HAMDEN, Conn. – Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) finished with four goals and five assists for a career high of nine points on Friday afternoon, as the Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team climbed back to the .500 mark in conference play with a 20-11 victory over LIU Brooklyn at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field.
"We did a really nice job playing as a unit on attack. 17 of our 20 goals were assisted, which means we were in sync and passing well," said head coach Danie Caro. "This is something we have been working towards, so my staff and I are pleased that we executed today."
Quinnipiac, now 4-7 overall and 2-2 in NEC action, put together its best offensive showing to date with season-highs in goals (20) and assists (17). Allen, who posted eight points against the Blackbirds last year, led a slew of nine players in the scoring column – including four players with at least five points in the game. Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) matched a career-high with six points on four goals and two assists, while Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) (three goals, two assists) and Phoebe Laplante (New Bedford, Mass.) (two goals, three assists) each had five points. Laplante's effort marked a career best for the junior midfielder.
"Sarah Allen had a career day, scoring 4 goals (a personal high), adding 5 assists, and also contributing a caused turnover and four ground balls in our ride," said Caro. "Kyra, Lianne, and Mickey all made solid contributions today, not only on attack, but in transition and in our defensive ride. Emily Samuelman did a very nice job holding Shakoya Smith without a point. She has developed into our best shutdown defender, and we're pleased with her progress."
Depleted and battered, the LIU Brooklyn women's lacrosse team was no match for Quinnipiac, evidenced by a quick start from the home team. The Bobcats raced out to a 6-0 advantage through the first 10 minutes of play, receiving goals from Toomey, Aileen Carey (Long Beach, N.Y.), Michaela Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass.) (two, back-to-back), Allen and Ochwat. The Blackbirds made a late push with four of the game's next six goals, but Quinnipiac answered with the final two goals of the first half to push the lead back to six. Allen and Toomey each scored with under two minutes to play and granted the Bobcats a comfortable 10-4 lead at the break.
The second half featured much of the same for Quinnipiac, extending its run to seven straight with the game's next five goals. Laplante and Ochwat each scored twice and Allen added another to give Quinnipiac its largest lead of the game, 15-4, with 23:16 left in regulation.
LIU hung tough in the final 20 minutes, but with every Blackbird goal, Quinnipiac had an answer to disallow the comeback. Tinsley, Brianna Fountain (Marshfield, Mass.), Kayla Fu (Severna Park, Md.), Kearney Sneath (Branford, Conn.) and Ochwat capped off the scoring column for the Bobcats.
"It was nice to be able to play some of our younger players without seeing a drop-off in the level of play. I thought Kayla Fu, Kearney Sneath and Briana Fountain did some good things, so hopefully they will gain some confidence," said Caro. "We're going to need everyone to make contributions down the stretch if we want to ensure we make the NEC Tournament."
For the game, Quinnipiac dominated nearly every facet of the score sheet. QU outshot LIU, 33-25, grabbed a 30-19 advantage in groundballs, and forced 17 LIU turnovers compared to just 11 from the Bobcats. LIU did control the circle with a 17-16 edge on the draw.
With the win, the Bobcats improved to 11-0 in the all-time series with LIU Brooklyn. The Blackbirds, now 0-12 on the season, were led by Colleen Holmes and Allison Canfield who finished with three goals apiece. Canfield added an assist for a total of four points.
Quinnipiac also kicked off 'Stick it to Cancer' weekend where each player has dedicated their play to a special person that has been affected by cancer. The Bobcats are collecting online donations and are also collecting donations in a special collection jar during each game. All donations will go directly to the American Cancer Society.
To make a donation to fight cancer online, click here for the Quinnipiac Women's Lacrosse teams "Stick it to Cancer" donation page.
Quinnipiac concludes it's 'Stick it to Cancer' weekend on Sunday, April 7th when the Bobcats play host to Wagner College. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field.
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 at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.
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