Vestal , N.Y – The Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team scored seven straight goals to take an 8-7 lead over Binghamton with two minutes remaining in the game, but fell 9-8 after Binghamton's Brianne Arthur scored her 28th and 29th goals of the season. Arthur scored off a free position with six seconds remaining to give the Bearcats a program best sixth win of the season. Quinnipiac wraps up non-conference play and will return home to face Manhattan on Saturday at 1 pm.
"Today was a really tough loss for us because we played so well. After going down 7-2 in the first half, we battled back and put ourselves in position to win. Unfortunately the ball didn't bounce our way at the end, but we're very proud of the way the team competed today," Head Coach Danie Caro said.
Junior Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) tied a career high with seven points. Ochwat chipped in with five goals and two assists. Kearney Sneath (Branford, Conn.) had a goal and an assist while Aileen Carey (Long Beach, N.Y.) added a goal of her own. Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) chipped in with her second career goal while Phoebe Laplante (New Bedford, Mass.) tallied an assist.
Binghamton opened the scoring five minutes into the game when Sophia Racchiati scored her 15th goal of the season. The Bobcats responded one minute and eleven seconds later when Ochwat added her 13th goal of the season tying the game at one.
Binghamton however used a 6-0 run to take a 7-1 lead. Carey scored with 23 seconds to go in the halfto cut the Bearcat lead to five heading into halftime. Allie Rodgers was the leading scorer at the half for the Bearcats with her first hat trick of the season.
Despite the score difference Quinnipiac held the advantage in draw controls in the first half (7-3). Binghamton held a 16-12 ground balls advantage and had eight turnovers as compared to 12 Bobcats turnovers. In the first half Quinnipiac was 5-for-6 on clear attempts while Binghamton was 8-for-9.
The Bobcats came out in the second with Ochwat scoring two goals in the first seven minutes cutting the Bearcats lead to three. Four minutes later Laplante found Babstock and she scored her second goal of the season bringing the Bobcats within two. Sneath would cut the lead in half with a goal off Ochwat's fifth assist of the season. Ochwat was not finished as she scored two goals in the next 12 minutes giving Quinnipiac their first lead of the game.
"Our attack made the adjustments they needed to make at halftime and did a good job possessing the ball and creating scoring opportunities. Kyra really stepped up and controlled our attack today. She and Kearney did a nice job setting the tempo for the attack and keeping the unit in sync," stated Caro.
Arthur, the two-time America East Player of the Week winner, showed why she was worthy of the accolades. Arthur tied the score with 1:25 left and was also awarded a free position shot in the game's waning moments. Arthur would connect for her team leading 29th goal of the year and would give the Bearcats the 9-8 victory in dramatic fashion.
Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.) made seven second half saves for Quinnipiac. Binghamton held a second half draw control advantage (5-4) and a 13-9 ground balls advantage.
"Sam and the defense played great in the second half (we held BU scoreless for 28 minutes), and gave us every opportunity to win. We're looking forward to another good week of practice so we can open our MAAC season with a win on Saturday," said Caro.
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