HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team was defeated by non-conference opponent Fairfield, 11-5, on Sunday afternoon in Hamden, Conn. The loss drops Quinnipiac's overall record to 7-6, while Fairfield improves to 10-3 overall.
"I thought that we played fairly well in the first half today, but we were not able to sustain our level of execution for 60 minutes," said head coach Danie Caro. "I was pleased with how some of our younger players performed today. We had some injuries to our regular starters and we needed some of our less experienced players to step up today. To their credit, they did, and they gained valuable experience today that will help us down the stretch."
Despite the six-goal differential, the game was closely contested throughout the majority of the afternoon, as Quinnipiac's goal under two minutes into the second half brought the score to a one-goal game at the time (6-5). The Bobcats finished with four goal-scorers on the day, as junior Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) netted two goals, and senior Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.), sophomore Kearney Sneath (Branford, Conn.), and freshman Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) each tallied one goal.
"Kim Davis played well today," said head coach Danie Caro. "We asked her to play some midfield for us, which is something she doesn't normally do, and I thought she did great. We were also happy with how Kyra Ochwat and Lianne Toomey played today. Although their shots weren't falling for them, they really did a very good job settling our attack and setting our offensive tempo."
Senior Kim Davis (Darien, Conn.) led the team with four ground balls, while sophomore Phoebe Laplante (New Bedford, Mass.) finished with a team-high two draw controls. Freshman goalie Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.) made six saves in goal for Quinnipiac, while Katie Keenan and Kelley Brady combined for eight saves for the Stags.
"Samantha Tilts played very well in the first half today, making several key saves to keep us in the game," said Caro.
Fairfield's scoring leader on the day was Melanie Raso (three goals), followed by Courtney Chmil, Jamie Leone and Amanda Best's two goals, and Kate McKinley's one score.
The Bobcats came out strong in the first half, as Toomey's goal just 3:08 into play gave the squad a 1-0 lead. Fairfield then rattled off five-straight goals to take a 5-1 lead, however Quinnipiac responded with three-straight of its own to tighten the score, 5-4, with two minutes remaining in the half. Fairfield netted one more score, taking a 6-4 lead into halftime.
Following its opening second half goal, the Bobcats were unable to put another one past either Fairfield goalie for the remainder of the game. The Stags netted five goals of its own in the second half to give the game its final score, 11-5.
Quinnipiac returns to NEC action on Friday, April 20 when it hosts Central Connecticut at 4 p.m. at Quinnipiac Lacrosse Turf Field.
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