HAMDEN, Conn. – Freshman Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) netted a career-high six goals and junior Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) added a game-high six assists, leading the Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team to a 13-8 victory over Northeast Conference opponent Monmouth on Sunday afternoon at QU Lacrosse Turf Field. The Bobcats' fourth-straight NEC win improves its conference record to 4-0, as they eclipse the .500 mark for the first time this season, now holding a 5-4 overall record. With the loss, Monmouth drops to 3-9 overall and 2-2 in the NEC.
"I am very pleased with the way the team came out today; they played a great first half on offense and defense," said head coach Danie Caro. "Our defense was solid, our transition was very good and our attackers were able to finish all game."
Caro added, "I thought Kyra Ochwat did a really nice job getting open and converting her opportunities. In addition, Sarah did a really nice job directing the offense in running our plays. We were happy to see Michaela Tinsley find the open player in transition which helped us get a few fast-break goals."
Seniors Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) and Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) each tallied two goals apiece for the Bobcats, while juniors Chelsea Guerrera (Wantagh, N.Y.) and Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) and freshman Brianna Russo (Middletown, N.Y.) each scored one goal as well. Aside from Allen's six assists, sophomore Michaela Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass.) notched three helpers and Guerrera tallied the remaining assist.
"Marissa, Devon and Chelsea were again very solid in transition and really helped us to move the ball into the attacking end after our defensive stops," said Caro.
Toomey played an aggressive game off the draw controls, collecting a career-high six in the win. Gibney scooped a game-high four ground balls, as well as a team-high three caused turnovers. The defensive unit for the Bobcats was solid all game, holding the Hawks to just two goals at halftime. Monmouth netted four of its eight total goals in the final eight minutes of second half.
"I thought our defense was really solid today," said Caro. "Kim Davis, Devon and Emily Samuelman all shut down their marks and everyone on defense did a great job marking off ball and limiting Monmouth's opportunities."
Senior goalie Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) turned away nine shots in net for the Bobcats, while her counterpart Katie Donohoe made a game-high 11 saves for the Hawks.
"Noelle did a really nice job in the first half and made some huge saves for us," said Caro. "Her quick clears really sparked our offensive transition and we're very happy with the way she played today."
Monmouth was led by Allison Stathius' three scores, followed by Sam Lillo's two goals and Alex Marino, Olivia Salata and Taylor King's one score apiece.
The Bobcats outpaced the Hawks in nearly every team category, winning the shot battle (29-to-23), ground balls (16-to-13) and draw controls (15-to-7). Quinnipiac forced 16 total Monmouth turnovers (compared to its game-total of 15), and committed seven less total fouls in the game than the Hawks (27-to-20).
Quinnipiac took control of the game's tempo early on, tallying the first three goals of the game. Monmouth scored two of the next three goals, to bring the score to 4-2 with 15:47 remaining in the first half. Between the two of them, Gibney and Ochwat proceeded to score the game's five next goals (three for Ochwat and two for Gibney), as four of the five scores were assisted by Allen.
Monmouth scored the first two goals of the second half to bring the game's score to 9-4, however three straight from the Bobcats extended their lead to 12-4 with 14:20 remaining in the game. Monmouth finished the game by scoring three of the final four goals, giving the game its final score of 13-8.
The Bobcats look to continue their run of undefeated NEC play when they travel to face Saint Francis (Pa.) on Thursday, April 5 at 1 p.m.
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