, Quinnipiac rattled off three-straight goals to take a 5-2 lead just under seven minutes into the game. LIU then netted its final goal of the half at the 9:45 mark into the game, before the Bobcats opened up its scoring run of eight-straight to bring the game to its halftime score of 14-3.
The Blackbirds scored two of the first three goals of the second half, however the Bobcats responded by scoring three of the final five goals of the contest to give the game its final score of 18-7.
Quinnipiac returns to action next weekend when it hosts Mount St. Mary's on Friday, March 30 at 3 p.m. and Monmouth on Sunday, April 1 at 12 p.m. at QU Lacrosse Turf Field in Hamden, Conn.
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