LORETTO, Pa. – Junior Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) became the program's all-time single season assists leader on Thursday afternoon during the team's 14-4 victory over Saint Francis (Pa.), dishing out a game-high seven assists to give her an incredible 48 helpers in just 10 games played. Allen breaks Katie Latonick's single season assist total of 44 (set in both 2009 and 2010), and is currently the NCAA leader with 4.80 assists per game. The Bobcats improve to 5-0 in NEC action with the victory (6-4 overall), while the Red Flash drop to 0-4 in league play and 2-10 overall.
"I thought we played really well at the start of the game today," said head coach Danie Caro. "We've been working on starting strong, so that was good to see. And despite a slight letdown late in the first half, I thought we got a really consistent effort today. I'm very proud of the team's focus and intensity."
Allen matched her career-high in single-game assists for the third time this season, as seven of the team's 10 helpers in the game came off feeds from the junior attacker.
"I can't say enough about how well Sarah is playing right now," said Caro. "She is seeing the passing lanes and getting the ball to our cutters. We are very fortunate to have great finishers and today Lianne Toomey, Michaela Tinsley, Kyra Ochwat, Devon Gibney, and Marissa Caroleo all put the ball in the back of the net for us."
Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) finished with four goals and one assist for Quinnipiac, while Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) netted three goals of her own. Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) also added three points (two goals, one assist) as two points were attributed to both junior Chelsea Guerrera (Wantagh, N.Y.) (one goal, one assist) and Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass.) (two goals). Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) and freshman Briana Fountain (Marshfield, Mass.) each tallied one goal apiece.
Caroleo led the team with four draw controls, as sophomore Kelsey Maroney (West Granby, Conn.) finished with a team-high four ground balls. As a team, the Bobcats won the battles in draw controls, 12-8, ground balls, 17-16, and finished with a season low five fouls (compared to Saint Francis' 12).
"The draw continued to be a strength for us," said Caro. "I think our midfield unit (Devon, Marissa and Chelsea) is the best in the conference and when they are playing well, we're really tough to stop."
Caro added, "I was pleased with the contributions we received from some of our reserves today. Kelsey Maroney and Briana Fountain gave us quality minutes and they will continue to be options for us."
Quinnipiac allowed a season-low four goals on the afternoon, which can be attributed to another solid performance by senior goalie Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.). She made nine saves during her time in net, before giving way to freshman Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.), who stepped in to make four saves to finish strong for the Bobcats.
"Noelle Martello was the biggest difference in the game early on," said Caro. "She had six big saves in the first half to keep Saint Francis off the board. The defense fed off her intensity and really did a great job in limiting our opponent's attackers. Kim Davis, Vicki Kuhn, Kiera Carey, and Emily Samuelman are all playing well together - not only are they stopping our opponents, but they are also initiating our transition game."
Saint Francis had four players each net one goal apiece, which included Danielle Conwell, Kate Simmons, Catherine Helming, and Jenna Griffiths. Goalie Caitlin Flynn made eight saves, and was replaced by Emily Patterson who turned away one shot.
Quinnipiac had the game in hand from the start, scoring the first two goals of the game within the first minute of action. Saint Francis netted its first of only two goals in the first half just over five minutes into the game, before the Bobcats went on a four-goal run to take the 6-2 lead with 13 minutes remaining in the half. Saint Francis netted the final goal of the half, bringing the game to a halftime score, 6-2.
The Bobcats went on a tear to begin the second half, netting seven consecutive goals to take the commanding 14-2 lead with 14 minutes remaining in the game. The Red Flash continued to score the final two goals of the contest as Quinnipiac eased up its offensive pressure.
The Bobcats will look to retain its perfect NEC mark when they visit Robert Morris on Saturday, April 7 at 11 a.m. in Moon Township, Pa.
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