HAMDEN, Conn. – Led by senior Marissa Caroleo's (North Babylon, N.Y.) four-point afternoon, the Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team came back to defeat Northeast Conference opponent Mount St. Mary's, 12-10, on Friday afternoon at QU Lacrosse Turf Field. With her third goal of the contest, Caroleo became the program's all-time leader in career goals scored, surpassing Marta Waldron's (2002) total of 125 tallies. Winning its third straight contest, Quinnipiac remains unbeaten in NEC action (3-0) and evens its overall record to 4-4. Mount St. Mary's drops to 2-1 in league play and 3-8 overall.
"I am extremely pleased with how well the team responded to the adjustments we asked them to make at half-time," said head coach Danie Caro. "We have a good team, and when they play to win, they're really fun to watch. Mount St. Mary's is a very good team, so for us to come back from a half-time deficit says something about this team's character."
On Caroleo's record-breaking goal, junior Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) also achieved a personal milestone, as she earned her 100th career point on the score. Allen led the team with five assists on the afternoon, as senior Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.), junior Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) each picked up two assists, and sophomore Michaela Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass.) earned one assist.
"Marissa is such a tough player," said Caro. "Mount played her really physical, but Marissa kept her composure and made the most of her opportunities. She made key plays for us in the second half. I can't even express how happy I am that she now holds the goal scoring record, but honestly, if you know Marissa, you know that she'd trade every individual accolade she's earned for a team victory."
"Sarah played very well despite Mount's attempt to face guard her," added Caro. "She maintained her poise and didn't let that defender get in her head. I think we also got key contributions from Lianne Toomey, Michaela Tinsley, and Kyra Ochwat, and they all did a nice job possessing the ball down the stretch."
Freshman Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) matched Caroleo's team-high three goal mark on the afternoon, as junior Chelsea Guerrera (Wantagh, N.Y.) and Toomey each netted two apiece. Gibney and Tinsely tallied the remaining two goals for the Bobcats.
"Chelsea and Devon continue to get the job done for us in the midfield," said Caro. "They are both solid players at both ends of the field and Devon really stepped up on defense for us today, holding Rufolo in check."
Quinnipiac's defensive leader, senior Kim Davis (Darien, Conn.) caused a team-high three turnovers, while Guerrera followed with two of her own. Freshman goalie Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.) made two saves in the first half of play, while senior goalie Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) made five key saves in the second half for the Bobcats squad. Mount St. Mary's Brigid McTavish made six total saves for the Mount.
"Our defense in the second half was really strong," said Caro. "Kim Davis shut down Jen Semler and we knew if we could do that, we'd have a shot to win. Making the switch to Noelle Martello turned out to be a great decision, as she really took charge of the defense and made some big plays for us."
Overall, the Mount was led offensively by Erin Seipp (four goals), Esther Rufolo (two goals) and Kaitlyn Larrimore (two goals) and was led defensively by Rufolo Meaghan Conlon, and Seipp's two caused turnovers apiece.
The game turned into a game of runs, as the Bobcats jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. The Mount responded by scoring two of their own to tie the score, however a goal by Guerrera with just over 15 minutes remaining in the half brought the score to 3-2. The Mount proceeded to score three straight goals, and four of the next five, to take a 6-4 lead into halftime.
Mount St. Mary's stretched its lead to 7-4 with a score to begin the second half, but the Bobcats resurgence led to seven straight goals to take hold of the game, leading 11-7 with 16:44 left to play. The Mount netted three-straight goals to make it a one score game, but Ochwat's third tally with 13 seconds sealed the victory for Quinnipiac.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Sunday, April 1 at 12 p.m. when it hosts Monmouth at QU Lacrosse Turf Field.
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