PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) recorded her third hat trick of the season on Friday afternoon, but the Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team was defeated by Brown University, 16-7, on Stevenson Field in Providence, R.I. With the loss, Quinnipiac falls to 2-4 overall while the hosting Bears picked up their fifth win in six tries.
"Today was a tough day for us," said head coach Danie Caro. "We never really got into a good rhythm with the ball and had a tough time maintaining possession. Our defense actually played relatively well, we just didn't possess the ball enough."
In addition to Ochwat's three goals, Briana Fountain (Marshfield, Mass.) collected two goals on just two shots for the Bobcats. Freshman Maria Blois (Cheshire, Conn.) and senior Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) each added a goal apiece, with Blois adding two assists, three draw controls and two ground balls in the game. Sophomore Vicki Kuhn (East Hampstead, N.Y.) was also credited with an assist.
The Bobcats had to play catch-up from the start as Brown rattled off four straight goals before Quinnipiac got on the board. However, back-to-back goals from the visiting Bobcats - the first from Ochwat and the second from Allen – brought Quinnipiac to within two goals with 13:25 remaining in the first half. Blois collected the assist on Ochwat's goal and Allen's was unassisted.
Three minutes later, Brown went on the attack again and registering the first of three straight goals over a six minute span. Ochwat capped off the first half scoring summary with a another goal, but Quinnipiac trailed 8-3 at the break.
As the second stanza got underway, less than a minute into action, Ochwat buried her 15th goal of the season to close the gap to within four. Unfortunately, that was as close as Quinnipiac would come for the remainder of the game. Brown scored eight of the next nine goals to increase its lead to double-digits – a lead that the Bears would never relinquish.
Blois and senior Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) led the team with three draw controls apiece, while Chelsea Guerrera (Wantaugh, N.Y.) forced three Brown turnovers. Overall, Brown garnered a 17-to-11 advantage in groundballs, as well as a 14-to-11 advantage in draw controls. The major discrepancy came on time of possession, evidenced by a 43-14 advantage in shots.
"Sam made some really good saves and kept us in the game early on," said Caro. "Emily Samuelman did a nice job holding Hudgens to just one goal, but unfortunately we struggled whenever we got the ball back."
Sophomore goalie Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.) started in goal for Quinnipiac and made 13 saves, nine coming in first half. Fairfield's senior starting goalie Kellie Roddy made four saves on the day before being replaced by Victoria Holland, who turned away a shot.
The Bears had four players who collected three goals, Janie Goin, Lindsay Minges, Grace Healy and Abby Bunting. Brie Hudgins, Carolyn Westphal, Julia Carrellas and Rebecca Dahle each had a goal respectively.
"Right now we're looking to re-group and get everyone on the same page so we can have a strong team effort on Sunday when we face Hofstra," said Caro.
Quinnipiac looks to rebound when they travel to Hampstead, N.Y. to take on Hofstra on Sunday, March 17 at 3 p.m. The game will be their last non-conference clash before they open NEC play against Sacred Heart the following Friday, March 22, at home.
Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2013 Quinnipiac Women's Lacrosse Schedule is also available for download atwww.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.
Contact: Bethany Buckholz; email@example.com