HAMDEN, Conn – The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team suffered a 19-10 setback to the University of Vermont on Wednesday afternoon at the Quinnipiac Lacrosse Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn. The loss drops Quinnipiac to 0-5 on the season while Vermont improves to 6-1.
"We lost to a tough Vermont squad that just wanted the win more than we did today. We failed to compete for 60 minutes, and that makes it tough to win games," head coach Danie Caro said.
Junior Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) led the offensive attack with a career high seven point afternoon. Ochwat tied a career high with five goals to go alongside two assists. Junior Michaela Tinsley (Shrewsbury, N.Y.) tallied a hat trick of her own and added an assist for a four point afternoon. Freshman Alexandra Hlesciak (Lumberton, N.J.) and senior Kearney Sneath (Branford, Conn.) each scored a goal to round out the scoring for Quinnipiac.
The Bobcats got on the board early with back to back goals from Tinsley and Ochwat in the first five minutes, but the Catamounts countered with a goal 30 seconds later to cut the lead in half. Hlesciak would give Quinnipiac a two goal lead once again just a minute later. The Bobcats and Catamounts would trade goals over the next 11 minutes.
Vermont leading scorer Sydney Mas would give the Catamounts their first lead of the game with 6:43 to go in the half. Mas would score four goals in the half and Vermont took a 10-8 lead into halftime.
Vermont held a 16-3 draw control advantage in the first half as well as a 30-10 shots advantage. Quinnipiac held a 12-7 ground balls advantage and were perfect on free position shots (3-for-3). Vermont was not able to capitalize on free position shots as they went 1-for-6 in the half.
Junior Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y) made a career high 19 saves for Quinnipiac. 15 of those saves came in the first half.
"I thought Sam did a really nice job, especially in the first half. She made some saves that kept us in the game and allowed us to keep the score close. Unfortunately our offense wasn't able to get going in the second half and capitalize on her strong play," said Caro.
The Catamounts took 13 less shots in the second half, but they certainly made them count. Vermont scored three straight to open the half as they built their lead to five goals. Quinnipiac was able to score two second half goals, but they were unable to chip away at the Vermont lead and the Catamounts would go on to win the game 19-10. Mas added two more goals in the half for Vermont to give her six goals in the game and 27 through the Catamounts first seven games of the season.
"Today we were really our own worst enemy. We had too many turnovers and mental errors. That really killed us today," stated Caro. Quinnipiac had 26 turnovers in the game while Vermont had 17 of their own.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Thursday, Mar. 20 when it hosts former conference foe Bryant at the Quinnipiac Lacrosse Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn.