HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team was defeated by Northeast Conference opponent Bryant, 8-6, on Sunday afternoon at Quinnipiac Lacrosse Turf Field in Hamden, Conn. With the loss, Quinnipiac finishes the regular season with a 7-2 NEC record (8-7 overall), while Bryant improves to 5-4 in league play and 6-10 overall.
"Unfortunately we didn't play a 60 minute game today," said head coach Danie Caro. "Bryant came out with a lot of intensity and went up on us early, and we couldn't dig ourselves out of the hole. I give Bryant a lot of credit; they're a very good team. We battled hard to come back and we created opportunities, but we didn't capitalize on them."
Caro added, "I thought Samantha Tilts did a great job getting our defense going and they played very well over the last 45 minutes of the game. But our offense struggled today."
With today's outcome, the Bobcats will take the No. 2-seed in the NEC Tournament next weekend, when it travels to Fairfield, Conn. to play No. 3-seeded Monmouth. The tournament's host school, No. 1-seed Sacred Heart, will face No. 4 seeded Mount St. Mary's.
Seniors Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) and Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) each potted one goal apiece for the Bobcats, while freshman Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) and junior Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) each netted one goal. Junior Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) dished out a game-high three assists, as Gibney added the team's other remaining helper.
Sophomore Emily Samuelman (North Andover, Mass.) finished with a team-high four caused turnovers (as a team, Quinnipiac led Bryant in caused turnovers, 15-to-9).
Freshman Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.) made the most of her early substitution into the game, making a game-high seven saves on 10 shots. Lauren Filippone made six saves in net on 12 shots for the Bulldogs.
Bryant's goals came off the sticks of Lauren Sheridan (three goals), Katherine Keckeisen (two goals), Antoinette Lombardi (one goal), Kimberley Sniffen (one goal), and Haley Bloom (one goal).
Bryant came out strong to begin the game, scoring five goals within the first nine minutes of the game. Ochwat's goal with 17:58 left to play in the half halted the Bulldog's momentum, bringing the score to 5-1. After another Bryant score, Quinnipiac reeled off three-straight tallies to tighten the score, 6-4, but a goal by the Bulldogs increased their lead to 7-4 at the break.
The second half was a heavily defensive battle, as just three total goals were recorded. Quinnipiac netted the first goal five minutes into the action, followed by Bryant's lone goal of the half with 18:07 left to play in the game. The Bobcats then scored their final goal of the game with 12:02 remaining, as neither side found the back of the net for the remainder of the contest.
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